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International Federation of Strength Athletes

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The International Federation of Strength Athletes (IFSA or IFSA Strongman) was an international governing body for strongman competition. IFSA operated from 1995-2007 and was based in Glasgow, Scotland.[1]

International Federation of Strength Athletes
International Federation of Strength Athletes (logo).jpg
Type Sports federation
Headquarters Glasgow, Scotland
Official language
English
Managing Director
Christian Fennell

Contents

HistoryEdit

OriginsEdit

In 1995, David Webster, a Scotsman who later received an OBE for his services to sport and head coordinator of the World's Strongest Man from its inception, and his colleague Dr Douglas Edmunds, seven-times Scottish shot and discus champion and twice world caber champion,[2] along with representatives from the competitors in strength athletics including Jamie Reeves, Ilkka Kinnunen and Marcel Mostert formed a governing body called the International Federation of Strength Athletes ("IFSA"). IFSA ran its own grand prix events from 1995-2001 in cooperation with WSM. IFSA began co-producing the Strongman Super Series events from 2001-2004, still in cooperation with WSM. IFSA entered an agreement with World Class Events (WCE), headed by Ulf Bengtsson, to run the Strongman Super Series. The Strongman Super Series was designed to award the annual Strongman World Championship title, but also acted as a qualifying vehicle for the World's Strongest Man contest.

Split with WSMEdit

For almost a decade IFSA and WSM worked in full cooperation, but this changed at the end of the 2004 season when IFSA returned to organizing its own grand prix events and World Strongman Championships from 2005-2007. The InvestGroup Ventures' sports rights management arm, InvestGroup Sports Management, invested heavily into IFSA and this led to the creation of IFSA Strongman. The strategy was to acquire most of the international assets and properties relating to the strongman sport. In essence this was a new organization[3] with some, such as Magnus Samuelsson describing it as "a new company...with the same name as our old federation".[4] The attempt at dominance was not well received by TWI/WSM and disagreement ensued leading to a split in the sport. When IFSA and WSM split in 2004, the Strongman Super Series sided with TWI/WSM forming a rival federation to the IFSA.[3] With the WSM being a TWI owned event, IFSA Holdings announced its own World Strongman Championships for 2005, to be held in Quebec, and thus from that point had no involvement in the WSM contest. From this point, IFSA continued to organize the annual IFSA World Strongman Championships and a series of Grand Prix events throughout the year. Between 2005 and 2007 IFSA had their own version of other major events such as a rival IFSA version of Europe's Strongest Man, known as Europe's Strongest Man (IFSA).

Thus, the world of strength athletics became fragmented, with a number of individuals being able to lay claim to be the strongest in the world by virtue of having won mutually exclusive events. Athletes affiliated to IFSA Strongman were not allowed to compete in the World's Strongest Man ("WSM"), which is produced by TWI and thus neither WSM and its associated Strongman Super Series nor the IFSA circuit could claim to have a comprehensive field of the top athletes. Some events did exist that bridged the divide between the major organizations, such as the Arnold Strongman Classic and Fortissimus.

Dissolution of IFSA/birth of SCLEdit

After the 2007 IFSA World Championships in South Korea, news began to circulate of athletes not being paid, and equipment shipping costs not being honored.[5] IFSA eventually ended up owing $63,000[5] for shipping their equipment from England to South Korea and finally to Philadelphia. When the money was not paid, the equipment was put up for sale and was eventually purchased by other strongman contest promoters.[6] The 2007 IFSA World Championships would be the final contest ran solely by and under the banner of IFSA.

In 2008 IFSA executives Ilkka Kinnunen and Marcel Mostert developed the Strongman Champions League and negotiated with IFSA to use its athletes. However, the dissolution of IFSA meant that since the end of 2007, the Strongman Champions League still operated independent of IFSA. Gradually, the last vestiges of IFSA influence began to diminish which led to the breaking down of barriers between the various concurrent circuits. Strength athletes were able to compete in more than one circuit and did so, with a cross over of athletes between the Giants Live circuit, the Strongman Champions League and the Strongman Super Series being apparent. The 2009 World's Strongest Man was therefore anticipated by the strength athletics world as promising to be "the best one yet"[7] because the organisers could ensure invites were made to "every top athlete in the world" regardless of their affiliation to any particular strength athletics body.

