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World’s Strongest Man in Iceland

The World’s Strongest Man championship began in the aluminum smelter in Straumsvík, southwest Iceland yesterday.

The 24 participants come from around the world, three are from Iceland: Benedikt Magnússon, Georg Ögmundsson and Stefán Sölvi Pétursson. Fréttabladid reports.

Currently, Zydrunas Savickas from Lithuania is the world’s strongest man, who won last year’s Strongman competition in Canada.

The memory of Icelandic power lifter Jón Páll Sigmarsson was honored at the beginning of the championship yesterday.

Sigmarsson won the World’s Strongest Man title four times (1984, 1986, 1988, 1990) before his death at the age of 32 in 1993 caused by heart failure.

Another Icelander, Magnús Ver Magnússon, has won the title on four occasions, in 1990, 1994, 1995 and 1996.

The World’s Strongest Man finals will be held in Vídidalur, Reykjavík, on Friday.

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