Strongman Champions League

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Strongman Champions League
Strongman Champions League (logo).png
The official logo of the Strongman Champions League
Tournament information
Location Various international locations
Month played multiple grand prix events held throughout the year
Established 2008
Format Multi-event competition
Purse varies
Current champion
Austria Martin Wildauer[1]

The Strongman Champions League is a strongman competition circuit, with several grand prix events throughout the year and the Strongman Champions League overall champion title going to the overall winner at the end of the season. The competitors include some of the top athletes in the sport, including Žydrūnas Savickas, Krzysztof Radzikowski, Travis Ortmayer, Nick Best, Mikhail Koklyaev, Ervin Katona, Andrus Murumets, Laurence Shahlaei, Vytautas Lalas and Terry Hollands. Initially in close partnership with IFSA, it quickly asserted its independence and has acted as a unifying force in the world of strength athletics, bringing together athletes from IFSA with those affiliated to the World's Strongest Man circuit, and having close cooperation with other major events such as Fortissimus. In 2012, SCL began co-promoting the new Arnold Strongman Classic-Europe contest which will become part of the annual SCL season of events.

History[edit]

Strongman Champions League in Gibraltar.
Strongman Champions League in Gibraltar.

The Strongman Champions League was developed by Ilkka Kinnunen and Marcel Mostert, longtime strongman promoters, with major contests to their credit worldwide, and was launched in 2008. Kinnunen & Mostert described SCL as "a new episode in strongman".[2]

"A complete series of 10–12 competitions, that will take place all over the world, but most of the competitions will be held in Europe. The very best champions, referees and their organizers will be the guarantee of a great new, fresh excitement in Strongman sport. The competition venues are the best which each country can offer and it will include the country's own traditional elements."[2] As well as citing that all points will be accumulated for a Champions League Winner at the end of the year, the organisers also explicitly stated that "Rules will be done officially as and that "The top 3 will be directly placed in the World Championships".[2] Mostert also said "All together we think that this is a perfect platform of competitions that will lead to another great World Championship.".[2]

Thus, IFSA were inextricably linked at the inception of the league. IFSA, however, were in reportedly dire financial straits towards the end of that year. By December, Mostert distanced the league from the ailing governing body and explicitly said that the Strongman Champions League had nothing to do with IFSA. He told IronMind "We have our own logo, we have our own brand, we do our own competitions."[3] Its own website was launched shortly afterwards.

The league organisers had originally reported that Champions League competitions "will be televised and spread all over the world and they released a list of venues that had been organised in advance. In the harsh economic climate of 2008, the league was not immune to the effects, and the league did have to cancel some venues, but unlike with the IFSA, the vast majority of the competitions still took place. In 2008, the SCL had 45 top strength athletes competing, representing more than 20 countries.[4]

Fortissimus Cooperation[edit]

In 2008 Paul Ohl stated that the Strongman Champions League was one of three organisations that had made an agreement with Fortissimus in order to unite the world strength community, the others being the American Strongman Corporation, and the Aussiepower organization. Within the agreement, Fortissimus, the competition that confers the title of "Strongest Man on the Planet", guaranteed that the winner of the America's Strongest Man title would be granted a slot in Fortissimus from 2009, as would the winner of the Australia's Strongest Man title. The agreement with the Strongman Champions League went further, stating that the top three athletes would have guaranteed places and in return the top Canadian athletes would have guaranteed selected participation in the Champions League.[5] This later went further, guaranteeing the SCL its top five athletes would have places.[4] The agreement was reemphasised in a joint statement from Marcel Mostert and Paul Ohl in early 2009.[4]

2009 and links with WSM[edit]

The 2009 programme was planned with ten major contests on schedule. In addition, feeder contests were introduced, one happening in Spain in December 2008 and a further event in Germany called the FIBO Strongman Classic in April 2009. The best two athletes from this FIBO classic 2009 edition were guaranteed into the Champions League, and it was postulated that this German event would be promoted to full SCL status in 2010.