IFSA Strongman World ChampionshipsEdit

IFSA Strongman World Championships
2007
 
Tournament information
Location Various international locations
Established 2005
Final year 2007
Format Multi-event competition
Purse varies
Final champion
  Vasyl Virastyuk

2005: IFSA Strongman World ChampionshipsEdit

Dates: 25 September 2005 Quebec City, Canada  

Position Name Country Points
1. Zydrunas Savickas   103
2. Vasyl Virastyuk   96
3. Mikhail Koklyaev   93.5
4. Andrus Murumets   86
5. Raimonds Bergmanis   84.5
6. Phil Pfister   82.5
7. Vidas Blekaitis   81.5
8. Magnus Samuelsson   69
9. Robert Szczepanski   67
10. Travis Ortmayer   64.5
11. Geoff Dolan   54.5
12. Karl Gillingham   43

2006: IFSA Strongman World ChampionshipsEdit

Dates: 24, 25 November 2006 Reykjavik, Iceland  

  • This was the first year that qualifying heats were used. There were 3 heats, with the top 4 from each heat moving on to the finals.

Heat 1Edit

Position Name Country Points
1. Mikhail Koklyaev   31.5
2. Benedikt Magnusson   26.5
3. Saulius Brusokas   23
4. Nick Best   22
5. Igor Pedan   21
6. Geoff Dolan   19
7. Anders Johansson   17
8. Tomi Lotta   13

Heat 2Edit

Position Name Country Points
1. Zydrunas Savickas   32.5
2. Andrus Murumets   28.5
3. Oli Thompson   25
4. Vidas Blekaitis   24.5
5. Steve MacDonald   23.5
6. Jarno Hams   22.5
7. Georg Ogmundsson   11.5
8. Ettiene Smit   11

Heat 3Edit

Position Name Country Points
1. Robert Szczepanski   30
2. Vasyl Virastyuk   30
3. Ervin Katona   28
4. Travis Ortmayer   27.5
5. Stefan Solvi Petursson   26
6. Agris Kazelniks   20.5
7. Janne Illikainen   13
8. Bernd Kerschbaumer   3

FinalsEdit

Position Name Country Points
1. Zydrunas Savickas   80.5
2. Mikhail Koklyaev   78.5
3. Vasyl Virastyuk   72
4. Vidas Blekaitis   70
5. Andrus Murumets   55
6. Robert Szczepanski   46.5
7. Benedikt Magnusson   44.5
8. Oli Thompson   43
9. Nick Best   38
10. Travis Ortmayer   35
11. Saulius Brusokas   33.5
12. Ervin Katona   20.5

2007: IFSA Strongman World ChampionshipsEdit

Dates: 12–15 September 2007 Geumsan, South Korea  

  • The 2007 competition included 6 qualifying heats, with the top 2 from each heat moving on to the finals.

Heat 1Edit

Position Name Country Points
1. Mikhail Koklyaev   19
2. Vidas Blekaitis   16
3. Agris Kazelniks   8
4. Vladomyr Muravlov   7

Heat 2Edit

Position Name Country Points
1. Derek Poundstone   16
2. Jarno Hams   13
3. Georg Ogmundsson   10
4. Mick Holding   10

Heat 3Edit

Position Name Country Points
1. Andrus Murumets   14
2. Van Hatfield   14
3. Nick Best   13
4. Matt Wanat   8

Heat 4Edit

Position Name Country Points
1. Vasyl Virastyuk   15
2. Tom McClure   15
3. Igor Pedan   15
4. Suck Young   1

Heat 5Edit

Position Name Country Points
1. Ervin Katona   16
2. Zydrunas Savickas   15
3. Ettiene Smit   12
4. Hoygeun Min   4

