World Strongman Federation

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World Strongman Federation
Formation 2007
Type Sports federation
Headquarters Latvia
Leader Pradeep Baba Madhok (India)
Website World Strongman Federation

The World Strongman Federation ("WSF") is a worldwide organization within strength athletics, founded by Vlad Redkin, a prominent figure in the history of the International Federation of Strength Athletes and World Strongman Cup Federation. The WSF has organised a number of grand prix events and national championships featuring some of the world's leading strength athletes including 5 time World's Strongest Man winner Mariusz Pudzianowski, Brian Shaw, Mikhail Koklyaev, Krzysztof Radzikowski, Tarmo Mitt, Kevin Nee, Stefan Solvi Petursson, Laurence Shahlaei and Mark Felix. The WSF's flagship programme is the WSF World Cup.

History[edit]

The WSF was set up in 2007 by Vlad Redkin following a financial dispute with the World Strongman Cup Federation. Following Vlad's departure, the WSCF ceased to promote events and effectively disappeared from the strength athletics landscape. In September 2007 an event in Khanty-Mansijsk formerly affiliated to WSCF and featuring its athletes was promoted by Vlad Redkin. This event had its name changed at short notice from WSCF to the Grand Prix of Khanty-Mansijsk (Russia) and in effect was the first WSF event. The reason given after the competition by Redkin was that a combination of financial reasons as well as concerns over WSCF's stated aim of forming closer ties with the International Federation of Strength Athletes led him to part company with WSCF. He initially planned to cooperate closely with Strongman Super Series in 2008, but in fact set up a new federation called the World Strongman Federation.[1]

In 2008 the WSF organised a World Cup, it featured Mariusz Pudzianowski amongst others. However, the inaugural season failed to attract as many top tier names as planned and the WSF World Cup season was reduced in scale. By the end of 2008 the new federation was organising one off grand prix events largely based in the countries of the former Soviet Union, featuring fields of athletes confined to those countries.

In 2011 the WSF began to exert its presence globally once more and a WSF Asian World Cup event was organised, with Tarmo Mitt winning the event and also featuring the comeback event for Kevin Nee who finished third.[2]

In August 2011 Redkin stated that WSF had an agreement between 8 countries in that time and more were being approached in order to once again stage a WSF World Cup. This materialised and in August 2011 the 2011/12 World Cup was begun.[3]

WSF World Cup
2012
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The official logo of World Strongman Federation
Tournament information
Location Varies
Established 2008
Format A number of Multi-event competitions within an annual tour

World Cup[edit]

2008[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
WSF World Cup Irkutsk Russia Irkutsk, Russia Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Russia Elbrus Nigmatullin Bulgaria Stojan Todorchev Feb. 22, 2008[4]
Irkutsk Russian Strongman Cup Russia Irkutsk, Russia Russia Elbrus Nigmatullin Russia Dmitry Kononets Russia Michael Sidorychev July 27, 2008[5]

2010[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
WSF BelAZ Strongman Cup Belarus Zhodzina, Belarus Estonia Tarmo Mitt Lithuania Atanas Abrutus Belarus Alexander Lapirov Sept. 24, 2010[6]

2011[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
WSF Asian World Cup Uzbekistan Uzbekistan[7] Estonia Tarmo Mitt Belarus Alexander Lapirov United States Kevin Nee March 26, 2011
WSF World Cup stage I Latvia Riga, Latvia[8] Lithuania Atanas Abrutus Estonia Tarmo Mitt Finland Jarno Jokinen Aug. 20, 2011[9]
WSF World Cup stage II Georgia (country) Batumi, Georgia[10] Georgia (country) Zviad Kajaia Denmark Nikolai Hansen Georgia (country) Konstantine Janashia Sept. 4, 2011[11]
WSF World Cup stage III Belarus Minsk, Belarus[12] Estonia Tarmo Mitt Lithuania Atanas Abrutus Ukraine Oleksandr Lashyn Sept. 10, 2011[13]
WSF BelAZ Strongman Cup Belarus Zhodzina, Belarus Estonia Tarmo Mitt Lithuania Atanas Abrutus BelarusAlexander Lapirov Sept. 24, 2011[14]

