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Most championships In World Strongest Man Champion Country Times Years Mariusz Pudzianowski Poland 5 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 Žydrūnas Savickas Lithuania 4 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 Magnús Ver Magnússon Iceland 4 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996 Jón Páll Sigmarsson Iceland 4 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990 Bill Kazmaier United States 3 1980, 1981, 1982 Brian Shaw United States 2 2011, 2013 Jouko Ahola Finland 2 1997, 1999 Geoff Capes United Kingdom 2 1983, 1985
Žydrūnas Savickas is titled as the strongest all-time man. Six times in a row he won the title of the strongest man on earth in the most prestigious contest “Arnold‘s Strongest Man“. The participants of the contest are not only the strongest men but the representatives of other events in powerlifting as well. The winner
ARIUS Pudzianowski was born February 7, 1977 in White Rawskiej. While the training of power sports started since December 7, 1990. The first launch of the Polish championship in bench press weights while lying down. He was 16 years old, his record was then 160 kg. Two years later, already wyciskał 205 kg. Mariusz Pudzianowski
Brian Shaw is an American professional strongman competitor and winner of the 2011 World’s Strongest Man & 2013 World’s Strongest Man competition. Shaw is the only American athlete to win World’s Strongest Man, America’s Strongest Man, and the Arnold Strongman. Standing at 6’8” and 420 pounds he is also one of the largest athletes around
(born 22 April 1963) is an Icelandic former powerlifter and strongman competitor. He won the title of World’s Strongest Man four times (1991, 1994, 1995, and 1996). Magnús competed in his first strongman contest in 1985, finishing third in the Iceland’s Strongest Man competition won by Jón Páll Sigmarsson. He decided to focus solely on
(born July 13, 1945) is a former Olympic Silver Medalist weightlifter and strongman from the United States. He is a two-time winner of the World’s Strongest Man competition in 1977 and 1978 and the author of numerous strength-related articles and books. He was a member of the executive board of the United States Olympic Committee.
Four times World’s Strongest Man, two seconds and one third. Jon Pall was also five times World Muscle Power champion. He took up Glima, a traditional Icelandic wrestling at the age of five and went on to play soccer, swimming, handball and middle-distance running. The Scandinavian title in the World Championship followed. Jon Pall also
World’s Strongest Man, one second, one third and a fourth in his last appearance in 1989. Bill has also one World Muscle Power championship title. He has played American Football and was a popular World Powerlifting Champion in 1979. Bill set many powerlifting records such as bench press 300kg, deadlift 410kg and did a three
Jouko “Jokke” Ahola is the strongest man in the world 1997 and 1999. He is from Finland and lives in Hämeenlinna. He is one of the founder members of Hämeenlinna’s Strong Man Group and belongs to International Federation of Strength Athletes (IFSA). Here are some of his achievements: 1995-1996: •First position in European Hercules 1995,
Geoffrey Lewis Humberg Capes (born 23 August 1949) is a British former athlete, strongman and professional Highland Gamescompetitor. 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 champion, and three time Olympian. As a strongman, he twice won the title of World’s Strongest Man,was World Muscle Power champion
The World’s Strongest Man competition in 1993, held in Orange, France, was one of the best ever and culminated in a win for Gary Taylor, also know as the “Welsh Dragon.” A worthy winner, he further enhanced Britain’s reputation established by such Strongmen as Geoff Capes and Jamie Reeves. Gary first staked his claim for
Born 17th October 1932, Toccoa, Georgia. For two years, 1955 and 1956, he was the world's greatest super-heavy-weight, winning the US championships, the World title in 1955 and the Olympia title in 1956 (by virtue of lighter bodyweight). In 1956 he pressed 400lb, snatched 335lb and clean and jerked 440lb for a record total. He then turned professional as a night-club strongman and for a time wrestled and boxed professionally.
Riku Kiri was one of a long line of Finish strength Strongmen selected for the World’s Strongest Man competitions. The many contests in his homeland have nurtured greats such as Ilkka Nummisto, Markku Suonenvirta and Ilkka Kinnunen and in open competitions, valuable prizes have attracted the cream of international competitors to Finland. Kiri has been
Heinz Ollesch (born November 11, 1966) is a strongman from Germany. He won Germany’s Strongest Man 12 times, and he participated in the World’s Strongest Man Finals in 1995 and 1997. Ollesch was born in Rosenheim, Bavaria and grew up in Lehen, Großkarolinenfeld, starting with strength training 1984 and doing international Strongman contests since 1994.
