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Ervin Katona Wins SCL World Championships 2011

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2012 IronMind


Marcel Mostert called it an unbelievable experience as Sarajevo as the Strongman Champions League (SCL) contest collided head-on with a winter storm.


Ervin Katona (center) won the 2011 Strongman Champions League World Championships and received the US$15,000 Monster Milk–SCL check from SCL cofounders Marcel Mostert (left) and Ilkka Kinnunen (right). IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.

Sarajevo “was covered under 2 meters of snow with a temperature of minus 15 and with the public traffic totally stopped. We had in 1 night 1.6 meters of snow fall,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind.“Ervin Katona couldn’t even find his car back as he drove to the competition from Serbia.“Still, the show must go on, especially after the canceling from the finals in December and now again because of the snow.


Is this Ervin Katona’s car?






“With great organizing and re organizing schedules from the SCL organization in Bosnia, we managed to have the finals on Monday instead of Saturday.Meanwhile, we had to wait three days to begin the finals, but because it was in a beautiful 5 star hotel with great food and drinks , it was not really a punishment. So, well rested and with full stomachs we could start on Monday in the Olympic Zetra Hall in Sarajevo, built in 1984 for the Olympics.

“And Ervin Katona felt like an Olympian when he was crowned as the World Champion SCL 2011. Andrus Muremets, Terry Hollands and Zydrunas Savickas have already won this title and now also Ervin Katona.“‘It’s the happiest day of my life, after being in second place two years to finally win the title!’He finished in the competition in third place, behind Jean-Francois Caron from Canada and the winner of Bosnia, Zydrunas Savickas. Caron did a great performance, as he finished again second place and with a win in the car deadlift of 370 kg with 10 reps.

“Zydrunas did a world record on the Log Lift with 215 kg. I have never seen Zydrunas doing a log lift so easy with these kilograms. UNBELIEVEBLE. The man is in great shape—maybe the best ever!The log was a bit thinner than the official log we always use for world records, as it is normally above a 30 cm diameter. This log was 27 cm and therefore we recognize it as a world record on the ‘small’ log. But it’s just a matter of time and Zydrunas will do this year already a 220 log I think.



Marcel Mostert (left) said he thinks Zydrunas Savickas (right) will do a 220-kg log this year. IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.


“In total US$30,000 was been paid to the athletes and the Monster Milk SCL cheque of US$15,000 went of course to the new SCL world champion, Ervin Katona.   “Laurence Shahlaei couldn’t be at the finals at the last moment and was replaced by Lauri Nami of Estonia. Still, he was already in a safe third place. Gregor Stegnar had a wild card as the local here in Bosnia,” Mostert said.


Here are the official final places and points:

1.      Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania)        59.0

2.      Jean-Francois Caron (Canada)        51.5

3.      Ervin Katona (Serbia)                       50.0

4.      Jimmy Laureys (Belgium)              43.5

5.      Lauri Nami (Estonia)                      37.0

6.      Martin Wildauer (Austria)             36.0

7.      Konstiantin Ilin (Ukraine)               32.0

8.      Tomi Lotta (Finland)                       30.0

9.      Agris Kazelniks (Latvia)                  25.0

10.    Gregor Stegnar (Slovenia)             15.5

11.    Akos Nagy (Hungary)                      9.5



And the overall top three for the 2011 SCL World Championships, officially were:


1.      Ervin Katona Serbia)                    195

2.      Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania)     175

3.      Laurence Shahlaei (Iran)              106


“This final will be broadcast at 24 February on Eurosport,” Mostert said.Our first contest of the new season 2012 starts already in four weeks, the SCL Lapland 2012 [aka The Iceman III) on March 9. More news about this coming soon.

“Welcome to the new season 2012!”


23 JANUARY 2012

 SCL Finals 2011 Moved to Sarajevo


“Due some unexpected political problems in the Ukraine we had to reschedule the SCL finals ,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind today, “and we are set now for Sarajevo, in Bosnia.”

Ervin Katona has a chance to win the overall Strongman Champions League title, which carries a prize of US$15,000. IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.


