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This article is about a yearly event related to feats of strength.

The World's Strongest Man is perhaps the best-recognized annual international event in strength athletics.[1] Organized by TWI, an IMG Media company, it is held around the end of December each year. Competitors qualify based on top placings at the World's Strongest Man Super Series events or are invited based on a top placing in selected national or international competitions. Twenty five contestants take part across five heats; the top two in each go through to the ten-man final.

Currently, the event sponsor is Met-Rx, and the top prize is known as the Met-Rx Trophy.

History Edit

The concept behind "The World's Strongest Men", as it was originally named, was developed in 1977 for CBS. In 1982, CBS sold the rights to the BBC, who in turn sold the rights to TWI.

Initially, eight men representing various sports and strength disciplines were invited to compete against each other in unique events designed to test each individual to the fullest extent. The earliest events were relatively crude, but new ideas were introduced over the years. Some events had a basis in both powerlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events, and others were created based on mythological feats of strength.

The 2006 competition ended in dramatic fashion, with Phil Pfister edging out Mariusz Pudzianowski in the final event, the Atlas stones. Pfister became the first American to win the event since 1982, and the only American to win the event outside the USA.

The 2007 World's Strongest Man competition was held in the United States. Many had speculated that Phil Pfister would win the competition because it was being held in his home country. However, Mariusz Pudzianowski from Poland (2002, 2003 and 2005 winner) turned in excellent performances in all events and reclaimed the title of world's strongest man. He is only the third person to ever win the competition four times.

List of champions Edit

List information taken from this source.[2]

Year Champion Location
1977 Flag of the United States Bruce Wilhelm Flag of the United States Universal Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
1978 Flag of the United States Bruce Wilhelm Flag of the United States Universal Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
1979 Flag of the United States Don Reinhoudt Flag of the United States Universal Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
1980 Flag of the United States Bill Kazmaier Flag of the United States New Jersey
1981 Flag of the United States Bill Kazmaier Flag of the United States Magic Mountain, California
1982 Flag of the United States Bill Kazmaier Flag of the United States Magic Mountain, California
1983 Flag of the United Kingdom Geoff Capes Flag of New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand
1984 Flag of Iceland Jón Páll Sigmarsson Flag of Sweden Mora, Sweden
1985 Flag of the United Kingdom Geoff Capes Flag of Portugal Cascais, Portugal
1986 Flag of Iceland Jón Páll Sigmarsson Flag of France Nice, France
1987 Competition not held
1988 Flag of Iceland Jón Páll Sigmarsson Flag of Hungary Budapest, Hungary
1989 Flag of the United Kingdom Jamie Reeves Flag of Spain San Sebastián, Spain
1990 Flag of Iceland Jón Páll Sigmarsson Flag of Finland Joensuu, Finland
1991 Flag of Iceland Magnús Ver Magnússon Flag of Spain Tenerife, Canary Islands
1992 Flag of the Netherlands Ted van der Parre Flag of Iceland Iceland
1993 Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Taylor Flag of France Orange, France
1994 Flag of Iceland Magnús Ver Magnússon Flag of South Africa Sun City, South Africa
1995 Flag of Iceland Magnús Ver Magnússon Flag of the Bahamas Bahamas
1996 Flag of Iceland Magnús Ver Magnússon Flag of Mauritius Port Louis, Mauritius
1997 Flag of Finland Jouko Ahola Flag of the United States Primm, Nevada
1998 Flag of Sweden Magnus Samuelsson Flag of Morocco Tangier, Morocco
1999 Flag of Finland Jouko Ahola Flag of Malta Malta
2000 Flag of Finland Janne Virtanen Flag of South Africa Sun City, South Africa
2001 Flag of Norway Svend Karlsen Flag of Zambia Victoria Falls, Zambia
2002 Flag of Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Flag of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2003 Flag of Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Flag of Zambia Victoria Falls, Zambia
2004 Flag of Ukraine Vasyl Virastyuk Flag of the Bahamas Nassau, Paradise Island, The Bahamas
2005 Flag of Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski [3] Flag of the People's Republic of China Chengdu, China
2006 Flag of the United States Phil Pfister [4] Flag of the People's Republic of China Sanya, China
2007 Flag of Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Flag of the United States Anaheim, United States
2008 Competition in September Flag of the United States Charleston, West Virginia, United States

