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Coppa Strongman Champions League 2012: Final Rankings

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2013 IronMind


“After a very great final, last week in Martinique, with Zydrunas Savickas as the winner and overall SCL World Champion, we are proud to present the final rankings after 14 stages of the 2012 SCL season,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind.


2012 champion Zydrunas Savickas receives a check for $15,000 from Marcel Mostert and Ilkka Kinnunen, cofounders of SCL.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.


“Same as we are proud that we could make this year so much high quality competitions all over the world, with the cooperation of our partners,sponsors and of course the athletes who did all a great job this year!


Some numbers for 2012:

• 60 athletes competed in SCL this year .

• 15 big international competitions we made, with China as a special championship

• China was a competition with 20 countries competing, the biggest ever we made so far.

• More than $300,000 we have paid to our athletes.

• More than 10 World records have been broken in the SCL.

• 11 Guinness World records we broke, and still we are going to do some more in China next week.

• We are now broadcasting in 89 countries.


We have made 51 Champions League competitions in the last 5 years of SCL existence and Zydrunas Savickas has won 27 of these SCL competitions and is 2 times overall SCL world champion.

We are all very proud on this.  But, can we do it better? Yes we can.  Our calendar for 2013 is already 90% full , and we are working on the last deals and options.  Again we will have competitions in new countries, where we was never before.  Next year we will have an even bigger price money for our athletes.  We will gone broadcast in 100 countries!  14 SCL shows and 3 separate big international shows, will be made in 2013.

Therefore, we welcome our champions again in the Strongman Champions League 2013: The league for champions, by champions,” said Mostert.


Official Final points after 14 Stages (top 20)

1.  Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania)          275  Points

2.  Ervin Katona (Serbia)                         130

3.  Misha Koklyaev (Russia)                    114

4. Lauri Nami (Estonia)                            76

5. Krzystof Radzikowski (Poland)            75

6.  Terry Hollands (England)                    73

7.  Laurence Shahlaei (Iran)                     66

8.  Jarno Hams (Holland)                         47

9.  Martin Wildauer (Austria)                  33

10.  Warrick Brant (Australia)                 32

11.  Vytautas Lalas (Lithuania)               30

12.  Konstantin Ilin (Ukraine)                  30

13.  Saulius Brusokas (Lithuania)            28

14.  Tomi Lotta (Finland)                          26

15.  Paul Pirjol  (Romania)                       26

16.  Johannes Arsjo (Sweden)                  26

17.  Rafal Kobylarz  (Poland)                    25

18.  Rob Frampton  (England)                  22

19.  Vidas Blekaitas  (Lithuania)               18

20.  Dainis Zageris  (Latvia)                      16


For a lot of photos and full details, please visit the official SCL website.



With the 2012 SCL finalists providing security, we’ll bet that there were no problems on the beach in Martinique that day.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.



Zydrunas Savickas Wins SCL Final and 2012 Season Championships

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2013 IronMind


Reporting from Martinique, SCL cofounder Ilkka Kinnunen told IronMind, “The second day started like the first day, in front of  a full crowed (around 10,000 people), and the athletes began with a heavy Truck Pull with a harness and rope: 27 tons uphill for 25 meters was too much for all athletes except Zydrunas who did the full course inside the time limit.Zydrunas Savickas won the 2012 SCL finals, along with the season title, and he added another world record to his collection as the dominant strongman of his time, if not all time.


IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.


Zydrunas Savickas won the 2012 SCL finals, along with the season title, and he added another world record to his collection as the dominant strongman of his time, if not all time.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.

“The second event, Forward Hold, was again the Big Z show with the new world record: he stopped the time in 1.22.11sec. This was his over 60th world record he has set in his career!!!

“Third event of the day, 400-kg side handle Deadlift with pickup and 8 cheerleaders sitting in it with a 60-sec time limit for reps.  Misha Koklayev ruled the deadlift with amazing 7 reps; second also with excellent result Radziowski 5 reps. Amazing lifts from these two!!!

“Last event was 150-kg Farmer’s Walk, 30m for time.  Misha Koklayev did an excellent time just over 12 seconds following Big Z just one second slower.

“All these results was done in 35-degree C heat, which of course puts some extra pressure on the athletes; however the athletes enjoyed the competition, the audience loved watching it, and the SCL board is ready for the 2013 season with a full calender which will be announced soon, so stay tuned, because you will hear it first from,” Kinnunen said.



Zydrunas Savickas Wins SCL Spain/Arnold-Europe 

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


Describing Zydrunas Savickas in action at SCL Spain/Arnold-Europe, Marcel Mostert told IronMind, “Again the ‘master of strongman’ beat the whole field.”

In a field of supercharged deadlifting, Zydrunas Savickas won the event with a 425-kg pull. IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.


The scene was the inaugural Arnold Europe, held in Madrid, Spain—the latest mid-level expo to include strongman in its program, and this one boasted some of the top names on the professional strongman circuit in a six-event strongman competition over two days.Mostert said, “It was strong field, with some serious deadlifts in here.

“Because of some problems with the equipment for the frame deadlift, we borrowed a real bar with Eleiko plates from our friends from the powerlifting federation in Spain. So, with a normal bar, we had 6 out of 10 competitors who got to the 400-kg barrier.  An outstanding performance of the athletes.“Some highlights:  Zydrunas won the deadlift with 425 kg, followed by Misha Koklyaev with 422.5 kg, Vytautas Lalas with 420 and Krzystof Radzikowski in 4th place with 415 kg.  Ervin Katona and Mike Jenkins got both 400 kg.

