By: Kalle Beck
Europe’s Strongest Man is set to return to Leeds, England, on July 9 for the fifth time, and is projected to be the biggest live Strongman contest of all time. The majority of First Direct Arena has already been sold out, but don't worry—you can watch all the action LIVE on FloElite.com, starting Saturday at 11:30AM CST.
The line-up will be nothing short of historic. For our final segment of our two-part breakdown, we'll familiarize you with some of the big names below. If you missed Part 1, you can find that here.
Terry HollandsCountry: United Kingdom
The nine-time World’s Strongest Man™ finalist and former rugby player has been one of the top strongmen in the sport for more than a decade. Hollands took third at World’s Strongest Man™ in 2007, and second at Europe’s Strongest Man in 2010. Hollands has flirted with retirement the past few years, but keeps coming back with the hope to win one of the major titles (which he looks more than capable of doing).
Dimitar SavatinovCountry: Bulgaria
Hailing from Bulgaria and now residing Florida, the 5-10, 337-pound Dimitar got his start as a circus Strongman for the Ringling Brothers. Since transferring over to professional strongman, Dimitar won America’s Strongest Man in 2014 and 2015, and took fourth at the Arnold Classic in 2015. He also holds the world record in the circus dumbbell at 308lbs.
Grzegorz SzymanskiCountry: Poland
Szymanski is a two-time World’s Strongest Man™ competitor, and second-place finisher at Europe’s Strongest Man in 2008. Szymanski’s wins on the international circuit include a victory over Zydrunas Savickas at Strongman Champions League Holland in 2015.
Johannes ArsjoCountry: Sweden
Arsjo is a workhorse. He's competed at World’s Strongest Man™ five times, and broke through to the finals in 2012 and again in 2013. The multiple-time Sweden’s Strongest Man has been plagued with injuries the past few years, but continues to reign as one of the top performers in the sport.
Mateusz KieliszkowskiCountry: Poland
Kieliskowski won the Arnold Amateur World Championship in 2014 at just 21 years old, which qualified him for the Arnold Classic the following year. Many wrote off the young Polish strongman, but he shocked the world by finishing third in 2015. Kieliszkowski followed that up with a fourth-place finish in 2016 to prove it wasn't a fluke. At only 23 years old, his future is bright, and he could end up on the podium at Europe’s Strongest Man.
Krzysztof RadzikowskiCountry: Poland
Radzikowski may have competed more than any other strongman in the past two years, but that hasn't slowed him down. The four-time World’s Strongest Man™ competitor is second all-time in the log lift (474lbs), and took second behind Bjornsson at Europe’s Strongest Man last year. Always in contention for a podium spot, the Polish strongman is looking to win it all this year.