Forbes Cowan began his strongman career in 1990 with a win in his inaugural competition as Cunninghame’s Strongest Man in May 1990. Having repeated this feat in 1991 he quickly moved into the professional circuit and won Scotland’s Strongest Man, the first of six such titles. In 1991, the meteoric career led him to become
Gerrit Badenhorst (born 10 October 1962) is a former WPC world champion powerlifter and professional strongman competitor from South Africa. Powerlifting Badenhorst was born on 10 October 1962 in De Aar, Orange Free State, South Africa. As a sportsman he played rugby union, but excelled in the sports of weightlifting and powerlifting. Before Badenhorst competed
O.D Wilson was born Oders Dell Wilson Jr. to the late Oders Dell “O.D” Sr. and Bessie Mae Wilson on September 12, 1954. “O.D.” Wilson came very close to being the first American since Bill Kazmaier to win the World’s Strongest Man title in 1990. Leading the competition with a comfortable 5½ points before the
World’s Strongest Woman (later known as Strongwoman World Championships and World’s Strongest Lady) is an annual strongwoman contest, and considered the pinnacle for female competitors and recognized as the world championships. The format was similar to the World’s Strongest Man contest, and was held during the same time and same location as WSM from 2001-2003.
Aneta Florczyk pseud. Atena (born 26 February 1982 in Malbork) – Polish female athlete, especially strongwoman. Aneta Florczyk started her career at the age of 16, as a powerlifter. She won Polish Championships several times, and in 2000 became European Champion. As a first Polish athlete she has broken the barrier of 500 kg in powerlifting.
Jill Mills (born March 2, 1972) is an American world champion powerlifter and world champion strongwoman. Bodybuilding/Powerlifting Mills competed in bodybuilding from 1993 to 1995, but turned to powerlifting in 1996. Mills is undefeated in powerlifting competition, has set numerous state and national records, and is a 2 time national champion. Jill also won the
Kati Luoto is a Finnish strength athlete who is foremost known as the winner of the United Strongmen Women’s World Championships held in 2013 and seven times Finland’s Strongest Woman Luoto had been involved in various sports from an early age and after giving birth to her three children, she started to attend the gym
Becca Swanson ( born 1973) is an American bodybuilder, powerlifter, pro wrestler and strongwoman who is often referred to as “The World’s Strongest Woman” or “The Strongest Woman on the Planet”. She currently holds several powerlifting world records for women, including the highest squat, highest deadlift, highest bench press and highest total lift. WPC/APF/WPO World
HISTORY The World Highland Games Championships were first held in 1980 and were created as an attempt to identify who was truly the greatest Highland Games competitor. Many of the Highland Games competitions around the world have traditionally not been invitational, in the sense that novices can step up to compete, or at the more
Early feats Donald Dinnie, the son of a stonemason, won his first sporting event, at the age of 16, in the nearby village of Kincardine O’Neil. He defeated the local wrestling strongman David Forbes, and took first place which included £1 prize money. In 1860, Dinnie undertook a feat of strength that was to give
Results: 36th World Armwrestling Championships 2014 (WAF) 19 September 2014 – LEFT HAND 20 September 2014 – RIGHT HAND —————————————————— —————————————————— SENIOR WOMEN LEFT 50 SENIOR WOMEN RIGHT 50 1. TATYANA VERINA. KAZAKHSTAN 1. TATYANA VERINA. KAZAKHSTAN 2. ALINA VOLKOVA. RUSSIA 2. ALINA VOLKOVA. RUSSIA 3. ELINA PERSSON. SWEDEN 3. ESRA KIRAZ. TURKEY 4. ESRA KIRAZ. TURKEY 4. JULIANA SOARES.
Cleve Dean (R.I.P.) was one of the greatest armwrestlers in the sport of armwrestling. During his long career he has won the greatest events such as WAF, Yukon Jack, WWC and many others he is an armwrestling Legend. His name is well known all over the armwrestling world.
JOHN BRZENK GREATEST ARM WRESTLER OF ALL TIME! John Brzenk (born July 15, 1964) is a professional armwrestler from the United States. He competes in the Ultimate Armwrestling League, is the current UAL Right-Handed Champion (Heavyweight Division), and as of 2009 is the number-one armwrestler in the world. John was named by the Guinness Book of World Records as
Rustam has been the armwrestler who won the most WAF (18) & European titles(19) in the history. He also has multiple Nemiroff titles. He has not lost any right arm tournament which is double elimination format since 2001 WAF. A living Legend of our sport. He is the most succesful armwrestler who wins with right & left..
