Europe's Strongest Man

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Europe's Strongest Man
Tournament information
Location Leeds, England
Established 1980
Format Multi-event competition
Purse varies
Current champion
Iceland Hafthor Bjornsson

Europe's Strongest Man is an annual strength athletics competition which began in 1980. The event is held in various locations throughout Europe, and features exclusively European strongman competitors. Mariusz Pudzianowski currently holds the record for most wins with 6 titles. Zydrunas Savickas, Geoff Capes and Riku Kiri each hold 3 titles.[1] As of 2010, the Europe's Strongest Man contest has become a part of the Giants Live season of annual grand prix events. The contest serves as a qualifying event for the World's Strongest Man contest, with the top 3 placings qualifying for that year's WSM contest.


Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
1980 England Geoff Capes England Richard Slaney[2] Austria Vincenz Hortnagl England London[3]
1981 Sweden Lars Hedlund England Geoff Capes Sweden Sweden
1982 England Geoff Capes Netherlands Simon Wulfse Sweden Roger Ekstrom Netherlands Amsterdam[3]
1983 Netherlands Simon Wulfse England Geoff Capes Iceland Jón Páll Sigmarsson Netherlands Holland
1984 England Geoff Capes Netherlands Ab Wolders Germany Rudolf Kuster Netherlands Marken[3]
1985 Iceland Jón Páll Sigmarsson Iceland Iceland
1986 Iceland Jón Páll Sigmarsson Portugal Portugal
1987 Netherlands Ab Wolders England Geoff Capes Iceland Jón Páll Sigmarsson Netherlands Holland
1988 England Jamie Reeves Iceland Jón Páll Sigmarsson England Mark Higgins Netherlands Holland
1989 England Jamie Reeves England Mark Higgins Iceland Jón Páll Sigmarsson Iceland Iceland
1990 Denmark Henning Thorsen Netherlands Ted Van Der Parre England Mark Higgins Denmark Denmark
1991 Wales Gary Taylor/Scotland Forbes Cowen England Jamie Reeves Netherlands Ted Van Der Parre England England
1992[4] Hungary László Fekete Finland Ilkka Nummisto Finland Markku Suonenvirta
1992 Iceland Magnús Vér Magnússon Iceland Magnús Vér Magnússon Wales Gary Taylor Denmark Denmark
1993 Austria Manfred Hoeberl Wales Gary Taylor Iceland Magnús Vér Magnússon Norway Norway
1994[4] Iceland Magnús Vér Magnússon
1994 Austria Manfred Hoeberl Iceland Magnús Vér Magnússon Wales Gary Taylor France France
1995 Finland Riku Kiri Finland Jouko Ahola Iceland Magnús Vér Magnússon Germany Germany
1996 Finland Riku Kiri Germany Heinz Ollesch Iceland Magnús Vér Magnússon Finland Finland
1997 Finland Riku Kiri Iceland Magnús Vér Magnússon Netherlands Berend Veneberg Netherlands Holland
1998 Finland Jouko Ahola Iceland Magnús Ver Magnússon Norway Svend Karlsen Finland Finland
1999 Finland Jouko Ahola Faroe Islands Regin Vagadal Sweden Magnus Samuelsson Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
2000 Netherlands Berend Veneberg Sweden Magnus Samuelsson Poland Jarek Dymek Netherlands Sevenum
2001 Norway Svend Karlsen Finland Janne Virtanen Sweden Magnus Samuelsson Finland Helsinki
2002 Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Poland Jarek Dymek Norway Svend Karlsen Poland Gdynia
2003 Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Poland Jarek Dymek Latvia Raimonds Bergmanis Poland Sandomierz
2004 Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Poland Tomasz NowotniakNote 1 Lithuania Žydrūnas SavickasNote 1 Poland Jelenia Góra
2005 Poland Jarek Dymek Finland Janne Virtanen Ukraine Michael Starov Poland Płock
2006 Event not held
2007 Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Bulgaria Stoyan Todorchev Poland Sebastian Wenta Poland Łódź
2008 Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Poland Grzegorz Szymański Poland Sławomir Toczek Poland Szczecinek
2009 Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Poland Mateusz Baron Poland Bartoszyce
Giants Live tour
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas England Terry Hollands England Mark Felix England Wembley Arena, London
2011 Event not held
Giants Live tour[5]
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Lithuania Vytautas Lalas England Laurence Shahlaei England Leeds, England
Giants Live tour[6]
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas Lithuania Vytautas Lalas Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski England Leeds, England
2014 Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Sweden Johannes Arsjo England Graham Hicks England Leeds, England
2015 Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski England Mark Felix & Latvia Dainis Zageris (tied) England Leeds, England
  1. All names from either Dave Horne's world of grip or except those specified by Note 1

Championships by country[edit]

Country Titles
 Poland 7
 Iceland 6
 Finland 5
 England 5
 Netherlands 3
 Lithuania 3
 Austria 2
 Scotland 1
 Wales 1
 Hungary 1
 Norway 1
 Denmark 1
 Sweden 1

Repeat champions[edit]

Champion Times
Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski 6
Lithuania Zydrunas Savickas 3
England Geoff Capes 3
Finland Riku Kiri 3
Iceland Magnús Vér Magnússon 2
Finland Jouko Ahola 2
Iceland Jón Páll Sigmarsson 2
England Jamie Reeves 2
Austria Manfred Hoeberl 2


  1. ^ David Horne (May 7, 2010). "David Horne's World of Grip". David Horne. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ suggests that Lars Hedlund came second in 1980 whereas Dave Horne's world of grip names Richard Slaney
  3. ^ a b c David Webster, Sons of Samson Volume 2 Profiles, page 78 (Ironmind Enterprises), ISBN 0-926888-06-4
  4. ^ a b David Horne's World of Grip names two tournaments in both 1992 and 1994
  5. ^
  6. ^'s-Strongest-Man-2013.html

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