Pfister wins World's Strongest Man competition

Updated: September 26, 2006, 5:17 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston firefighter Phil Pfister has become the first American in 24 years to win the World's Strongest Man competition.

But it hasn't gone to his head.

A weary Pfister was back at work Tuesday, three days after winning the 10-day competition in Sanya, China.

"I haven't even gotten a good night's sleep yet," Pfister said.

The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Pfister beat 25 athletes from around the world in events such as bus pulls, car pushes, tire turns and stone lifts.

Wisconsin native Bill Kazmaier was the last American to win the title, winning from 1980 to 1982.

Pfister, 35, a firefighter since 1999, was in second place behind defending champion Mariusz Pudzianowski of Poland entering the last day of competition but won the last five events. He overtook Pudzianowski in the final event in which competitors carry stones, ranging from 220 to 352 pounds, and place them on platforms in a timed event.

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