Jimmy Laureys

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Jimmy Laureys
Jimmy Laureys.JPG
Born Jimmy Laureys
(1981-07-07) 7 July 1981 (age 36)
Belgium Belgium
Residence Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Occupation Strongman
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 150 kg (330 lb)
Competition record
Strongman
Representing  Belgium
World's Strongest Man
18th 2009 World's Strongest Man
Strongman Champions League
3rd Spain 2009
6th Overall 2009
3rd Serbia 2011
3rd Holland 2011
Flanders' Strongest Man
2nd 2001
2nd 2002
Belgium's Strongest Man
1st 2008
1st 2009
1st 2010
1st 2011
1st 2012

Jimmy Laureys (born 7 July 1981)[1][2] is a Belgian powerlifter and strongman competitor.

Biography[edit]

Jimmy was known as king kong at school due to his size. He began training seriously at the age of 15 and by 17 was powerlifting. When he was 23 he turned his attention to strength athletics.[3]

Although podium showings in 2001 and 2002 in the Strongest Man in Flanders contests showed Jimmy's potential as a strongman, he concentrated on powerlifting until 2005. From that point forward he began to compete in the Benelux strongman circuit consistently being in the top four in almost every contest he entered, winning 3 of the 8 contests he entered in 2005, predominantly in the Netherlands, with similar success in 2006.[4] His competitive nature led to his nickname in Belgium and Holland becoming 'the Belgian Beast'.[3]

By 2008 he had become Belgian's Strongest Man and he repeated this feat in 2009.[5] 2008 also saw his career graduate to the full international status, with an invitation to compete in the Strongman Champions League. He impressed enough to be invited back in 2009 where he was more consistent, and his improvement was such that he achieved a third-place finish in the Spanish leg of the League in October behind Ervin Katona and eventual League Champion Andrus Murumets.

In 2009, in what was described as the strongest field for many years, Laureys was invited to the World's Strongest Man, being the first Belgian to have the honour. He was drawn in the same group as two previous title holders, Phil Pfister and five times winner Mariusz Pudzianowski. They finished in the top two spots and Laureys failed to qualify for the final. In 2010 he once again was the strongest man of Belgium.[6]

Jimmy has been dominating the Belgian competition since the first Belgium's Strongest Man, and is expected to continue doing so for the next couple of years.

General stats[edit]

  • Leg press max weight: 800 kg
  • Bench press max weight: 230 kg
  • Squat max: 345 kg
  • Dead lift max: 400 kg[7]
  • Log lift max weight: 180 kg

Competition Record[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]