Tomorrow — Saturday, May 16th — Luke Stoltman will attempt to set a new log lift world record as part of World’s Ultimate Strongman (WUS) “Feats of Strength” series.
The Scottish strongman will attempt to lift and press overhead is a staggering 230kg/507lb — 2kg heavier than the current log lift world record of 228kg/502.7lb set by 4-time World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion Zydrunas Savickas.
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How to Watch the Log Lift World Record Attempt
Stoltman will use a wooden log for his world record log lift attempt and it will be streamed live on coresports.world at 12pm EST/4pm Greenwich Mean Time.
The 35-year old made his first finals appearance at the 2019 World’s Strongest Man, where he finished in seventh place. He went on to take second place at at that year’s WUS competition and win bronze in the 2020 Britain’s Strongest Man contest.
During his training, Stoltman has proved that he is certainly capable of overtaking the 228kg/502.7lb log lift world record from Savickas. Here he is below pressing a 228.4kg/503.5lb personal best two weeks ago:
Log Lift World Record
The current log lift world record held by Zydrunas Savickas — one of the most decorated strongmen of all-time. Savickas won the Log Lift World Championship five years in a row from 2008 to 2013. He set the current log lift world record of 228kg/502.7lb at the 2015 Arnold Strongman Classic.
Savickas has said on his YouTube channel, when discussing Hafthor’s Bjornsson’s 501kg deadlift world record, that he does not believe records made outside of competition should count as competition records, saying that in competition, athletes all have to agree on the details of the equipment, such as how far apart the handles on the log are.
However, he suggests that lifts like Bjornsson’s (and, presumably, Stoltman’s) could be considered WUS world records.
“It should be a special world record. Rules must be very strict about equipment, filming, and refereeing. If we start to have world records at home or home gyms, it should continue as a special record attempt. But competition world records are competition world records.”
If you want to hear all of Savickas’ thoughts regarding on the subject, you can below in the video from his YouTube channel:
Log Lift World Championships
If Stoltman’s world record log lift attempt is successful, it will set the stage for a battle between him and Cheick “Iron Biby” Sanou on August 8th in Leeds, England at the 2020 Log Lift World Championships, where Sanou has already claimed that he will set a new log lift world record. Sanou won the 2019 contest and in training, he has already exceeded both Big Z’s record and the lift Stoltman might set tomorrow with 233.5kg/515lb.
If Stoltman is able to press and lock out tomorrow, he may have to get right back in the gym to defend the record in August.
Feature image from Luke Stoltman’s Instagram page: @luke.stoltman