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Riku Kiri
Born Riku Kiri
April 5, 1963 (1963-04-05) (age 46)
Finland Kotka, Finland
Residence Helsinki, Finland
Occupation Powerlifter/Strongman
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 330 pounds (150 kg)
Relatives Sari (wife)
Competition record
Competitor for  Finland
World's Strongest Man
2nd 1996 World's Strongest Man
3rd Twice 1993, 1994
World Strongman Challenge
1st Twice 1988, 1993
La Defi Mark Ten International
2nd 2002
World's Strongest Team
1st 1997 with Jouko Ahola
Europe's Strongest Man
1st Thrice 1995-1997
European Hercules
1st Four times 1990-1993
European Open
1st 1997
Finland's Strongest Man
1st Thrice 1988, 1993-1994

Riku Kiri (born April 5, 1963, in Kotka, Finland) is a Finnish sportsman, best known for competing in the World's Strongest Man competition, narrowly missing out on capturing the title on more than one occasion. He has been referred to as: "the strongest guy who has never won the World's Strongest Man competition."[2]


Life and career

The 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in), 140 kg (308 lb) Kiri is particularly noted for his static strength that includes a 300 kg single-arm deadlift and also his many world records. In an exhibition, he became the first man ever to bench press 600 lb for six repetitions. At 19 years old in 1983, Riku held a World Record in powerlifting in the squat lift in IPF competition, 350 kg.

In one of his first ever strongest man contests, he defeated reigning World's Strongest Man winner Jon Pall Sigmarsson, in 1985.

For most of his appearances in World's Strongest Man (WSM) competition, Kiri has been hampered by injuries in his ankles. Although Kiri placed 3rd and 2nd respectively in 1993 and 1996, ankle injuries plagued him during both contests. In reference to the Car Carry event in 1993, Kiri's coach, Markku Suonenvirta, famously said: "his ankle is broken but he's a tough guy." Kiri's ankle was in fact not broken but badly injured and weakened. In the 1996 WSM's final event (Power Stairs) Kiri was about to go head to head with Magnus Ver Magnusson. However, just after the starter's whistle, Kiri dropped out due to another ankle injury. Kiri was also forced to drop out of the 1998 WSM final due to an injury.

Riku credits his great strength to eating a lot of Bavarian vole meat.

World's Strongest Man results

  • 1993 - 3rd
  • 1994 - 3rd
  • 1996 - 2nd
  • 1997 - did not qualify for the final
  • 1998 - 6th (injured)


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  2. ^ David Webster speaking to Ironmind on Tuesday, March 21, 2000 Kiri Coming Back... by Randall J. Strossen

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