Explaining that time had been lost as SCL tried to keep things on track for the Ukraine, Mostert said this forced an accelerated pace in preparing for this competition, but all the pieces are now in place and “the most important thing is that we are doing it.”
“It will happen one week later [than planned for the Ukraine], on February 4 in the Zetra Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch in Sarajevo.
“This hall was built for the 1984 Winter Olympic Games, and so far it is the largest facility of this type in Bosna and Herzegovina. We are happy that we could reschedule this so fast, with great help from our SCL organization in Bosnia ( ) and their main sponsor  DUBLI LTD (  )

“It will be a hard fight over 7 events with 12 finalists, especially between Zydrunas Savickas and Ervin Katona, because both can still win the title SCL World Champion 2011, powered by Monster Milk,” said Mostert

• Power Team Forward Hold
• Truck Pull
• Log lift
• Atlas Stones
• Wheel Flip
• Medley
• Car Dead lift

“Zydrunas Savickas, Andrus Murumets and Terry Hollands were the former overall champions in previous years. Will Ervin Katona finally succeed as well and join this impressive list? It’s going to be exciting and all other athletes will earn double ranking points.
“The whole competition will be recorded and to be seen at 24 February at Eurosport,” said Mostert, “with US$15000 for the overall champion, and another $15,000 for the competitors in this contest.”



 Zydrunas Savickas and Jean-Francois Caron 1-2 Again

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind


Continuing where he left off last month, Zydrunas Savickas also won SCL Latvia last weekend,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind.Zydrunas Savickas was reportedly in top shape when he won SCL Latvia last weekend.Jean-Francois Caron took a second place again, and local hero Agris Kazelniks was on his best finish of the whole year in his hometown with a third place.

Zydrunas won it pretty easily; he was in very good shape. The field behind him to sixth was a real battle, as you can see in the final results.“Ervin Katona disappointed in the end, because after each event he dropped 1 place, from second place to seventh place.  He told us that unfortunately his battery went totally empty on this important competition day.

It was a great ambiance in the Riga Arena, the biggest ice hockey arena in Latvia.  Around 4000 spectators saw a great show with Raimond Bergmanis coming down from the roof flown on a cable in the opening show. Together with fireworks, dancers and big drums, a great opening, perfectly done thanks to our SCL co-organizer, the Latvian organization, with Raimonds Bergmanis as the special guest.

The grand finale of the Monster Milk Strongman Champions League will be on 17 December in Kiev.“Also, there will be double ranking points earned and still Zydrunas or Ervin can win the SCL World title 2011,” Mostert said.

Here are the top 10 results Latvia, officially:


1.  Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania)    68.5

2.  Jean-Francois Caron (Canada)    48.0

3.  Agris Kazelniks (Latvia)               46.0

4.  Maris Leitis (Latvia)                     44.0

5.  Jimmy Laurey (Belgium)              44.0

6.  Laurence Shahlaei (Iran)             43.0

7.  Ervin Katona (Serbia)                   35.5

8.  Heinla Rauna (Finland)                33.0

9.  Jarek Tocek (Poland)                    31.5

10.  Konstantin Ilin (Ukraine)           30.5



 Zydrunas Savickas Wins SCL–Canada

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind


Zydrunas Savickas maintained the momentum he had established on the third day and won SCL–Canada yesterday, with Jean-Francois Caron taking second and Laurence Shahlaei earning third.

Here’s the podium for the inaugural SCL–Canada strongman contest, which served as the semi-finals in the 2011 Strongman Champions League season.  Zydrunas Savickas’ prize package included $10,000 cash.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.

Here are the official final scores.


1.  Zydrunas Savickas                132.0

2.  Jean-François Caron           120.0

3.  Laurence Shahlaei                113.0

4.  Ervin Katona                          105.5

5.  Hafthor Julius Bjornsson   103.5

6.  Travis Ortmayer                     102.5

7.  Terry Hollands                       94.0

8.  Warrick Brandt                      91.0

9.  Jimmy Laureys                       90.0

10. Louis-Philippe Jean           82.0

11. Christian Savoie                   70.5

12. Agris Kazelniks                   66.5

13. Alex Curletto                         56.0

14. Scott Cummine                    55.0

15. Jan Wagenaar                    42.5

16. Vitalii Gerasymov              30.0



 SCL Canada: Supercharged Strongman Semi-Finals

 by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind
“With one stage to go, SCL Slovakia this coming weekend in Kosice, we are making us up forthe semi-finals of the Strongman Champions League in Canada at 29 September,” SCL cofounder Marcel Mostert told IronMind today.
Top international strongman competition is returning to Canada: SCL–Canada will present the 2011 season semi finals along with amateur strongman and a range of entertainment in a four-day series across New Brunswick, Canada. IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.

