2007 World’s Strongest Man Runner-up Poland’s Sebastian Wenta

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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.

Sebastian Wenta

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.

Phil Burgess: What competition do you enjoy the most Strongman or Highlander? And why?

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?

Sebastian Wenta: 

  • 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?

Sebastian Wenta: 

  1. Perseverance
  2. Determination
  3. Regularity
  4. Good Work Ethic