Friday, March 8, 2013
Derek Poundstone: Into WSM on 1 Arm?
by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2013 IronMind
Giants Live, the official qualifying tour for the World’s Strongest Man (WSM) contest, kicks off its 2013 season today in Melbourne, Australia, where making the podium earns the most-coveted invitation in strongman.
Derek Poundstone set a world record in the Giant Dumbbell Press at the 2012 World’s Strongest Man contest. Will he be able to qualify for WSM 2013 this weekend, flying on one wing? IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
After injuring his arm at the Arnold, not many expected Derek Poundstone to show up in Melbourne, but then, the doubters might never have seen Poundstone in action.
“Believe it or not. Derek is here and competing,” Giants Live director Colin Bryce told IronMind last night.
“His arm is hurt. He missed his flight out of the US Tuesday because his back was in spasm but when DP says he is coming he isn't kidding. He sat on a plane for over 24 hours to get here and has decided he will try to compete!! I'm amazed to be honest. He is going to try and start and his arm is clearly damaged. But he said he would come to the FitX no matter what and he stood by his word,” Bryce said.
Along with Poundstone, watch for “Nick Best, Jack McIntosh, Warrick Brant and Frankie Shuen, amongst others,” in the fight for the podium, said Bryce, with the top three guaranteed an invitation to the 2013 World’s Strongest Man contest.
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