World Team Cup[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
WSF World Team Cup: Stage I Ukraine Ukraine
Oleksandr Lashyn
Sergey Konyushok
Estonia Estonia
Meelis Pungits
Peil
Ukraine Ukraine
Stahursky
Tishecky
July 2, 2011[15]
WSF World Team Cup: Stage II Estonia Estonia
Tarmo Mitt
Evgeny Shcherbakov
Belarus Belarus
Sergy Vachinshky
Alexander Lapirov
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
Sergey Trubitsin
Hamza Primov
July 9, 2011[16]

Other competitions[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
Ukraine's Strongest Man 2011 Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine Ukraine Oleksandr Lashyn Ukraine Victor Yurchenko Ukraine Oleksander Pekanov October 14, 2011[17]
Hungary's Strongest Man 2011 Hungary Pusztaottlaka, Hungary Hungary Zolt Szabó Hungary Ákos Nagy Hungary István Sárai October 15, 2011[18]

2012[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
WSF World Cup stage IV Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Uzbekistan Sergey Trubitsin United Kingdom Mark Felix March 30, 2012[19]
WSF World Cup stage V Netherlands Hoofddorp, Netherlands Netherlands Richard van der Linden Sweden Sebastian Davidsson Georgia (country) Konstantinie Janashia June 10, 2012[20]
WSF World Cup stage VI Ukraine Lviv, Ukraine Ukraine Oleksandr Lashyn Ukraine Viktor Yurchenko Iceland Ari Gunarsson July 14, 2012[21]
WSF World Cup stage VII Finland Lahti, Finland Denmark Nikolai Hansen Lithuania Antanas Abrutus Finland Jarno Jokinen Sept. 9, 2012[22]
WSF World Cup stage VIII Turkey Denizli, Turkey Latvia Rolands Gulbis Poland Bartalomei Bak Estonia Tarmo Mitt Oct. 16, 2012[23]

Other competitions[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
Brazilian Strongman Open Championships Brazil Brazil Brazil Eduardo Visciglia Brazil Rodrigo Gigante Brazil Rafael Crestani Feb. 26, 2012[24]
Azerbaijan Strongmen Championships Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Vusal Mardanov Azerbaijan Mehman Faradzov Azerbaijan Hazrjad Magammedov March 4, 2012[25]
Russian Strongman Championships Russia Krasnoyarsk, Russia Russia Alexej Zolotuhin Russia Vladimir Kalinichenko Russia Alexander Lysenko April 4, 2012[26]
WSF Russian Strongman Cup Russia Vologda, Russia BelarusAlexander Lapirov RussiaPavel Sprutsko RussiaDenis Naigibin June 30, 2012[27]
Elite Strongman: Moscow Russia Moscow, Russia Poland Krzysztof Radzikowski Bulgaria Stojan Todorchev RussiaMikhail Koklyaev Aug. 1, 2012[28]

World Team Cup/Team Championships[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
WSF CIS/Baltic Team Championships Team RussiaRussia
Elbrus Nigmatullin
Vladimir Muravlov
Team UkraineUkraine
Oleksandr Lashyn
Ivanov
Baltic Team
Estonia Tarmo Mitt
Lithuania Antanas Abrutis
June 30, 2012[27]

