Sunday, June 12, 2022

Legendary Powerlifter and Bodybuilder Australian Beverley Francis!

Legendary Powerlifter and Bodybuilder Beverley Francis!

One woman who actually changed female bodybuilding into what modern bodybuilding is now. Australian, Beverly Frances was truly the first massive female bodybuilder, so much so she lost every competition she was in as the judges thought her to be too masculine.

Beverley Francis was born on 15 February 1955 in Geelong, Victoria, the youngest of five children. In 1976, she graduated from the University of Melbourne, where she obtained a degree in physical education and a teaching diploma. She then worked as a high school physical education and mathematics teacher for eight years

In 1980, Francis held all world records in the 82.5 kg (182 lb) weight class. At the 1981 World Powerlifting Championships, she set a world record when she bench pressed 150 kg (330 lb), the first woman's bench press over 300 lb. At the 1982 Australian Powerlifting Championships in Adelaide, she set a world record in the 82.5 kg (182 lb) class with a squat of 216 kg (476 lb). She won gold medals in her weight class in the International Powerlifting Federation Championships from 1980 to 1985

1983 Caesars World Cup – 8th
1984 IFBB Grand Prix Las Vegas – 8th
1986 IFBB Grand Prix Las Vegas – 3rd
1986 IFBB LA Pro Championship – 3rd
1986 IFBB Ms. International – 3rd
1986 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 10th
1987 IFBB Pro World Championship – 1st
1987 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 3rd
1988 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 3rd
1989 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 3rd
1990 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 2nd
1991 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 2nd

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