“Imagine, that you get just 7th place with still a very good deadlift of 390 kg, as Hafthor Bjornson did. The level was high!

“The Power Team Forward Hold, holding 2 cylinders of 12.5 kg (25 kg  total) was won by Mike Burke, the new USA champion, with 70.17 seconds.  Mike Jenkins and Ervin Katona got second and third in this event with 69 and 68 seconds.  All very close! “The Giant Dumbbell was won by Konstantin Ilin and Vytautas Lalas with 11 reps, followed by Mike Burke with 10 reps.

“The prize awards were given by Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger himself with a US$10,000 check for the winner Zydrunas Savickas, sponsored by MHP. “It was a nice cooperation between Arnolds/ASC/Strongman Champions League and MHP, who made this contest all happen,” said Mostert.


Here are the official final results:


1.           Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania)        47.0

2.           Krzysztof Radzikowski (Poland)      44.5

3.           Vytautas Lalas (Lithuania)               42.5

4.           Mike Burke (USA)                             37.5

5.           Misha Koklyaev (Russia)                  37.0

6.           Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland)           35.0

7.           Mike Jenkins (USA)                          33.5

8.           Ervin Katona (Serbia)                      22.0

9.           Konstantin Ilin (Ukraine)                16.0

10.         Lauri Nami (Estonia)                      14.0




SCL co-founder Marcel Mostert (right) interviewed Arnold Schwarzenegger (left), who presented the winner’s check to Zydrunas Savickas. IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.


Zydrunas Savickas Double Victory in Lithuania

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


It was a big weekend for strongman in Lithuania and SCL cofounder Ilkka Kinnunen called the action for IronMind.Zydrunas Savickas won both SCL Lithuania and the Log Lift World Championships this weekend. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.



Zydrunas Savickas: Double Victory in Lithuania by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2012 IronMind


It was a big weekend for strongman in Lithuania and SCL cofounder Ilkka Kinnunen called the action for IronMind.Zydrunas Savickas won both SCL Lithuania and the Log Lift World Championships this weekend. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.



Report by Ilkka Kinnunen

On Saturday and Sunday, strongmen met in Vilnius in two big events, SCL Lithuania (semi-finals) and the SCL Log Lift World Championships.

The competitions were held in the Siemens Arena, which is the main arena for big concerts and the most popular sport events.The SCL Lithuania started on Saturday evening; a total of 13 athletes competed in semi-finals. Most of these athletes just arrived from World’s Strongest Man, but still all of them were ready to fight for the first place.

First event: Tyre Flip (360-kg, 4 flips) and Sled Pull (400-kg 18 m) Medley. The top three were Savickas 32.06 sec, Vidas Blekaitis 39.22 sec, Johannes Årsjö 39.89 sec.Second event: Forward Hold (35 kg). Top three were Ervin Katona with an excellent time of 48.33 sec, Alex Moonen 42.28 sec, Vidas Blekaitis 39.28 sec.

That was the Saturday program and athletes started to get ready for Sunday’s Log World Championships. The competition came on live in Eurosport. The competition started at noon. The minimum opening weight were 170 kg. Athletes had 3 lifts.


Five athletes started with the 170 kg and from those five, Juha Matti Järvi, Ervin Katona, Alex Moonen, J.F. Caron had final result also 170 kg. Etienne Smith was unlucky and could not make the lift (no results)


Johannes Årsjö was six place with 185 kg.

Top five: Krzysztof Radzikowski (opening 185 kg), Misha Koklayev (opening 190 kg), Zydrunas Savickas (opening 195 kg), Vytautas Lalas (opening 190 kg), Vidas Blekaitis (opening 190 kg). These athletes had a great fight for the top places.

Misha second lift 200 kg easy, third 210 kg missed and 5th place. Vidas 2nd lift 200 kg, third 207.5 kg missed and 4th place (lighter athlete),  2nd lift Vytautas Lalas 200 kg, 3rd lift 205 kg missed 3rd place (lightest of 3).  Krzysztof Radzikowski 2nd lift 195 kg and 3rd 207.5 kg excellent lift and 2nd place. Zydrunas missed the first one, 2nd 200 kg easy, 3rd 210 kg good lift and World Champion Log Lift title.

After log lift athletes had three hour break before hitting the last four events in SCL semi-finals.The athletes continued after the break with Log with reps with 155 kg. Top three: Savickas 9 reps, Blekaitis 8 reps, Radzikowski and Lalas 7 reps.The 4th event Deadlift for reps with 360 kg. Top Three Savickas and Caron 10 reps, Lalas 9 reps, Radzikowski 7 reps.

• 5th event Power Stairs with 225 kg, 240 kg, 270 kg and 6 steps. Top three Savickas 30.29 sec, Lalas 31.44 sec, Radzikowski 31.92 sec.

The last event was theAtlas Stones. It was really close with the points in a top 5 and it all came down to last event to determine who would be on the podium. We saw some unbelievable runs done by Lalas and Savickas. However the winner in the event was Vytauas Lalas with 5 stones in New World Record ring of the atlas stones, light set at 17.49 sec!!!  2nd Savickas 18.97 sec, 3rd Saulius Brusokas 20.43 sec.


