Edward “Ed” Ignatius Coan was born on 24 July, 1963. He is an American powerlifter. He is widely regarded throughout the powerlifting world as the greatest powerlifter of all time. He has set over 71 world records in powerlifting.
Throughout his active career in international powerlifting competition Coan became the lightest person to cross the 2,400 lb. barrier in the powerlifting total (a sum of three lifts: the deadlift, bench, and squat). He set an all-time powerlifting record total at 2,463 pounds, even though at the time he was not in the heaviest weight class.
Ed’s best result in a drug tested international competition is 1,035 kg (2,282 lbs) in the 100 kg weight class at the 1994 IPF Senior World Championships, establishing a new world record at the time. Even though serving a lifetime ban from the IPF for doping, today Coan is among some people who are still acknowledged and regarded as legend in the world of powerlifting and spends much of his time mentoring young lifters coming into the sport.
His best competition lifts as a 220 lb lifter: Squat – 961 lbs, Bench – 584 lbs, Deadlift – 901 lbs.
The squat and deadlift attempts were 959 lbs and 898 lbs, respectively. After the competition the plates and barbell were weighed and the weight came out to be 961 and 901 lbs, respectively.
Note that Ed Coan’s lifts were completed under IPF Rules. Single layered suits and standard 2 meter knee wraps.