Žydrūnas Savickas

Žydrūnas Savickas (born July 15, 1975 in Biržai, Lithuania) is a powerlifter and professional strongman and is widely considered to be one of the greatest strongman competitors of all time.[2] Zydrunas is the only modern strongman competitor to have won every major modern strongman competition, most notably the World’s Strongest Man in 2009, 2010, & 2012, the Arnold Strongman Classic on six consecutive occasions from 2003–2008, the IFSA Strongman World Championships in 2005 & 2006, Fortissimus in 2009, the 2008 Strongman Champions League overall title, the World Log Lift Championships in 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012 and Europe’s Strongest Man twice in 2010 & 2012.[2] He stands 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) and competes at 170 kg (375 lb).[3] Zydrunas is often referred to by his nickname, “Big Z”.

Powerlifting/Strongman career

Savickas first became interested in strength sports after watching a Lithuanian strongman contest on TV in 1989. Three years later he took part in that same strongman contest, and defeated a number of older and more experienced competitors. At age 17 Savickas began to train in powerlifting, and in his second powerlifting contest he broke all the Lithuanian records. He is the only Lithuanian to squat over 400 kg. In 1998 Savickas won his first Lithuania’s Strongest Man contest, he would later go on to win this contest a total of 7 times. Savickas then competed in the 1998 and 2000 World’s Strongest Man contests, but failed to qualify for the finals both times. He won the silver medal in the World powerlifting championship in Japan with a total of 1020 kg, just 2.5 kg behind Brad Gillingham.

[edit] 2001-2008

A contest in the Faroe Islands in 2001 dealt Savickas a major setback, as he tore both patellar tendons during the conan’s wheel event. Many believed that the extent of the injury meant that his career was over. However, nine months later Savickas won the Lithuanian powerlifting championships, and a short time later he also won the 2002 Lithuania’s Strongest Man contest. Savickas would go on to finish in 2nd place at the 2002 World’s Strongest Man in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He would finish in 2nd place 3 more times in 2003, 2004 and 2011, and 1st place at the 2009 and 2010 World’s Strongest Man contests.

Savickas won the Arnold Strongman Classic six consecutive times from 2003–2008. Savickas won the IFSA European Championships in 2005 which qualified him for the world championships. In September 2005, he broke three world records and won the IFSA Strongman World Championships in Quebec, Canada. Savickas won the 2005 IFSA World Team Championships with Team Europe and won the IFSA World Championships for a 2nd time in 2006 in Reykjavík, Iceland. In 2007, Savickas finished in 3rd place at the last ever IFSA World Championships behind runner-up Mikhail Koklyaev and Champion Vasyl Virastyuk in Geumsan, South Korea.

On October 24, 2005, Savickas represented Lithuania in a team competition with Vidas Blekaitis, Saulius Brusokas, and Vilius Petrauskas. Team Lithuania team placed 5th overall at the IFSA World’s Strongest Nation contest in Ukraine.

Savickas won 5 out of the 7 total contests during the inaugural 2008 Strongman Champions League season, and won the 2008 overall title 58 points ahead of second place finisher Ervin Katona.

[edit] 2009/2010

Savickas was the 2009 and 2010 World’s Strongest Man champion. He has also won Europe’s Strongest Man in 2010 & 2012. Savickas won Fortissimus in 2009 after finishing runner-up in 2008 behind Derek Poundstone. Savickas is the 3 time reigning World Log Lift Championships winner in 2008, 2009 and 2011(there was no contest held in 2010).

[edit] 2011

On April 15, 2011 Zydrunas set a new Guinness World Record performing a 20 meter Farmer’s Walk in 7.55 seconds with 150 kg (330 lb) implements in each hand. The event was broadcast on the Guinness TV show in Europe.[4]

Savickas won 5 Strongman Champions League events during the 2011/2012 season, in Finland in March 2011, Germany on April 16, 2011,[5] the SCL Semi-finals in Canada in Oct. 2011, Latvia in Nov 2011 and the SCL Finals in Sarajevo, Bosnia on Feb. 7, 2012.[6]

Savickas lost his WSM crown to American Brian Shaw at the 2011 World’s Strongest Man contest at Wingate University, North Carolina coming in second place for the fourth time.