Top eight overall:


1.           Zydrunas Savickas          73.5

2.           Vidas Blekaitis                 61.0

3.           Vytautas Lalas                 58.5

4.           Krzysztof Radzikowski    52.5

5.           Saulius Bruskokas             45.5

6.           Jean-Francois Caron       44.5

7.           Johannes Arsjo                 43.5

8.           Lauri Nami                        39.5


Once again SCL thanks all the athletes, the organising committee, sponsors, Eurosport, Lithuanian TV for such a great job done.



SCL Finals Set for Martinique

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


“With just a few SCL competitions to go, we are glad to announce that the grande finale will be a November 17 – 18 in Martinique,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind today.

The 2012 Strongman Champions League (SCL) finals will be in Martinique.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of SCL.

“The French Island will host the SCL finals of 2012, as it was first planned in Canada, but there were some organizing problems and they preferred to have the finals next year there in Canada.

“Therefore we moved it to Martinique, where the finalists will get the opportunity as well to end their season with a nicely-paid holiday and a great beach party!  That is also [characteristic of] the Strongman Champions League, because SCL wants the best and gives the best for its top athletes.

“Not a bad venue to end your season in a nice holiday resort with a great battle on the beach in between.

“Ten athletes will be invited for this finals, the top five of the SCL ranking for sure, and some invitations chosen by performance, strength and character to make a perfect mix of sports and entertainment.

“The leader at the moment and possible winner, Zydrunas Savickas, will be there for sure to fight for his second world title in the Coppa Cocktails Strongman Champions League.

“After the WSM ending tomorrow, SCL will continue and we will announce much more information about the first Savickas Classic and the World Championships Log lift, live on Eurosport, coming the weekend of October 6 -7, 2012.“Stay tuned for more from the SCL,” said Mostert.



Rafal Koblarz Wins SCL Bulgaria

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


“Is there a new Polish strongman star rising?” asks Marcel Mostert as Rafal Kobylarz won the Coppa Cocktails Strongman Champions League Bulgaria, held last weekend.

SCL–Bulgaria was won by Rafal Koblarz, possibly a strongman star of the future.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.

“With Konstantin Ilin in the Coppa leader shirt as the highest ranked strongman in this event, along with Paul Pirjol, Rob Frampton and runner-up of 2012, Saulius Brusokas, we did expect the winner would come of these men.“But nobody expected Rafal Kobylarz as the surprise winner.  Wow, strongman can be still surprising, even for us.

“He came silently, slaughtered the all strongman that day with a bang, and went silently back to his country, Poland,” said Mostert of the 1.98 m tall, 150-kg, 23-year old strongman.“For example: The farmer’s walk of 160 kg over 44 m with a turn, he did in 32 seconds.  Not bad for a newcomer.“Also, the Atlas stones with 180 kg at the stone ring, he finished in a solid 24 seconds.“Well done from Rafal and we are sure we will hear more from him soon,” said Mostert.

“Saulius  Brusokas and Paul Pirjol came second and third in the final result, in a beautiful 25 degrees sunny weather with the great mountains from Bansko in the background.  With thanks to Miron Jordanov from the Bulgarian Strongman federation and his crew it made it  a very nice weekend.

“Now we are moving on for the next stage Strongman Champions League, October 6–7, the SCL Lithuania in Vilnius in the first official Savickas Classic. Will be an interesting weekend then again.”

Final results:

1. Rafal Kobylarz (Poland)              47.0 Points

2. Saulius Brusokas (Lithuania)     45.0

3. Paul Pirjol (Romana)                   45.0

4. Konstantin Ilin (Ukraine)            43.0

5. Rob Frampton (England)           36.0

6. Dainis Zageris (Latvia)                35.5

Also, on Friday, September 28, SCL–Poland will be broadcast on Eurosport at 20.00 CET.



Zydrunas Savickas in Top Shape at SCL-Gibralter

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


“We had two days of competition in a very sunny Gibraltar, where Zydrunas Savickas was the SCL King,” Marcel Mostert reported to IronMind.

In the run-up to the World’s Strongest Man contest, Zydrunas Savickas won SCL–Gibralter in commanding style.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.




“The stage was sold out, the crowd was amazing enthusiastic, and Zydrunas Savickas won another Coppa Cocktails Strongman Champions League contest, the SCL GIBRALTAR.

“But this weekend he ruled like a king —10 points ahead of Lauri Nami and 15 on Terry Hollands.

“He is in tremendously good shape at the moment and so ready for the World’s Strongest Man contest at the end of September in the USA, as this was his last SCL contest before World’s.

“Lauri Nami and Terry Hollands, coming in second and third at SCL-Gibralter, sare both competitors in WSM this year as well.

“Local hero, Daniel Gracia from Gibraltar came in 9th place in his first SCL ever.  He did very well, and the crowd absolutely loved him!  Matt Wanat from USA was more unfortunate, he pulled his biceps in the wine barrel loading.

“It was a hard fight for everybody, but a very pleasant stay there as well, and Gibraltar wants us already back in 2013 and 2014,with an even bigger setup than this year,” said Mostert.


Official scores (top ten):


1. Zydrunas Savickas       60.0

2. Lauri Nami                    50.0

3. Terry Hollands             45.5

4. Rob Frampton              40.5

5. Antti Mouravi                37.0

6. Jarno Hams                   37.0

7. Ervin Katona                 32.0

8. Akos Nagy                     31.0

9. Daniel Gracia                17.0

10. Sandro Eusebio          17.0


The next stage of the Coppa Cocktails Strongman Champions League will be at 15 September in Turkey.



