(born April 5, 1963, in Kotka, Finland) is a Finnish
sportsman, best known for competing in the World's Strongest Man
competition, narrowly missing out on capturing the title on more than one occasion. He has been referred to as: "the strongest guy who has never won the World's Strongest Man competition."
Life and career
The 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in), 145 kg (320 lb) Kiri is particularly noted for his static strength that includes a 300 kg single-arm deadlift
and also his many world records. He has bench pressed more than 300 kg 'raw'. At 19 years old in 1983, Riku held a World Record in powerlifting in the squat lift in IPF competition, 350 kg (125 kg weight category).
In one of his first ever strongest man contests, he defeated reigning World's Strongest Man winner Jón Páll Sigmarsson
, in 1985.
For most of his appearances in World's Strongest Man
competition, Kiri has been hampered by ankle
injuries. Although Kiri placed 3rd and 2nd respectively in 1993
, ankle injuries plagued him during both contests. In reference to the Car Carry event in 1993, Kiri's coach, Markku Suonenvirta
, famously said: "His ankle is broken but he's a tough guy." Kiri's ankle was in fact not broken but badly injured and weakened. In the 1996 WSM final event (Power Stairs) Kiri was about to go head to head with Magnus Ver Magnusson
. However, just after the starter's whistle,... Read More