The Strongman Champions League importantly made further progress in acting as a fundamental part of a unifying movement for world strength athletics by making plans to help get its athletes to the 2009 World's Strongest Man contest. Mostert stated that "The top 5 SCL athletes will have places in the Giants Live tour for qualifying at World's Strongest Man (WSM) 2009". In addition, he also stated that wild cards for the WSM will include SCL athletes. He went on to say that "Finally we made it all possible again that all the athletes have chances to qualify for the WSM, which means in my opinion the WSM will have the strongest field ever in her history!". He went on to thank TWI/IMG and Giants Live for their part in making these possibilities. This was groundbreaking because for a number of years prior to this, the athletes under the IFSA had been banned by the federation from entering WSM (since the IFSA fell out of favour with TWI). Likewise, the athletes invited to participate in WSM were not invited to participate in IFSA events. Some competitions bridged the divide, such as the Arnold Strongman Classic and more recently Fortissimus, but neither had the history or gravitas, or indeed popular appeal of the iconic World's Strongest Man. The IFSA athletes, with the demise of the IFSA finances, almost all competed in SCL from 2008. This deal, along with the Fortissimus deal before it, united strongman in a way it had not been since 2004.

The 2009 season began properly on 9 May, with the Strongman Champions League Serbia. Finland followed on 16 May,[6] with Slovakia and the Netherlands in June.

Results[edit]

List of SCL Season Champions[edit]

Year Athlete Nationality
2008 Zydrunas Savickas  Lithuania
2009 Andrus Murumets  Estonia
2010 Terry Hollands  United Kingdom
2011 Ervin Katona Serbia Serbia
2012 Zydrunas Savickas  Lithuania[1]
2013 Krzysztof Radzikowski  Poland
2014 Martin Wildauer Austria Austria

2008[edit]

Name and Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date[7]
Latvia Latvia Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas United States Travis Ortmayer Latvia Agris Kazelniks March 22, 2008
Serbia Serbia Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas Serbia Ervin Katona Estonia Andrus Murumets May 10, 2008
Netherlands Netherlands Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas Estonia Andrus Murumets United States Travis Ortmayer June 1, 2008
Bulgaria Bulgaria Estonia Andrus Murumets Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas Serbia Ervin Katona June 21, 2008
Lithuania Lithuania Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas Lithuania Vidas Blekaitis Lithuania Saulius Brusokas August 2, 2008
Romania Romania Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas Serbia Ervin Katona Ukraine Oleksandr Lashyn August 16, 2008
Finland Finland Russia Mikhail Koklyaev Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas Serbia Ervin Katona August 29, 2008
Overall placings[8] Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas 130 points Serbia Ervin Katona 72 points Latvia Agris Kazelniks 60 points

2009[edit]

Name and Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date[7]
Serbia Serbia Russia Mikhail Koklyaev Estonia Andrus Murumets United States Travis Ortmayer May 9, 2009[9]
Finland Finland Estonia Andrus Murumets Lithuania Vidas Blekaitis Austria Martin Wildauer May 16–17, 2009[10]
Slovakia Slovakia Estonia Andrus Murumets United Kingdom Terry Hollands Russia Alexander Klyushev June 7, 2009[11]
Netherlands Netherlands Russia Mikhail Koklyaev Latvia Agris Kazelniks Netherlands Richard van der Linden June 14, 2009[12]
Spain Spain Serbia Ervin Katona Estonia Andrus Murumets Belgium Jimmy Laureys October 10, 2009[13][14]
England England Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas United Kingdom Mark Felix Estonia Andrus Murumets October 18, 2009[15]
Hungary Hungary Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas Estonia Andrus Murumets Serbia Ervin Katona October 29, 2009[14][16]
Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine
"SCL 2009 Finals"
Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas United States Travis Ortmayer Latvia Agris Kazelniks November 14, 2009[16][17]
Overall placings[18] Estonia Andrus Murumets 105 points Latvia Agris Kazelniks 68 points Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas 60 points

2009 Qualifiers[edit]

The Strongman Champions League introduced qualifying competitions for 2009. From these competitions, the top two were guaranteed places in the SCL. The first qualifier was run in Los Barrios, Spain. The second was the FIBO Classic in Germany.