Misha Koklyaev Wins SCL–Russia

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


A little rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of 5,000 strongman fans in Vladivostok, Russia this weekend, where Misha Koklyaev took top honors at SCL–Russia, Ilkka Kinnunen reported to IronMind

Misha Koklyaev won the Giant Dumbbell for reps, with two reps on this 120-kg dumbbell—believed to be the heaviest ever used in a strongman contest, Ilkka Kinnunen told IronMind®.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.


SCL Russia-Misha Koklyaev Wins in Homeland

by Ilkka Kinnunen, Strongman Champions League

It was again great competition when the top strongmen battle for the title in city of Vladivostok, Russia.The competition was organized by SMG and its founder Mr. Eduard Sandler, in co-operation with PLSE.  The competition started at 6 p.m. Saturday in light rain, but warm weather, however this did not frighten the people (approximately 5,000) who came to watch eight strongman competitors in six heavy events.

The first event was Weight for Height, with 25 kg and a starting height of 4.20 m. This was three men show focussed on Misha Koklyaev, Johannes Årsjö and Ervin Katona.  The battle went however to Misha with the result of an easy 5.40m.  Johannes Årsjö  was second with 5.20 m and third was Ervin Katona with 5.00 m.

The second event was the Giant Dumbbell Press for reps in 90 seconds.  I believe this was the heaviest Dumbbell ever used in a strongman competition: 120 kg!!! although the athletes could choose 100 kg Giant Dumbbell instead if they wanted to.  Two athletes went to the 120 kg one: Johannes Årsjö and Misha Koklyaev.  This time Misha was strongest presser doing 2 reps with 120 kg and I believe this is a new world record with the heaviest Dumbbell done in competition. Johannes did 1 repetition which is also an excellent result with that weight.  Third was Konstantin Ilin 7 reps with 100 kg. Unfortunately Ervin Katona injured his biceps lifting the dumbbell and was out of the battle for the victory.

The third event was the Log Lift for reps: 160-kg log and 60-second time lmit. This was great to watch when Misha and Johannes went in the last pair.  Both wanted good results and top points, however in the end, the result was tie: did 5 reps.  Konstantin Ilin was third with 3 repetition.

The Car Deadlift was the fourth event and the weight was pretty easy for these guys. Misha Koklyaev won the event with 18 reps, second was the other Russian, Vladimir Kalinicenko, with 17 reps and third was Marius Lalas (Vytautas Lalas’ younger brother) with 16 reps.

The fifth event was Keg Loading: 4 kegs, 10 m distance each. The fastest was Mariuz Lalas with 27.5 seconds.  Johannes Årsjö was second (28,12 sec) and Lauri Nami was third (28.16 sec).

The last event was the Forward Hold with 25-kg cylinders. This event goes from competition to competition and athletes are getting better and better. One week ago in Poland, Zydrunas Savickas did a new world record and now two more athletes came close to that time.  The winner with an injured biceps was Ervin Katona (1.09.15 sec), Alex Moonen was second (1.04.51sec) and Misha Koklyaev was third (54.78 sec).


Official final results:


1. Misha Koklyaev (Russia)                  42.5

2. Johannes Arsjo (Sweden)                 36.5

3. Mariuz Lalas (Lithuania)                 24.5

4. Vladimir Kalinichenko (Russia)    23.0

5. Konstantin Ilyin (Ukraine)              22.0

6. Lauri Nami (Estonia)                         22.0

7. Alexander Moonen (Holland)         21.5

8. Ervin Katona (Serbia)                        17.5


Next stop for SCL: Gibralter.



Misha Koklaev and Zydrunas Savickas Tie at SCL-Poland

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


“It has happened only once before in SCL history that two athletes have been in in same points and same places in events,” Ilkka Kinnunen told IronMind today as Misha Koklyaev and Zydrunas Savickas tied at SCl-Poland last weekend.


Misha Koklyaev (left) and Zydrunas Savickas (right) shared top honors at SCL–Poland.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.

“In 2010, SCL–Ireland Terry Hollands and Zydrunas Savickas shared the top position and now in Poland Misha and Zydrunas [did it, too].   Again, unbelievable battles all the way to the end.“Over 5,000 cheering people and in sunny, warm (+32c) weather, 12 strongman athletes started their first event. 420-kg Yoke Race (with a distance of 34 m). Top three were: 1) Mateusz Baron (Poland) 24.38 sec, 2) Krzysztof Radzikowski (Poland) 28.19 sec and 3) Misha Koklyaev 29.47sec.

“Next up was the Forward Hold with 12.5 kg in each hand. This was the Savickas show: He did new world record time of 1.19:43  Krzysztof Radzikowski was second with a time of 1.06:34 and  and Mateusz Baron was third with 1.02.“The third event was the Keg Toss Medley. Total of 8 kegs weighing 2×16 kg, 2×18 kg, 2×20 kg, 2×22 kg. The bar was in 5m high. The winner was Savickas with all kegs in time of 17.13 sec; second was Koklyaev with 20.04 sec, and third was the new Latvian star Dainis Zageris with 24.69 sec.

“The Log Medley was the fourth event with a 160 kg log, 95 kg Dumbbell two times and a 180-kg log. This was something that everyone was waiting for: huge weights in medley with top pressers. The winner was Koklyaev doing all four lifts in a time of 26.99 sec.  Savickas was second with a time of 27.03 sec, and third was Radzikowski in 30.47 sec. These were only ones who did all the lifts.

