- Nationality: British
- Height: 1.91m
- Weight: 156kg
Laurence stands at 6″3′, a height us mere mortals would consider tall but a relative dwarf compared to the most recent crop of strongmen. But don’t let this man’s stature fool you – Laurence is Britain’s Strongest Man 2012 and is considered by many of his peers to have been the most improved athlete in 2011/12.
Shahlaei has qualified for World’s Strongest Man four times; his best performance behind fellow countryman Terry Hollands in fourth place at WSM 2011. He look set to contend for a podium position in 2012 but an unfortunate injury led to him conceding his spot to new boy Graham Hicks.
Laurence is known as having the strongest legs in Britain and constantly performs well in squat events. His talents extend to moving events too, with standout performances in farmer’s walk and frame carry. As far as British strongmen go, Hollands has the better pedigree but Laurence is the up and coming talent – never ceasing to impress with his continual improvement.
If it all goes tits up we think Laurence has a future rivalling strongman commentator Colin Bryce – articulate, knowledgable and friendly – what’s not to like?!