Eddie Hall Wins the 2017 World’s Strongest Man Competition and Retires

The British strongman put an end to the dominance of both Brian Shaw and Zydrunas Savickas by becoming the only other person to hold the title since 2008.

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Eddie Hall just pulled off a huge upset at the World’s Strongest Man competition, and he became the first British competitor to win since Gary Taylor back in 1993. 

"The Beast" narrowly won the title with a combination of flipping a “1,080lb tire for times, viking press 352lbs for 15 reps, squat 700lbs for 15 reps, pull a plane, deadlift 1,042lbs and load 5 atlas stones,” according to

Unleash The Beast! Eddie Hall, @eddie_hall_strong, during the Bullion Toss in Gaborone, Botswana. #WSM

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He beat out Hafthor Bjornsson by only a single point, and last year's champ, Brian Shaw, by two points. 

Here are a few clips of the squatting and viking press events that helped seal the deal. 



Following his victory, Hall posted this to Instagram announcing his retirement from the World's Strongest Man event. 

I can't say how I've done at wsm but I can say I'm now retired from wsm! I'll still be on the British scene for many years to come and I thank all my fans and sponsors and my family and friends to the moon and back. Massive thanks to my wife who I dearly love and ow a lot of my success to her. Also my manager Mo Chaudry not only changed my life for the better but one of my best friends. Big Love The Beast @proteindynamix @xploape @strengthasylum @alphadesignsuk @bobosbeard @blakemans @wrightspies @pulseworldwide @getnewage @sbdapparel @giantslive #alphadesign #wrightspies #strengthasylum #giants #giantslive #proteindynamix #bobosbeardoil #beast #beard #deadlift #deadlifts #boss #bosslife #hulk #strong #strongman #strongmantraining #pulse #getnewage #performance #mouthguard #SBD #supports #SBDapparel

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Although we won’t see him in this competition any longer, he did mention, “I'll still be on the British scene for many years to come.” So we will get a chance to see him moving forward. 

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