Name and Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
Spain Spain
Spanish International Challenge
Netherlands Jarno Hams Serbia Ervin Katona United States Steve MacDonald December 2008[19]
Germany Germany
"FIBO"
United States Travis Ortmayer Austria Martin Wildauer Germany Igor Werner April 2009[20]

2010[edit]

Name and Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
Finland Kuusamo, Lapland Finland
"SCL Iceman Challenge"
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas United Kingdom Terry Hollands Ukraine Konstiantyn Ilin March 21, 2010[21]
Germany Germany
"FIBO"
Russia Mikhail Koklyaev United Kingdom Terry Hollands United States Travis Ortmayer April 24, 2010[21]
Finland Ideapark, Finland Russia Mikhail Koklyaev United Kingdom Terry Hollands United States Travis Ortmayer May 16, 2010[22]
Republic of Ireland Limerick, Ireland Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas/
United Kingdom Terry Hollands tie
Latvia Agris Kazelniks June 6, 2010[23]
Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria Serbia Ervin Katona Sweden Johannes Arsjo United Kingdom Terry Hollands June 13, 2010[24]
Netherlands Netherlands United States Travis Ortmayer Russia Mikhail Koklyaev Serbia Ervin Katona June 20, 2010[25]
Serbia Serbia Serbia Ervin Katona Latvia Agris Kazelniks Hungary Gabor Fargacs August 29, 2010[26]
Slovakia Slovakia Serbia Ervin Katona United Kingdom Terry Hollands Ukraine Konstiantyn Ilin October 9, 2010[27]
Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine
"SCL 2010 Finals"
Ukraine Sergey Romanchuk Latvia Agris Kazelniks Russia Mikhail Koklyaev December 18, 2010[28]
Overall placings[28] United Kingdom Terry Hollands 132 points Serbia Ervin Katona 106 points Russia Mikhail Koklyaev 98 points

2011[edit]

Name and Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
Finland Kuusamo, Lapland Finland
"SCL Iceman Challenge II"
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Sweden Johannes Arsjo Serbia Ervin Katona March 19, 2011[29]
Germany Germany
"FIBO"
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas United Kingdom Terry Hollands Austria Martin Wildauer April 16, 2011[30]
Serbia Serbia Serbia Ervin Katona Sweden Johannes Arsjo Belgium Jimmy Laureys May 21, 2011[31]
South Africa South Africa Iran Laurence Shahlaei South Africa Etienne Smit Australia Warrick Brant June 8, 2011[32]
Finland Tampere, Finland Lithuania Vytautas Lalas Iran Laurence Shahlaei Serbia Ervin Katona June 12, 2011[33]
Netherlands Netherlands Iran Laurence Shahlaei Serbia Ervin Katona Belgium Jimmy Laureys June 18, 2011[34]
Bulgaria Bulgaria Serbia Ervin Katona Lithuania Vytautas Lalas United Kingdom Rob Frampton June 25, 2011[35]
Canary Islands Canary Islands Serbia Ervin Katona Finland Tomi Lotta Netherlands Jarno Hams September 3, 2011[36]
Slovakia Slovakia Ukraine Konstiantyn Ilin Slovakia Branislav Golier Finland Tomi Lotta September 10, 2011[37]
Canada Canada
"SCL 2011 Semi-Finals"
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Canada Jean-Francois Caron Iran Laurence Shahlaei Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011[38]
Latvia Latvia Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Canada Jean-Francois Caron Latvia Agris Kazelniks Nov. 18-19, 2011[39]
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo, Bosnia
"SCL 2011 Finals"
[40]
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Canada Jean-Francois Caron Serbia Ervin Katona Feb. 7, 2012
Overall placings[40] Serbia Ervin Katona 201 points Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 176 points Iran Laurence Shahlaei 106 points

2012[edit]

