Geoffrey Lewis Capes is a British former shot putter, strongman and professional Highland Games competitor. As an athlete he represented both England and Great Britain in field athletics, specialising in the shot put, an event in which he was twice Commonwealth champion, twice European indoor champion, and three-time Olympian. As a strongman, he twice won the title of World's Strongest Man, was World Muscle Power champion on two occasions, and also had numerous other titles including Europe's Strongest Man and Britain's Strongest Man. As a Highland Games competitor he was six times world champion, first winning the title in Lagos in 1981, and held world records in numerous events. Following retirement from competitive sport he continued to be involved in strength athletics as a referee, event promoter and coach. He also ran a sportswear retail shop, and became renowned as a world-class breeder of birds. Capes stood 197 cm and weighed 170 kilograms at his peak condition.
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About Geoff Capes
British shot putter who is a two-time World's Strongest Man winner and two-time World Muscle Power champion.
He was a policeman for a decade before starting his competitive shot put career.
He was also a two-time Commonwealth Games and European Indoor Championships shot put gold medalist.
He has a daughter named Emma and a son named Lewis.
He briefly did body double work in The Empire Strikes Back, which starred Harrison Ford.
Information related to Geoff Capes
- https://thegeoffcapesfoundation.co.uk/ The Geoff Capes Foundation
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/funny_old_game/1556850.stm BBC article in 2001
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/listenagain/ram/today3_0744_20030620.ram Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme about budgerigars