Championships by country Edit

Country Titles
Flag of Iceland Iceland 8
Flag of the United States United States 7
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom 4
Flag of Poland Poland 4
Flag of Finland Finland 3
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 1
Flag of Norway Norway 1
Flag of Sweden Sweden 1
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 1

Repeat champions Edit

Champion Times
Flag of Iceland Jón Páll Sigmarsson 4
Flag of Iceland Magnús Ver Magnússon 4
Flag of Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski 4
Flag of the United States Bill Kazmaier 3
Flag of Finland Jouko Ahola 2
Flag of the United Kingdom Geoff Capes 2
Flag of the United States Bruce Wilhelm 2

Commonly contested events Edit

There are a number of events that make up each competition. The events used in each individual contest vary in order to prevent favoring certain types of competitors.

  • Farmer's Walk - Competitors carry heavy objects weighing from 275-375 lbs in each hand for a set distance, and compete for the fastest time. A variation involves use of a heavy frame with parallel handles.[5]
  • Yoke Walk / Fridge Carry - A yoke, composed of a crossbar and two weighted uprights (normally fridges) weighing about 904 lbs is carried across the shoulders for a set distance.[6]
  • Loading - Five heavy objects weighing between 220-360 lbs are loaded onto a truck bed or a similar platform over a course of about 50 ft.
  • McGlashen Stones / Atlas Stones - Five heavy round stones increasing in weight from 220-352 lbs are placed on top of high platforms. The course tends to be about 16-33 ft. long. In recent competitions this is typically the final event.[7]
  • Husafell Stone - A flat, somewhat triangular rock weighing around 385 lbs is carried high on the chest for a set distance. During the three years in which the competition took place in Africa, this event was known as the Africa Stone.[8]
  • Duck Walk - A 400 lb pot with a handle is carried, suspended between the legs, over a set course.
  • Power Stairs - A series of three Duck Walk implements ranging from 400-600 lbs are lifted, step by step, to the top of a flight of stairs.
  • Truck Pulling - Vehicles such as transport trucks, trams, boxcars, buses or planes are pulled across a 100 ft. course by hand as fast as possible. Also, the vehicles may be pulled with a harness around the shoulders.[9] The 2007 competition featured pulling a firetruck.
  • Overhead Press - The heaviest possible load is pressed overhead, or a lighter weight is used for repetitions. [10]
  • Log Throw / Caber Toss - A five meter long log is thrown for distance or for height over a bar.
  • Tug of War - One on one tug of war in a single-elimination tournament.
  • Pole Pushing - One on one pole pushing in a Sumo-style ring in a single-elimination tournament. The pole has handles at either end.
  • Crucifix - Weights are held straight out at each side for as long a time as possible. A common variation entails weights being held out in front, using either one or both hands.
  • Squat - Squatting large weights, like 900 lb of bricks, a car, or people on a platform. Recently, an apparatus has been used that drops weighted kegs into a cage, one at a time after each successful lift. The athlete will continue until completion, failure or time expires.[11]
  • Dead Lift - Lifting weights or vehicles up to about 1,100 lb straight off the ground until knees lock in a standing position. Lift is for either maximum weight or maximum repetitions with a fixed weight. In recent years, a similar keg-loaded apparatus to that described above for the squat has been used.[12][13]
  • Hercules Hold - The athlete stands between two hinged pillars, gripping handles that prevent the pillars from falling to the side. The pillars are held for the longest possible time.[14]
  • Fingal's Fingers - A series of progressively heavier, hinged poles ("fingers") are lifted starting from a horizontal resting position and flipped over to the other side. The event takes its name from Fingal, a mythological Gaelic hunter-warrior.[15]
  • Carry and Drag - Two weights are carried to the end of a set distance. An anchor and chain must then be dragged back the same distance.[16]
  • Keg Toss - Competitors must throw ten 50 lb kegs over a 14'6" high steel wall.
  • Car Carry - Standing inside a roof-less, bottom-less car supported by a harness, competitors must carry the car for the maximum distance or shortest time for 25 meters.

Official Results - Top ThreeEdit

References Edit

External links Edit

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