Konstantine Janashia

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Konstantine Janashia
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Born (1990-08-30) August 30, 1990 (age 31)
Georgia (country)
NationalityGeorgian
Other namesThe Georgian Bull
CitizenshipGeorgia
OccupationPro-strongman

Konstantine Janashia (born 30 August 1990) is a pro-strongman from Georgia. In 2016, Janashia became the first Georgian to reach the World's Strongest Man final, where he placed fourth.[1]

Career

Janashia started his sporting career in Rugby union and was part of the local junior team.[2] He started weightlifting at the age of 18[3] and would soon receive an invite to his first strongman contest from his national federation after noticing his size and strength.[4]

In 2016, Janashia made his first appearance in the 2016 World's Strongest Man competition. He made it past the qualifying heats to the finals and placed fourth overall in the competition.[1]

In 2017, Janashia made his first appearance at 2017 Europe's Strongest Man, where he placed fourth.[5] Later that year, he would return to the 2017 World's Strongest Man, make it to the finals and place eighth overall.[6] In September, he took part in the World Deadlift Championships as part of the Giants Live Tour Final. He pulled for 5 reps, with Jean-Francois Caron (strongman). He would go on to place second overall in the Tour Final.[7]

In 2018, Janashia returned to 2018 Europe's Strongest Man and placed second behind Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.[8] Later that year, he competed at the 2018 World's Strongest Man competition and placed ninth overall.

In 2019, Janashia competed at 2019 Europe's Strongest Man and set a new Georgian Record in the Log Lift, lifting . He placed third in the overall competition.[9] Later that year, he would compete at the 2019 World's Strongest Man competition and make it to the finals. However, he had to withdraw due to a tricep tear, settling for tenth place.[10]

In 2020, Janashia took part in the second season of the World's Ultimate Strongman Feats of Strength series against Rauno Heinla to break the Deadlift for Repetitions record, with the record standing at for 5 reps. However, Janashia only managed to pull 2 reps while Heinla broke the record by pulling 6 reps.[11] In November, Janashia was unable to compete at the 2020 World's Strongest Man competition due to testing positive for Coronavirus disease 2019.[12]

Personal records

Done in official strongman competition:

  • Deadlift (with straps and suit) for 5 reps (2017 World Deadlift Championships)[7]
  • Log Lift (2019 Europe's Strongest Man)[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Konstantine Janashia". World's Strongest Man. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  2. Burgess, Phil (2 January 2013). "The Rise of the Georgians – Strongman Konstantine Janashia". Viking Strength. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  3. "A Georgian Giant in Love with a Barbell". Georgian Journal. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  4. "Konstantine Janashia". Giants Live. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  5. "The Mountain beats the Beast! - Europe's Strongest Man 2017 Results & New Axle Press World Record". Giants Live. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  6. "Breaking: Eddie Hall Wins 2017 World's Strongest Man In Botswana". BarBend. 25 November 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "The World's Strongest Man Tour Final 2017 at the Newly Opened Manchester Arena". Giants Live. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  8. "Strongman Records Smashed at Europe's Strongest Man 2018". Giants Live. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Europe's Strongest Man 2019 results and event round up". Giants Live. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  10. Tao, David (17 June 2019). "Breaking News: Martins Licis Wins 2019 World's Strongest Man". BarBend. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  11. Lockridge, Roger (14 September 2020). "Rauno Heinla Sets World Record In 400 KG Deadlift For Reps With 6". BarBend. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  12. Gutman, Andrew (6 November 2020). "Konstantine Janashia Out Of 2020 World's Strongest Man". BarBend. Retrieved 24 December 2020.

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