Cvetan Gashevski is known as the professor of the armwrestling. He has won 10 europeans title with right arm. He is the only armwrestler who defeated Rustam Babayev in same class with right arm in last 11 years..he also has multiple WAF titles..he has wins over almost every top puller that he armwrestled in his
He is known as the walking encyclopedia of armwrestling. He has been competing internationally since 1993 and has 17 World & european titles. He is the only armwrestler who won WAF in 5 different weight classes and won Petaluma in half of the weight classes. There are 17 years between his first and last international
A light weight Legend of our sport who dominated N. American armwrestling for years in 80s and 90s. He was known as a giant killer because he was succesfully pulling against the top heavyweights as well. He has won Over the Top, WAF, Yukon Jack, Petaluma and many other top events in his prime.
Internationally the most succesful American light weight Legend. He is the only armwrestler who won WAF in 3 decades (1989-1991-1992-1993-1999 & 2000). He is known with the best hand control in the light weight history. Besides John, he is probably the most famous American armwrestler all around the world.
With his 14 WAF golds he is one of the most succesful armwrestler in the world. He has the record of winning WAF during the longest period of time (1994-2008). A very powerful Slovakian Legend of our Sport.
Johnny “the ice man” Walker surely was one of the greatest middle weights in the history of our sport. Over the Top, Yukon Jack, WAF, and many other victories over the greatest armwrestlers in the history deserved his name to be written with the Golden Names on the Armwrestling History.
The most succesful armwrestler that John Brzenk met in his class. He has wins against John in many tournaments from the early 90s till today. With the longevity of his succesful career he is a living Legend of our sport.
NEIL PICKUP THE GREATEST BRITISH ARM-WRESTLER OF ALL TIME! Great Britain’s most successful Armwrestler and former two time European and World Middleweight Champion Neil Pickup is one of today’s leading Armwrestlers widely recognized as having originated and developed techniques to suit the genetic make up of individual Armwrestlers. Neil Pickup has enjoyed an Amateur and
Heidi Andersson (born 27 February 1981, in the locality of Ensamheten (English: “Solitude”), Storuman, Sweden) is a Swedish armwrestler. She has won the World Championships in armwrestling eleven times. She is married to Swedish biathlete Björn Ferry, with which she has a son, Dante Andersson Ferry, born 19 july 2011 Championships won World Championship 1999,
The International Powerlifting Federation is an international governing body for the sport of powerlifting as recognized by the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) as well as the International Olympic Committee via inclusion into the World Games. The IPF was founded in 1971, and comprises member federations from more than one hundred countries with
Donald C. Reinhoudt (born March 5, 1945) is a former world champion powerlifter and strongman from the United States. He is the first and only 4 time-in-a-row IPF World Powerlifting Superheavyweight Champion (1973 – 1976), having held all 4 of the 4 powerlifting records in his day. Don was the first man to break the
Today, powerlifting is dominated by gear, but back in the USPF senior nationals in 1984, the first 1000 pound squat took place! It was Lee Moran! He was 5’6″, thickly muscled, but a big waist! He wore a Marathon squat suit, which was a polyester suit. His hurricane wraps by pat’s power products, were elastic.
Scot Mendelson (born February 21, 1969) is an American powerlifter, who specializes in the bench press. He has broken multiple world records and currently is the raw (unassisted) world record holder in the 308-pound weight class with 701 lb (318 kg) since 2002 and the equipped world record holder in the 275-pound class with 1,031 lb (468 kg) since
Bolton won his first powerlifting competition in 1991 when he was twenty-one years of age, at a local powerlifting event called the BAWLA Yorkshire Junior Championships. Bolton has since competed in the WPO/WPC. He is the current World Powerlifting Organization “world record holder” in the total (1273 kg/2806 lb).Bolton also holds the current WPO world records in
Edward “Ed” Ignatius Coan (born July 24, 1963) is an American powerlifter. He is widely regarded throughout the powerlifting world as the Greatest Powerlifter of all time. Ed Coan has set over 71 world records in powerlifting. He became the lightest person to cross the 2,400 lb. barrier in the powerlifting total (a sum of
Kirk Karwoski is an American world champion powerlifter. Kirk is a 7 time USPF National Powerlifting Champion, a 6 time IPF World Powerlifting Champion and an IPF Junior World Powerlifting Champion. Kirk is widely considered one of the greatest squatters in the history of powerlifting, he currently holds the International Powerlifting Federation equipped world record
Russian Sergey Fedosienko, smashed the highest Wilks ever recorded in the IPF, or an affiliate, at the RPF Siberian Cup which was held June 5-7 in Kemerovo, Russia. Fedosienko (123) totalled 1,620 pounds (735kg) for a Wilks of 679.3. He also held the former mark at 668.31. Fedosienko registered a 639 pound (290kg) squat, 385
Powerlifting and Strongman career Benedikt formerly held the world record for the Hummer tire deadlift of 500 kg (1102 lb) at the Arnold Strongman Classic, in which hummer tires are used instead of powerlifting plates under strongman rules where lifting straps are allowed. Benedikt finished 5th at the Arnold Strongman Classic in 2006 & 2008,
Dan Green is an elite American powerlifter and owner of both Boss Barbell Club and Mountain View Fitness in Mountain View, California. His best competition lifts in the 242 lb (110 kg) weight class are a 848 lb (385 kg) squat, a 523.5 lb (237.5 kg) bench press, and a 837.5 lb (380 kg) deadlift.
