Laurence Shahlaei

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Laurence Shahlaei
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Shahlaei in 2009
Born
Laurence Shahlaei

(1982-12-25) 25 December 1982 (age 36)
ResidenceSwindon, Wiltshire, England
OccupationStrongman
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight353 lb (160 kg)[1]
Children2
Competition record
Strongman
Representing  United Kingdom
World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2008 World's Strongest Man
9th 2009 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2010 World's Strongest Man
4th 2011 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2013 World's Strongest Man
9th 2014 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2015 World's Strongest Man
10th 2016 World's Strongest Man
7th 2017 World's Strongest Man
Representing  England
Britain's Strongest Man
4th Britain's Strongest Man 2008
1st Britain's Strongest Man 2012
1st Britain's Strongest Man 2013
3rd Britain's Strongest Man 2014
3rd Britain's Strongest Man 2016
England's Strongest Man[2]
1st England's Strongest Man 2009
UK Team Champs
1st 2008 (with Rob Frampton)
Strongman Super Series
3rd 2010 Viking Power Challenge
3rd 2010 Sweden Grand Prix
3rd 2010 Overall
Giants Live
2nd 2010 Ukraine
4th 2010 Istanbul
2nd 2011 London
1st 2012 Finland
1st 2013 Gateshead
Europe's Strongest Man
3rd 2012 Europe's Strongest Man
5th 2013 Europe's Strongest Man
1st 2016 Europe's Strongest Man
WSF World Strongmen Championships
2nd 2012
Jón Páll Sigmarsson Classic
2nd 2011
Representing  Iran
Strongman Champions League
1st 2011: South Africa
2nd 2011: Finland
1st 2011: Holland
3rd 2011: Canada SCL Semi-finals
3rd 2011 Overall
2nd 2012 SCL Iceman Challenge III
2nd 2012 Germany FIBO
4th 2012 Serbia
2nd 2012 Holland
2nd 2012 China
3rd 2013 SCL Iceman Challenge

Laurence "Loz" Shahlaei (born 25 December 1982) is an English strongman competitor, winner of England's Strongest Man and Britain's Strongest Man, and regular competitor at the World's Strongest Man. He was the 2016 Europe's Strongest Man champion.

Early life[edit]

Shahlaei was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire,[3] the son of an Iranian father from Kermanshah and an English mother from Newcastle upon Tyne. He attended Balcarras School, and later moved to Stroud, Gloucestershire.[3]

Strongman career[edit]

Shahlaei started strongman training in 2005 and entered his first novice competition that year, where he finished 8th. Within two years, he entered his first Britain's Strongest Man ("BSM"), having won the Midlands qualifier. In that competition, he made a huge impact, making it to the final, only to tear his biceps in the tyre flip, which forced him to withdraw. He won the Midlands qualifier again in 2008, and once again made the final, this time finishing 4th behind Jimmy Marku, Terry Hollands, and Mark Felix. This placing landed him an invite to the World's Strongest Man in 2008. Despite his impressive win in the squat, he did not make the final.

In 2009, just four years after beginning strongman, he became the UKSC Midlands Strongest Man and also won the UKSC England's Strongest Man, citing this, alongside his WSM 2008 squat win, as the greatest moment of his career (the WSM qualifier titled "England's Strongest Man", which replaced the Britain's Strongest Man contest in 2009, was won by Terry Hollands and Shahlaei did not compete in that). His favourite strongman event is the farmer's walk because it is a good test of natural strength, whereas his least favourite strongman event is the Atlas stones. Shahlaei has said that he admires Bill Kazmaier and Vasyl Virastyuk for their intensity and belief in themselves, qualities he seeks to emulate, and that he believes the greatest strength athlete of all time is Zydrunas Savickas.

Laurence competed in World's Ultimate Strongman in Dubai at the Bab al-Shams Arena in October 2018. It is said that the prize money was 'more than ever before'. He competed against other top Strongmen such as Brian Shaw, Thor, Terry Hollands, Martins Liscis etc. Going in to the competition, Laurence was still recovering from a few minor injuries, and said he was going to do himself proud and not focus on the other athletes. After 5 gruelling events including a truck pull, silver dollar deadlift and overhead pressing medley, Laurence finished 5th, ahead of many other top athletes, proving he is still among the World's elite.

Laurence Shahlaei's next competition is Britain's Strongest Man which will take place at the Fly DSA Arena in Sheffield in January 2019. With Eddie Hall having withdrawn from competing in Strongman after dominating the British scene for the last few years to go in to acting and presenting, Laurence has said publicly that he is aiming to claim back his title of the strongest man in Britain, but standing in his way will be other top British Athletes, including Terry Hollands , Adam Bishop , and Graham Hicks .

Other work[edit]

Shahlaei has said that he would like to set up a sports related business in the future, but his dream is to become an actor. He had a role in The Golden Compass (2007).

On 19 August 2011, Shahlaei competed on Deal or No Deal, where he won £20,000 and lifted presenter Noel Edmonds up above his head.

In August 2012, Shahlaei opened a personal training business in Swindon, Wiltshire.[4]. Laurence has since written various training programmes which he sells via his website, as well as various other merchandise labelled 'Team Loz'.

Stats[edit]

  • Bench press max: 220 kg
  • Squat max: 400 kg
  • Deadlift max: 435 kg (accurate as of 2014 World Deadlift Championship event)

Personal life[edit]

Shahlaei has two daughters named Ava and Alexa, whom he once described as his greatest achievements. He and his wife, Liz, live in Swindon, Wiltshire.[5]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jimmy Marku (in 2008)
Britain's Strongest Man
2012-2013
Succeeded by
Eddie Hall
Preceded by
Jimmy Marku
England's Strongest Man (Elite/UKSC)
2009
Succeeded by
Eddie Hall (Elite)
Dean Slater (UKSC)