- Nationality: Ukrainian
- Height: 1.91m
- Weight: 145kg
Vasyl Virastyuk came first place in the 2004 World’s Strongest Man, third place the year before and runner up at several Arnold Strongman Classic competitions, this gives Vasyl a decent pedigree for the strongman sport. He was also the first man to win both Met-RX and IFSA World’s Strongest Man titles, a feat that was only matched by the well-known strongman Big Z.
Originally a shot put thrower like Geoff Capes, Vasyl moved onto the strongman sport in the search of a better pay.
Vasyl has been Ukraine’s Strongest Man six times between the years 2000 and 2007. He also won the IFSA Strongman World Championships in 2007.
Although he has had a good run throughout his strongman career, Vasyl has been in the shadows for some time now. This may be due to in his 2008 Arnold Strongman Classic competition, he was forced to withdraw due to injury’s (or maybe it didn’t pay enough!). Maybe one day we will see a return from Vasyl, but this is looking like quite a slim chance with no appearances being made recently from this Ukrainian strongman.
Most recent achievement: Vasyl Virastyuk’s most recent achievement is his win in the IFSA Strongman World Championships in 2007. This has got to be his best achievement alongside the WSM win in 2004, as although he had a good run, he has not set any known world records within the strongman sport.
Here is some footage of Vasyl battling against Andrus Murumets in the Safe Lift event at the World’s Strongest Man in 2004: