The Ukrainian Strongman Vasyl Virastyuk
Vasyl Virastyuk is a strongman from Ukraine who dominated the Ukrainian strongman world for 7 years until he retired. He was also a force on the world stage, but did not achieve the same results as in his home country. While he did not dominate, he was a staple in all major strongman competitions.
The Start Of His Career
Virastyuk started his domination of the Ukrainian strongman scene in 2000 when he won Ukraine’s Strongest Man competition. This was a competition he would continue to win until 2007. While he was a force in the national competition, it was only in 2003 that he would make his mark on the international stage.
In 2003 he competed in the World’s Strongest Man contest where he finished third. He lost to the previous champion Mariusz Pudzianowski and the runner-up Zydrunas Savickas. The loss did not deter him from the international stage and he returned to the competition the next year.
In 2004, he won the competition beating both men who placed ahead of him the year before. In the final, he placed only one point ahead of Savickas and Pudzianowski came third before later being disqualified. This cemented his place in the international ranks of the competitions.
The Competition Split
In 2005, there was a split in strongman world in terms of competitions. This led to certain athletes competing for the IFSA Strongman title such as Savickas and Virastyuk. Other athletes continued to complete for the Met-Rx World’s Strongest Man title.
In that year, Virastyuk would lose his bid for the title to Savickas. The same happened in the 2006 competition where he would end in third place. At the same time, he would come second in the Arnold Strongman Classic in both years, losing to Savickas.
He would only be able to beat Savickas once in the IFSA Strongman World Championships before retiring. In 2007, he took first place in the competition while finishing second in the Arnold Strongman Classic. His win at the IFSA competition would place him in the record books as the first strongman to win both the World’s Strongest Man and IFSA title. This is a feat that Savickas would achieve in 2009 after winning the World’s Strongest Man contest.
Varistyuk did compete in the 2008 Arnold Strongman Classic, but was unable to finish. He was forced to withdraw after an injury and landed in 10th place as he was only able to make 8.5 points before retirement. This was the end of his competition career.
Vasyl Virastyuk is a Ukrainian strongman who dominated his domestic competitions and always placed on the podium in international competitions. While his last competitive appearance was cut short due to injury, he is still remembered as one of the best. He also holds the record as the first strongman to win both the World’s Strongest Man title and the IFSA Strongman World Championship. Much of his international career was spent in competition with Savickas as they competed for the top spot.