World’s Strongest Men From The Year 2000 Till Date

Over the years, the world has sought and cheered for the most powerful. It is but a human instinct to hail the powerful in the highest rungs of honour. From mythological characters like Hercules and Atlas to modern day comic characters like Superman or Hulk, we have always rooted for the strongest of beings. But in reality, the strongest and most powerful human beings are probably seen in the strength sports tournaments. Here are some of them.

The leading competition in this regard is the World’s Strongest Man championship, held ever since 1977. Here is a compact list of the champions from the Year 2000 till 2017, ranked as per their number of titles won within this period.

Zydrunas Savickas

  • Zydrunas Savickas

    Born: 15 July 1975

  • YEAR: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014
  • Height: 1.91 m
  • Weight: 180 kg (397 lb)
  • Country: Lithuania

He trained hard, and after three years, he took part in that same strongman contest.

Zydrunas Zavickas won the title in 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2014

The four-time champion first took an interest in strength sports after watching a Lithuanian strongman contest in 1989. He trained hard, and after three years, he took part in that same strongman contest. At age 17, he began his training in powerlifting and by his second powerlifting event; he had broken all the possible Lithuanian records.

Brian Shaw

  • Brian Shaw

    Born: 26 February 1982

  • Year: 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Height: 2.03 m
  • Weight: 192 kg (423 lb)
  • Country: United States of America
Brian Shaw won the award in 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2016.

Brian Shaw is a four-time WSM champion and the only one ever to win the World’s Strongest Man, Arnold Classic Strongman and America’s Strongest Man – all three. The father of a one-year-old, he is considered the best strongman of the modern era.

Vasyl Virastyuk

  • Vasyl Virastyuk

    Born: 22 April 1974

  • Year: 2004
  • Height: 1.91 m
  • Weight: 145 kg (319 lb)
  • Country: Ukraine
Vasyl Virastyuk won the title in 2004

The Ukrainian is a one-time WSM champion and a three-time Arnold Strongman Classic runner-up, but has graced the winner’s position in his country’s Strongest Man championship for 6 times from 2000-03 and then again 2006-07. He won his 2004 WSM title beating the four-time winner Savickas.

Phil Pfister

  • Phil Pfister

    Born: 15 May 1971

  • Year: 2006
  • Height: 1.98 m
  • Weight: 170 kg (374 lb)
  • Country: United States of America
Phil Pfister won the title in 2006.

During an event called Hercules Hold in the Victoria Falls, he promised everyone that he would bring back the WSM title to his home country and went on to become the first American to do so since Bill Kazmaier in 1982.

Janne Virtanen

  • Janne Virtanen

    Born: 16 November 1969

  • Year: 2000
  • Height: 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
  • Weight: 130 kg (287 lb)
  • Country: Finland
Janne Virtanen Won the WSM Title in 2000.

The former Finnish strongman won the WSM championship in 2000. He won the runner-up position in 1999 and finished in third-place in 2001. He had also won the Strongest Man competition of Finland from 1998-2001.

Eddie Hall

  • Eddie Hall

    Born: 15 January 1988

  • Year: 2017
  • Height: 1.91 m
  • Weight: 186 kg (410 lb)
  • Country: United Kingdom

The current world champion is known for deadlifting 500 kg under the codified strongman rules. The winner of WSM of 2017 also has the Strongest Man title of UK and England under his name.

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