“5th event: 160-kg Farmer’s Walk (20 m) and 420-kg Tire Flip (3 flips).  The course was slightly uphill which made this event extremely difficult.  The winner was Sebastian Kurek (Poland) in 33.88 sec; Koklyaev was second (36.43 sec) and Savickas was third (38.81 sec).“The last event was the Atlas stones: 120 kg, 140 kg, 150 kg, 160 kg, 170 kg.  Coming into the last event Savickas had only a one-point lead against Misha.  Both wanted to win the SCL Poland and were loaded to full energy for the stones.  Misha was faster, winning the stones in time of 20.26 sec, Savickas was second (21.04 sec), and third was Mateusz Baron (24.86sec).

“What a competition: a lot of great fights and close times.  Big thanks for the city of Trzebnica and the Polish organisation for an excellent job done,” said Kinnunen.

Here are the official final scores for the top six.


1. Misha Koklyaev                64.0

1. Zydrunas Savickas           64.0

3. Krzystof Radzikowski       55.0

4. Mateusz Baron                   53.0

5. Sebastian Kurek                 51.0

6. Dainis Zageris                   41.0




Zydrunas Savickas handles the 180-kg log in a shoulder power medley at SCL-Poland.  As mighty as Big Z is on pressing events, Misha Koklyaev won this medley.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.



Zydrunas Savickas Wins SCL–FinlandZydrunas and Misha Koklyaev-close battle to the finish!

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

Marking his return to strongman competition, Misha Koklyaev pushed Zydrunas Savickas all the way in SCL–Finland this weekend, at the big Power Truck festival, but in the end, the Big Z pocketed the victory, two points ahead of Koklyaev.

Misha Koklyaev won the truck pull at SCL–Finland and pressured Zydrunas Savickas to the very end of the contest—coming in second to the Big Z marked a big return to strongman for Koklyaev. IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL

Over the weekend, SCL–Finland took place in a small town called AlaHärmä. The town was filled with people over 30,000 which is the new record for the Power Truck festival: beautiful women, strongman and powerful cars that is great combination to collect such a audience.
The competition started on Saturday in front of a full audience. The weather was perfect for the athletes: +18 C and partly sunny. There was a total of six competition events.
The first event was the Wheelbarrow, with total weight of 420 kg and a distance of 20 m. Terry Hollands showed his power and won the event with time of 8.69 s. Second was Zydrunas Savickas at 8.81 and third was Misha Koklayev 9.16 s.

The second event the hard and heavy Viking Press. Total weight for hands 165 kg and time limit was 60 s. Ervin Katona who holds the world record with same weight (13 reps) showed that his shoulder power is in good shape, doing 11 reps. Misha Koklayev was second (10 reps) and third was Zydrunas Savickas (8 reps).

Third event before the break was Tyre Flip: 420 kg and in light rain made the event really difficult. Only two athletes could finish the full 5 flips: Misha Koklyaev won with a time of 44.43 s and Zydrunas Savickas was second with a time of 61.12 s. Equal third were Ervin Katona and Lars Rorbakken with four flips.

After the lunch break, the competition continued with Truck Pull. The truck weighed 10,000 kg and the track was slightly uphill. The pulling distance was 20 m. Misha Koklayev had the best time, 25.67 s, followed by Zydrunas Savickas (26.08 s) and Terry Hollands (28.25 s).
The fifth event was the Forward Hold with 12.5 kg cylinders in each hand and the back leaning against a pole. Finland´s Antti Mourujärvi showed some Finnish power in front of the cheering audience and won the event with time of 54.75 s. Second was Zydrunas Savickas (51.44 s) and third was Ervin Katona (49.09 s).

The last event was the Yoke Race: 420 kg, 20 m. Zydrunas Savickas had only a one-point lead against Misha Koklayev, but Big Z had zero wins in        events and Misha had two wins. They both knew knew this of course and really loaded all power to make best effort out of their performance. However the event went to Terry Hollands, who came down the course fast with a time of 11.97 s. Second was Zydrunas Savickas (13.84 s) and third was Misha Koklayev (14.08 s).


The winner 2012 SCL–Finland was Zydrunas Savickas.

In a great comeback to strongman sport, Misha Koklyaev got second place and third place went to Terry Hollands. It was a great competition with excellent athletes, tight battles, a big audience and nice weather. These are just few points why we will be back in Power Park 2013!








Official Overall Results

1. Zydrunas Savickas


2. Misha Koklyaev


3. Terry Hollands


4. Ervin Katona


5. Lauri Nami


6. Juha Matti Järvi


7. Akos Nagy


8. Antti Mourujärvi


9. Lars Rorbakken


10. Martin Wildauer




SCL Portugal: Zydrunas Savickas Crushes the Field

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


“In a fully packed arena with 4-5,000 fans, 28 degrees heat and great atmosphere, Zydrunas Savickas showed his absolute supremacy again . . . he crushed the field in SCL Portugal,” Marcel Mostert reported to IronMind.


Jarno Hams (left) and Warrick Brant in the Wine Barrel Race.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.


Savickas won four out of the six events to take the title at the Coppa Cocktails SCL PORTUGAL.  Ervin Katona edged out Terry Hollands by one-half point to take second place.  Laurence Shahlaei had to retire from the competition “due to a light shoulder injury,” Mostert said.

“A special event in this competition was of course the wine barrel race, a trademark from Portugal as it is famous for its wine.“However, insiders there told me that all port is produced by British companies in Portugal but even the original idea of making port came from the Dutch people earlier in the 18th century.but these barrels were not filled with port, but 100 kg of sand, and very hard to pick up because of its size.  It was a very nice event to watch,” Mostert said.


