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Europe's Strongest Man is an annual strength athletics competition which began in 1980. The event is held in various locations throughout Europe, and features exclusively European strongman competitors. Mariusz Pudzianowski currently holds the record for most wins with 6 titles. Zydrunas Savickas, Geoff Capes, Riku Kiri each hold three titles, while Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson holds 4 titles.[1] As of 2010, the Europe's Strongest Man contest has become a part of the Giants Live season of annual grand prix events. The contest serves as a qualifying event for the World's Strongest Man contest, with the top 3 placings qualifying for that year's WSM contest.

Europe's Strongest Man
Tournament information
Location Leeds, England
Established 1980
Format Multi-event competition
Purse varies
Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson



Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
1980   Geoff Capes   Richard Slaney[2]   Vincenz Hortnagl   London[3]
1981   Lars Hedlund   Geoff Capes   Sweden
1982   Geoff Capes   Simon Wulfse   Roger Ekstrom   Amsterdam[3]
1983   Simon Wulfse   Geoff Capes   Jón Páll Sigmarsson   Holland
1984   Geoff Capes   Ab Wolders   Rudolf Kuster   Marken[3]
1985   Jón Páll Sigmarsson   Iceland
1986   Jón Páll Sigmarsson   Portugal
1987   Ab Wolders   Geoff Capes   Jón Páll Sigmarsson   Holland
1988   Jamie Reeves   Jón Páll Sigmarsson   Mark Higgins   Holland
1989   Jamie Reeves   Mark Higgins   Jón Páll Sigmarsson   Iceland
1990   Henning Thorsen   Ted Van Der Parre   Mark Higgins   Denmark
1991   Gary Taylor/  Forbes Cowen   Jamie Reeves   Ted Van Der Parre   England
1992[4]   László Fekete   Ilkka Nummisto   Markku Suonenvirta  
1992   Ted van der Parre   Magnús Ver Magnússon &   Jamie Reeves (tied)   Gary Taylor   Denmark
1993   Manfred Hoeberl   Gary Taylor   Magnús Ver Magnússon   Norway
1994[4]   Magnús Ver Magnússon
1994   Manfred Hoeberl   Magnús Ver Magnússon   Gary Taylor   France
1995   Riku Kiri   Jouko Ahola   Magnús Ver Magnússon   Germany
1996   Riku Kiri   Heinz Ollesch   Magnús Ver Magnússon   Finland
1997   Riku Kiri   Magnús Ver Magnússon   Berend Veneberg   Holland
1998   Jouko Ahola   Magnús Ver Magnússon   Svend Karlsen   Finland
1999   Jouko Ahola   Regin Vagadal   Magnus Samuelsson   Faroe Islands
2000   Berend Veneberg   Magnus Samuelsson   Jarek Dymek   Sevenum
2001   Svend Karlsen   Janne Virtanen   Magnus Samuelsson   Helsinki
2002   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Jarek Dymek   Svend Karlsen   Gdynia
2003   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Jarek Dymek   Raimonds Bergmanis   Sandomierz
2004   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Tomasz NowotniakNote 1   Žydrūnas SavickasNote 1   Jelenia Góra
2005   Jarek Dymek   Janne Virtanen   Michael Starov   Płock
2006 Event not held
2007   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Stoyan Todorchev   Sebastian Wenta   Łódź
2008   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Grzegorz Szymański   Sławomir Toczek   Szczecinek
2009   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Krzysztof Radzikowski   Mateusz Baron   Bartoszyce
Giants Live tour
  Zydrunas Savickas   Terry Hollands   Mark Felix   Wembley Arena, London
2011 Event not held
Giants Live tour[5]
  Zydrunas Savickas   Vytautas Lalas   Laurence Shahlaei   Leeds, England
Giants Live tour[6]
  Zydrunas Savickas   Vytautas Lalas   Krzysztof Radzikowski   Leeds, England
2014   Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson   Johannes Arsjo   Graham Hicks   Leeds, England
2015   Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson   Krzysztof Radzikowski   Mark Felix &   Dainis Zageris (tied)   Leeds, England
2016   Laurence Shahlaei   Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

/   Johannes Arsjo

  Leeds, England
2017   Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson   Eddie Hall   Terry Hollands   Leeds, England
2018   Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson   Konstantine Janashia   Mateusz Kieliszkowski   Leeds, England
  1. All names from either Dave Horne's world of grip or except those specified by Note 1

Championships by countryEdit

Country Titles
  Iceland 8
  Poland 7
  England 6
  Finland 5
  Netherlands 4
  Lithuania 3
  Austria 2
  Scotland 1
  Wales 1
  Hungary 1
  Norway 1
  Denmark 1
  Sweden 1

Repeat championsEdit


  1. ^ David Horne (May 7, 2010). "David Horne's World of Grip". David Horne. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ suggests that Lars Hedlund came second in 1980 whereas Dave Horne's world of grip names Richard Slaney
  3. ^ a b c David Webster, Sons of Samson Volume 2 Profiles, page 78 (Ironmind Enterprises), ISBN 0-926888-06-4
  4. ^ a b David Horne's World of Grip names two tournaments in both 1992 and 1994
  5. ^
  6. ^'s-Strongest-Man-2013.html

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