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2012 World's Strongest Man

The 2012 World's Strongest Man was the 35th edition of World's Strongest Man. The event was held on the grounds of the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, California, US.[2] The event was sponsored by MET-Rx.[2] The qualifying heats were held from September 24–27, and the finals took place Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 2012.[2] The winner was Žydrūnas Savickas, it was his third WSM title. Vytautas Lalas of Lithuania was second, and Iceland's Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson was third.[1]

2012 World's Strongest Man
Host city United States Los Angeles, California, United States
Winner Lithuania Žydrūnas Savickas[1]
Nations participating 17
Athletes participating 30

In the qualifying heats, Derek Poundstone set a new world record in the Giant Dumbbell press event by pressing a 210 lb (95 kg) dumbbell overhead for 11 repetitions,[3] and Vytautas Lalas set a new strongman squat world record by squatting 700 lb (320 kg) for 11 repetitions.[4] In the finals, Žydrūnas Savickas set a new Log Lift for Max Weight world record with a lift of 220 kg (490 lb).[5]

Contents

Line-upEdit

Qualified athletesEdit

Name Nationality WSM record other achievements
JenkinsMike Jenkins[6]   United States 8th place 2011 World's Strongest Man 1st place 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic, 2nd place 2011
1st place Giants Live Australia 2012
2nd place 2010 America's Strongest Man
BestNick Best[6]   United States 6th place 2010 World's Strongest Man 1st place 2010 All-American Strongman Challenge, 2nd place 2011, 3rd place 2012
2nd place Giants Live Australia 2012
9th place 2006 IFSA Strongman World Championships
2nd place Strongman Super Series Romania 2009
3rd overall 2009 Strongman Super Series
2nd place Strongman Super Series 2010 Sweden
9th place 2010 Arnold Strongman Classic, 7th place 2011
3rd place 2007 America's Strongest Man, 4th place 2008
1996 & 1997 USAPL National Powerlifting Champion in 125 kg class
1996 WDFPF World Powerlifting Champion 125 kg class
BurkeMike Burke[6]   United States 3rd place Giants Live Australia 2012
1st place 2011 Olympia Strongman Challenge
3rd place 2011 America's Strongest Man
1st place 2012 All-American Strongman Challenge
5th place 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic
SavickasŽydrūnas Savickas   Lithuania 2009, 2010 World's Strongest Man champion
2nd place 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011 World's Strongest Man
6 time winner of Arnold Strongman Classic from 2003–2008, 2nd place 2010, 3rd place 2011
2 time winner IFSA Strongman World Championships, 3rd place 2007
2008 Strongman Champions League overall champion, 2nd place overall 2011
2009 Fortissimus champion, 2nd place 2008
2004 overall winner Strongman Super Series, 3rd in 2002, 2nd in 2003
3 time winner World Log Lift Championships 2008, 2009, 2011
2010, 2012 Europe's Strongest Man winner
1st place Giants Live Turkey 2010
10 time winner of Lithuania's Strongest Man
2nd place 2000 IPF World Powerlifting Championships in +125 kg class
ShawBrian Shaw   United States 2011 World's Strongest Man champion
2nd place 2010, 3rd place 2009 World's Strongest Man
2011 Arnold Strongman Classic champion, 4th place 2012
2009 & 2010 Strongman Super Series overall champion
winner Giants Live London 2011 event
3rd place Fortissimus 2009
2nd place Giants Live Turkey 2010
LalasVytautas Lalas   Lithuania 7th place 2011 World's Strongest Man 2nd place 2012 Europe's Strongest Man
3rd place Giants Live London 2011
winner Strongman Champions League 2011 Finland
3rd place 2011 World Log Lift Championships
winner 2010 Lithuania's Strongest Man
winner 2010 Giants Live Poland
Jack McIntoshJack McIntosh   United Kingdom 2nd place Giants Live 2012 Hungary
Johannes ArsjoJohannes Årsjö   Sweden 2nd place 2012 Giants Live Finland
2 time Sweden's Strongest Man 2009, 2010
3rd place Giants Live Ukraine 2010
Akos NagyAkos Nagy   Hungary 1st place 2012 Giants Live Hungary
Lauri NamiLauri Nami   Estonia 3rd place 2012 Giants Live Finland
3rd place 2012 Strongman Champions League Serbia
KatonaErvin Katona[7]   Serbia 7th place 2010 World's Strongest Man
10th place 2011 World's Strongest Man
1std place overall 2011 Strongman Champions League
3 times Serbia's Strongest Man
winner 2010 Strongman Champions League Bulgaria
3 time winner Strongman Champions League Serbia, 2010-2012
2nd place overall 2010 Strongman Champions League
1st place 2011 Strongman Champions League Bulgaria
1st place 2011 Strongman Champions League Canary Islands
HollandsTerry Hollands[7]   United Kingdom 3rd place 2007 World's Strongest Man
3rd place 2011 World's Strongest Man
7th place 2006 WSM
10th place 2008 WSM
6th place 2009 WSM
8th place 2010 WSM
Britain's Strongest Man 2007
UK's Strongest Man 2005
England's Strongest Man (WSM) 2009
Strongman Champions League 2010 overall champion
1st place 2011 All-American Strongman Challenge
7th place 2011 Arnold Strongman Classic
RadzikowskiKrzysztof Radzikowski[7]   Poland 1st place Giants Live Poland 2012
1st place Giants Live Poland 2011
2nd place 2009 World Log Lift Championships
3rd place 2008 & 2009 Poland's Strongest Man
2012 WSF World Strongmen Championships winner
1st place WSF World Cup Uzbekistan 2012
BaronMateusz Baron[7]   Poland 1st place 2011 Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships
2nd place Giants Live Poland 2012
3rd place Giants Live Poland 2011
KurekSebastian Kurek[7]   Poland 3rd place Giants Live Poland 2011
WildauerMartin Wildauer[7]   Austria 1st place 2011 Giants Live Finland
1st place 2009 Austria's Strongest Man
KoklyaevMikhail Koklyaev   Russia 3rd place 2010 World's Strongest Man 3rd in 2005, 2nd in 2006 & 2007 IFSA World Championship
7 time grand prix winner Strongman Champions League
2nd place 2009 Arnold Strongman Classic3rd place 2006, 3rd place 2008
3rd place Giants Live Norway 2009
5th place Giants Live Poland 2012
1st place 2005 IFSA World Open
1st place 2012 WPC Raw European Powerlifting Championships +125 kg class
6 time Russian National Weightlifting champion
PoundstoneDerek Poundstone   United States 2nd place World's Strongest Man 2008, 4th place 2009, 9th place 2010, 5th place 2011 2007 & 2008 America's strongest man champion
2 time Arnold Strongman Classic champion in 2009 & 2010
Fortissimus champion 2008, 2nd place 2009
Strongman Super Series overall Champion 2008
3 time Mohegan Sun Super Series champion 2008–2010
Giants Live Ukraine 2010 champion
CaronJean Francois-Caron   Canada 2 time winner Canada's Strongest Man 2011 & 2012
2nd place 2011 North America's Strongest Man
2nd place Strongman Champions League 2011 Canada semi-finals
BjörnssonHafþór Júlíus Björnsson   Iceland 6th place 2011 World's Strongest Man 1st place 2011 Iceland's Strongest Man, 3rd place 2010
4th place Giants Live Poland 2011
2nd place 2011 Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships
1st place Strongest Man in Iceland 2010 & 2011
2nd place 2010 Jón Páll Sigmarsson Classic
JeanLouis Philippe Jean   Canada 10th place 2009 World's Strongest Man 1st place 2008 Canada's Strongest Man
JeanFrankie Scheun   South Africa
JeanEddie Hall   United Kingdom
JeanGraham Hicks   United Kingdom
JeanChris Gearing   United Kingdom
PritchettJerry Pritchett   United States
HansenOle Martin Hansen   Norway Norway's Strongest Man 2012
MoonenAlex Moonen   Netherlands
FennellyJames Fennelly   Ireland Ireland's Strongest Man 2010, 2011, 2012
Le RouxEben Le Roux   Australia