2013[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
WSF World Cup Stage I Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Sergey Trubitsin Poland Rafal Kobylarz Ukraine Oleksandr Lashyn April 14, 2013[29]
WSF World Cup Stage II Kazakhstan Aktau, Kazakhstan April TBA, 2013[29]
WSF World Cup Stage III Hungary Hungary May TBA, 2013[29]
WSF World Cup Stage IV Russia Russia May TBA, 2013[29]
WSF World Cup Stage V Netherlands Netherlands June TBA, 2013[30]
WSF World Cup Stage VI WSF European Championships Poland June TBA, 2013[29]
WFS World Cup Stage VII Portugal Portugal July TBA, 2013[29]
WSF World Cup Stage VIII Ukraine Ukraine Aug. TBA, 2013[29]
WSF World Cup Stage IX Turkey Turkey Sept. TBA, 2013[29]
WSF World Cup Stage X Russia Russia Oct. TBA, 2013[29]
WSF World Cup Finals WSF World Championships United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Dec. TBA, 2013[29]

World Team Cup[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
WSF World Team Cup Poland VS. USA Poland Poland Aug. TBA, 2013

Other competitions[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date
Elite Strongman: Moscow Russia Moscow, Russia July TBA, 2013[29]

WSF World Strongmen Championships[edit]

2012[edit]

The first ever WSF World Strongmen Championship was held February 12–14, 2012 in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. The contest consisted of 25 athletes, after day 1 the field was cut down to 15 athletes, and down to 8 athletes after day 2. The scores were reset to zero after each day of competition, and the finals were held on Feb. 14, 2012.[31]

Athletes[edit]

Day 1 results[edit]

Date: 12 February 2012[32] Dubai, UAE United Arab Emirates

Position Name Country Points
1 Krzysztof Radzikowski Poland 96
2 Farzad Mousakhani Iran 94
3 Laurence Shahlaei United Kingdom 84
4 Elbrus Nigmatulin Russia 83
5 Alexander Mantserov Russia 82
6 Oleksander Lashyn Ukraine 81
7 Josh Thigpen United States 79
8 Mark Felix United Kingdom 76
9 Nikolai Hansen Denmark 75
9 Stefan Solvi Petursson Iceland 75
11 Tarmo Mitt Estonia 73
11 Vladimir Rizov Bulgaria 73
13 Antanas Abrutis Lithuania 71
14 Rolands Gulbis Latvia 66
15 Kevin Nee United States 65

Day 2 results[edit]

Date: 13 February 2012[33] Dubai, UAE United Arab Emirates

Position Name Country Points
1 Josh Thigpen United States 52.5
2 Stefan Solvi Petursson Iceland 51.5
3 Laurence Shahlaei United Kingdom 47.5
4 Krzysztof Radzikowski Poland 47
5 Mark Felix United Kingdom 45
6 Farzad Mousakhani Iran 42.5
7 Nikolai Hansen Denmark 42.5
8 Antanas Abrutis Lithuania 38

Day 3/Final placings[edit]

Date: 14 February 2012[34] Dubai, UAE United Arab Emirates

Position Name Country Points
1 Krzysztof Radzikowski Poland 35
2 Laurence Shahlaei United Kingdom 33
3 Josh Thigpen United States 27
4 Stefan Solvi Petursson Iceland 22
5 Nikolai Hansen Denmark 18
6 Kevin Nee United States 15
7 Mark Felix United Kingdom 12
8 Antanas Abrutis Lithuania 0

2013[edit]

The 2013 WSF World Championships are scheduled to be held in December, and will also be the finals for the 2013 WSF World Cup.[29] The contest is scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates.[29]

Grand Prix of Khanty-Mansijsk[edit]

Originally, another event in Khanty-Mansijsk in September 2007 was affiliated to WSMC and featured its athletes. However, the promoter of the event, Vlad Redkin, changed the name from WSMC to the Grand Prix of Khanty-Mansijsk (Russia). The reason given was that after the competition Redkin was parting company with WSMC due to his concerns over WSMC wanting closer ties with the International Federation of Strength Athletes. He also cited that he had lost money with WSMC. He initially planned to cooperate closely with the World Strongman Super Series in 2008, but in fact set up a new federation called the World Strongman Federation.[1]

