Žydrūnas Savickas

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Žydrūnas Savickas
BornŽydrūnas Savickas
(1975-07-15) July 15, 1975 (age 37)
Lithuania Biržai, Lithuania
Other names"Big Z"
OccupationStrongman, Powerlifting
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight170 kilograms (370 lb)
Title3 time World's Strongest Man champion
2 time winner IFSA Strongman World Championships
6 time Arnold Strongman Classic champion
2 time Europe's Strongest Man champion
4 time winner World Log Lift Championships
10 time Lithuania's Strongest Man champion
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Žydrūnas Savickas
BornŽydrūnas Savickas
(1975-07-15) July 15, 1975 (age 37)
Lithuania Biržai, Lithuania
Other names"Big Z"
OccupationStrongman, Powerlifting
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight170 kilograms (370 lb)
Title3 time World's Strongest Man champion
2 time winner IFSA Strongman World Championships
6 time Arnold Strongman Classic champion
2 time Europe's Strongest Man champion
4 time winner World Log Lift Championships
10 time Lithuania's Strongest Man champion
Competition record
Competitor for  Lithuania
World's Strongest Man
Qualified1998 World's Strongest Man
Qualified2000 World's Strongest Man
2nd2002 World's Strongest Man
2nd2003 World's Strongest Man
2nd2004 World's Strongest Man
1st2009 World's Strongest Man
1st2010 World's Strongest Man
2nd2011 World's Strongest Man
1st2012 World's Strongest Man
Arnold Strongman Classic
1st2003 Arnold Strongman Classic
1st2004 Arnold Strongman Classic
1st2005 Arnold Strongman Classic
1st2006 Arnold Strongman Classic
1st2007 Arnold Strongman Classic
1st2008 Arnold Strongman Classic
2nd2010 Arnold Strongman Classic
3rd2011 Arnold Strongman Classic
3rd2012 Arnold Strongman Classic
IFSA Strongman World Championships
1st2005 IFSA Strongman World Championships
1st2006 IFSA Strongman World Championships
3rd2007 IFSA Strongman World Championships
Strongman Champions League
1st2008 Latvia
1st2008 Serbia
1st2008 Holland
2nd2008 Bulgaria
1st2008 Lithuania
1st2008 Romania
2nd2008 Finland
1st2008 Overall
1st2009 England
1st2009 Hungary
1st2009 Ukraine
3rd2009 Overall
1st2010 SCL Iceman Challenge
1st2010 Ireland
1st2011 SCL Iceman Challenge II
1st2011 Germany FIBO
1st2011 Canada SCL Semi-finals
1st2011 Latvia
1st2012 Sarajevo SCL Finals
2nd2011 Overall
1st2012 SCL Iceman Challenge III
1st2012 Germany FIBO
1st2012 Holland
1st2012 China SCL World Shanghai Cup
1st2012 Portugal
1st2012 Finland
1st2012 Poland
1st2012 Gibralter
1st2012 SCL Savickas Classic
SCL Semi-finals
IFSA Strongman European Championships
1st2005 IFSA European Championships
IFSA World Team Championships
1st2005 Team Europe
1st2007 Team Lithuania
w/Vidas Blekaitis
1st2005 Hungary Grand Prix
1st2006 Dubai Grand Prix
1st2006 Holland Grand Prix
1st2006 Latvia Grand Prix
1st2006 Lithuania Grand Prix
1st2007 Lithuania Grand Prix
Europe's Strongest Man
3rd2004 Europe's Strongest Man
1st2010 Europe's Strongest Man
1st2012 Europe's Strongest Man
Giants Live
1st2010 England
1st2010 Turkey
1st2012 England
Strongman Super Series
3rd2002 Sweden
2nd2002 Hawaii
3rd2002 Overall
3rd2003 Hawaii
2nd2003 Holland
2nd2003 Overall
2nd2004 Moscow
2nd2004 Sweden
1st2004 Overall
World Log Lift Championships
1st2008 World Log Lift Championships
1st2009 World Log Lift Championships
1st2011 World Log Lift Championships
1st2012 World Log Lift Championships
World Muscle Power Championships
3rd2004 World Muscle Power Championships
World Strongman Challenge
2nd2002 World Strongman Challenge
3rd2003 World Strongman Challenge
1st2007 World Strongman Challenge
2nd2008 Fortissimus
1st2009 Fortissimus
Lithuania's Strongest Man
3rd1996 Lithuania's Strongest Man
2nd1997 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st1998 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st1999 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st2000 Lithuania's Strongest Man
2nd2001 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st2002 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st2004 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st2005 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st2006 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st2007 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st2008 Lithuania's Strongest Man
1st2009 Lithuania's Strongest Man
Competitor for  Lithuania
IPF World Powerlifting Championships[1]
6th1998 IPF World Powerlifting Championships+125kg
5th1999 IPF World Powerlifting Championships+125kg
2nd2000 IPF World Powerlifting Championships+125kg
EPF European Powerlifting Championships[1]
2nd1998 EPF European Powerlifting Championships+125kg
2nd1999 EPF European Powerlifting Championships+125kg
2nd2000 EPF European Powerlifting Championships+125kg
2nd2001 EPF European Powerlifting Championships+125kg
Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships
1st1995 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships+125kg
1st1996 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships+125kg
1st1997 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships+125kg
1st1999 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships+125kg
1st2000 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships+125kg
1st2001 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships+125kg
1st2002 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships+125kg
1st2003 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships+125kg
1st2004 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships+125kg
1st2005 Lithuanian National Powerlifting Championships+125kg
IPF Junior World Championships[1]
3rd1997 IPF Junior World Championships+125kg
During the IFSA Strongman World 2-Man Championship in Vilnius, Lithuania, 2007.

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.


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.


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).


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]


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 Arpil, 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 inaugeral 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.

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.

Personal records



Notable contests




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


Completed contests

See also


  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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