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Lunenburg, Nova Scotia farmer finally acknowledged by Guinness as World's Strongest Man

On the evening of July 28, 1993, in the pouring rain at the Bridgewater Exhibition, Gregg Ernst lifted two Ford Festiva cars, complete with drivers and passengers - a verified lift of 2422 kilograms, or 5340 pounds. That put him on record for lifting more weight than any other human being. Guinness World Records never recognized the feat. Until now....
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On the evening of July 28, 1993, in the pouring rain at the Bridgewater Exhibition, Gregg Ernst lifted two Ford Festiva cars, complete with drivers and passengers - a verified lift of 2422 kilograms, or 5340 pounds. That put him on record for lifting more weight than any other human being. Guinness World Records never recognized the feat. Until now.


There was never a problem with Ernst's lift. He'd consulted with Guinness prior to his attempt. The problem was with the standing record: a lift in excess of 6000 pounds by American Paul Anderson.  Anderson's lift was called into question, and then Guinness decided to remove the category.

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But a friend kept advocating on Ernst's behalf, explaining to Guinness that the record was too important to be excluded, especially when other, arguably ridiculous, lifts were recorded. 

Twenty-one years of effort finally paid off. Now, Gregg Ernst - who has also lifted a team of oxen - is credited with 'The Greatest Weight Ever Lifted'.

Regarding the failure by Guinness to recognize the feat, at the time, Ernst tells Carol he was most disappointed for the locals who came out to support him, at the time, and purchased a book from Guinness hoping to see their region represented.




It's just good to bring one home for the South Shore



 

In '92, at the world's Strongest Man competition in Iceland, Ernst carried the legendary Húsafell Stone - 410lbs - 70m to break the record.



As it stands now, Ernst has held the record for 21 years, but he hasn't lifted since the 1990s. He's retired from  power-lifting and has turned his attention to other things.

The men of the Ernst Family - known as OneBlood - made it to the semi-finals of Canada's Got Talent in 2012. Gregg is second from the right.

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