Heat 6Edit

Position Name Country Points
1. Saulius Brusokas   16
2. Robert Szczepanski   15
3. Travis Ortmayer   14
4. Bumsoo Han   2

FinalsEdit

Position Name Country Points
1. Vasyl Virastyuk   57.5
2. Mikhail Koklyaev   52.5
3. Zydrunas Savickas   51.5
4. Derek Poundstone   50.5
5. Andrus Murumets   46.5
6. Vidas Blekaitis   41.5
7. Robert Szczepanski   40
8. Van Hatfield   32.5
9. Saulius Brusokas   29.5
10. Tom McClure   26
11. Ervin Katona   20.5
12. Jarno Hams   17.5

Grand Prix eventsEdit

1995Edit

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
World's Strongest Viking 1995   Heinz Ollesch   Flemming Rasmussen   Torfi Olaffson   Copenhagen, Denmark
Lithuania Grand Prix 1995   Gary Taylor   Forbes Cowan   Stasys Mecius   Lithuania
Manfred Hoeberl Classic 1995   Magnus Ver Magnusson   Gary Taylor   Heinz Ollesch   Austria
Scandinavia's Strongest Man 1995   Flemming Rasmussen

1996Edit

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
World's Strongest Viking 1996   Flemming Rasmussen   Magnus Ver Magnusson   Torfi Olaffson   Copenhagen, Denmark
Denmark Grand Prix 1996   Riku Kiri   Magnus Ver Magnusson   Flemming Rasmussen   Denmark
Lithuania Grand Prix 1996   Riku Kiri   Heinz Ollesch   Magnus Ver Magnusson   Lithuania
Scandinavia's Strongest Man 1996   Flemming Rasmussen

1997Edit

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
European Open 1997   Riku Kiri   Gerrit Badenhorst   Magnus Ver Magnusson   Netherlands
World's Strongest Viking 1997   Flemming Rasmussen   Copenhagen, Denmark
Lithuania Grand Prix 1997   Stasys Mecius   Raimonds Bergmanis   Magnus Ver Magnusson   Lithuania
Scandinavia's Strongest Man 1997   Flemming Rasmussen

1998Edit

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Faroe Grand Prix 1998 Atlantic Giants   Magnus Samuelsson   Svend Karlsen   Riku Kiri   Faroe Islands
Germany Grand Prix 1998   Riku Kiri   Jouko Ahola   Heinz Ollesch   Germany
Helsinki Grand Prix 1998   Jouko Ahola   Magnus Ver Magnusson   Svend Karlsen   Helsinki, Finland
Hungary Grand Prix 1998   Riku Kiri   Flemming Rasmussen   László Fekete   Hungary
Lithuania Grand Prix 1998   Jamie Reeves   Raimunds Kencivikius   Wayne Price   Lithuania

1999Edit

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Viking of the North 1999   Hugo Girard   Magnus Samuelsson   Janne Virtanen   Iceland
Nordic Strongman Championships 1999   Matti Uppa
Faroe Grand Prix 1999 Atlantic Giants   Jouko Ahola   Magnus Samuelsson   Janne Virtanen   Faroe Islands
Czech Grand Prix 1999   Magnus Samuelsson   Jouko Ahola   Joe Onosai   Prague
Helsinki Grand Prix 1999   Jouko Ahola   Sami Heinonen   Janne Virtanen   Helsinki, Finland
Hungary Grand Prix 1999   Berend Veneberg   Gerrit Badenhorst   Jouko Ahola   Hungary
Holland Grand Prix 1999   Gerrit Badenhorst   Jouko Ahola   Berend Veneberg   Netherlands