Name and Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
Finland Kuusamo, Lapland Finland
"SCL Iceman Challenge III"
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Iran Laurence Shahlaei Poland Janusz Kulaga March 9, 10 2012[41]
Germany Germany
"FIBO"
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Iran Laurence Shahlaei Serbia Ervin Katona April 22, 2012[42]
Serbia Novi Sad, Serbia Serbia Ervin Katona United Kingdom Terry Hollands Estonia Lauri Nami May 5, 2012[43]
Netherlands Zevenaar, Netherlands Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Iran Laurence Shahlaei Netherlands Jarno Hams June 30, 2012[44]
China Jiangsu, China
"SCL World Shanghai Cup"
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Iran Laurence Shahlaei Serbia Ervin Katona July 4–8, 2012[45]
Portugal Oporto, Portugal Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Serbia Ervin Katona United Kingdom Terry Hollands July 21, 2012[46]
Finland PowerPark Alaharma, Finland Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Russia Mikhail Koklyaev United Kingdom Terry Hollands Aug. 11, 2012[47]
Poland Trzebnica, Poland Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas/
Russia Mikhail Koklyaev tie
Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Aug. 18, 2012[48]
Russia Vladivostok, Russia Russia Mikhail Koklyaev Sweden Johannes Arsjo Lithuania Marius Lalas Aug. 25, 2012[49]
Gibraltar Gibraltar Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Estonia Lauri Nami United Kingdom Terry Hollands Sept. 2, 2012[50]
Bulgaria Bansko, Bulgaria Poland Rafal Kobylarz Lithuania Saulius Brusokas Romania Paul Pirjol Sept. 22, 2012[51]
Lithuania Siemens Arena Vilnius, Lithuania
"SCL Savickas Classic"

"SCL 2012 Semi-Finals"
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Lithuania Vidas Blekaitis Lithuania Vytautas Lalas Oct. 6, 2012[52]
Spain Madrid, Spain
"Arnold Strongman Classic-Europe"
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Lithuania Vytautas Lalas Oct. 13 & 14, 2012[53]
Martinique Fort-de-France, Martinique
"SCL 2012 Finals"
Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas Russia Mikhail Koklyaev Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Nov. 16-18 2012[1][54]
Overall placings[1][55] Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas 275 points Serbia Ervin Katona 130 points Russia Mikhail Koklyaev 114 points

2013[edit]

Name and Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
Finland Kuusamo, Lapland Finland
"SCL Iceman Challenge IV"
Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Finland Tomi Lotta Iran Laurence Shahlaei March 16, 2013[56]
Germany Germany
"FIBO"
Lithuania Vytautas Lalas Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski April 13, 2013[57]
Serbia Novi Sad, Serbia Serbia Ervin Katona Austria Martin Wildauer Latvia Dainis Zageris May 18, 2013[58]
Latvia Olaine, Latvia Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Latvia Dainis Zageris Estonia Meelis Peil May 26, 2013[59]
Czech Republic Pilzen, Czech Republic Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Lithuania Vytautas Lalas Estonia Lauri Nami June 9, 2013[60]
Germany Wunderland Kalkar, Germany Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski June 22, 2013[61]
China Jiangsu, China
"SCL World Shanghai Cup"
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Canada Jean-Francois Caron July 9–13, 2013[62]
Portugal Tavira, Portugal Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Norway Bjorn Andre Solvang Lithuania Vytautas Lalas July 27, 2013[63]
Finland Finland
"SCL Truck Pull World Championships"
Serbia Ervin Katona Finland Antti Mourujarvi Estonia Meelis Peil Aug. 10, 2013[64]
Hungary Budapest, Hungary Serbia Ervin Katona Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Estonia Meelis Peil Aug. 31, 2013[65]
Slovakia Kosice, Slovakia Estonia Lauri Nami Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Austria Martin Wildauer Sept. 7, 2013[66]
Russia Vladivostok, Russia Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas United States Mike Burke Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Sept. 14, 2013[67]
Poland Kartuzy, Poland Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Latvia Dainis Zageris Sept. 21, 2013[68]
Gibraltar Gibraltar Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Latvia Dainis Zageris Sept. 28, 2013[69]
Estonia Tallinn, Estonia Estonia Meelis Peil Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Estonia Lauri Nami Oct. 5, 2013[70]
Lithuania Siemens Arena Vilnius, Lithuania
"SCL Savickas Classic"
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Lithuania Vidas Blekaitis Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Oct. 20, 2013[71]
Brazil Sao Paolo, Brazil
"SCL 2013 Semi-Finals"
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Nov. 8, 2013[72]
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
"SCL 2013 Finals"
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas United States Mike Burke Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Nov. 23, 2013[72]
Overall placings Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Serbia Ervin Katona

2014[edit]

