Žydrūnas Savickas

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Žydrūnas Savickas
Zydrunas Savickas 2010.JPG
Born Žydrūnas Savickas
(1975-07-15) July 15, 1975 (age 39)
Biržai, Lithuania
Residence Lithuania
Other names "Big Z"
Occupation Strongman, Powerlifting
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight 180 kg (400 lb)
Title 4 time World's Strongest Man champion
2 time winner IFSA Strongman World Championships
7 time Arnold Strongman Classic champion
3 time Europe's Strongest Man champion
4 time winner World Log Lift Championships
11 time Lithuania's Strongest Man champion
Spouse(s) Jurgita Savickienė[2]
Competition record
Strongman
Competitor for  Lithuania
World's Strongest Man
Qualified 1998 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2000 World's Strongest Man
2nd 2002 World's Strongest Man
2nd 2003 World's Strongest Man
2nd 2004 World's Strongest Man
1st 2009 World's Strongest Man
1st 2010 World's Strongest Man
2nd 2011 World's Strongest Man
1st 2012 World's Strongest Man
2nd 2013 World's Strongest Man
1st 2014 World's Strongest Man
Arnold Strongman Classic
1st 2003 Arnold Strongman Classic
1st 2004 Arnold Strongman Classic
1st 2005 Arnold Strongman Classic
1st 2006 Arnold Strongman Classic
1st 2007 Arnold Strongman Classic
1st 2008 Arnold Strongman Classic
2nd 2010 Arnold Strongman Classic
3rd 2011 Arnold Strongman Classic
3rd 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic
1st 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic
Arnold Strongman Classic-Europe
1st 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic-Europe
Arnold Strongman-Brazil
1st 2014 Arnold Strongman-Brazil
IFSA Strongman World Championships
1st 2005 IFSA Strongman World Championships
1st 2006 IFSA Strongman World Championships
3rd 2007 IFSA Strongman World Championships
Strongman Champions League
1st 2008 Latvia
1st 2008 Serbia
1st 2008 Holland
2nd 2008 Bulgaria
1st 2008 Lithuania
1st 2008 Romania
2nd 2008 Finland
1st 2008 Overall
1st 2009 England
1st 2009 Hungary
1st 2009 Ukraine
3rd 2009 Overall
1st 2010 SCL Iceman Challenge
1st 2010 Ireland
1st 2011 SCL Iceman Challenge II
1st 2011 Germany FIBO
1st 2011 Canada SCL Semi-finals
1st 2011 Latvia
1st 2012 Sarajevo SCL Finals
3rd 2009 Overall
1st 2012 SCL Iceman Challenge III
1st 2012 Germany FIBO
1st 2012 Holland
1st 2012 China SCL World Shanghai Cup
1st 2012 Portugal
1st 2012 Finland
1st 2012 Poland
1st 2012 Gibraltar
1st 2012 SCL Savickas Classic
SCL Semi-finals
1st 2012 Martinique SCL Finals
1st 2012 Overall
1st 2013 Germany
1st 2013 China SCL World Shanghai Cup
2nd 2013 Overall
IFSA Strongman European Championships
1st 2005 IFSA European Championships
IFSA World Team Championships
1st 2005 Team Europe
1st 2007 Team Lithuania
w/Vidas Blekaitis
IFSA
1st 2005 Hungary Grand Prix
1st 2006 Dubai Grand Prix
1st 2006 Holland Grand Prix
1st 2006 Latvia Grand Prix
1st 2006 Lithuania Grand Prix
1st 2007 Lithuania Grand Prix
Europe's Strongest Man
3rd 2004 Europe's Strongest Man
1st 2010 Europe's Strongest Man
1st 2012 Europe's Strongest Man
1st 2013 Europe's Strongest Man
Giants Live
1st 2010 England
1st 2010 Turkey
1st 2012 England
1st 2013 England
Strongman Super Series
3rd 2002 Sweden
2nd 2002 Hawaii
3rd 2002 Overall
3rd 2003 Hawaii
2nd 2003 Holland
2nd 2003 Overall
2nd 2004 Moscow
2nd 2004 Sweden
1st 2004 Overall
World Log Lift Championships
1st 2008 World Log Lift Championships
1st 2009 World Log Lift Championships
1st 2011 World Log Lift Championships
1st 2012 World Log Lift Championships
1st 2013 World Log Lift Championships
World Muscle Power Championships
3rd 2004 World Muscle Power Championships
World Strongman Challenge
2nd 2002 World Strongman Challenge
3rd 2003 World Strongman Challenge
1st 2007 World Strongman Challenge
Fortissimus
2nd 2008 Fortissimus
1st 2009 Fortissimus
Lithuania's Strongest Man
3rd 1996 Lithuania's Strongest Man
2nd 1997 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st 1998 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st 1999 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st 2000 Lithuania's Strongest Man
2nd 2001 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st 2002 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st 2004 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st 2005 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st 2006 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st 2007 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st 2008 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st 2009 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st 2012 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st 2013 Lithuania's Strongest Man
Powerlifting
Competitor for  Lithuania
IPF World Powerlifting Championships[3]
6th 1998 IPF World Powerlifting Championships +125kg
5th 1999 IPF World Powerlifting Championships +125kg
2nd 2000 IPF World Powerlifting Championships +125kg
EPF European Powerlifting Championships[3]
2nd 1998 EPF European Powerlifting Championships +125kg
2nd 1999 EPF European Powerlifting Championships +125kg
2nd 2000 EPF European Powerlifting Championships +125kg
2nd 2001 EPF European Powerlifting Championships +125kg
Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships
1st 1995 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships +125kg
1st 1996 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships +125kg
1st 1997 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships +125kg
1st 1999 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships +125kg
1st 2000 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships +125kg
1st 2001 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships +125kg
1st 2002 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships +125kg
1st 2003 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships +125kg
1st 2004 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships +125kg
1st 2005 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships +125kg
IPF Junior World Championships[3]
3rd 1997 IPF Junior World Championships +125kg
During the IFSA Strongman World 2-Man Championship in Vilnius, Lithuania, 2007.

