Žydrūnas Savickas (Lithuanian pronunciation: [ʒʲiːˈdrûːnɐs sɐˈvʲɪtskɐs]; born July 15, 1975) is a Lithuanian powerlifter and professional strongman. He is considered one of the greatest strongman of all time, and is the only modern competitor to have won every current major strongman competition. He stands 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) tall and competes at 155 kg (342 lb) to 182 kg (401 lb).
Savickas in June 2010
July 15, 1975 |
|Other names||"Big Z"|
|Height||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||170 kg (375 lb) - 182 kg (401 lb)|
|Title||4-time World's Strongest Man
2-time IFSA Strongman World Champion
8-time Arnold Strongman Classic winner
3-time Europe's Strongest Man
4-time World Log Lift Champion
15-time Lithuania's Strongest Man
|Spouse(s)||Jurgita Savickienė (m. 2010)|
Žydrūnas Savickas first became interested in strength sports after watching a Lithuanian strongman contest on TV in 1989. Three years later, he took part in that same strongman contest, and defeated a number of older and more experienced competitors. At age 17, Savickas began to train in powerlifting. In his second powerlifting contest, he broke all the Lithuanian records.
In 1998, Žydrūnas Savickas won his first Lithuania's Strongest Man contest. He would later go on to win this contest a total of 11 times. Savickas then competed in the 1998 and 2000 World's Strongest Man contests, but failed to qualify for the finals both times. He won the silver medal in the World powerlifting championship in Japan with a total of 1020 kg, just 2.5 kg behind Brad Gillingham.
A contest in the Faroe Islands in 2001 dealt Savickas a major setback, as he tore both patellar tendons during the conan's wheel event. Many believed that the extent of the injury meant that his career was over. However, nine months later Savickas won the Lithuanian powerlifting championships, and a short time later he also won the 2002 Lithuania's Strongest Man contest. Savickas would go on to finish in 2nd place at the 2002 World's Strongest Man in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He would finish in 2nd place 5 more times in 2003, 2004, 2011, 2013 and 2015 and 1st place at the 2009, 2010 World's Strongest Man, 2012 World's Strongest Man and 2014 World's Strongest Man contests.
Savickas won the Arnold Strongman Classic six consecutive times from 2003–2008. Savickas won the IFSA European Championships in 2005 which qualified him for the world championships. In September 2005, he broke three world records and won the IFSA Strongman World Championships in Quebec, Canada. Savickas won the 2005 IFSA World Team Championships with Team Europe and won the IFSA World Championships for a 2nd time in 2006 in Reykjavík, Iceland. In 2007, Savickas finished in 3rd place at the last ever IFSA World Championships behind runner-up Mikhail Koklyaev and Champion Vasyl Virastyuk in Geumsan, South Korea.
On October 24, 2005, Savickas represented Lithuania in a team competition with Vidas Blekaitis, Saulius Brusokas, and Vilius Petrauskas. Team Lithuania team placed 5th overall at the IFSA World's Strongest Nation contest in Ukraine.
Savickas was the 2009 and 2010 World's Strongest Man champion. He has also won Europe's Strongest Man in 2010 & 2012. Savickas won Fortissimus in 2009 after finishing runner-up in 2008 behind Derek Poundstone. Savickas is the 3 time reigning World Log Lift Championships winner in 2008, 2009 and 2011 (there was no contest held in 2010).
On April 2011 Savickas set a new Guinness World Record performing a 20-meter Farmer's Walk in 7.55 seconds with 150 kg (330 lb) implements in each hand. The event was broadcast on the Guinness TV show in Europe.
Savickas won 5 Strongman Champions League events during the 2011/2012 season, in Finland in March 2011, Germany on April 16, 2011, the SCL Semi-finals in Canada in Oct. 2011, Latvia in Nov 2011 and the SCL Finals in Sarajevo, Bosnia on Feb. 7, 2012.
During the SCL Finals in Sarajevo, Savickas set a new world record in the log lift with 215 kg (474 lb). This was his 7th consecutive world record in the log lift, not including his world record in the giant wooden log lift set at the 2010 World's Strongest Man contest.
Savickas won the 2012 Europe's Strongest Man contest on June 23, 2012, his second ESM title after winning in 2010. Savickas also set a new world record in the log lift with a lift of 216 kg (476 lb), this was his 8th consecutive log lift world record.
Savickas has won 8 Strongman Champions League events in the 2012 season and is the current overall leader. He won the 2012 SCL Iceman Challenge III in Finland in March, his third consecutive victory in that contest. Savickas also won the 2012 FIBO event in Germany in April, and the SCL Holland event in Zevenaar, Holland on June 30, 2012.
During the SCL Holland event, Savickas set yet another world record in the Log Lift with a lift of 217.5 kg (480 lb). This was Savickas' 3rd log lift world record in 2012, and 9th consecutive log lift world record.
Savickas has held the log lift world record since 2005, and has set more total world records than any other strongman competitor in history.
