Jamie Reeves

For the English footballer and ESPN commentator, see Jamie Reeves (footballer).
Jamie Reeves
Personal information
Born (1962-05-03) 3 May 1962
Sheffield, Yorkshire England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 23 st (320 lb; 150 kg)
Competition record
Representing  Great Britain
World's Strongest Man
3rd 1988 World's Strongest Man
1st 1989 World's Strongest Man
2nd 1992 World's Strongest Man
(joint with Magnús Ver Magnússon)
Pure Strength
2nd 1988 w/Mark Higgins
3rd 1989 w/Mark Higgins
Representing  England
World Muscle Power Championships
2nd 1989 World Muscle Power Champs
2nd 1991 World Muscle Power Champs
1st 1992 World Muscle Power Champs
1st 2000 World Muscle Power Champs
World Strongman Challenge
1st 1992
3rd 1993
3rd 1998
World's Strongest Team
1st 1995
4th 1997
European Muscle Power Championships
1st 1991
1st 1992
Britain's Strongest Man
1st 1988
1st 1989
1st 1992
1st 1998
England's Strongest Man
1st 1987
1st 1988
1st 1989
1st 1992
1st 1993
1st 1994
1st 1995
1st 1996
1st 1997
World Mighty Man
1st 1992
3rd 1993
Europe's Strongest Man
1st 1988
1st 1989
Battle of the Giants
3rd 1989
European Hercules
2nd 1991
3rd 1996
Other Grand Prix & Internationals
2nd Hresysti 1991
2nd Kraftur Tournament 1989
1st Lithuania Grand Prix (IFSA) 1998
British Muscle Power Championship
1st 1994
1st 1996
National Truck Pulling Championships
1st (ASA/Bristol Street Motors) 1986

Jamie Reeves (born 3 May 1962)[1] is a British former coal miner, strongman and professional wrestler. As a strongman, he won the 1989 World's Strongest Man,[1] was World Muscle Power champion,[1] and also had numerous other titles including Europe's Strongest Man and Britain's Strongest Man.[1] Following retirement from competitive sport he continued to be involved in strength athletics as a referee, event promoter and coach.

Early life

Reeves was born in 1962 in Sheffield, Yorkshire. He grew up in the city and went to the City School. At school he had been a swimmer at county level, a centre-forward for his football team and had also played as Number 8 in the rugby union side that won the under-15 Yorkshire Cup.[1] He went on to become a colliery blacksmith's welder before his success as a strongman led him to give up that profession.


When Reeves saw Bill Kazmaier win his third World's Strongest Man title in 1982, on BBC television, he decided that would be his aim, and took up weights. By 1986 he had become the Yorkshire and North East powerlifting champion in the superheavy class. In addition to powerlifting he had become actively involved in strength athletics and in 1986 won the National Truck Pulling Championships (sponsored by ASA/Bristol Street Motors) and came second to Peter Tregloan in 1986 in the Midland's Strongest Man competition. In 1987 he improved on his second-place finish by winning the Midland's Strongest Man (the first of three consecutive wins). That year he also won the first of three consecutive Yorkshire's Strongest Man competitions and won the England's Strongest Man competition also. In 1988 he took the title of East Britain's Strongest Man and entered John Smith's Trial of Strength, a competition organised by Geoff Capes and David Webster in order to find the successor to the retired Capes.[1] He won the title, the equivalent that year of Britain's Strongest Man. Underlining his calibre, he then broke Tom Topham's 274-year-old record by harness lifting three beer barrels weighing a total of 845 kg.[1]

This performances culminated in an invitation to the 1988 World's Strongest Man where he finished third on his first attempt, to Jón Páll Sigmarsson and Bill Kazmaier. The following year he won the competition in San Sebastián[1] again excelling in gripping events, seen as his speciality. He was injured for the next two competitions and on his return in 1992 came second equal with Magnús Ver Magnússon. Domestically, he won the British Muscle Power Championships and Britain's Strongest Man on numerous occasions and in total was nine times England's Strongest Man.


Jamie's best results in IPF or WPC powerlifting competition are:


After retiring from strength sports, Jamie became an International Federation of Strength Athletes judge, and ran his own gym.[3]



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 David Webster, Sons of Samson Volume 2 Profiles, page 103 (Ironmind Enterprises), ISBN 0-926888-06-4
  2. "World's strongest man at large!".
  3. Lamont, Tom (15 November 2009). "What do strongmen do next?".
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