On April 6, the world's largest and strongest men gather in Leeds, England to compete in the World Log Lift Challenge – one of the most famous events in Strongman sports. Among the competitors are names you are more familiar with, such as Brian Shaw and Larry Wheels, who have invited themselves to this press conference. The two men who are really prepared to beat the current world record of 228 kg / 502.5 pounds (held by the world's four-strongest man Zydrunas Savickas) are the West African Cheick Ahmed al-Hassan Sanou (aka Iron Biby) and 33 ̵
"To be perfectly honest, I can only see two guys approaching," Laurence Shahlaei, two-time British winner of the Strongest Man, said in a video on his YouTube channel, Big Loz Official. "The favorite is Iron Biby … and of course England's Graham Hicks, his shoulder power is undeniable, and he's technically superior at log-lifting." Iron Biby has more raw power, but Hicksy is technically very good in protocol and crazy triceps and shoulder strength . "
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The two competitors have shared their progress on Instagram ahead of the show. Biby is eight kilograms ahead of Hicks with a 228-pound press (see picture above), but keep in mind how easy the replay was for the Englishman (see below), and it's not impossible to imagine him being another eight to eight ten kilograms (or 18 to 22.5 pounds pounds) overhead. And as Shahlaei has already suggested, technology is a big factor in the execution of a successful log press. In any case, this is the next step that each competitor was most likely to achieve when he shut down Big Z's first 228kg press in 2015, and we look forward to seeing who goes down as the most prolific press , 
View this post on Instagram The growl is back …… I mean business !!! Who's coming to see me building a big log on April 6th? H #Repost @giantslivewsm • Hixxy means that SERIÖS will enter the Log Press World Championships at Europe's strongest man in 2019 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds! 😲😲😲 A 220KG roundwood press in training! Can he be the man breaking Big Z's record? It only takes 2 weeks to find out! 💪 [Ticket link in bio!]No