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Pfister wins World's Strongest Man competition

9/26/2006

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.