Žydrūnas Savickas (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[ʒʲiːd̪ˈrûːn̪ɐs̪ s̪ɐˈvʲɪt͡skɐs̪]; born July 15, 1975) is a Lithuanian powerlifter and professional strongman. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest strongman competitors of all time.[4]

He is the only modern strongman competitor to have won every major strongman competition, most notably the World's Strongest Man in 2009, 2010, 2012, & 2014, the Arnold Strongman Classic on six consecutive occasions from 2003–2008 and later in 2014, the IFSA Strongman World Championships in 2005 & 2006, Fortissimus in 2009, the Strongman Champions League overall title in 2008 & 2012, the World Log Lift Championships in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 and Europe's Strongest Man 3 times in 2010, 2012 & 2013.[4]

He stands 1.91 m (6 ft 4 in) and competes at 180 kg (400 lb).[5] Savickas is often referred to by his nickname, "Big Z".

Powerlifting/Strongman career[edit]

Savickas first became interested in strength sports after watching a Lithuanian strongman contest on TV in 1989. Three years later, he took part in that same strongman contest, and defeated a number of older and more experienced competitors. At age 17, Savickas began to train in powerlifting. In his second powerlifting contest, he broke all the Lithuanian records. He is the only Lithuanian to squat over 400 kg.

In 1998, Savickas won his first Lithuania's Strongest Man contest. He would later go on to win this contest a total of 7 times. Savickas then competed in the 1998 and 2000 World's Strongest Man contests, but failed to qualify for the finals both times. He won the silver medal in the World powerlifting championship in Japan with a total of 1020 kg, just 2.5 kg behind Brad Gillingham.

2001–2008[edit]

A contest in the Faroe Islands in 2001 dealt Savickas a major setback, as he tore both patellar tendons during the conan's wheel event. Many believed that the extent of the injury meant that his career was over. However, nine months later Savickas won the Lithuanian powerlifting championships, and a short time later he also won the 2002 Lithuania's Strongest Man contest. Savickas would go on to finish in 2nd place at the 2002 World's Strongest Man in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He would finish in 2nd place 3 more times in 2003, 2004 and 2011, and 1st place at the 2009 and 2010 World's Strongest Man contests.