Qualifying heats and finalEdit

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Heat 1Edit

# Name Nationality Pts
1 Žydrūnas Savickas   Lithuania 31.5
2 Jean-Francois Caron   Canada 29
3 Derek Poundstone   United States 27.5
4 Mateusz Baron   Poland 15
5 Jack McIntosh   United Kingdom 13
6 Frankie Scheun   South Africa 10
  • events: loading, truck pull, giant dumbbell for reps, car deadlift for reps, keg toss, atlas stones

Heat 2Edit

# Name Nationality Pts
1 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson   Iceland 29.5
2 Mike Jenkins   United States 26
3 Nick Best   United States 21
4 Eddie Hall   United Kingdom 19
5 Sebastian Kurek   Poland 15
6 Akos Nagy   Hungary 13.5
  • events: loading, truck pull, viking press for reps, super yoke, squat, atlas stones

Heat 3Edit

# Name Nationality Pts
1 Brian Shaw   United States 27.5
2 Johannes Arsjo   Sweden 27
3 Martin Wildauer   Austria 23.5
4 Mikhail Koklyaev   Russia 22
5 Lauri Nami   Estonia 16
6 Chris Gearing   United Kingdom 10
  • events: loading, limo pull, giant dumbbell for reps, car deadlift for reps, keg toss, atlas stones

Heat 4Edit

# Name Nationality Pts
1 Vytautas Lalas   Lithuania 29
2 Ervin Katona   Serbia 23
3 Louis-Philippe Jean   Canada 21
4 Jerry Pritchett   United States 18
5 Graham Hicks   United Kingdom 17.5
6 Ole Martin Hansen   Norway 16.5
  • events: loading, limo pull, viking press for reps, squat, keg toss, atlas stones

Heat 5Edit

# Name Nationality Pts
1 Terry Hollands   United Kingdom 30
2 Krzysztof Radzikowski   Poland 27.5
3 Mike Burke   United States 24
4 Alex Moonen   Netherlands 19
5 James Fennelly   Ireland 18.5
6 Eben Le Roux   Australia 5
  • events: loading, truck pull, viking press for reps, super yoke, car deadlift for reps, atlas stones

FinalsEdit

# Name Nationality Pts Note
1s Žydrūnas Savickas   Lithuania 49.0 3rd WSM title
2 Vytautas Lalas   Lithuania 44.5
3 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson   Iceland 42.5
4 Brian Shaw   United States 40.0
5 Mike Jenkins   United States 38.5
6 Krzysztof Radzikowski   Poland 32.5
7 Terry Hollands   United Kingdom 28.5 Injured
8 Jean-Francois Caron   Canada 21.5
9 Johannes Årsjö   Sweden 19.5
10 Ervin Katona   Serbia 9.5 Ozljeda/ Injured
  • events: super yoke, log lift for max weight, truck pull, deadlift for reps, natural stone lift, power stairs

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