Here are the top six, officially, in SCL Portugal:


1.  Zydrunas Savickas

2.  Ervin Katona

3.  Terry Hollands

4.  Warrick Brant

5.  Jarno Hams

6.  Sandro Eusébio


“Our next stage of the Strongman Champions League will be at 11 August in Finland,” Mostert said.  “Misha Koklyaeav, Zydrunas Savickas and Ervin Katona will be at present as well there with a total of 12 competitors.”



SCL Shanghai Cup: Savickas Conquers Chinaby Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2012 IronMind


“After four days of exciting and hard competition, the Strongman Champions League Shanghai Cup finished with a bang,” Ilkka Kinnunen reported to IronMind today.



Agris Kazelniks (left) and Zydrunas Savickas on the Pole Push at the SCL Shanghai Cup.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.


“Thunder,  lightning and heavy showers at the last event, the Pole Push, which  didn’t force us to end this great competition.

“Zydrunas Savickas beat all athletes again and took the victory in China: He won the Pole Push in the finals against Agris Kazelniks, and with this win he secured the first title the SCL Shanghai Cup.

“We started the day with the Dumbbell Lift, with Kostantin Ilin doing an impressive 10 reps with 90 kg in 40 degrees C heat.  Travis Ortmayer was second and Zydrunas Savickas came in third place.

“After the dumbbell we did a Loading event with four objects, and the winning time was 23.37 seconds, by Travis Ortmayer.  Second place was taken by Zydrunas and Lauri Nami came in third place,” Kinnunen said.


Travis Ortmayer celebrates winning the Loading event.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.


“It was a great competition, very well organized, and I am very happy that I won this first big title in China,” said Zydrunas Savickas.  “I could see myself during my stay here on the streets on big screens all over the city already. This I have never seen before.”

After four days of strongman competition, SCL isn’t packing its bags yet, because tomorrow nine of the strongman competitors will be attempting three Guinness world records during the closing ceremony, followed by the prize ceremony.  The events are Tire Flip, Weight for Height with a 12.5-kg keg, and the Atlas Stones.


The organizers of this first SCL Shanghai Cup, Marcel Mostert and Ilkka Kinnunen, told IronMind, “We are very pleased with this successful event and know already that we will be back with the next SCL in China.”

Here are the official final scores for the top eleven competitors:


1. Zydrunas Savickas          181.5

2. Laurence Shahlaei          165.5

3. Ervin Katona                     154.0

4. Jean-Francois Caron      150.0

5. Travis Ortmayer                137.0

6. Warrick Brant                    117.5

7. Mikhail Shivlyakov          114.0

8. Konstantin Ilin                 110.5

9. Agris Kazelniks                110.5

10. Lauri Nami                      106.0

11.Paul Pirjol                         106.0


Konstantyn Ilin won the Dumbbell Press for reps.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.


SCL China: Strongman by the Billion

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


SCL China began yesterday with what was reported as being a huge opening ceremony, along with 10,000 spectators at the contest and “the competition is being  filmed by CCTV1: the biggest TV channel in China, reaching over 1.47 billion people,” Ilkka Kinnunen told IronMind.


The Opening Ceremony at SCL China was on the same scale as everything else in the contest: festive and huge.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.


“A total of 20 athletes from 20 countries battled in the first day with very impressive events: Jar Lift and Wheelbarrow,” Kinnuen said.  “The Jar Lift is an overhead lift with 140 kg weight athletes did reps.  The best results were done by Zydrunas Savickas: 15 reps.The Jar Lift is not what you might guess from its name: it’s a 140-kg overhead press done for reps.  That’s Ervin Katona on the left and Zydrunas Savickas on the right.  IronMindr | Photo courtesy of SCL.

The second event of the day was the Wheelbarrow, which was loaded with 21 models and this gave a weight at the hands of 400 kg and the distance was 25 m.  The winner was Johannes Årsjö, who was the only one who finished the course in under 12 seconds.

The top three after first day were: Zydrunas Savickas, Johannes Årsjö, Laurence Shahlaei and today we continued with the Forward Hold, Conan Circle and Hercules Hold . Again we saw some excellent performances from the athletes, especially because the weather was really hot today, around +40 C [over 100 F].  This, of course, took a lot energy out from the athletes.

We started today with the Sword Forward Hold.  In this outstanding venue, Zydrunas Savickas was first with a time of 1 minute 9.73 seconds, followed by Laurence Shahlaei (second place) and Antti Mourujärvi (third place). The second event of the day was the Conan’s Circle: The full circle was 48 m and athletes carried four models for a total weight of 320 kg.  The winner of the event, with an outstanding result, was Lauri Nämi, 64.90 m, and just 40 cm shorter was Paul Pirjol, with a result of 64.50 m. With these results, Lauri and Paul crushed the whole field by more than 12 m.  Laurence Shahlaei came in third with 52.05 m.


“Tomorrow, again we are expecting 40 degrees C and it is very humid heat.  We will start with the Hercules Hold, followed by the Truck Pull and the Car Deadlift.”Not all is tough, though, because Kinnunen told IronMind, “Despite the hard work every day, we are still able to relax in a beautiful 5 star hotel and enjoy excellent food.”


