Who is the strongest man in the world?
Have you have ever heard of the famous wrestler from ancient Greece “Milo,” who took a baby calf and started carrying it uphill daily? As the calf grew into a matured bull, Milo’s strength increased accordingly.
As early as the 15th century, there have been strongmen who have exhibited enormous strength beyond regular men’s capability. However, there were no sports, such as the World’s Strongest Man, designated to measure their power level until the modern era.
In this article, SportyTell takes a look at the top-10 strongest men ever in the modern era. Satisfy your curiosity with our all-time list.
The Strongest Men in the World Ever
10. Louis Uni “Apollon the Mighty”
Louis of French nationality was famous for his grip strength and was the most powerful man alive in the late 80s. He was a showman who often once entertained onlookers with his tremendous strength ability. Louis Uni took part in the 1889 Greco-Roman wrestling competition and quickly lifted 118-kilo train-car wheels like nothing. In 1892, he lifted 115-kilogram double barbell, at a point holding up the barbell with a single hand. There was nobody like him in his era, and he achieved tons of accomplishments.
9. Vasyl Virastyuk
Vasyl Virastyuk was the face of all muscular men all over the globe when he won the 2004 World’s Strongest Man title. A few years down the line, he defeated Zydrunas Savickas, a two-time IFSA World Champion, to become the first athlete to win the World’s Strongest Man title and the IFSA World title. He was no doubt a strongman who didn’t hesitate to showcase his strength at the slightest opportunity.
8. Mariusz Pudzianowski “Dominator”
On our list of the strongest man ever is Mariusz Pudzianowski of Polish descent. He is the only man alive to have won the World’s Strongest Man competition a record five times. His first attempt at the WSM title wasn’t so bad as he finished fourth. He didn’t return to the game the following year as he was serving a 19-month prison sentence.
Came 2002, he won his first World’s Strongest Man title. He defended the title in 2003 in engaging style as he had won the title with an event to go and recorded the total highest point ever in the history of the competition. More intriguing was the fact that he finished the top three in every event in that tournament. He defended his title convincingly. In 2004, Pudzianowski was surprisingly beaten to third place in the World’s Strongest Man competition. The Dominator is currently a mixed martial artist.
However, in 2005 he regained his title and defended it successfully the following two years.
7. Julius Maddox “Irregular Strength”
The fantastic story of American powerlifter in 2019, from addiction to a famous, is one to reckon. August 2019 Julius Maddox, popularly known as “Irregular Strength,” achieved the first of his feat as he pressed a 739.6 pounds without a belt, thus beating the 738.5 Ib record of Krill Sarychev. November of that same year, he surpassed his world record as he pressed 744.1 pounds again. In March 2020, Maddox performed the unimaginable as he set the world bench record, lifting 770 pounds at the Arnold Sports Classic.
6. Eddie Hall “The Beast”
The English five-times Strongest Man champion, shot to the spotlight when he emerged winner of the 2017 World’s Strongest Man competition. One of the main highlights of his career is his distinguished world record in deadlift after he lifted 500 kg back in 2016. Several athletes later tried to surpass or achieve Eddie’s feat. However, all failed until Hafpor Bjornsson came to the scene and broke the record in 2020. He as well won the UK Strongest Man title six times. Hall deserves a spot among the strongest men in modern history.
5. Andy Bolton
Andy Bolton is majorly known for being the first man to deadlift over a thousand pounds in a powerlifting competition. The English powerlifter had first engaged in his debut powerlifting competition at the age of 21. He participated in the 2002 Arnold Strongman Classic and came fifth place. His squats are incredible as well; he holds the current World Power Lifting Organization record hitting an impressive 1,213 Ib lift.
4. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson “Thor”
Bjornsson is widely known for his character role as Ser Gregor “The Mountain” in the famous series, Game of thrones. However, when he is not acting, he is a strongman. In 2015, at the World’s Strongest Viking competition in Norway, Bjornsson broke a 1,000-year-old record after carrying a 10-meter-long log, i.e., 1,430 Ib for five steps.
He participated in the 2018 World Strongest Man competition and became the champion, becoming the first Icelander to clinch the title since 1996. He emerged winner of Europe’s Strongest Man five times and won his third Arnold Strongman Classic champion earlier this year, becoming the first to win the ASC three consecutive times. He is also the first person to have won Europe’s Strongest Man, Arnold Strongman Classic, and Europe’s Strongest Man in a single calendar year.
3. Bill Kazmaier “Kaz”
Bill, one of the strongest men alive today, is an American former powerlifting world champion. He was a notable and feared figure in strength competitions in the 1970s–1980s. Kaz set several strongman records, including being the first person to lift five McGlashen stones that weigh 250-300Ib a piece. He won the World’s Strongest Man competition thrice and excelled in feats of strength of famous fellow strong men in the modern era in his time. He was known for his claim to be “the strongest man who ever lived.” Bill Kazmaier is undoubtedly one of the strongest men on earth ever to live.
2. Brian Shaw “Gigantor”
Brian undoubtedly holds a place amongst the strongest men in the world. He is a four-time champion of the World’s Strongest Man. Brian Shaw also won the Arnold Strongman Classic three times and once lifted 903Ib squat and 1,025Ib deadlift. He also won the Giants Live twice and the Strongman Super Series three times.
1. Zydrunas Savickas “Big Z”
Zydrunas Savickas is unsurprisingly the number one strongest man on the planet ever, with numbers of tournaments won than one can remember or count.
Back in 1998, Savickas won his first Lithuania Strongest Man contest. In 2001, he was severely injured during competition and was off all strength exhibiting games for about nine months. Many sports pundits thought his career to be over, due to the detrimental effect of the injuries. However, he reappeared on the scene in 2002, winning the Lithuania Strongest Man contest a second time, the beginning of his victory ramp.
Savickas went on winning the World Strongest Man competition in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014. The Arnold Strongman Classic, he won six consecutive times, emerged the winner of Europe’s Strongest Man three times, and the list goes on. One could write a whole bible on the achievement and feats of Savickas. He is truly the strongest man in the modern era.
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