Zake Muluzi powered his way to victory in the John O'Groats Strongest Man competition in Northern Scotland and vowed that he will return next year to defend his title.
The self-styled “Malawian Monster”, lifted the engraved glass trophy and £1000 (MK 1 million) prize for the winner on his debut appearance at the event.
Muluzi (32) edged Calum Elder into second place over seven tests of strength in front of an enthusiastic crowd on Sunday.“I'm over the moon," the powerfully built offshore worker said. "It was a good run-out.
“You never know what will happen but I was confident in my own abilities.
"It was a fun competition and a good turnout as well. It's a very nice setting and good scenery.
“This is my first time in John O'Groats but I'll definitely be back next year.”
Muluzi, who was born in Malawi and moved to Scotland at the age of 14, is now setting his sights on the Scotland's Strongest Man competition next month. "I'm hoping to do well in that,” he said.
The seven gruelling rounds on Sunday consisted of a keg medley, Farmer's Walk, squat lift, monster dumbbell press, deadlift, Fingal's Finger and tyre flip and drag, with four points awarded to the winner of each discipline down to a single point for the fourth-placed contestant.
Muluzi emerged as winner with 23 points, one-and-a-half clear of Elder. Rob Crockett was third on 15.5.