Here are the top ten, officially, after the second day of SCL China:


1. Zydrunas Savickas                              71.0

2. Laurence Shahlaei                             69.5

3. Ervin Katona                                       67.0

4. Travis Ortmayer                                  56.5

5. Paul Pirjol                                             55.0

6. J-F. Caron                                             52.5

7. Misha Shivlyakov                               49.5

8. Konstantyn Ilin                                   48.5

9. Lauri Nämi                                            46.0

10. Warrick Brant, Antti Mourujärvi  40.0



SCL Holland: World Record, Dutch Record in the Log Lift

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


The Log Lift was on the ropes at SCL–Holland this weekend as Zydrunas Savickas broke the world record and Jarno Hams broke the Dutch record, Marcel Mostert reported to IronMind.


Zydrunas Savickas boosted the Log Lift world record to 217.5 kg at the SCL–Holland strongman contest this weekend.  This was done on the old IFSA log, “not some midget log,” Marcel Mostert would note.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL.

“It was truly a great and spectacular event this weekend in Holland,” said Mostert.“28 degrees, sunny , fully-packed crow , 14 of the best strongman athletes in the world and a solid organization where the ingredients last weekend for the 4th SCL Stage of the Coppa Cocktails Strongman Champions League.

We had the privilege to see a world record on the big log from Zydrunas Savickas: 217.5 kg.“What are the limits of Zydrunas Savickas?  We still don’t know . . . does he have limits?“Zydrunas won also the Truck Pull and finished as the absolute winner in the final standings.

“Laurence Shahlaei had a bad start on the log with only 165 kg, but after 6 heavy events, he finished in second place overall.


“Probably Jarno Hams from Holland had one of his best days, for him really a great day in front of his own crowd!  He took a new Dutch record in the log with 182.5 kg and also in the other events he was in super shape.   It resulted in a third place in the overall final standings, just half point behind Laurence Shahlaei.”



Here is a link to some contest hightlights video clips,

and these are the top ten places, officially:


1. Zydrunas Savickas          75.0

2. Laurence Shahlaei         68.0

3. Jarno Hams                     67.5

4. Ervin Katona                   66.0

5. Warrick Brant                 61.5

6. Etienne Smit                    50.5

7. Paul Pirjol                        46.0

8. Jan Wagenaar               42.0

9. Tomi Lotta                       32.0

10.Levi Veoga                     28.5

“Unfortunately, we don’t have much time to enjoy the success and victory of the last weekend, as we are all traveling today already to Shanghai, China, where we will do a 4-day special event: The SCL Shanghai Cup,” said Mostert.“Stay tuned for the results coming days!”



Ervin Katona The 4th stage of the Coppa Cocktails Strongman Champions League will happen at 30 June in Holland – Zevenaar.

Zydruns Savickas will try to break a new World record Log Lift and Laurence Shahlaei , Ervin Katona and many others will try to beat the “BIG Z”in the contest insome other events on the day. (See Poster)




Ervin Katona Wins SCL–Serbia

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

Top Strongman Champions League (SCL) competitor Ervin Katona won the SCL–Serbia competition today, SCL cofounder Ilkka Kinnunen reported to IronMind.
Ervin Katona pounded out 13 reps in the 165-kg Viking Press to break the world record Zydrunas Savickas set at IceMan III earlier this year.

The SCL Serbia strongman contest took place today in city of Novi Sad. The Major fixed us a beautiful place center of main city center and around 6000 people cheered the athletes in sunny and around +30 C (86 F) weather.

There were total of six hard events:

• Bus Pull: arm over arm, 22 m
• Viking Press: 165 kg for reps
• Framewalk: 360 kg 40 m
• Weight for Height: 25 kg
• Forward Hold: 25 kg 
• Conan Circle: 300 kg

Serbian hero Ervin Katona took 4 first places and in a fifth, was tiedwith Etienne Smith and Lauri Nami. Ervin Katona also made a new World Record of 13 reps on the 165 kg Viking Press! The old one was done by Zydrunas Savickas 12 reps, done this year in IceMan III.
The last event, Conan’s Wheel, was won by Lauri Nami from Estonia. With that result he went from 6th to 3rd place overall, because Warrick Brant passed out already after 10 meters with air problems and Laurence struggled as well with the Conan’s Wheel.
It was a very exciting finish for second and third place in the end, when Ervin Katona was already safe with his overall win.
In the overall ranking we have 3 leaders now in the Coppa Strongman Champions League, with 50 points total: Zydrunas Savickas, Laurence Shahlaei and Ervin Katona!

These are the official overall scores:

1. Ervin Katona 63.0
2. Terry Hollands 43.0
3. Lauri Nami 42.0
4. Laurence Shahlaei 41.0
5. Warrick Brant 38.5
6. Martin Wildauer 35.0
7. Konstantyn Ilin 34.0
8. Etienne Smit 32.0
9. Akos Nagy 30.5
10. Paul Pirjol 27.0
11. Gregor Stegnar (injured) 17

For more on SCL, please visit the Coppa Strongman Champions League website.



SCL FIBO: BIG Z Rulesby Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2012 IronMind

“Germany’s FIBO is the worldwide leading trade show for fitness, wellness and health; and it is also the competition arena for SCL top strongman athletes,” SCL cofounder Ilkka Kinnunen told IronMind today.

Zydrunas Savickas turned out another powerful performance and won the 2012 SCL strongman competition at the FIBO this weekend.
Kinnunen said, “The competition brought over 50.000 people to FIBO to watch all kind of action from fitness, bodybuilding, MMA to strongman.
“This year the SCL competition events were Maximum Log Lift, Bavarian Stone Deadlift, Forward Hold, Yoke Medley, Giant Dumbbell Press and Atlas Stones.
“Zydrunas Savickas showed that his top shape is continuing winning 3 events out of 6. and in one equal victory with Laurence,” Kinnunen said.