During the SCL Finals in Sarajevo, Savickas set a new world record in the log lift with 215 kg (470 lb).[6] This was his 7th consecutive world record in the log lift, not including his world record in the giant wooden log lift set at the 2010 World’s Strongest Man contest.[7]

[edit] 2012

Savickas won the 2012 Europe’s Strongest Man contest on June 23, 2012, his second ESM title after winning in 2010.[8] Savickas also set a new world record in the log lift with a lift of 216 kg (480 lb), this was his 8th consecutive log lift world record.[8]

Savickas has won 8 Strongman Champions League events in the 2012 season and is the current overall leader. He won the 2012 SCL Iceman Challenge III in Finland in March, his third consecutive victory in that contest. Savickas also won the 2012 FIBO event in Germany in April, and the SCL Holland event in Zevenaar, Holland on June 30, 2012.

During the SCL Holland event, Savickas set yet another world record in the Log Lift with a lift of 217.5 kg (480 lb). This was Savickas’ 3rd log lift world record in 2012, and 9th consecutive log lift world record.

Savickas has held the log lift world record since 2005, and has set more total world records than any other strongman competitor in history.

Savickas won the inaugural 2012 SCL World Shanghai Cup in China on July 8, 2012, his 4th SCL victory of the 2012 season, and the SCL Portugal event on July 21 in Oporto, Portugal.[9]

Savickas won the SCL Finland event on Aug. 11, 2012 and was the co-winner of the SCL Poland event on Aug. 18 in a tie with Mikhail Koklyaev. Savickas also won the SCL Gibralter event on Sept. 2, 2012. This was his eight SCL victory for the 2012 season, and 28th career SCL win.

Zydrunas regained the WSM crown by winning the 2012 World’s Strongest Man contest in Los Angeles, California on Oct. 1, 2012.[10] This was Savickas’ third WSM title, he is only the fifth competitor in WSM history to win 3 or more WSM titles. Savickas also set a new log lift world record in the finals with a lift of 220 kg (490 lb).[11] Savickas and Jon Pall Sigmarrson have each placed in the WSM top three a record seven times.

Savickas won the inaugural 2012 SCL Savickas Classic on Oct. 6, 2012 in Vilnius, Lithuania.[12] This was Savickas’ ninth SCL victory for the 2012 SCL season. With this victory Savickas has already clinched the 2012 SCL overall title, this marks his second SCL overall title along with the 2008 season.

Savickas also won the 2012 World Log Lift Championships on Oct. 7, 2012 which was held at the same venue as the Savickas Classic, this was his fourth consecutive Log Lift title.[13] Savickas has won a record 13 of his last 14 events.

[edit] Personal life

At the end of September 2010, a biography entitled Žydrūnas Savickas – žmogus iš geležies (Žydrūnas Savickas – A Man From Iron) was published in Lithuania.(ISBN 978-609-408-104-0)

During the Strongman Champions League Ireland contest in Limerick, Ireland, 2010.

[edit] Personal records


  • Squat – 425.5 kg (938 lb) equipped
→ Lithuanian record
→ Lithuanian record
  • Total – 1,090 kg (2,400 lb) equipped
→ Lithuanian record