Savickas won the SCL Finland event on Aug. 11, 2012 and was the co-winner of the SCL Poland event on Aug. 18 in a tie with Mikhail Koklyaev. Savickas also won the SCL Gibraltar event on Sept. 2, 2012. This was his eight SCL victory for the 2012 season, and 28th career SCL win.
The heaviest log press on record from Guinness World Records is 220 kg (490 lb) achieved 30 September 2012 by Savickas at World's Strongest Man Finals held at the Commerce Casino, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Savickas regained the WSM crown by winning the 2012 World's Strongest Man contest in Los Angeles, California on Oct. 1, 2012. This was Savickas' third WSM title, he is only the fifth competitor in WSM history to win 3 or more WSM titles. Savickas also set a new log lift world record in the finals with a lift of 220 kg (490 lb). Savickas and Jon Pall Sigmarson have each placed in the WSM top three a record seven times.
Savickas won the 2012 SCL Finals held in Fort-de-France, Martinique on Nov. 18, 2012, his tenth SCL victory of the season. Savickas won the 2012 SCL overall championship title, his second after winning in 2008.
Savickas won his inaugural 2013 contest, the Strongman Champions League event held in Kalkar, Germany on June 22, 2013. Savickas also attempted a new Log Lift world record of 221 kg (487 lb), but just barely failed to lockout the weight overhead.
At Giants Live Poland, Savickas set a new world record on the Log Lift for 500Lbs or 227 kg. In the 2014 World's Strongest Man he managed to win his fourth title with just half a point difference over the second placed Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson. Zydrunas set a new world record in the giant barbell squat event by squatting 340 kg for 15 repetitions.
Savickas married his longtime girlfriend Jurgita Savickienė on July 24, 2010 in Lithuania.
Done in official powerlifting competitions under IPF rules (single ply equipment)
- Squat - 433 kg (955 lb) – Lithuanian record
- Bench press - 286 kg (631 lb) – Lithuanian record
- Deadlift - 409.5 kg (903 lb) – Lithuanian record
- Total - 1,128.5 kg (2,488 lb) (433|286|409.5) (2012) – Lithuanian record
Done in the gym (personal records as of 2013 according to Savickas himself)
- Squat – 400 kg (880 lb) for 3 reps raw with knee wraps
- Bench press - 285.5 kg (629 lb) for 1 rep; 250 kg (550 lb) for 3 reps
- Deadlift - 447.5 kg (987 lb) for 1 rep
- Hummer Tyre Deadlift with wrist straps – 590 kg (1300 lb)
- Standing Overhead Press - 200 kg (440 lb) for 5 reps without leg drive
- Standing Overhead Press - 260 kg (575;lb) for 1 rep.
- Log lift for Max Weight – 228 kg (503 lb) (World record, 2015 Arnold Classic Brasil Strongman Pro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
- Strongman Deadlift (with straps) – 442 kg (974 lb) with straps (World Strongman Record, 2011)
- Apollon's Axle Press for Max Weight – 215 kg (474 lb) (World Record, 2010 Giants Live, Istanbul, Turkey)
- Apollon's Axle Press for Reps – 166 kg (366 lb) × 8 clean and press each rep (World record, 2006 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio)
- Giant Wooden Log lift for Max Weight – 210 kg (460 lb) (World Record, 2010 World's Strongest Man, Sun City, South Africa)
- Apollon's Wheels Overhead for Reps – 155 kg (342 lb) × 8 reps
- Giant Barbell Deadlift for Reps – 320 kg (710 lb) × 10 (World record, 2006 IFSA World Championships, Reykjavík, Iceland)
- 22 kg (49 lb) Medicine ball for Height – 17 ft (5.18 m) (World record, 2004 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio)
- Atlas Stones (heavy set) – 25.65 seconds (World record, 2006 IFSA World Championships, Reykjavík, Iceland)
- Metal Block press – 150 kg (330 lb) (World record, 2011 World's Strongest Man, Wingate, North Carolina)
- Hummer Tire Deadlift for Max Weight -524 kg (1,155 lb) (World record, 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio)
- Heavy Super Yoke, 640 kg (1,410 lb) – 3.87 seconds (World record, 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio)
- World's Strongest Man – 1st place four times: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014
- World's Strongest Man – 2nd place six times: 2015, 2013, 2011, 2002-4
- IFSA Strongman World Championships - 1st place two times: 2005, 2006
- Arnold Strongman Classic – 1st place eight times: 2016, 2014, 2003-2008
- Arnold Strongman Classic-Europe – 1st place: 2012
- Europe's Strongest Man – 1st place three times: 2012-2013, 2010
- Strongman Super Series – 1st place 2004
- Strongman Super Series – 2nd place 2003
- Strongman Champions League – 1st place two times: 2012, 2008
- Lithuania's Strongest Man – 1st place fourteen times: 2004-2013, 2002, 1998-2000
Professional Competitive Record – [1st (79),2nd (28),3rd (13) – Out of Total(128)]
Performance Metric – .949 [Lithuanian – .964 International – .924]
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