Mark Jerrold Henry (born June 12, 1971 is an American powerlifter, Olympic weightlifter, strongman and professional wrestler who is currently signed to WWE. He was a two-time Olympian in 1992 and 1996 and a Silver, Gold and Bronze Medalist at the Pan American Games in 1995. As a powerlifter, he was WDFPF World Champion (1995)
Carl Yngvar Christensen is the first powerlifter in the IPF history who could achieve a total of 1,200 kg. He made this incredible total – 485 kg squat; 337.5 kg bench press; 377.5 kg deadlift; – at the European Championships in Sofia/Bulgaria.
Currently nationally ranked #1 in the 198lbs raw with wraps weight class and also #1 highest ranked raw total in the world with a 1,945lbs total @198. Also holds the 198 world record squat raw with wraps of 777lbs/352.5kg also Currently nationally ranked #2 in the 220lbs raw with wraps weight class and also 10th highest
Siamand Rahman (born March 22, 1989 in Oshnaviyeh, Iran) is an Iranian Kurdish Paralympic powerlifter. He won gold medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London and the 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou. He is the current IPC Powerlifting World Record holder in the +107 kg category with a 285.5 kilograms (629 lb) bench press and
Sherif Othman (born 15 September 1982) is a Egyptian Paralympic powerlifter competing in the -56 kg class. Othman has participated in two Summer Paralympic Games winning gold in the -56 kg category in both. In the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing he broke the world record with a lift of 202.5 kg. He surpassed his own record when
The first world champion Viktor Kolibabchuk—the master of sports of wrestling, three-time Russian champion, twice undisputed champion of Russia, the European champion,” reigned supreme. “In the Yakut platform was not equal to two-meter athlete of the Smolensk region of Russia,
Glenn (The Daddy) Ross has proved to be the "Daddy" in the sport of strength in Ireland, UK and the World. This Irish competitor has not only been Ireland's Strongest Man, but has lifted nothing less than 8 British titles (I.F.S.A - U.K.S.M - 1999, B.S.M -1999, 2000, 2001, U.K.S.M - 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008).
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Since it's formation in July 2000, the Irish Strength Association have gone from strength to strength, boasting over 140 members, many of whom have competed in the highest levels of Strongest Man,Arm-wrestling and Highland games competitions. Mission: To be the strongest on the planet!
On Sunday 15th August in Bangor Co.Down was the grand final of Ireland’s Strongest Man 2021. 16 of the strongest men were gathered who earned their place from a qualifier prior to the contest. Unfortunately, the defending champion Matthew McCoy was unable to attend due to an illness. However, this was still an incredible line
The contest found the remainder of the All Ireland Finalists to make a 16 man line up joining the likes of Matthew McCoy, Ivan Gannon, Pa O’Dwyer, Matthew McKeegan and Peter Bremmer to see who will win this historic crown. This contest also was for Republic of Ireland, Ulster, 95KG, & 110KG and Novice/Junior/Master Strongest
The Ireland’s Strongest Man Qualifier will take place on Sunday 25th July at 12 Noon in Davey Jones’ Unit, 10-13 Hebron Business Park, Kilkenny. To enter the competition and have your chance to compete against the best in Ireland complete the membership form. ISA – ANNUAL APPLICATION FORM 2021 | Irish Strong Man
First UK’s Strongest Man 2021 Tour Qualifier for MK Stadium on 29th-31st May 2021 event was held in Bangor County Down. A great competition and we thank Ards and North Down Borough Council for their support. The event was filmed for RTE 2, Ch5 and was live streamed on our page by one of our