SCL–Canada is presenting the season semi finals in a package of big-name strongman competitors drawn from around the world, with a multi-stage format all backed up by an entertainment package including music, dance and medieval combat.
“In total, four days of competition, with 10 events and an impressive list of 16 competitors out of 13 different countries will compete for the US$35,000 prize money and double points in the SCL ranking,” Mostert said.“Also, the top three of this competition will have a direct place into the finals on December 17 in the Ukraine.”

Here is the official start list:

Here are the events by day and location:

Day 3. Dieppe
• Tire Flip
• Wheel Barrel with loading
• Crucifix
Day 4. Shippagan
• Farmer’s Walk
• Atlas Stones

“It will be a heavy fight for SCL points, prize money and the title for the first SCL CANADA ever,” said Mostert, “and with the solid organization in Canada, professional referees and helpers with more than 20 years strongman experience in this show, it guarantees to be a great event.
To strongman fans everywhere Mostert said: “We welcome you to the 10 th stage of the Strongman Champions League 2011!”
For tickets and full details, please visit the official website ;

St. John, New Brunswick mayor Ivan Court (left) introduces the SCL–Canada strongman competition with backup provided by top Canadian strongman Christian Savoie (right). IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.




Ervin Katona Wins SCL Bulgaria

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind
Fueled by Monster Milk, Strongman Champions League (SCL) continues to roll out contest after contest and last weekend it was Bulgaria’s turn to host the biggest strongman tour on the 2011 calendar.Last weekend, Bulgaria hosted the seventh SCL contest of the year, and Ervin Katona retained his overall lead in the biggest strongman series this year.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.

Ervin Katona strikes again in SCL Bulgaria!,” Marcel Mostert reported to IronMind as the Serbian strongman won his second SCL competition of the year and retains the overall leader’s T-shirt.Mostert said it was “a strong field with 13 competitors . . . it was again a heavy battle with a close finish, like in Holland last week.”
How close?

Ervin Katona edged out Vytautas Lalas by a mere half a point for the victory.“Vytautas was leading until the last event by a half point, but he lost the Atlas Stones to Ervin by just 0.49 seconds.  He loaded 5 stones up to 180 kg in 18.42 seconds, but Ervin did it in 17.93 seconds, which gave him the win and 25 points in the overall ranking of the Monster Milk SCL series.“Also, the third place was very exciting, where Rob Frampton and Konstiantin Ilin ended both with 58 points, but Rob had a better placing in the events, which gave him a place on the top 3 podium,” said Mostert.  “Laurence Shahlaei got a small injury during the truck pull in Bulgaria and had to pull out, but he still remains on second place in the ranking.”


Final results, top ten:

1.  Ervin Katona (Serbia)                   71.5
2.  Vytautas Lalas (Lithuania)         71.0
3.  Rob Frampton (England)            58.0
4.  Konstyantin Ilin (Ukraine)         58.0
5.  Alex Curletto (Italy)                       51.0
6.  Akos Nagy (Hungary)                   49.0
7.  Golier Brano (Slovakia)                43.0
8.  Patrik Babaumian  (Germany)   42.5
9.  Ivan Maestrov (Bulgaria)             25.0
10.  Vladimir Mitea (Romania)        20.0


Laurence Shahlaei On a Roll: Wins SCL-Holland

 by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind
Smile when you say “Nice Dutch weather” because at least for Strongman Champions League – Holland that meant sun mixed with wind, a thunderstorm and rain, the same sort of dramatic back and forth that has pitted Laurence Shahlaei and Ervin Katona in a  tug of war as the SCL season Econtinues.Etienne Smit (bottom) and Konstiantyn Ilin (top) race in the Tire Flip.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.

“It was a fantastic close finish in the rain and sun in Holland last weekend,” Marcel Mostert reported to IronMind: “Laurence Shahlaei and Ervin Katona ended up with equal points in the Strongman Champions League Holland, but Laurence had more wins, so he took the overall win and 25 champions league points, which brought him to second place in the ranking over 6 stages so far.  Ervin Katona remains as the overall leader in the orange Monster Milk leader’s shirt.“Especially the last event, the anchor drag, was full of nice drama.  In the rain, with a slippery surface and handles , Jimmy Laureys from Belgium defeated Johannes Arsjo in the last event and took over third place overall from Johannes.  And also the first and second place was still at stake here.

