Iron Biby Sets New Axle Press World Record With 217kg Lift

Cheick Al-Hassan Sanou, known as “Iron Biby”, set a new world record at the 2021 Strongman Classic.

Cheick Al-Hassan Sanou has made a name for himself in the strongman community as “Iron Biby.” On Saturday, Sanou lived up to that nickname by setting a new world record in the Axle Press. Sanou stepped up to the platform and accomplished a 217kg (478.4lb) lift during the 2021 Strongman Classic at Royal Albert Hall in London.

Sanou completed the lift with an overhand/underhand grip and locked out his arms at the top. The judge gave the down command and by the time the weight hit the floor, Iron Biby broke a record that has been in place for four years.

Eddie Hall previously held the record of 216kg that was set during the 2017 Europe’s Strongman contest. Hall topped the 215kg lift accomplished by Zydrunas Savickas in 2011. This marked the second straight instance where this world record has been broken by one kilogram.

Hall took to Instagram to congratulate Sanou and by his words, it is no surprise that Iron Biby was able to break the record.

“Well done to @ironbiby for breaking my world record axle press last night at 217kg 🏆
Iv seen him do 230kg in training at his home gym, but this is where it counts 💪 😎
#Competition #Strongman #Beast#WorldRecord #GiantsLive
Big Love
Team Beast”

Sanou has completed an unofficial overhead lift of 240kg (529lb) so it is no surprise that he was able to set the new world record. Iron Biby has been making some noise in the powerlifting game for years now. He claimed first place at the World Log Lift Championship 2018 and log lift at the Europe Strongest Man 2019.


Over the weekend, Sanou took home the third place prize overall. Oleksii Novikov, who won the 2020 World’s Strongest Man competition, finished first overall while Evan Singleton was second.

It was a special moment for Sanou and one that he will never forget. This is something he took the time to cherish on social media.


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Sanou began his long post by describing the moment and taking time to acknowledge Hall.

Was an honor to compete at ROYAL ALBERT HALL . It’s is an iconic arena and the right place for me to Break axle the world record owned by the beast @eddiehallwsm . He is a great man and he inspired to do it . God bless him🙏🏾
Will never forget this day .”

Sanou could have his eye on some more records moving forward. For now, the Axle Press record is his and it will be a tough one to top.

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