Savickas won the Arnold Strongman Classic six consecutive times from 2003–2008. Savickas won the IFSA European Championships in 2005 which qualified him for the world championships. In September 2005, he broke three world records and won the IFSA Strongman World Championships in Quebec, Canada. Savickas won the 2005 IFSA World Team Championships with Team Europe and won the IFSA World Championships for a 2nd time in 2006 in Reykjavík, Iceland. In 2007, Savickas finished in 3rd place at the last ever IFSA World Championships behind runner-up Mikhail Koklyaev and Champion Vasyl Virastyuk in Geumsan, South Korea.

On October 24, 2005, Savickas represented Lithuania in a team competition with Vidas Blekaitis, Saulius Brusokas, and Vilius Petrauskas. Team Lithuania team placed 5th overall at the IFSA World's Strongest Nation contest in Ukraine.

Savickas won 5 out of the 7 total contests during the inaugural 2008 Strongman Champions League season, and won the 2008 overall title 58 points ahead of second place finisher Ervin Katona.

2009–2010[edit]

Savickas was the 2009 and 2010 World's Strongest Man champion. He has also won Europe's Strongest Man in 2010 & 2012. Savickas won Fortissimus in 2009 after finishing runner-up in 2008 behind Derek Poundstone. Savickas is the 3 time reigning World Log Lift Championships winner in 2008, 2009 and 2011(there was no contest held in 2010).

2011[edit]

On April 15, 2011 Savickas set a new Guinness World Record performing a 20 meter Farmer's Walk in 7.55 seconds with 150 kg (330 lb) implements in each hand. The event was broadcast on the Guinness TV show in Europe.[6]

Savickas won 5 Strongman Champions League events during the 2011/2012 season, in Finland in March 2011, Germany on April 16, 2011,[7] the SCL Semi-finals in Canada in Oct. 2011, Latvia in Nov 2011 and the SCL Finals in Sarajevo, Bosnia on Feb. 7, 2012.[8]

Savickas lost his WSM crown to American Brian Shaw at the 2011 World's Strongest Man contest at Wingate University, North Carolina coming in second place for the fourth time.

During the SCL Finals in Sarajevo, Savickas set a new world record in the log lift with 215 kg (474 lb).[8] This was his 7th consecutive world record in the log lift, not including his world record in the giant wooden log lift set at the 2010 World's Strongest Man contest.[9]

2012[edit]

Savickas won the 2012 Europe's Strongest Man contest on June 23, 2012, his second ESM title after winning in 2010.[10] Savickas also set a new world record in the log lift with a lift of 216 kg (476 lb), this was his 8th consecutive log lift world record.[10]

Savickas has won 8 Strongman Champions League events in the 2012 season and is the current overall leader. He won the 2012 SCL Iceman Challenge III in Finland in March, his third consecutive victory in that contest. Savickas also won the 2012 FIBO event in Germany in April, and the SCL Holland event in Zevenaar, Holland on June 30, 2012.

During the SCL Holland event, Savickas set yet another world record in the Log Lift with a lift of 217.5 kg (480 lb). This was Savickas' 3rd log lift world record in 2012, and 9th consecutive log lift world record.

Savickas has held the log lift world record since 2005, and has set more total world records than any other strongman competitor in history.

Savickas won the inaugural 2012 SCL World Shanghai Cup in China on July 8, 2012, his 4th SCL victory of the 2012 season, and the SCL Portugal event on July 21 in Oporto, Portugal.[11]

Savickas won the SCL Finland event on Aug. 11, 2012 and was the co-winner of the SCL Poland event on Aug. 18 in a tie with Mikhail Koklyaev. Savickas also won the SCL Gibraltar event on Sept. 2, 2012. This was his eight SCL victory for the 2012 season, and 28th career SCL win.

Savickas regained the WSM crown by winning the 2012 World's Strongest Man contest in Los Angeles, California on Oct. 1, 2012.[12] This was Savickas' third WSM title, he is only the fifth competitor in WSM history to win 3 or more WSM titles. Savickas also set a new log lift world record in the finals with a lift of 220 kg (490 lb).[13] Savickas and Jon Pall Sigmarrson have each placed in the WSM top three a record seven times.

