Lennell Shepherd Sr.

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This 5-foot-4 strong man weight-lifted his way to many titles, starting with “Strongest Boy in the U.S.” in 1959 at age 17. In 1962, he won a North American crown in competition with Canada. He
was National junior champion in 1965, 12-time State champion and an All -America lifter and U. S. Senior champion in 1965, when he was listed as the “strongest 123 pounder in the country”, and
National YMCA winner in 1967. He was the first competitor in Delaware to lift more than double his weight. As a body-builder, Shepherd was Mr. Wilmington (1959) and Mr. Delaware (1960).



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