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Kendrick Farris
Kendrick Farris United States of America

  • Country: United States
  • Sport: Weightlifting
  • Height: 5'6" / 1.68m
  • Weight: 187 lbs / 84.8 kg
  • Born: 7/2/1986
  • Hometown: Shreveport, LA, USA
  • Career Highlights: For the second time, Farris will be headed to the Olympics, contingent on the outcome of a drug test. Unlike 2008, though, Farris will be the only male weightlifter from the United States going to London. The U.S. was given the single spot this year as a result of the team’s fourth-place finish at the Pan-American championships in May. As the top-ranked American male lifter, Farris found out about being named through Facebook. Regardless of how the message was delivered, Farris now has a chance to make up for a sub-par Olympic debut as he finished eighth in Beijing in the 85-kilogram weight class. According to his official website, Farris started lifting when he was 12 years old, and in less than a decade, he won consecutive National titles en route to reaching the Beijing Games. In 2008, Farris won the first of two straight golds at the Senior National Championships. He also won gold in 2009 at the Rodger DeGarmo Memorial Invitational and while competing at a higher weight - 94 kilograms - at the National Collegiate Championship while representing LSU-Shreveport. Two years ago, Farris also took gold at the Senior Pan American Championships while setting world records with 203 kilograms in the clean and jerk and 362 kilos total. A man of deep faith - and father to five-year-old Khalil - Farris’ personal motto is “Bless the Gym,” which he explains as being thankful for the abilities you have been given while making the most of your opportunities to get better.
  • Previous Olympics: 2008
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