Cees de Vreugd

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Cees de Vreugd
Born9 March 1952
Died7 October 1998(1998-10-07) (aged 46)
OccupationStrongman Powerlifter
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight311 lb (141 kg)
Competition record
Representing  Netherlands
World's Strongest Man
3rd 1985
Strongest man of the Netherlands
4th 1982
2nd 1984
Representing  Netherlands
IPF World Powerlifting Championships
1st 1985 +125kg
Dutch National Powerlifting Championships
1st 1983 +125kg

Cees de Vreugd, also known as "Kees de Vreugd" (9 March 1952 – 7 October 1998) was a butcher, strongman and powerlifter from Katwijk, Netherlands. He finished third at the World's Strongest Man games in 1985.[1]

After competing in soccer in his youth, De Vreugd started weightlifting very late at the age of 29 in 1981. In 1982 he began competing as a powerlifter, and won the Dutch National Championships in 1983. De Vreugd won the IPF World Powerlifting Championships in the +125 kg class in 1985. De Vreugd was the first European to total 2,200 lb (1,000 kg) in powerlifting in 1985, including a 927 lb (420 kg) squat.[2] Later that year he made a total of 1002,5 kg which was the Dutch record for 32 years (until November 2017). The squat (420 kg) earlier in 1985 still stands as the Dutch record in May 2019.[3] De Vreugd competed at 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) and approximately 311 lb (142 kg) during his strongman career.[4]


In 1998 De Vreugd died of a heart attack. De Vreugd is buried at a cemetery named Duinrust, located in Katwijk aan Zee.[4]

Tombstone, Cees de Vreugd - Duinrust, Katwijk aan Zee


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "realdutchpowe.nl". Retrieved 2010-01-20.
  2. ^ Wimwam.nl/1985 Archived October 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Powerliftingbond.nl Records
  4. ^ a b "Cees De Vreugd". Strongestman.billhenderson.org. 1952-03-09. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
  5. ^ "Cees de Vreugd, Katwijksche Post: Strongman 1985 3rd and 1000 kg result powerlifting". Sites.google.com. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2013-10-19.