Name and Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
Morocco Martinique, Martinique
"SCL MARTINIQUE"
Serbia Ervin Katona Austria Gerald Gschiel Estonia Lauri Nami March 15,16 2014[73]
Germany Germany
"SCL GERMANY" FIBO
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Austria Martin Wildauer Serbia Ervin Katona April 5, 2014[74]
Serbia Serbia, Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Serbia Ervin Katona Austria Martin Wildauer May 10, 2014[75]
Finland , FINLAND Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Lithuania Marius Lalas Estonia Rauno Heinla June 13, 2014[76]
Netherlands , NETHERLANDS Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Poland Grzegorz Szymanski Netherlands Alex Moonen June 21, 2014[77]
Latvia Olaine, Latvia
"SCL LATVIA
Poland Rafal Kobylarz Lithuania Vidas Blekaitis Austria Martin Wildauer June 29, 2014[78]
Portugal , Portugal Austria Martin Wildauer Latvia Dainis Zageris Estonia Lauri Nami July 04, 2014[79]
Croatia Croatia
"SCL CROATIA"
Serbia Ervin Katona Austria Martin Wildauer Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski July. 19, 2014[80]
Poland , POLAND Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Austria Martin Wildauer Lithuania Vidas Blekaitis Aug. 03, 2014[81]
Hungary , HUNGARY Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski SerbiaErvin Katona SloveniaMatjaz Belsak Aug.30 , 2014[82]
Zambia , ZAMBIA Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Serbia Ervin Katona Latvia Dainis Zageris Sept.13 , 2014[83]
Romania , ROMANIA Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Serbia Ervin Katona Austria Martin Wildauer Sept.21 , 2014[83]
Lithuania , Lithuania Estonia Rauno Heinla Lithuania Vidas Blekaitis Slovenia Matjaz Belsak Oct. 5, 2014[83]
Estonia , Estonia Estonia Rauno Heinla Austria Martin Wildauer Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Oct.18 , 2014[83]
Malaysia , Malaysia
"SCL 2014 Finals"
Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson United Kingdom Eddy Hall Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Nov.14,15 2014[72]
Overall placings Austria Martin Wildauer Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Serbia Ervin Katona

SCL North American Championships[edit]

In 2012, SCL announced the first ever SCL North American Championships to be held in Warwick Ontario, Canada from July 5–8, 2012.[84] The contest took place over 4 days and consisted of 10 events, with athletes from USA and Canada, with 5 athletes from each country.[84] The event was organized by SCL in association with the Festival Hommes Forts-Warwick along with co-organizer Jean Fréchette.[84] The event also featured an amateur, semi-pro and a strongwoman competition.[84]

2012[edit]

Dates: July 5–8, 2012[85] Warwick, Quebec, Canada Quebec

Position Name Country Points
1 Louis-Philippe Jean Canada 81
2 Christian Savoie Canada 76
3 Nick Best United States 73
4 Dave Ostlund United States 57.5
5 Adam Scherr United States 57.5
6 Jacki Ouellet Canada 54
7 Paul Vaillancourt Canada 42.5
8 Steve Schmidt United States 42
9 Simon Boudreau Canada 37.5
10 Joel Dircks United States 27

2013[edit]

Dates: July 5–7, 2013[86] Warwick, Quebec, Canada Quebec

Position Name Country Points
1 Mike Burke United States 89
2 Louis-Phillipe Jean Canada 87
3 Christian Savoie Canada 73
4 Jason Bergmann United States 67
5 Karl Gillingham United States 54
6 Luke Skaarup Canada 53
7 Paul Vaillancourt Canada 44
8 Steve Schmidt United States 41
9 Maxime Boudreault Canada 35
10 Joel Dircks United States 31
11 Scott Cummine Canada 28
12 Dale Schumaker United States 17

2014[edit]

Dates: July 4–6, 2014[87] Warwick, Quebec, Canada Quebec

Position Name Country Points
1 Brian Shaw United States 85.5
2 Jean-Francois Caron Canada 74
3 Jason Bergmann United States 61
4 Luke Skaarup Canada 54.5
5 Josh Thigpen United States 54
6 Ben Ruckstuhl Canada 52
7 Nick Best United States 51
8 Paul Vaillancourt Canada 45.5
9 Dimitar Savatinov United States 44.5
10 Maxime Boudreault Canada 43
11 Dale Schumaker United States 20
12 Christian Savoie Canada 18* injnured (tore both patella's on 2nd event)

