Guinness World Record Strongman Dedicates Trophy to Burkina Faso

Guinness World Record Strongman Dedicates Trophy to Burkina Faso

Cheick Ahmed al-Hassan Sanou, a strongman famously known as Iron Biby is from Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, and has dedicated his World Record breaking trophy to his country of birth after lifting a 229kg (36st 1lb) log over his head at the Giants Live World Tour Finals in Scotland.

He set a new world record adding just 1kg to the previous record, 228kg, which may just be the heaviest 1kg for anyone ducking behind.

He was celebrated and honored at the Ouagadougou Airport on Monday.

“It’s a big deal for me, because since 2018 I’ve been trying to break the world record,” Iron Biby says.

Growing up, Cheick was mocked and bullied and was funnily named ‘Biby’.

“My mother said I was fat since I was born, weighing about 5 kg and breathing heavily, not like a normal baby. I wanted to be a sprinter. However, every time I ran, and got tired, the kids at school laughed at me and shouted “big boy,” Cheick once shared in an interview.

But things changed drastically at 21, when he won his first powerlifting competition in 2013. He turned things positively around and prefixed the name Biby — Iron Biby.

These days you don’t find bullies under his radar.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.
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