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Laurence Shahlaei
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Shahlaei in 2009
Born Laurence Shahlaei
(1982-12-25) 25 December 1982 (age 35)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Residence Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Occupation Strongman
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 353 lb (160 kg)[1]
Children 1
Competition record
Representing  United Kingdom
World's Strongest Man
18th 2008 World's Strongest Man
9th 2009 World's Strongest Man
18th 2010 World's Strongest Man
4th 2011 World's Strongest Man
18th 2013 World's Strongest Man
9th 2014 World's Strongest Man
18th 2015 World's Strongest Man
Representing  England
Britain's Strongest Man
4th Britain's Strongest Man 2008
1st Britain's Strongest Man 2012
1st Britain's Strongest Man 2013
3rd Britain's Strongest Man 2014
3rd Britain's Strongest Man 2016
England's Strongest Man[2]
1st England's Strongest Man 2009
UK Team Champs
1st 2008 (with Rob Frampton)
Strongman Super Series
3rd 2010 Viking Power Challenge
3rd 2010 Sweden Grand Prix
3rd 2010 Overall
Giants Live
2nd 2010 Ukraine
4th 2010 Istanbul
2nd 2011 London
1st 2012 Finland
1st 2013 Gateshead
Europe's Strongest Man
3rd 2012 Europe's Strongest Man
5th 2013 Europe's Strongest Man
1st 2016 Europe's Strongest Man
WSF World Strongmen Championships
2nd 2012
Jón Páll Sigmarsson Classic
2nd 2011
Representing  Iran
Strongman Champions League
1st 2011: South Africa
2nd 2011: Finland
1st 2011: Holland
3rd 2011: Canada SCL Semi-finals
3rd 2011 Overall
2nd 2012 SCL Iceman Challenge III
2nd 2012 Germany FIBO
4th 2012 Serbia
2nd 2012 Holland
2nd 2012 China
3rd 2013 SCL Iceman Challenge

Laurence "Loz" Shahlaei (born 25 December 1982) is an English strongman competitor, winner of England's Strongest Man and Britain's Strongest Man, and regular competitor at the World's Strongest Man. He is no longer Europe's Strongest Man since Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson - The Mountain reclaimed the title 2017.


Early lifeEdit

Shahlaei was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire,[3] the son of an Iranian father from Kermanshah and an English mother from Newcastle upon Tyne. He attended Balcarras School, and later moved to Stroud, Gloucestershire.[3]

Strongman careerEdit

Shahlaei started strongman training in 2005 and entered his first novice competition that year, where he finished 8th. Within two years, he entered his first Britain's Strongest Man ("BSM"), having won the Midlands qualifier. In that competition, he made a huge impact, making it to the final, only to tear his biceps in the tyre flip, which forced him to withdraw. He won the Midlands qualifier again in 2008, and once again made the final, this time finishing 4th behind Jimmy Marku, Terry Hollands, and Mark Felix. This placing landed him an invite to the World's Strongest Man in 2008. Despite his impressive win in the squat, he did not make the final.

In 2009, just four years after beginning strongman, he became the UKSC Midlands Strongest Man and also won the UKSC England's Strongest Man, citing this, alongside his WSM 2008 squat win, as the greatest moment of his career (the WSM qualifier titled "England's Strongest Man", which replaced the Britain's Strongest Man contest in 2009, was won by Terry Hollands and Shahlaei did not compete in that). His favourite strongman event is the farmer's walk because it is a good test of natural strength, whereas his least favourite strongman event is the Atlas stones. Shahlaei has said that he admires Bill Kazmaier and Vasyl Virastyuk for their intensity and belief in themselves, qualities he seeks to emulate, and that he believes the greatest strength athlete of all time is Zydrunas Savickas.

Other workEdit

Shahlaei has said that he would like to set up a sports related business in the future, but his dream is to become an actor. He had a role in The Golden Compass (2007).

On 19 August 2011, Shahlaei competed on Deal or No Deal, where he won £20,000 and lifted presenter Noel Edmonds up above his head.

In August 2012, Shahlaei opened a personal training business in Swindon, Wiltshire.[4]


  • Bench press max: 220 kg
  • Squat max: 400 kg
  • Deadlift max: 435 kg (accurate as of 2014 World Deadlift Championship event)

Personal lifeEdit

Shahlaei has a daughter named Ava, whom he once described as his greatest achievement. He and his wife, Liz, live in Swindon, Wiltshire.[5]


External linksEdit

Preceded by
Jimmy Marku (in 2008)
Britain's Strongest Man
Succeeded by
Eddie Hall
Preceded by
Jimmy Marku
England's Strongest Man (Elite/UKSC)
Succeeded by
Eddie Hall (Elite)
Dean Slater (UKSC)