105kg Strongman World Championships[edit]

The 105 kg Strongman World Championships was created by Ilkka Kinnunen and Marcel Mostert, the founders of the Strongman Champions League in 2004. The contest includes only athletes weighing 105 kg (231 lbs.) and under, and SCL has stated that it intends to hold the 105 kg Strongman World Championships every 2 years.[88]

2007[edit]

In 2007 the World Championships were held in China, with 17 athletes from 16 different countries participated in the event. The competitions consisted of 10 events over the course of 1 week.[88] Dates: December 2007 China China

Position Name Country Points
1 Janne Hartikainen Finland 143.5
2 Alvidas Brazdzius Lithuania 133.5
3 Maris Rosenthals Latvia 129
4 Sergi Konyushok Ukraine 124.5
5 Zdravko Zanev Bulgaria 123
6 Gert Gorsanov Estonia 108
7 Jason Scheepers South Africa 99.5
8 Danny Andersson Sweden 98.5
9 Piotr Piechowiak Poland 93
10 Kevin Nowack United States 93
11 Fouad Hsaini Netherlands 85.5
12 Janos Kezler Hungary 74.5
13 Gerhard Trawöger Austria 66.5
14 Patrick Baboumian Germany 64
15 Robert Scott England 40.5
16 Min Hyogun Korea 26,5
17 Papp Gyula Hungary 22

2009[edit]

In 2009 and 2010 the contest was held in Kiev, Ukraine during the same weekend as the SCL Finals, with co-organizers Vladimir & Olena Kiba from the Ukrainian Federation of Strength Athletes (UFSA).[88][89] Dates: November 14, 2009 Kiev, Ukraine Ukraine

Position Name Country Points
1 Vitaliy Gerasimov Ukraine 70
2 Mikhailo Melnikov Ukraine 68
3 Marius Lalas Lithuania 64
4 Gert Gorshanov Estonia 63
5 Aleksander Mantserov Russia 58
6 Justin Blake United States 37
7 Alexey Vishnitsky Ukraine 34.5
8 Maris Blumfelds Latvia 34
9 Patrick Baboumian Germany 31
10 Paul Wood United Kingdom 25.5
11 Josef Masaryk Slovakia 17
12 Rami Koski Finland 9

2010[edit]

Dates: December 18, 2010[90] Kiev, Ukraine Ukraine

Position Name Country Points
1 Vitaliy Gerasimov Ukraine 55
2 Aleksander Mantserov Russia 54
3 Topi Fryfeld Finland 35.5
4 Oleksander Krivchenkov Ukraine 34.5
5 Alexey Vishnitsky Ukraine 31.5
6 Rori Scheepers South Africa 31
7 Tomas Haijnal Hungary 25.5
8 Harri Peltomaa Finland 25
9 Maris Blumfeld Latvia 9
10 Ladislav Zsemlye Slovakia 7

2013[edit]

Dates: July 28, 2013[91] Kiev, Ukraine Ukraine

Position Name Country Points
1 Ben Kelsey United Kingdom 60
2 Oleksandre Kryvchenkov Ukraine 56.5
3 Marcin Sedwicki Poland 53.5
4 Mykhailo Hodyakov Ukraine 39.0
5 Dalius Ziminskas Lithuania 38.0
6 Sean Demarinis United States 37.0
7 Vidar Daae Vikoyr Norway 34.5
8 Johnny Wasisko United States 33.5

World Log Lift Championships[edit]

In its inaugural year, the Strongman Champions League introduced the World Log Lift Championships. The event had been a staple of strongman competitions since the early 1980s. Beginning with the 1980 World's Strongest Man contest, Bill Kazmaier hoisted 157 kg to win the event and set a world record. Over eight years Kazmaier increased the record to 170 kg. Jamie Reeves, winner of the 1989 World's Strongest Man contest, managed 177 kg in 1989, and 180 kg at the 1992 World Mighty Man contest in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It was ten years before 2001 World's Strongest Man winner Svend Karlsen set a new record of 185 kg at the Strongman Super Series event in Sweden. In 2003, Hugo Girard set a new record at the Strongman Super Series event in Canada with 186 kg. In 2004, Zydrunas Savickas set a new record of 188 kg, and Raimunds Bergmanis brought the record up to 190 kg at the Strongman Super Series event in Moscow.

