Tjalling van den Bosch

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Tjalling "Charlie" van den Bosch
Born (1958-06-28) June 28, 1958 (age 58)
Netherlands Netherlands
Residence Netherlands
Occupation Strongman Powerlifter Highland Games
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 308 lb (140 kg)
Competition record
Representing  Netherlands
World's Strongest Man
7th 1990
Strongest man of the Netherlands
1st 1989
Pure Strength
3rd 1988 w/Ab Wolders
4th 1989 w/Ab Wolders
3rd 1990 w/Ted van der Parre
World's Strongest Team
3rd 1988 w/Ab Wolders
3rd 1990 w/Ted van der Parre
2nd 1995 w/Berend Veneberg & Ted van der Parre

Tjalling van den Bosch (born June 28, 1958, Achlum) or "Charlie" as he was often called, was a competitive Dutch powerlifter, strongman, and Highland Games athlete. He competed only once in World's Strongest Man in 1990 finishing 7th, however, he was scheduled to compete in 1989 but had to withdraw due to an injury. Tjalling won the Strongest man of the Netherlands contest in 1989.[1]

Tjalling studied psychology in Finland and has been training professional soccer players, speed skaters, track and field athletes and cyclists. His mental approach is also popular with companies, which have invited him to give inspirational talks. Tjalling is also a popular TV and movie personality in the Netherlands. He has appeared as a host on a game show for 3-1/2 years. His most famous movie being Bullseye! with Roger Moore and Michael Caine.[2]

Tjalling was founder of an organization called Pure Strength, which held events in 1987-1990. Tjalling also loves to play a game that demands the most from his mind, Draughts, he even ranks in the top 100 in the world.[3]

Records & Achievements[edit]

  • World record holder car-pull, 1998 (pulled eighteen cars, mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records)
  • 2 times World-Truck-Pull Champion (Petersborough 1989 & Birmingham 1991)
  • 1 time Dutch Strongest Man
  • Dutch Champion, Highland Games
  • Holds several Dutch Strongmen and Highland games records.[4]


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