Strength athletics in Sweden
Sweden has a long and rich history of strength athletics dating back to the mid 1900s in the sport of Olympic weightlifting with Bo Johansson in the 1960s and 70's, and several top ranked IPF Powerlifters such as Lars Hedlund and Lars Norén during the 1980s. Sweden has been at the top international level in World's Strongest Man since the very beginning in the late 1970s with Lars Hedlund achieving numerous podium finishes. Sweden struggled through the 1980s and early 90's until the arrival of Magnus Samuelsson in 1995. Samuelsson would go on to win the 1998 World's Strongest Man, Sweden's only WSM title. Magnus continued to win major international contests and be a top podium finisher at WSM until his retirement in 2008. In recent years, Johannes Arsjo has continued to maintain Sweden's top position on the international scene with numerous podium finishes at major international contests.
Sweden's Strongest Man
Sweden's Strongest Man (Swedish: Sveriges Starkaste Man) is an annual strongman competition held in Sweden and featuring exclusively Swedish athletes. Magnus Samuelsson and Johannes Årsjö have both won the competition 9 times, thus currently (2017) sharing the record for most wins.
Top 3 placings
Nordic Strongman Championships
|2005||Svend Karlsen||Magnus Samuelsson||Juha-Matti Räsänen||IFSA Nordic Championships Kristiansand, Norway|
|2012||Johannes Arsjo||Lars Rorbakken||Michael Licht||Nordic Championships Harstad, Norway|
|2013||Johannes Arsjo||Ole Martin Hansen||Juha Matti Jarvi||Giants Live Nordic Championships Norway|
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