Zydrunas Savickas began his long reign over the log lift world record starting in 2005, bringing it up to 200 kg in Hungary, and then again at the 2005 IFSA European Championships in Riga, Latvia with 202.5 kg. Savickas set another new record in 2006, bringing it up to 205 kg.

In 2008 Savickas broke the record twice more, with marks of 207.5 kg and 210 kg. Savickas set yet another world record of 212.5 kg at the 2009 Log Lift World Championships.

Zydrunas set another world record of 215 kg, set at the 2011 SCL Finals in Sarajevo, Bosnia on Feb. 7, 2012, and another world record of 216 kg by Savickas and was set at the 2012 Europe's Strongest Man contest in Leeds, England on June 23, 2012.[92] Savickas set yet another world record of 217.5 kg at the SCL Holland event in Zevenaar, the Netherlands on June 30, 2012.[44]

Savickas' final world record in 2012 of 220 kg was set during the finals of the 2012 World's Strongest Man contest which he eventually won, marking his third WSM title.[93] This marked Savickas' tenth consecutive log lift world record.

In 2013, Savickas set another world record at the 2013 Europe's Strongest Man in Leeds, England with a lift of 221 kg. The current world record was set by Savickas at the 2013 Log Lift World Championships with a lift of 222.5 kg.

Log Lift World Record Progression[edit]

Year Name Log Weight Location
1980 United States Bill Kazmaier 157 kg United States USA
1981 United States Bill Kazmaier 163.5 kg United States USA
1987 Iceland Jón Páll Sigmarsson 165 kg Iceland Iceland
1988 United States Bill Kazmaier 170 kg Hungary Hungary
1989 United Kingdom Jamie Reeves 177 kg Iceland Iceland
1992 United Kingdom Jamie Reeves 180 kg South Africa South Africa
2002 Norway Svend Karlsen 185 kg Sweden Sweden
2003 Canada Hugo Girard 186 kg Canada Canada
2004 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 188 kg Ukraine Ukraine
2004 Latvia Raimonds Bergmanis 190 kg Russia Russia
2005 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 200 kg Hungary Hungary
2005 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 202.5 kg Latvia Latvia
2006 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 205 kg Netherlands Netherlands
2008 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 207.5 kg Netherlands Netherlands
2008 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 210 kg Lithuania Lithuania
2009 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 212.5 kg Lithuania Lithuania
2012 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 215 kg Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
2012 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 216 kg England England
2012 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 217.5 kg Netherlands Netherlands
2012 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 220 kg United States USA
2013 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 221 kg England England
2013 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 222.5 kg Lithuania Lithuania
2014 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 223 kg Brazil Brazilia
2014 Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 227 kg Poland Poland
  • Source of results:[94]

2008[edit]

Zydrunas Savickas entered the 2008 Log Lift World Championships as the clear favorite, and intended to set a new record with 212.5 kg.[95] Savickas' competitors included Mikhail Koklyaev, Ervin Katona, Sebastian Wenta, Oleksandr Lashyn, Tobias Ide, Agris Kazelniks, Oleksandr Pekanaov, Krzysztof Radzikowski and Saulius Brusokas.[95]

The competition, held in Lithuania, saw each lift judged by three officials similar to Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting. The referees were Strongman Champions League founders Ilkka Kinnunen, Marcel Mostert and Latvian weighlifter Viktors Ščerbatihs, who had won the bronze medal in the +105 kg superheavyweight class at the recent Beijing Olympics. One of the strongest contenders, Oleksandr Pekanov, who had a personal best of 190 kg missed his opener of 180 kg three times. However, a number of other athletes came away with personal records, and two National Records were set. Zydrunas Savickas missed his world record attempt of 212.5 kg, but won the championships with his lift of 200 kg.[96]

Results[edit]

# Name Log Weight
1 LithuaniaZydrunas Savickas 200 kg (missed 212.5 kg for a new world record)
2 RussiaMikhail Koklyaev 195 kg (NR)
3 UkraineOleksandr Lashyn 195 kg
4 PolandSebastian Wenta 195 kg
5 PolandKrzysztof Radzikowski 180 kg
6 SerbiaErvin Katona 180 kg (NR)
7 LatviaAgris Kazelniks 170 kg
8 LithuaniaSaulius Brusokas 160 kg
9 GermanyTobias Ide 160 kg
  • Source of results:[97]

2009[edit]

The championships took place in Kaunas, Lithuania on November 21, 2009.

