Strongest Man of the Netherlands

Strongest Man of the Netherlands (Dutch: Sterkste Man van Nederland) is an annual strongman competition held in the Netherlands and featuring exclusively Dutch athletes. The contest was established in 1979, with Gerard Du Prie winning the inaugural contest. Berend Veneberg and Jarno Hams hold the record for most wins with 7. Ted van der Parre holds 3 wins, and Ab Wolders and Gerard Du Prie each have 2 wins in the contest.[1]

Strongest Man of the Netherlands
Jitse Kramer Sterkste Man van Nederland 2015.jpg
Jitse Kramer, Strongest man of the Netherlands, 2015, just before he wins the title. Photo: Doetze Hovius
Tournament information
Locationvaries, Netherlands
Month playedJuly (on a Saturday)
FormatMulti-event competition
Netherlands Kelvin de Ruiter

Jarno Hams lost in 2014 for the first time in ten years and became 4th. There were some years he did not participate, but he was the undisputed champion. In 2015, the 7-time champion wanted to try one last time to become the only man to win 8 times, but Hams got injured just before the match, so another man took his place in the event.

Top 3 placingsEdit

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place City/town
1979 Gerard Du Prie Jan Woudsma Robert Nuy television studios Hilversum
1980-81 Event not held
1982 Simon Wulfse Gerard Du Prie Huub Van Eck Dronten (De Meerpaal)
1983 Gerard Du Prie Arnhem (Open Air Museum)
1984 Ab Wolders Cees de Vreugd Simon Wulfse Alkmaar (Kaasmarkt)
1985-88 Event not held
1989 Tjalling van den Bosch Ab Wolders (tie) Ted Van Der Parre (tie) Hindeloopen
1990 Event not held
1991 Ted van der Parre Wout Zijlstra Berend Veneberg Ameland
1992 Ted van der Parre Berend Veneberg Rens Vrolijk Zierikzee
1993 Berend Veneberg Ted van der Parre Piet Flikweert Leerdam
1994 Ted van der Parre Berend Veneberg Wout Zijlstra Borculo
1995 Berend Veneberg Paul Smeets Hans Schonewlle Haaksbergen
1996 Berend Veneberg Wout Zijlstra Paul Smeets Sneek
1997 Berend Veneberg Wout Zijlstra Paul Smeets Almere
1998 Event not held
1999[2] Berend Veneberg Peter Baltus Jarno Hams Borculo
2000 Berend Veneberg Wout Zijlstra Paul Smeets Enschede
2001[2] Wout Zijlstra Jarno Hams Sander Du Burck
2002 Berend Veneberg Sjaak Ruska Jarno Hams Arnhem
2003 Peter Baltus Jarno Hams Sjaak Ruska Zandvoort
2004 Jarno Hams Simon Sulaiman Edwin Hakvoort Enschede
2005 Jarno Hams Dave Mossing Edwin Hakvoort Vriezenveen
2006 Jarno Hams Sjaak Ruska Tom Jansen Hellendoorn
2007[3] Jarno Hams Evert Kreuze Tom Jansen Heerhugowaard
2008 Jarno Hams Richard van der Linden Evert Kreuze Puttershoek
2009 Simon Sulaiman Alex Moonen Jan Wagenaar Vroomshoop
2010[4] Jarno Hams Richard van der Linden Alex Moonen Hoofddorp
2011[5] Jan Wagenaar Richard van der Linden Alex Moonen Surhuisterveen
2012[6] Jarno Hams Jan Wagenaar Alex Moonen Kerkrade
2013 Jitse Kramer Jan Wagenaar Niels Gordijn Boxtel
2014 Alex Moonen Niels Gordijn Kelvin de Ruiter Meppel (Gasgracht)
2015[7] Jitse Kramer Niels Gordijn Enzo Tauro Borculo
2016[8] Alex Moonen Jitse Kramer Enzo Tauro Zwolle
2017[9] Alex Moonen Enzo Tauro Kelvin de Ruiter Hengelo
2018 Alex Moonen Kelvin de Ruiter Enzo Tauro Schinveld
2019 Kelvin de Ruiter[10][11] Joost Heutinck Teun Moors Weert


  1. According to the results of realdutchpower the event was held in 1997 and not held in 1998.


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  2. ^ a b "". Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  3. ^ ", Results 2007". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  4. ^ ", Results 2010". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  5. ^ ", Results 2011". Retrieved 2011-08-05.
  6. ^ ", Results 2012". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  7. ^ Final Strongest man of the Netherlands
  8. ^ (in Dutch)Jitse Kramer second at Strongest Man of the Netherlands 2016
  9. ^ (in Dutch)Alex Moonen is Strongest Man of the Netherlands 2016 for the third time.
  10. ^ Kelvin de Ruiter, strongest man of the Netherlands 2019
  11. ^ De Ruiters coach was his father, but he passed away in 2019. Kelvin de Ruiter, 6ft8 tall ("The Flying Dutchman") dedicated his title to his father who supported him all the years and almost all competitions.