Savickas won the inaugural 2012 SCL Savickas Classic on Oct. 6, 2012 in Vilnius, Lithuania.[14] This was Savickas' ninth SCL victory for the 2012 SCL season.

Savickas won the 2012 World Log Lift Championships on Oct. 7, 2012 which was held at the same venue as the Savickas Classic, this was his fourth consecutive Log Lift title.[15]

Savickas won the 2012 SCL Finals held in Fort-de-France, Martinique on Nov. 18, 2012, his tenth SCL victory of the season. Savickas won the 2012 SCL overall championship title, his second after winning in 2008.

2013[edit]

Savickas won his inaugural 2013 contest, the Strongman Champions League event held in Kalkar, Germany on June 22, 2013.[16] Savickas also attempted a new Log Lift world record of 221 kg (487 lb), but just barely failed to lockout the weight overhead.[17]

Savickas won his third Europe's Strongest Man title on June 29, 2013.[18] He also set a new Log Lift world record with a lift of 221 kg (487 lb).[18]

Savickas finished second in the 2013 World's Strongest Man contest behind American Brian Shaw.

2014[edit]

At Giants Live Poland, Savickas set a new world record on the Log Lift for 500Lbs or 227kg

Personal life[edit]

Savickas married his longtime girlfriend Jurgita Savickienė on July 24, 2010 in Lithuania.[19]

At the end of September 2010, a biography entitled Žydrūnas Savickas – žmogus iš geležies (Žydrūnas Savickas – A Man Of Iron) was published in Lithuania.(ISBN 978-609-408-104-0)

During the Strongman Champions League Ireland contest in Limerick, Ireland, 2010.

Personal records[edit]

Powerlifting[edit]

Done in official powerlifting competitions under IPF rules (single ply equipment)

  • Squat - 428 kg (944 lb)[20] – Lithuanian record
  • Bench press - 285.5 kg (629 lb)[21] – Lithuanian record
  • Deadlift - 510 kg (1,120 lb)[20] – Lithuanian record
  • Total - 1,223.5 kg (2,697 lb) (428|275|510)[20] (2012) – Lithuanian record

Done in the gym (personal records as of 2013 according to Savickas himself)

  • Squat – 435 kg (959 lb) for 3 reps[21] raw with knee wraps
  • Bench press - 285.5 kg (629 lb) for 1 rep;[20] 250 kg (550 lb) for 3 reps[21]
  • Deadlift - 520 kg (1,150 lb) for 1 rep[21] no wrist straps
  • Deadlift with wrist straps – 590 kg (1300 lb)
  • Standing Overhead Press - 220 kg (490 lb) for 5 reps[21] without leg drive
  • Standing Overhead Press - 240kg (529 lb) for 2 reps.

Strongman[edit]

  • Log lift for Max Weight "new world'record" – 227 kg (500 lb) (World record, 2014 Gians Live Poland, Dolina Charlotty, Poland)[18]
  • Log lift for Max Weight – 221 kg (487 lb) (World record, 2013 Europe's Strongest Man, Leeds, England)[18]
  • Log lift "new world'record" 223 kg (492 lb) (World record, 2014 Arnold strongman Brazil, Rio, Brazilia)
  • Strongman Deadlift (with straps) – 440 kg (970 lb) with straps (World Strongman Record, 2011)
  • Apollon's Axle Press for Max Weight – 215 kg (474 lb) (World Record, 2010 Giants Live, Istanbul, Turkey)[22]
  • Apollon's Axle Press for Reps – 166 kg (366 lb) × 8 clean and press each rep (World record, 2006 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio)
  • Giant Wooden Log lift for Max Weight – 210 kg (460 lb) (World Record, 2010 World's Strongest Man, Sun City, South Africa)[9]
  • Apollon's Wheels Overhead for Reps – 155 kg (342 lb) × 8 reps
  • Giant Barbell Deadlift for Reps – 320 kg (710 lb) × 10 (World record, 2006 IFSA World Championships, Reykjavík, Iceland)
  • 22 kg (49 lb) Medicine ball for Height – 17 ft (5.18 m) (World record, 2004 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio)
  • Atlas Stones (heavy set) – 25.65 seconds (World record, 2006 IFSA World Championships, Reykjavík, Iceland)
  • Metal Block press – 150 kg (330 lb) (World record, 2011 World's Strongest Man, Wingate,North Carolina)
  • Hummer Tire Deadlift for Max Weight – 506.6 kg (1,117 lb) (World record, 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio)
  • Hummer Tire Deadlift for Max Weight -556 kg (1,226 lb) (World record, 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio)
  • Heavy Super Yoke, 500 kg (1,100 lb) – 7.50 seconds (World record, 2006 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio)
  • Loglift – 223 kg (492 lb) (World record, 2014 Arnold Strongman Brazil, Rio, Brazilia)
  • Loglift – 227 kg (500 lb) (World record, 2014 Giants live Poland)

