In 2017, Cheick Ahmed al-Hassan Sanou, known to strongman fans and his friends as “Iron Biby”, exploded onto the strongman scene. Biby displays the kind of talent that signals him as a serious contender for the sport’s biggest titles.
He grew up in Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa and from a young age stood out from his fellow Burkinabe, and was mocked for his size and body shape. In 2009, at the age of seventeen, his father sent him to Canada to complete his studies and there he was finally able to harness the raw power he possessed. Excelling in sports like basketball and football, Biby gravitated towards powerlifting and eventually strongman, building a massive 170kg frame and some of the biggest arms in the world.
Improvements have come quickly! Finishing 7th in his first Giants Live outing at the North American Championships, in 2017, Biby finished 4th at the World Tour Finals in Manchester later that year against some of the best in the world. He won the frame carry and placed 2nd in the super yoke, adding speed to his trademark pressing abilities. In 2018, he pressed a 213kg log with ease, falling short in a world record attempt of 230kg. With more time to learn his craft and hone his power, who knows what Iron Biby could achieve in the coming years?