Here are the top six, officially:

1. Zydrunas Savickas 68.0
2. Laurence Shahlaei 58.0
3. Ervin Katona 52.5
4. Martin Wildauer 49.0
5. Terry Hollands 46.5
6. Alex Moonen 40.5


“The top three will meet 3 powerlifters in a Deadlift Challenge later in the evening, so stay tuned for more news,” said Kinnunen.



Zydrunas Savickas Wins Iceman III

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


Kuusamo, Finland–Just call him the Iceman because Zydrunas Savickas did it again, winning his third SCL Iceman in a row.

If your deadlifts are stuck, try this trick for motivation: go eyeball to eyeball with a bear, as Zydrunas Savickas did at the SCL Iceman today.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.





The Iceman is not your ordinary strongman contest, so when today opened with a loading race, it was massive logs and ice blocks that were loaded onto a platform made from ice, and the deadlift, for example, put a bear in the mix.

On his way to his third consecutive victory in the Iceman, Zydrunas Savickas opened the contest today by setting the world record in the Viking Press with 165 kg x 12 reps.“In the beginning, we were pretty unlucky losing Terry Hollands and Jimmy Laureys, but were really happy Martin Wildauer came on such short notice.  On the first day, we had some rough weather—snow, wind, cold—but the athletes didn’t complain.  It’s the Iceman: whatever temperature or the weather, they will continue,” contest organizer Ilkka Kinnunen told IronMind.

“Conan’s Wheel was really tough: only 4 athletes made the full circle.  Tomi Lotta was the only one to go over 70 meters, which made the Finns really happy.

“The Truck Pull Medley was extremely tough, especially with the truck pull as last part of the medley; Zydrunas and Tomi were the only ones to finish.”Today was a sunny, beautiful day—perfect for the athletes and audience to enjoy the Iceman III,” said Kinnunen.


Here are the final scores, officially.


1. Zydrunas Savickas    77.0

2. Laurence Shahlaei    71.5

3. Janusz Kaluga           64.0

4. Rauno Heinla            57.0

5. Ervin Katona             55.0

6. Tomi Lotta                54.0

7. Martin Wildauer        41.5

8. Juha-Matti Jarvi         32.0

9. Jarno Hams               27.5

10. Jarno Jokinen          26.5

11. Jarno Kirsela           18.0



SCL and Giants Live Team Up for Budapest

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


Marcel Mostert told IronMind today that once again, Strongman Champions League (SCL) will be partnering with Giants Live–the official qualifying tour for the World’s Strongest Man contest.

 Giants Live and SCL will be at the Ramada Aqua World in Budapest, Hungary on June 17,2012 and the top three competitors are guaranteed invitations to this year’s World’s Strongest Man contest.




The two organizations will be joined in this production by the Hungarian Strongman Association (HSMA), for the Giants Live in the Ramada Aqua World in Budapest.Aqua World bills itself as being “One of the biggest indoor water theme parks in Hungary, and even Europe” and it is adjacent to the Ramada resort.Once again, this is an official World’s Strongest Man qualifier, and it signals the close working relationship between SCL and Giants Live.

“Like last year, when the Strongman Champions League cooperated with Giants Live in the Ukraine and Finland, we also will do some together again this year in Finland and Hungary,” Mostert said.  “We are really going to take further steps in the future.“We really like to work with Colin, as he is doing his job In a professional way.  Above the fact we know Colin already 15 years, we appreciate him as a great person to finish every job in a good way.  Colin will also do some job in our SCL organization.”Bryce was quick to return the compliments, saying, “Working with these SCL guys is awesome.  Their refereeing part is always the most professional and serious thing in any competition.  And I’m really happy with their organizing skills.  They know how to make strongman events!”

The Giants Live in Hungary will be a beautiful one,” said Mostert.  “When the weather is good, we will have a full packed venue and a very nice bath afterwards!






Strongman Champions League Open 2012 with Iceman III

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


Coming off a successful 2011 season, Strongman Champions League (SCL), the biggest tour on the professional strongman circuit, is growing again: 16 international shows will be hosted in 2012.Combine an Arctic location with some of the world’s top strongman competitors, give them a two-day, eight-event challenge “without temperature limit or weather reservations,” and you have the winning formula of the the SCL IceMan. SCL IceMan III has been announced: cold temperatures and hot performances. Remember the Bear Deadlift?! (See Photo)









Today arrived the equipment for our first show, March 8–9 , the Iceman III in Lapland. Brand-new yokes have been made by us: water, ice and snow proof! Other events are just beautiful as well.

Set in Kuusamo, Lapland March 9–10, 2012, the SCL IceMan III will take place around Ruka, SCL’s Ilkka Kinnunen told IronMind, with the events spread across three locations and the public having “free access to all competition venues.”

“Zydrunas will come here to defend his title and only 2 weeks ago he got a new world record on the ‘small’ SCL Log Lift (log was 28 cm) with 215 kg. We are proud to have this super athlete, multiple world record holder and always a gentleman, Zydrunas Savickas, again in the SCL Lapland.



The complete start list :

Zydrunas Savickas

Terry Hollands

Laurence Shahalei

Ervin Katona

Tomi Lotta

Juha Matti Järvi

Jarno Hams

Jimmy Laureys

Janusz Kaluga.