“It was typical Dutch weather with hard wind, nice sun, but also rain and thunder came along.The SCL Holland, powered by Monster Milk , was a real  fight in heavy circumstances ,but ended in a sunny and warm price giving in the evening.“The 14 competitors came up in  a spectacular “Miami Vice” opening (athletes came into the arena through the big “RIJN canal” on 3 powerful boats from Shipyard “De Hoop”) with sunglasses in the rain and music from the series “Miami Vice”. Show and entertainment made it complete!  The crowd loved it!

“This was already the 6th stage from Strongman Champions League 2011.  The third stage, SCL Serbia will be broadcasted at coming Friday, 20.00 hours.  Check also all our broadcast dates for 2011 at our website,” Mostert said.

Here are the top ten overall from SCL Holland:

1.  Laurence Shahlaei (Iran)        67.5
2.  Ervin Katona (Serbia)               67.5
3.  Jimmy Laureys (Belgium)       54.5
4.  Johannes Arsjo (Sweden)       49.5
5.  Agris Kazelniks (Latvia)         46.0
6.  Warrick Brant (Australia)      45.0
7.  Konstiantyn Ilin (Ukraine)    42.0
8.  Alex Moonen (Holland)         41.5
9.  Rick v/d Torre (Holland)        37.5
10.  Martin Wildauer (Austria)   35.5
And here are the top five* overall in 2011 SCL season tour to date:
1.  Ervin Katona             85
2.  Laurence Shahlaei  68
3.  Zydrunas Savickas  50
4.  Johannes Arsjo       49
5.  Jimmy Laureys        40


*The top five from SCL will be invited to WSM, Mostert told IronMind.


 Vitautas Lalas Wins SCL-Finland

 by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind


IdeaPark, Finland—Making a big splash in his Strongman Champions League (SCL) debut, Vitautas Lalas (Lithuania) edged out Laurence Shahlaei for the win.Vitautas Lalas dropped the hammer in the Loading Race and never looked back.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.

Vitautas Lalas finished with 57 points, followed by Laurence Shahlaei at 56.6 points and Ervin Katona at 52.5 points.“The fifth stage of the SCL was again a successful competition,” said SCL cofounder Marcel Mostert.  “It was a tough competition, with 35-degree (C) temperatures inside—there is no air conditioning in Finland!                    “Ervin Katona keeps the orange T-shirt,” said Mostert, referring to the what marks the overall leader of the season, “and the SCL continues next week in Holland.”“Nice events,” said Jyrki Rantanen, “with quite a nice level in the deadlift and 187.5 kg on the log is not something we see too often in Finland.”


Laurence Shahlaei Debuts in Strongman Champions League and Wins SCL S.AFRICA

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind
Strongman Laurence Shahlaei has been short of talk and big on the walk, and now it’s no secret: this guy’s a comer at the highest levels, and to underscore the point that Loz is in town, he celebrated his Strongman Champions League (SCL) debut with a victory party.
Left to right: Laurence Shahlaei (center) won SCL–South Africa, with Etienne Smit (right) coming in second and Warrick Brant (left) coming in third.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.

Laurence Shahlaei wins SCL–South Africa ,by Marcel Mostert
It was his first time in the Strongman Champions League and he hit right here! Laurence Shahlaei, originally from Iranian parents, gave his business card right away …. and how! He won the truck pull, made no less than 8 reps in the 345 deadlift kg and a new personal record in the log for ma. with 185 kg.  This gave him three times full score, and a solid base for the first place overall.  A great entrance for him in the SCL. Etienne Smith grabbed the second place overall in his home country which made him very happy, and Warrick Brant knew just half a point to stay ahead of Christian Savoy, good for third place. Johannes Arsjo got hit with a small injury in his lower back, as he pushed himself just a bit to much at the deadlift for reps.  It was a pity for him, as he might had the possibility to take the lead in the SCL overall ranking.
This was already the fourth stage of the SCL, now in the wild country of lions and elephants.  Complete with athletes from all continents. The big five were in Africa!  But the SCL train runs fast to its next stop, coming weekend already will be the fifth stage, the SCL Finland.  Also Laurence will compete again there. Will he strike again?

