Lithuanians in the news
4th November, 2005
Lithuanians - The Strongest Men in the World!
Strongman Žydrūnas Savickas competing in Quebec.
Photo courtesy "Lietuvos rytas".
Žydrūnas Savickas just over a month ago, in September 24-25, 2005, won gold in the International Federation of Strength Athletes (IFSA) World Championship in Quebec, Canada, becoming the strongest man in the world. During this championship he actually broke three world records!
Lithuanian Strongmen Team, which won the World’s Strongest Nation
competition in Ukraine. From left: S.Brusokas, Ž.Savickas, V.Blekaitis
and V.Petrauskas. Photo by M.Kulbis, courtesy "Lietuvos rytas".
Some sports commentators have declared the 30 year old 192 cm Žydrūnas Savickas to be the strongest athlete in this sport’s history. He is the only man in the world to have won all the major strongman competitions - the World and European championships, "Strongman Super Series" and "Arnold’s Strongman", the last of which he has won three years in a row. This year he has won 13 strongman competitions (he says he is not superstitious!).
To cap it all, the Lithuanian strongmen team has just won first place in IFSA’s "World Strongest Nation" championship, held at Sevastopol, Ukraine, October 21-24. In this championship the Lithuanian team, consisting of Žydrūnas Savickas, Saulius Brusokas, Vidas Blekaitis and Vilius Petrauskas, competed for the first time. Second place in the championship was taken by Ukraine, while the USA defeated Russia for third place.
Further information: "Lietuvos Rytas" 27/9/05, 28/9/05, 26/10/05