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World’s Strongest Man History Timeline

A look back at some of the most memorable moments in WSM.

2000′s

Brian Shaw

2013

Brian Shaw wins his second title in Sanya, China.

Žydrūnas Savickas

2009

Žydrūnas Savickas wins the first of his three titles this year.

Hall of fame

2008

The World’s Strongest Man Hall of Fame is established and three Strongmen are voted in.

coal truck 2008

2008

In honour of the West Virginia location, a coal truck is used in the Vehicle Pull event.

Fire Truck, World’s Strongest Man

2007

In a nod to 2006’s winner, fireman Phil Pfister, a firetruck is used instead of a plane for the truck pull event.

Phil Pfister

2006

Phil Pfister wins the WSM title this year. Not only was he the first American to win the title since Bill Kazmaier in 1982, he also beat the then three time (But now five time) champion Mariusz Pudzianowski.

Mariusz Pudzianowski

2002

Mariusz Pudzianowski wins the first of his five championships this year. He’d go on to win the competition again in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008. No other competitor has won the title five times.

1990′s

Jouko Ahola

1999

Two-time Strongman Jouko Ahola lifted the heaviest ever Atlas Stone in the 1999 WSM competition. It weighed a phenomenal 187kgs (414lbs).

Magnus Samuelsson, World's Strongest Man

1998

The first year the contest is held in Morocco, and Magnus Samuelsson takes the title for the first time.

Jouko Ahola

1997

Jouko Ahola wins the first of his two WSM titles and sets the record for the Hercules Hold, lifting 434lbs for 45.7 seconds

Jón Páll Sigmarsson

1993

The world of the Strongmen loses a legend as Jón Páll Sigmarsson dies.

Magnús ver Magnússon

1991

Magnús ver Magnússon wins the first of his four championships.

1980′s

Jón Páll Sigmarsson

1984

Jón Páll Sigmarsson wins the first of his four titles.

Geoff Capes

1983

Geoff Capes – the only ever British champion – wins WSM for the first time. He’d go on to win a second title in 1985.

Bill Kazmaier

1980

Bill Kazmaier wins the first of his three championships.

1970′s

1977 world's strongest man

1977

Bruce Wilhelm wins the first of his two victories and is crowned the first ever World’s Strongest Man.

1977 first World's Strongest Man

1977

The first ever WSM contest is held in Universal Studios, California.