2000Edit

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Czech Grand Prix 2000   Jan Bartl   Svend Karlsen   Martin Muhr   Prague, Czech Republic
Ireland Grand Prix 2000   Magnus Samuelsson   Janne Virtanen   Svend Karlsen   Ireland
Polish Grand Prix 2000   Magnus Samuelsson   Janne Virtanen   Jarek Dymek   Poland
Helsinki Grand Prix 2000   Janne Virtanen   Magnus Samuelsson   Svend Karlsen   Helsinki, Finland
Romania Grand Prix 2000   Magnus Samuelsson   Janne Virtanen   Rene Minkfitz   Romania
Faroe Grand Prix 2000 Atlantic Giants   Regin Vagadal   Janne Virtanen   Magnus Samuelsson   Faroe Islands
China Grand Prix 2000 IFSA World Finals   Magnus Samuelsson   Hugo Girard   Janne Virtanen   China

2001Edit

IFSA co-produced the Strongman Super Series events from 2001-2004 along with World Class Events (WCE)/Ulf Bengtsson.

 
The official logo of IFSA World Strongman Super Series from 2001 to 2004
Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Holland Grand Prix 2001   Wout Zijlstra   Magnus Samuelsson   Svend Karlsen   Netherlands
Czech Grand Prix 2001[8]   Hugo Girard   Svend Karlsen   Magnus Samuelsson   Prague, Czech Republic
Sweden Grand Prix 2001 2001 Super Series Finals   Magnus Samuelsson   Hugo Girard   Svend Karlsen   Älvsjö, Stockholm
Overall placings   Magnus Samuelsson (15pts)   Hugo Girard (13pts)   Svend Karlsen (13pts)

2002Edit

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Scotland Grand Prix (World Muscle Power 2002)   Svend Karlsen   Hugo Girard   Janne Virtanen   Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Sweden Grand Prix 2002 (Hammer Strength)   Hugo Girard   Svend Karlsen   Zydrunas Savickas   Stockholm, Sweden
Hawaii Grand Prix 2002 2002 Super Series Finals   Hugo Girard   Zydrunas Savickas   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Honolulu, Hawaii
Overall placings   Hugo Girard   Svend Karlsen   Zydrunas Savickas

2003/04Edit

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Hawaii Grand Prix 2003   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Raimonds Bergmanis   Zydrunas Savickas   Honolulu, Hawaii
Holland Grand Prix 2003   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Zydrunas Savickas   Jarno Hams   Netherlands
Canada Grand Prix 2003   Hugo Girard   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Svend Karlsen   North Bay, Ontario Canada
Finland Grand Prix 2003   Hugo Girard   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Raimonds Bergmanis   Finland
2004 Arnold Strongman Classic 2003/04 Super Series Finals   Zydrunas Savickas   Svend Karlsen   Raimonds Bergmanis   Columbus, Ohio
Overall placings   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Zydrunas Savickas   Raimonds Bergmanis

2004Edit

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Location
Moscow Grand Prix   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Zydrunas Savickas   Vasyl Virastyuk   Moscow, Russia
Sweden Grand Prix   Magnus Samuelsson   Zydrunas Savickas   Svend Karlsen   Gothenburg, Sweden
Overall placings   Zydrunas Savickas   Vasyl Virastyuk   Mariusz Pudzianowski/
  Magnus Samuelsson

2005Edit

Beginning in 2005, IFSA cut all ties with World's Strongest Man and Strongman Super Series and began hosting their own grand prix events and world championships from 2005-2007.

Name and Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
  IFSA European Championships Riga, Latvia   Žydrūnas Savickas   Tomi Lotta   Andrus Murumets
  Netherlands   Tomi Lotta   Jarno Hams   Rene Minkwitz
  Hungary   Žydrūnas Savickas   Rene Minkwitz   Ettiene Smit
  Russia   Mikhail Koklyaev
  IFSA Nordic Championships Kristiansand, Norway   Svend Karlsen   Magnus Samuelsson   Juha-Matti Räsänen
  Dubai   Tomi Lotta
  Denmark   Rene Minkwitz   Van Hatfield   Juha Aitilla
  IFSA Pan-American Championships Sao Paulo, Brazil   Phil Pfister   Travis Ortmayer   Karl Gillingham
  IFSA World Open Sao Paulo, Brazil   Mikhail Koklyaev   Svend Karlsen   Robert Szczepanski
  IFSA World Team Championships Sint Maarten Team Europe
  Zydrunas Savickas
  Heinz Ollesch
  Raimonds Bergmanis
  Andrus Murumets
Team Pan-America
  Jon Andersen
  Travis Ortmayer
  Van Hatfield
  Geoff Dolan
Team World
  Eddy Ellwood
  Mark Felix
  Mikhail Koklyaev
  Adam Darasz