Date: 8 September 2007

Position Name Country Points
1. Stojan Todorchev Bulgaria 49
2. Tarmo Mitt Estonia 47,5
3. Elbrus Nigmatullin Russia 42
4. Raivis Vidzis Latvia 36,5
5. René Minkwitz Denmark 33
6. Brian Shaw United States 30,5
7. Christian Savoie Canada 24
8. Glenn Ross Northern Ireland 20
9. Mojtaba Maleki Iran 17
10. Karim Taleshi Iran 17
11. Igor Torlak Russia 9,5

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

The new President of WSF Pradeep Baba Madhok quotes “Our distinct target audience, apart from strength enthusiasts, that we aim to give utmost priority to is children and the youth, making them well informed on the importance of nutrition and fitness at a very young age. WSF solely stands by the principal of strength and with that in mind, we hope to inspire the forthcoming generations to reach their dreams.”

2016[edit]

WSF World Cup 2016 season plan:

10/04 – Varanasi, India

03/07 – Minsk, Belarus

07/08 – Krynica Zdroj, Poland

08/08 – Omsk, Russia

TBD – European Championship of StrongFit Budapest, Hungary

TBD – ArcticMan 2016, Russia

TBD – Jordan

TBD – UAE

TBD – Qatar

TBD – Los Angeles, USA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vlad Redkin Leaves WSMC . . . Stoyan Todorchev Wins Contest in Russia
  2. ^ Tarmo Mitt Wins Asian World Cup Strongman by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind
  3. ^ World Strongman Federation: 5-Stage Tour Planned by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind
  4. ^ WSF World Cup Irkutsk 2008 | World Strongmen Federation
  5. ^ Irkutsk Russian Strongman Cup | World Strongmen Federation
  6. ^ Clone of BELAZ STRONGMAN CUP 2010 | World Strongmen Federation
  7. ^ Tarmo Mitt Wins Asian World Cup Strongman
  8. ^ Antonos Abrutis Wins WSF World Cup Riga
  9. ^ WSF World Cup 1st stage! | World Strongmen Federation
  10. ^ WSF Strongman World Cup: Surprise in Georgia
  11. ^ WSF World Cup 2nd stage! | World Strongmen Federation
  12. ^ Tarmo Mitt Wins WSF–World Cup Strongman in Minsk
  13. ^ WSF World Cup 3rd stage | World Strongmen Federation
  14. ^ BELAZ STRONGMAN CUP 2011 | World Strongmen Federation
  15. ^ WSF World Team Cup 1 st. | World Strongmen Federation
  16. ^ WSF World Team Cup 2 st. | World Strongmen Federation
  17. ^ Strongest Man of Ukraine | World Strongmen Federation
  18. ^ Hungary’s Strongest Man 2011 | World Strongmen Federation
  19. ^ Krzysztof Radzikowski Wins WSF–Uzebekstan
  20. ^ Holland’s Got Power! | World Strongmen Federation
  21. ^ Oleksandr Lashyn Wins WSF-Ukraine
  22. ^ Strongman and Grip Strength at the Finnish Fitness Expo
  23. ^ WSF Turkey World Cup Results
  24. ^ Brazilian Strongman Open Championship | World Strongmen Federation
  25. ^ Azerbajan Strongmen Championship | World Strongmen Federation
  26. ^ Russian Strongmen Championship - Krasnoyarsk 2012! | World Strongmen Federation
  27. ^ a b WSF Update: Strongman and Mas Wrestling in Russia
  28. ^ Krzysztof Radzikowski Wins Elite Strongman
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2013/Jan/2013_WSF_World_Cup_Schedule.html
  30. ^ -verify insured address
  31. ^ a b Abu Dhabi WSF World Strongmen Championship 2012 | World Strongmen Federation
  32. ^ WSF World Strongmen Championships: Day 1 Results
  33. ^ Josh Thigpen Wins Day 2 at WSF Championships
  34. ^ Krzysztof Radzikowski Wins WSF World Strongmen Championships