One of the highlights of the 2010 National High School Power Clean Championships was an exhibition by Pat Mendes, who won this event in 2007 and 2008 and established the national record in the heavyweight class with 350 pounds. On a break during the competition, the 5’ 9½” and 286-pound Mendes clean and jerked 485 pounds and then cleaned 507 pounds, just missing the jerk out front. Can you say 2012 Olympics?
Just before his 20th birthday, Mendes achieved the following lifts: 440 snatch, 507 clean, 507 raw bench press, 600 front squat, 706 x 5 back squat, and a 551 back squat for 5 reps in less than five seconds. Video clips of these lifts can be seen on the YouTube channel Brozknows. And for those interested in purchasing the photos shown here, or photos from the National High School Power Clean Championships, email John Broz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mendes was introduced to weightlifting at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he earned a 4.4 GPA and turned down a college football scholarship to focus on weightlifting. Mendes’ first official weightlifting competition was in November 2008 at a small meet in Utah, where he snatched 286 pounds and clean and jerked 352 pounds.