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Log lifting champion gets big ovation in Burkina Faso

A Burkina Faso sportsman who broke the world record for log lifting on Saturday received a raucous welcome at Ouagadougou airport on Monday, according to French radio station RFI.

Cheick Ahmed al-Hassan Sanou – known as Iron Biby – lifted a 229kg (36st 1lb) log over his head at the Giants Live World Tour Finals in Scotland smashing the previous world record of 228kg.

A smiling Iron Biby dedicated his trophy to Burkina Faso, and is quoted by RFI as saying his win sends a message of hope.

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

RFI reports similar words from the country’s Sports Minister Dominique Nana.

“The Burkina Faso flag has triumphed.”

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