Zydrunas Savickas: 2009 World’s Strongest Man
by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2009 IronMind
Malta - In a sport that grew out of a TV show designed to entertain people, Zydrunas Savickas is distinguished not just for his overwhelming strength, but also for his quiet manner that is in striking contrast to the stereotype of what suits a man with his talents and in his line of work.
And today Zydrunas Savickas won the World’s Strongest Man contest - the contest that dwarfs all others in strongman. Beyond the glitzy title that now proclaims what he is, many would argue that Zydrunas Savickas also deserves that accolade even if all the letters are lowercase - he’s that strong.
This morning, Zydrunas Savickas won the Car Deadlift for reps, with Mariusz Pudzianowski and Derek Poundstone tying for second, and Brian Shaw and Terry Hollands tying for third. Next, it was the Atlas Stones, the final event of the contest, and this is where the 2009 WSM title would be decided.
Travis Ortmayer and Terry Hollands ripped through the course, with Travis winning the heat and setting the fastest time to that point - a time that would hold up as the best in this event. Next, it was Brian Shaw beating Derek Poundstone, and then the big matchup: Zydrunas Savickas versus Mariusz Pudzianowski. Shaw was guaranteed to be no worse that third overall at this point, but the most likely outcome was that Savickas and Pudzianowski would not be moving aside easily . . . one would win the title and the other would be second.
Zydrunas Savickas, steady as ever, was unstoppable, and even the fleet feet of Mariusz Pudzianowski were unable to match his pace - Savickas won the World’s Strongest Man contest, Pudzianowski was second and Shaw was third.
The coverage of the 2009 World's Strongest Man contest should be spectacular: watch the official World's Strongest Man website and the IronMind News for details on the broadcast schedule.
I thought a couple people would be interested in this. Sucks that there is so much lag time between when it takes place and went it is actually shown. I want to watch now