Notable contests[edit]

Strongman[edit]

Powerlifting[edit]

  • IPF World Powerlifting Silver medalist (2000)
  • Lithuanian Powerlifting Champion (1995–1997, 1999–2005) – 10 times
  • Winner of the Lithuanian Powerlifting Cup (1994–2000) – 7 times
  • EPF European Powerlifting Silver medalist (1997–1999) – 3 times

Achievements[edit]

Professional Competitive Record – [1st (79),2nd (28),3rd (13) – Out of Total(128)]
Performance Metric – .949 [Lithuanian – .964 International – .924]

Professional 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th INJ DNQ Total
Lithuanian 46 9 4 1 2 1 2 65
International 36 20 9 5 1 2 2 72
Combined 82 29 13 5 2 1 2 4 137

Completed contests[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zydrunas Savickas". theworldsstrongestman.com. IMG. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2010/Jul/Zydrunas_Savickas_Ties_the_Knot-Worldxs_Strongest_Man_Gets_Married.html | partner = | children = | relations = | website = Zydrunas Savickas Official Website
  3. ^ a b c http://en.allpowerlifting.com/lifters/LTU/savickas-zydrunas-2117/
  4. ^ a b 2011 MHP Log Lift World Championships. Ironmind.com (2011-01-20). Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
  5. ^ "Žydrūnas Savickas". IFSA Strongman. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Zydrunas Savickas Sets New Guinness World Record". Ironmind.com. 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  7. ^ "Zydrunas Savickas Wins SCL GERMANY (FIBO POWER)". Ironmind.com. 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  8. ^ a b http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Feb/Ervin_Katona_Wins_SCL_World_Championships.html
  9. ^ a b http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2010/Sep/Zydrunas_Savickas_Breaks_Log_Lift_World_Record_at_the_Worldxs_Strongest_Man_Contest.html
  10. ^ a b http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Jun/Zydrunas_Savickas_Wins_Europexs_Strongest_Man.html
  11. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Jul/SCL_Portugal-Zydrunas_Savickas_Crushes_the_Field.html
  12. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Oct/Zydrunas_Savickas-Worldxs_Strongest_Man_Winner.html
  13. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Sep/WSM_Finals-Zydrunas_Savickas_Breaks_Log_Lift_World_Record.html
  14. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Oct/Zydrunas_Savickas_Double_Victory_in_Lithuania.html
  15. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Oct/Zydrunas_Savickas_Double_Victory_in_Lithuania.html
  16. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2013/Jun/SCL-Holland-Zydrunas_Savickas_Gets_His_First_Win_in_2013-Thor_Gets_a_World_Record.html
  17. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2013/Jun/SCL-Holland-Zydrunas_Savickas_Gets_His_First_Win_in_2013-Thor_Gets_a_World_Record.html
  18. ^ a b c d http://www.giants-live.com/a/id/102/Savickas-wins-Europe's-Strongest-Man-2013.html
  19. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2010/Jul/Zydrunas_Savickas_Ties_the_Knot-Worldxs_Strongest_Man_Gets_Married.html
  20. ^ a b c d Records at Official Zydrunas Savickas web site
  21. ^ a b c d e Zydrunas Savickas Interview at marunde-muscle.com
  22. ^ Zydrunas Savickas: 215-kg Axle and Watch for More. Ironmind.com (2010-10-31). Retrieved on 2011-03-19.

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