  • Log lift for Max Weight – 220 kg (490 lb) (World record, 2012 World’s Strongest Man, Los Angeles, USA)[14]
  • Strongman Deadlift(with straps) – 442 kg (970 lb) Raw with straps (World Strongman Record, 2011)
  • Apollon’s Axle Press for Max Weight – 215 kg (470 lb) (World Record, 2010 Giants Live, Istanbul, Turkey)[15]
  • Apollon’s Axle Press for Reps – 166 kg (370 lb) × 8 clean and press each rep (World record, 2006 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio)
  • Giant Wooden Log lift for Max Weight – 210 kg (460 lb) (World Record, 2010 World’s Strongest Man, Sun City, South Africa)[7]
  • Apollon’s Wheels Overhead for Reps – 155 kg (340 lb) × 8 reps
  • Giant Barbell Deadlift for Reps – 320 kg (710 lb) × 10 (World record, 2006 IFSA World Championships, Reykjavík, Iceland)
  • 22 kg (49 lb) Medicine ball for Height – 17 ft (5.18 m) (World record, 2004 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio)
  • Atlas Stones (heavy set) – 25.65 seconds (World record, 2006 IFSA World Championships, Reykjavík, Iceland)
  • Metal Block press – 150 kg (330 lb) (World record, 2011 World’s Strongest Man, Wingate,North Carolina)
  • Hummer Tire Deadlift for Max Weight – 506.6 kg (1,117 lb) (World record, 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio)
  • Heavy Super Yoke500 kg (1,100 lb) – 7.50 seconds (World record, 2006 Arnold Strongman Classic, Columbus, Ohio)

[edit] Notable contests

[edit] Strongman

[edit] Powerlifting

  • IPF World Powerlifting Silver medalist (2000)
  • Lithuanian Powerlifting Champion (1995–1997, 1999–2005) – 10 times
  • Winner of the Lithuanian Powerlifting Cup (1994–2000) – 7 times
  • EPF European Powerlifting Silver medalist (1997–1999) – 3 times

[edit] Achievements

Professional Competitive Record – [1st (79),2nd (28),3rd (13) – Out of Total(128)]
Performance Metric – .949 [Lithuanian – .964 International – .924]

Professional 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th INJ DNQ Total
Lithuanian 46 9 4 1 2 1       2     65
International 33 20 9 5   1 2         2 63
Combined 79 29 13 5 2 1 2     4     128

[edit] Completed contests

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b c http://en.allpowerlifting.com/lifters/LTU/savickas-zydrunas-2117/
  2. ^ a b 2011 MHP Log Lift World Championships. Ironmind.com (2011-01-20). Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
  3. ^ “Žydrūnas Savickas”. IFSA Strongman. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080115161008/http://ifsastrongman.com/athletes/pro/06/. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  4. ^ “Zydrunas Savickas Sets New Guinness World Record”. Ironmind.com. 2011-04-15. http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2011/Apr/Zydrunas_Savickas_Sets_New_Guinness_World_Record.html. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  5. ^ “Zydrunas Savickas Wins SCL GERMANY (FIBO POWER)”. Ironmind.com. 2011-04-18. http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2011/Apr/Zydrunas_Savickas_Wins_SCL_GERMANY-FIBO_POWER.html. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  6. ^ a b http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Feb/Ervin_Katona_Wins_SCL_World_Championships.html
  7. ^ a b http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2010/Sep/Zydrunas_Savickas_Breaks_Log_Lift_World_Record_at_the_Worldxs_Strongest_Man_Contest.html
  8. ^ a b http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Jun/Zydrunas_Savickas_Wins_Europexs_Strongest_Man.html
  9. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Jul/SCL_Portugal-Zydrunas_Savickas_Crushes_the_Field.html
  10. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Oct/Zydrunas_Savickas-Worldxs_Strongest_Man_Winner.html
  11. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Sep/WSM_Finals-Zydrunas_Savickas_Breaks_Log_Lift_World_Record.html
  12. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Oct/Zydrunas_Savickas_Double_Victory_in_Lithuania.html
  13. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Oct/Zydrunas_Savickas_Double_Victory_in_Lithuania.html
  14. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Sep/WSM_Finals-Zydrunas_Savickas_Breaks_Log_Lift_World_Record.html
  15. ^ Zydrunas Savickas: 215-kg Axle and Watch for More. Ironmind.com (2010-10-31). Retrieved on 2011-03-19.

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