Sebastian Wenta started off as a thrower but then turned his hand to Strongman.
His career highlight was a 2nd place finish in the 2007 World’s Strongest Man final.
Here we snatch 5 minutes with him to find out more about this 6ft 7inch 150kg Polish Strongman.
Phil Burgess:Originally starting off your athletic career as a shot-putter and discuss thrower, how did you become involved in Strongman for which you are better known today?
Sebastian Wenta: I had personal bests of:
- Discus throw 55 metre (World Record is 74.08m)
- Shot put 19.48 metres (World Record 23.12m)
However my colleagues persuaded me to try my hand at strongman
I enjoyed all the events which used the shoulders and also the stones, yoke and farmers walk. However I did not like the Deadlift.
Phil Burgess: In 2005 after you moved into the sport of strongman you had alot of success in Strongman and Highlander events. Which titles mean the most?
Sebastian Wenta: I’m the most proud of:
- 2007 World’s Strongest Man – Runner Up
- 2007 Europe’s Strongest Man – Runner Up
I am also very proud of the following results:
- 2008 Fortissimus – third place,
- 2007, 2008, 2009 3x Highlander World Champion
I am also the Caber toss – 4x World Champion and have held the Guinness record for it twice.
Sebastian Wenta: The Highlander as it has the log lift, stones, shot put, and caber toss, as it needs versatility.
Phil Burgess: Who has provided the greatest help to your strongman career?
Sebastian Wenta: I am constantly motivated by my family, wife and children.
Phil Burgess: Who do you think is the greatest strongman who ever lived? And why?
Sebastian Wenta: Zydrunas Savickas as he is so strong, he really has no weak points and he is modest and respects opponents.
Phil Burgess: What is your best Deadlift and Squat?
- Deadlift 350kg
- Squat 310kg
Phil Burgess: Do people know who you are when you walk down the street?
Sebastian Wenta: Strongman is a popular sport for people to watch in Poland, so I’m often recognized in Poland as a strongman
Phil Burgess: Where are you from in Poland, and can you briefly describe your town to us?
Sebastian Wenta: I live in Tczew which is exactly five kilometers from Lubiszewo. Tczew is situated near a forest and lake.
Phil Burgess: Final Question, to be successful as a strongman what traits must a person have?
- Good Work Ethic