Here are the official final scores from SCL–South Africa:

Top 10  SCL South Africa:

1.  Laurence Shahlaei (Iran)                   55.0
2.  Etienne Smit (South Africa)              46.0
3.  Warrick Brant (Australia)                 40.0
4.  Christian Savoie (Canada)                39.5
5.  Agris Kazelniks (Latvia)                    36.0
6.  Gerrit Van Staaden (South Africa)  31.5
7.  Matt Wanat (USA)                               25.0
8.  Frankie Schize (South Africa)          23.5
9.  Alex Moonen (Holland)                     22.0
10.  Johannes Arsjo (Sweden)               16.5


Ervin Katona Wins Strongman Champions League Serbia

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind
Ervin Katona won the third stage in SCL 2011. He won three events and broke the world record on the Viking press,  with 150 kg for 22 reps!  Very impressive. Johannes Arsjo from Sweden took the second place and Jimmy Laureys from Belgium the  third place overall.  Jimmy is coming slowly into his best shape ever.  Martin Wildauer, the deadlift kid, just missed the podium by 1 point.

Johannes Arsjo (left) finished second to Ervin Katona (right) in the Strongman Champions League Serbia competition this past weekend.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.

Here are the overall results for the top 8:

1.  Ervin Katona (Serbia)                 58.0
2.  Johannes Arsjo (Sweden)         49.5
3.  Jimmy Laureys (Belgium)         40.5
4.  Martin Wildauer (Austria)        39.0
5.  Agris Kazelniks (Latvia)           38.5
6.  Sergei Romanchuk (Ukraine)  34.5
7.  Akos Nagy (Hungary)                33.5
8.  Matt Wanat (USA)                      33.0

There was a big tractor expo in Novi Sad, who sponsored mainly our SCL there in cooperation with CASE tractors.  The people there did a great job and want to see us next year again! Hopefully the tractor to pull will be a little bit lighter next year, as the pull was a real killer for the athletes. Yes, even strongman have a limit, ha ha!
Ervin Katona is also taking the lead now in the overall Strongman Champions League ranking,” said Mostert, with 52 points, just ahead of Zydrunas Savickas with 50 points.So, we are ready for the fourth stage  of SCL , on June 4 in Johannesburg-Pretoria, the SCL South Africa.  The strongman champions league train rides again!

Stay tuned, and watch also this coming Friday, May 27, on Eurosport, the SCL Germany–FIBO POWER,” Mostert said.

Zydrunas Savickas Wins SCL GERMANY (FIBO POWER)

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind
Zydrunas Savickas added his name to the roster of strongman winner at the FIBO .The Big Z (Zydrunas Savickas) on stage before a packed house at the FIBO Power, where the SCL Germany contest took place.  “The Strongman Champions League is getting an incrediblly strong value at the FIBO,” said Marcel Mostert.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.

SCL Germany (FIBO POWER) Won by Zydrunas Savickas

It was the first time in years that I saw so many visitors this year at the FIBO expo in Germany and according to me and many others it was the best FIBO ever.The SCL had a big impact there: With a strong field of athletes, a packed crowd and a perfect organization by Heinz Ollesch and his GFSA team, we had all ingredients for a successful weekend at the FIBO.Zydrunas won the second SCl competition of the year, with Terry Hollands second and Martin Wildauer (“The Deadlift Kid”) in third place,  just a half point in front of Ervin Katona.It was an exciting show, especially because Zydrunas struggled on the first event, the log lift.  He was just able to do a 182.5 kg log and won it closely ahead of Patrick Babaumian (177.5 kg) and Terry Hollands (175 kg)Also, it must be noted that this was a giant wooden log with a diameter of 36 cm !! (normally 31 cm), and Zydrunas has an elbow injury at the moment.

The FIBO  is still growing every year and has implemented the strongman scene in a great way, done by manager Jens Thieme and Heinz Ollesch, and a great step in this was the revolutionary birth of FIBO POWER, with an impressive list of athletes who competed here already.  Champions from all over the world and world records came to the FIBO since we are there.