Results[edit]

# Name Log Weight
1 LithuaniaZydrunas Savickas 212.5 kg (WR)
2 PolandKrzysztof Radzikowski 195 kg (NR)
3 LithuaniaVidas Blekaitis 190 kg
4 SerbiaErvin Katona 180 kg
5 LithuaniaSaulius Brusokas 170 kg
6 LatviaAgris Kazelniks 165 kg
7 LatviaMarys Leitis 165 kg
8 RussiaAleksandr Mantserov 160 kg
9 LatviaDainis Zageris 150 kg
  • Source of results:[98]

2010[edit]

The Log Lift Championships were not held in 2010, and was moved up to February 2011 to kick off the 2011 season of SCL.[99]

2011[edit]

The 2011 World Log Lift Championships were held in Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania on Feb. 12, 2011 to kick off the 2011 SCL season.[99] Key competitors were reigning champion Zydrunas Savickas, Vidas Blekaitis and Vytautas Lalas who finished in the top 3 places respectively, with Zavickas winning his 3rd straight log lift title. There were 12 athletes in total, 3 athletes failed their opening weight on all 3 attempts.[100] The event was broadcast live on Eurosport.[101]

Results[edit]

# Name Log Weight
1 LithuaniaZydrunas Savickas 192.5 kg (missed 215 kg for a new world record)[100]
2 LithuaniaVidas Blekaitis 190 kg
3 LithuaniaVytautas Lalas 185 kg
4 GermanyPatrick Baboumian 185 kg (NR)
5 SerbiaErvin Katona 185 kg (NR)
6 AustraliaWarrick Brant 182.5 kg (NR)
7 NorwayBjørn Andrè Solvang 175 kg
8 LatviaAgris Kazelniks 175 kg
9 United StatesMarshall White 170 kg

2012[edit]

The 2012 World Log Lift Championships were held in Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania on Sunday Oct. 7, 2012.[102] The contest took place in the same venue and during the same weekend as the first annual SCL Savickas Classic contest.[52]

Official start list[edit]

Results[edit]
# Name Log Weight
1 LithuaniaZydrunas Savickas 210 kg[52]
2 PolandKrzysztof Radzikowski 207.5 kg
3 LithuaniaVytautas Lalas 205 kg
4 LithuaniaVidas Blekaitis 200 kg
5 RussiaMikhail Koklyaev 200 kg (NR)
6 SwedenJohannes Arsjo 185 kg
7 CanadaJean-Francois Caron 170 kg
8 SerbiaErvin Katona 170 kg
9 NetherlandsAlex Moonen 170 kg
10 FinlandJuha-Matti Jarvi 170 kg
X South AfricaEttiene Smit Failed all 3 attempts

2013[edit]

The 2013 World'LogLift Championships were held in Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania on Saturday October 19, 2013. Savickas set a new world'record with a lift of 222.5 kg.[103]

2014[edit]

The 2014 Arnold Strongman Brazil were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday April 26, 2014. Savickas set a new world record loglift with a lift of 223. kg.

The 2014 Giants live Poland were held in Poland, POL on Friday May 9, 2014. Savickas set a new world record loglift with a lift of 227. kg.

The 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic were held in Colombus in Ohio, USA on Saturday Mars 1, 2014. Savickas set a new world record Tire deadlift with a lift of 524. kg.

The 2014 Europe strongest man on Saturday August 9, 2014. Benedikt Magnusson set a new record deadlift with a lift of 461. kg.

The 2015 Arnold Classic Australia on April 2015. Eddy Hall set a new record deadlift with a lift of 462. kg.

Results[edit]

# Name Log Weight
1 LithuaniaZydrunas Savickas 222.5 kg (WR)
2 LithuaniaVidas Blekaitis 205 kg
3 PolandKrzysztof Radzikowski 200 kg
4 LatviaDainis Zageris 185 kg
5 United StatesMatt Wanat 180 kg

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