Sport: Weightlifting The Buzz: Though he placed 10th in Sydney in 2000, the 32-year-old, 5'9", 344-lb. strongman is favored to bring back gold in the unlimited category – the first since 1956. Maybe that's because Hamman, the strongest man in the United States, was the first American to lift more than 400 kg. (881.85 lbs.) and presently holds every major American record in his weight class.