The list of winners so far from the FIBO POWER Strongman Champions League since it begun:

2007  Jarno Hams (Holland)
2008  Igor Werner (Germany)
2009  Travis Ortmayer (USA)
2010  Misha Koklyaev (Russia)
2011  Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania)

Here are the official overall results from SCL Germany FIBO 2011:
1. Zydrunas Savickas         70 points
2. Terry Hollands               55.5
3. Martin Wildauer            53
4. Ervin Katona                   52.5
5. Jimmy Laureys               49.5
6. Travis Ortmayer             45
7. Etienne Smit                    44.5
8. Konstatin Illin                39.5
9. Patrik Baboumian          32.5
10. Jarno Hams                   32
11. Juan Carlos Herridia   26
12. Daniel Wildt                  22.5
13. Gregor Stegnar              22.5


Strongman in the Arctic: Zydrunas Savickas Wins the IceMan stripes

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind


He might have had some rough moments early in the contest, but as predicted, Zydrunas Savickas came back strongly and defended his title in the IceMan—an Arctic strongman challenge.

Group photo at the IceMan II, a strongman contest held in a stunning Arctic setting.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.

“The second day in the Iceman started with the Human Ski Lift, an arm over arm pull “where athletes pulled 6 girls on skis 20 meters uphill,” Ilkka Kinnunen reported to IronMind.  “Ervin Katona had the fastest time, using excellent technique.  His time was 26.18 seconds.  Etienne Smitt was second, at 27.43 seconds. and third was Johannes Årsjö at 32.63 seconds.  “Next was the Log Lift (140 kg) for reps.  Savickas won with 9 reps; Ervin Katona and Konstantyn Ilin both did 7 reps. “In third event of the day, the athletes lifted in Deadlift for reps a 320-kg brown bear. Zydrunas Savickas did only as many as he needed to take first place, 9 reps.  Martin Wildauer was second with 8 reps, then Johannes Årsjö, Rauno Heiinla and Ervin Katona equal with 6 reps.“After three morning events athletes had few hours rest before hitting the last two events of the Iceman 2011.

“In Kuusamo city behind a great Hotel Kuusamo is a great amphitheater and it was packed with people.  The sky started to get dark and the temperature was under -10 C when first evening event, Truckpull and Loading, started.

“First athletes had to load two 100-kg sacks on the end of the trcuk and then run to the front of the truck and pull it with a harness and rope: 12,500-kg heavy truck total, 20 meters. The athletes wore special mountaineering spikes [crampons] on their boots to get a good grip from the ground.  The best time was done by Zydrunas Savickas, 29.84 seconds; second was Johannes Årsjö, 32.43 seconds and third was Ervin Katona, 33.32 seconds.
“The last event was the Loghouse Carry using same system as in Car Walk.  Athletes had to carry the 360-kg Loghouse Frame a distance of 23 meters.  The fastest man was Big Z at 11.90 seconds, second ws Johannes Årsjö at 12.52 seconds and third was Etienne Smitt at 12.91 seconds.”

Here are the top eight final places and scores, officially:

1.  Zydrunas Savickas     89.0
2.  Johannnes Arsjo       86.5
3.  Ervin Katona               80.0
4.  Rauno Heinla             67.5
5.  Konstantyn Ilin          60.0
6.  Tomi Lotta                   58.5
7.  Etienne Smitt              56.0
8.  Christian Savoie        52.5

Wasting no time in looking to next year, “IceMan 2012 is already signed and preparations will start next month,” Kinnunen told IronMind.


Giants Live – Finland Announced

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind

“On August 13th, as a part of a Power Truck Show, the men behind the Strongman Champions League, Ilka [Kinnunen] and Marcel [Mostert], are helping me to create the first Giants Live: The World Strongest Man Qualifying show in Finland,” Colin Bryce told IronMind. Giants Live—the official qualifying tour of the World’s Strongest Man show—is coming to Finland, thanks to a collaborative agreement with Strongman Champions League (SCL).

(Photo left to right) Colin Bryce (Giants Live/Power Productions) hooks up with Ilkka Kinnunen (SCL) and Marcel Mostert (SCL)

“We will be looking to do a one day, six-discipline competition in front of a very big crowd.  There will no doubt be a lot of Scandinavians on the list as we hope to unturn some more talent from the part of the World that gave us Jouko Ahola, Janne Virtanen, Svend Karlsen, Magnus Samuelsson, to name but a few. Almost certainly invites will go out to other parts of Europe and potentially the States, too.“The possible Finns looking likely to gain qualification through there recent results and past successes include Tomi Lotta, Pedro Karlsson, and Juha Matti Jarvi.
“The top three from this Giants Live will be qualified to the World Strongest Man show.  The entire TV production will be co-produced by Fitness Media of Finland and Power Productions UK for a Eurosport broadcast sometime in September/October,” said Bryce.


