Sean 'The Giant' O'Hagan becomes first Irish man to reach finals in Strongman Champions League
A weight lifter is set to become the first Irishman to make the final stages of the world's biggest strongman league.
Co Down man Sean 'The Giant' O'Hagan will spend the next few days taking part in the Strongman Champions League, a series of 16 competitions that take place all over the world.
The top strength athlete in the country, holds a number of Irish records and is closing in on being able to compete with the world's best. O'Hagan is currently ranked 10th in the strongman champion leagues and ranked top 20th in the world to date.
The athlete is delighted to now be representing Ireland at the strongman finals.
"I'm massively proud. The schedule is very demanding, but as an athlete. it’s what I dreamt of - travelling the world, doing what I love," he told Independent.ie.
"Being 27 and the first Irishman to make the SCL finals makes this a very special and proud time for me.
"I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, Dave Warner at RV1 Ballymoney, Lean Supper Club, Lurgan and my training partners."
O'Hagan is currently ranked 10th in the 20 man competition, which continues next week in Mexico, he flys out on Wednesday to compete.