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Jean-Francois Caron (strongman)

Jean-François Caron (born June 29, 1982) [2] is a strongman and powerlifter from Les Hauteurs, Quebec, Canada.[1]

Jean-François Caron
Born (1982-06-29) June 29, 1982 (age 35)
Les Hauteurs, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Strongman, Powerlifting
Known for 7 times Canada's Strongest Man
North America's Strongest Man
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Weight 320 lb (145 kg)[1]
Competition record
Representing  Canada
World's Strongest Man
18th 2008 World's Strongest Man
18th 2011 World's Strongest Man
8th 2012 World's Strongest Man
6th 2015 World's Strongest Man
5th 2016 World's Strongest Man
5th 2017 World's Strongest Man
5th 2018 World's Strongest Man
Arnold Strongman Classic
5th 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic
Strongman Champions League
2nd 2011 Canada SCL Semi-finals
2nd 2011 Latvia
2nd 2012: Sarajevo SCL Finals
4th 2011/2012 Overall
2nd 2013 China SCL China World Cup
Canada's Strongest Man
2nd 2008
3rd 2009
2nd 2010
1st 2011
1st 2012
1st 2013
1st 2014
1st 2015
1st 2016
1st 2017
North America's Strongest Man
2nd 2010
2nd 2011
1st 2012



Caron holds a world record in the deadlift for the WPA Powerlifting organization. Caron deadlifted 850 pounds (390 kg) on March 14, 2010 at the CPA Provincial Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec in the 308 pounds (140 kg) weight class, weighing in at only 280 pounds (130 kg).[3]

World's Strongest ManEdit

Caron has competed six times in the World's Strongest Man contest: in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He has reached the final three times: in 2012, 2014, and 2017. He qualified 2nd in 2012 ahead of American athlete Derek Poundstone. Caron placed in the finals in 8th in 2012, 11th in 2014, and 5th in 2017.[4]

Canada's Strongest ManEdit

Caron has won Canada's Strongest Man a record 7 consecutive times, from 2011-2017.

Strongman Champions LeagueEdit

Caron finished in 2nd place at the Strongman Champions League events in Canada & Latvia in 2011.[5] Caron recently finished 2nd again at the 2011 SCL Finals in Sarajevo, Bosnia on Feb. 7, 2012, and 4th overall for the 2011/2012 SCL season.[6]

North America's Strongest ManEdit

In 2012 Caron won North America's Strongest Man after coming in 2nd place the two previous years.

World's Strongest Viking 2015Edit

Caron came in third in this event.

Tire Flip World RecordEdit

Jean-Francois Caron successfully flipped a 1350 lbs. tire 4 times to set a new world record in the tire flip during the Rogue Record Breakers event at the Arnold Strongman Classic 2016.[7]

Guinness Record 2015Edit

Caron broke the Guinness Book of Records for turning a Volkswagen 13 times in China. The previous record was 10 times by a German strong man.

Personal recordsEdit

  • Deadlift – 463 kg (1,021 lb) Elephant bar, raw with straps (Arnold Classic 2018)[8]