Lithuania Sweeps Log Lift World Championships

15 FEBRUARY 2011

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind
Zydrunas Savickas had a close miss with a world record attempt, there were a lot of missed attempts and the final results were not as high as expected, but at least one thing did go according to plan: Zydrunas Savickas won the 2011 Log Lift World Championship this past weekend.Of the twelve competitors, three bombed—both Tommi Lotta and Markes Leitas missed 170 kg three times, and Konstantin Illin missed 175 kg three times. Agris Kazelniks (175 kg),  Bjorn Andre Solvang (175 kg) and Vytautas Lalas (185) only made one good lift; and at the other end of the spectrum, only Patrick  Baboumian made three good lifts (175, 180, 185 kg).With a best lift of 192.5 kg in 3 attempts for Zydrunas, it was not his best performance,but enough to get the Log Lift World Championships title again in the Siemens Arena in Vilnius.
Not only Zydrunas, but all the athlets where very nervous and struggled with the big, thick, former IFSA log from stainless steel.  A few reasons where mentioned for this struggling by the athletes: It is early in the season, the IFSA log is a very difficult log because of its size and length, and the warm up was in another hall with another log. This makes it all not easier.Also, the whole event was live on Eurosport, which gives extra pressure to the athletes because of the tight time schedule and strict rules by 3 referees.The whole event took exactly one hour but was anyway a success and we have to give credit for all the athletes to do such an effort in these circumstances. After all, 180 kg with the steel log is still a very great result.Or, as Bjorn Solvang from Norway said to me: “At home I can do easy 180 for 3 reps, but with this log I’m already happy to get 175 kg 1 time.” That’s exactly the difference!
Vidas Blekaitas took 2nd place with 190 kg and Vytautas Lalas 3rd place with 185 kg.  He missed 195 kg two times after being very close there.  He gambled too high to beat Zydrunas.Patrick Baboumian was the only one who broke his national record, in his case 185 kg for a new German record and 4th place overall.  Also Ervin Katona hit the 185 kg.  The reason that Vytautas got 3rd place with 185 is that he got his 185 kg already in the first attempt.

Top 6 results:

1.  Zydrunas Savickas     192.5 kg
2.  Vidas Blekaitis           190.0 kg
3.  Vytautas Lalas           185.0 kg
4.  Patrick Baboumian   185.0 kg
5.  Ervin Katona              185.0 kg
6.  Warrick Brant            182.5 kg

The Log Lift World Championships will be replayed on Eurosport at Sunday 20 February.

20 JANUARY 2011

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2011 IronMind
Strongman Champions League (SCL) “is starting early this year: We kick off on 12 February with the MHP World Championship Log Lift,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind today, “and the first SCL competition will be the SCL Iceman on 18-19 March in Lapland.”
Zydrunas Savickas, the only man to have won all the major titles in strongman, and a dominant figure on events that involve shoulder strength, will lead the parade when the MHP Log Lift World Championships come to the Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania on February 12.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.

“We expect to have 8.000 spectators as the entrance is free and there will be more strongman shows and demos to see that day in the Siemens arena, after the Log Lift World Championships
“The world championships will take one hour total, and it will be broadcast live on Eurosport 2.Explaining the format of the contest, Mostert said, “Every athlete will have three attempts, like in weightlifting, and it will be refereed by three referees,” also like weightlifting.The starting weight on 12 February will be +170 kg , all done with the thick steel log (formerly used by IFSA).
“We expect at least four guys going through the 200-kg barrier and hopefully Zydrunas [Savickas] can do a new world record,” said Mostert. Zydrunas Savickas holds the current world record on this event: 212.5 kg.

Here is the official start list:

1.  Zydrunas Savikas Lithuania
2.  Terry Hollands Great Britain
3.  Konstantin Ilyin Ukraine
4.  Bjorn Andre Solvang Norway
5.  Agris Kazelniks Latvia
6.  Agris Kazelniks Lativa
7.  Vidas Blekaitis Lithuania
8.  Tommi Lotta Finland
9.  Erwin Katona Serbia
10.  Warrick Brant Australia
11. Marshall White United States
12. Patrik Baboumian Germany
13. Vytautas Lalas Lithuania

So turn on your TV at 12 February, 14.00 European time, Eurosport 2,  “It will be exciting!”