2006Edit

Name and Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
  Cyprus   Travis Ortmayer   Igor Pedan   Raimonds Bergmanis
  Dubai   Žydrūnas Savickas   Geoff Dolan   Andrus Murumets
  Netherlands   Žydrūnas Savickas   Jon Andersen   Jarno Hams
  Hungary   Mikhail Koklyaev   Vasyl Virastyuk   Travis Ortmayer
  Latvia   Žydrūnas Savickas   Raimonds Bergmanis   Mikhail Koklyaev
  Tulsa, Oklahoma World Strongman Challenge[9]   Žydrūnas Savickas   Derek Poundstone   Jon Andersen
  Lithuania   Žydrūnas Savickas   Vidas Blekaitis   Igor Pedan
  Serbia   Ervin Katona   Geoff Dolan   Sebastian Wenta
  Ukraine   Sebastian Wenta   Igor Pedan   Viktor Yurcenko
  Finland   Andrus Murumets   Robert Szczepanski   Steve MacDonald

2007Edit

Name and Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
  Latvia   Andrus Murumets   Vasyl Virastyuk   Vidas Blekaitis
  Lithuania   Žydrūnas Savickas   Andrus Murumets   Janne Illikainen
  Europe's Strongest Man (IFSA)   Vasyl Virastyuk   Andrus Murumets   Vidas Blekaitis
  Netherlands   Jarno Hams   Ettiene Smit   Georg Ogmundsson
  Bulgaria   Robert Szczepanski   Janne Illikainen   Ervin Katona
  IFSA 2-Man Team World Championships Vilnius, Lithuania   Team Lithuania
Zydrunas Savickas
Vidas Blekaitis
  Team Russia
Mikhail Koklyaev
Igor Pedan
  Team USA
Derek Poundstone
Tom McClure

Strongman Champions LeagueEdit

Developed by Ilkka Kinnunen and Marcel Mostert, the Strongman Champions League was launched in 2008 as "a new episode in strongman". It negotiated with IFSA to use its athletes. Since the end of 2008, the Strongman Champions League still operates independently after the dissolution of IFSA:

2008Edit

Name and Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Date[10]
  Latvia   Žydrūnas Savickas   Travis Ortmayer   Agris Kazelniks 22 March
  Serbia   Žydrūnas Savickas   Ervin Katona   Andrus Murumets 10 May 2008
  Netherlands   Žydrūnas Savickas   Andrus Murumets   Travis Ortmayer 1 June 2008
  Bulgaria   Andrus Murumets   Žydrūnas Savickas   Ervin Katona 21 June 2008
  Lithuania   Žydrūnas Savickas   Vidas Blekaitis   Saulius Brusokas 2 August 2008
  Romania   Žydrūnas Savickas   Ervin Katona   Oleksandr Lashyn 16 August 2008
  Finland   Mikhail Koklyaev   Žydrūnas Savickas   Ervin Katona 29 August 2008
Overall placings[11]   Žydrūnas Savickas   Ervin Katona   Agris Kazelniks

Events were planned in the following locations but cancelled: Dubai, Germany and Hungary

UK Regional CompetitionsEdit

British Championships (IFSA)Edit

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
2005   Mark Felix   Oli Thompson   Andrew "Stumpy" Raynes

UK Championship (IFSA)Edit

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
1997   Stuart Murray   Steve Brooks   Russ Bradley
1999   Glenn Ross   TBC   TBC

IFSA England's Strongest ManEdit

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
2005   Eddy Ellwood   Mark Felix   Oli Thompson

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit