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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Incheon, South Korea—No world records tonight in weightlifting, but winner Lin Qingfeng (China) took two shots at a 200-kg clean and jerk, although he couldn’t stand up with the weight either time.

Lin Qingfeng hits rock bottom with 200 kg, attempting a world record in the clean and jerk at the Asian Games tonight. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Lin Qingfeng hits rock bottom with 200 kg, attempting a world record in the clean and jerk at the Asian Games tonight. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


It was all Kim Myonghyok (North Korea) and Lin Qingfeng, and they battled it out from the beginning as Kim, the heavier lifter, shadowed Lin in the snatch—raising each of Lin’s attempts by two kilos, as both lifters made three good snatches. Kim flew under 160 kg on his third attempt, had to adjust a little when he hit rock bottom, saved the lift, and that put him two kilos ahead of Lin going into the clean and jerk.

Kim opened with 182 in the clean and jerk, for a good lift, and then Lin followed with a good 184-kg lift on his opener, to go into the lead on body weight. Now the test of nerves began as both lifters jockeyed for position: Kim cleaned 190 kg on his second attempt, but missed the jerk, and that kicked off a frenzy of changes that culminated in Kim taking 198 kg on his third attempt.
Kim racked the bar, started up, but could not stand with the weight. Lin called for 200 kg on his second attempt and did the same thing as Kim had with 198 kg, and then did it again on his third attempt.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Incheon, South Korea—Picking up where things left off yesterday, it was another day of superb weightlifting at the Asian Games, with two world records set in the women’s 53-kg category and three set in the men’s 62-kg category.



Kim Unguk cranks on this 154-kg world record snatch—the first of three he set tonight at the 2014 Asian Games. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Kim Unguk cranks on this 154-kg world record snatch—the first of three he set tonight at the 2014 Asian Games. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Zulfiya Chinshanlo (Kazakhstan) got the ball rolling with a 132-kg world record clean and jerk in the women’s 53-kg category, a great lift, but Hsu Shu Ching (Taiwan) must have thought "Me too," because she matched the lift for a world record in the total and the gold medal.

The 62-kg men featured Kim Un Guk (North Korea) and Chen Lijun (China)—Kim is the 2012 Olympic champion and Chen beat him by 1 kg to win the last year’s world championships.

The snatch was all Kim, as he ran through 147, 152 and then 152 kg, good for a world record and an 11-kg lead over Chen going into the clean and jerk.

Kim opened with 170, Chen with 173—Kim made a good lift and Chen missed the jerk. Chen repeated for a successful second attempt and Kim replied with a good 174-kg lift, which gave him the world record in the total. Chen made 178 kg on his third attempt, and Kim matched it on his third attempt, for another world record in the total.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Incheon, South Korea—What a way to open men’s weightlifting at the Asian Games: Om Yun Choi (North Korea) blasted up a 170-kg clean and jerk to break his own world record in the 56-kg category.



Finishing off the jerk, Om Yun Choi pounded this 170-kg lift, once again showing that triple-bodyweight clean and jerks are familiar territory for him. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Finishing off the jerk, Om Yun Choi pounded this 170-kg lift, once again showing that triple-bodyweight clean and jerks are familiar territory for him. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Talk about talent laden, this class featured Om Yun Choi (defending Olympic and world champion; world record holder in the jerk at 169 kg), Wu Jiangbiao (2012 Olympic silver medalist) and Thach Kim Tuan (2014 Junior world champion), so sparks were expected to fly.

Om Yun Choi might be a cannon when it comes to clean and jerks, but with the field he faced, he had to cut his losses in the snatch, and that’s just what he did with a gritty success with 128 kg on his second attempt—he went for 131 kg on his third attempt but at least tonight, it was just too heavy for him.

Thach Kim Tuan (Vietnam) and Wu Jingbiao (China) were in the opposite boat and they dueled for the best snatch: Thach Kim Tuan ended with 134 kg and Wu Jingbiao got 133 kg, giving both lifters the head start they wanted going into the clean and jerk.

Om Yun Choi opened with 160 kg and he had to take a couple of steps to control the jerk, but he succeeded and moved into second place. Wu Jiangbiao had made 155 kg on his opener, and took 160 kg on his second attempt in a bid to overtake Om Yun Choi, but he couldn’t stand up with it. 

Thach Kim Tuan had made 156 kg on his first attempt and then made a good lift with 160 kg on his second attempt, to overtake the North Korean lifter. Looking for the lead, Wu Jiangbiao called for 161 kg on his third attempt, but once again, after racking the bar and starting up, he couldn’t quite stand up with it.  The Vietnamese lifter still wanted the lead, too, and after a good clean with 162 kg, he missed the jerk on his third attempt.

It was all Om Un Choi now and he made 166 kg look easier than his opener, and there was more coming: on his third attempt, he called for 170 kg for a world record to give his gold medal some extra sheen.  

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“My campaigning must be working—this is our biggest international tournament yet,” Mas Wrestling USA president Odd Haugen told IronMind as he explained the mas wrestling tournament taking place in between events of the ASC strongman competition this weekend at the Olympia in Las Vegas.



Sean Couch (left) mixes it up with mas wrestling world champion Alexandr Arinkin (right). IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo 


Sean Couch (left) mixes it up with mas wrestling world champion Alexandr Arinkin (right). IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo 




This will be an open category competition, by invitation only, and Haugen said, “We have competitors from Brazil, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, and USA confirmed:



Markus Mannik – Estonia
Oleksandr Lashyn – Ukraine
Mark Felix –  UK
Yuri Protopopov - Sakha, Russia
Lucas Machado – Brazil
Antanas Abrutis – Lithuania
Martins Licis – California USA
Jacob Finerty – California USA
Shawn Paul Couch – California USA
Clay Edgin –California USA
Jonathan Lane- Arizona USA
Otgomnunkh Pagvaasuren - Mongolia
Dan Moore - Oregon USA
Bronson Tiwanak - Hawaii USA
Evan Hansmann – California USA
Jerry Pritchett - Arizona USA
Casey Day - Iowa, USA

“There will be awards, sponsor gifts for competitors and US$5,000 in prize money: (1st place $1,500; 2nd place $1,000; 3rd place $800; 4th place $650; 5th place $550; 6th place $500)," said Haugen.

The action starts at 11:00 on Friday and continues through Saturday.

New to mas wrestling? Here are the rules.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“Last weekend, 12-13 September, in hot (35 degrees Celsius) and sunny Lusaka, Zambia, Krzysztof Radzikowski won SCL ZAMBIA, the 11th in the series of the MHP Strongman Champions League 2014,” Marcel Mostert reported to IronMind.

Krzysztof Radzikowski is back with a vengeance, with an overpowering performance at SCL Zambia that gave him that title plus catapulted him into third place in the overall 2014 SCL rankings to date.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of MHP Strongman Champions League
Krzysztof Radzikowski is back with a vengeance, with an overpowering performance at SCL Zambia that gave him that title plus catapulted him into third place in the overall 2014 SCL rankings to date.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of MHP Strongman Champions League


“This was the very first SCL competition in Zambia and it succeeded in a welcoming atmosphere with an enthusiastic public.  All the athletes enjoyed the experience of competing there, along with sightseeing in the beautiful surroundings, with elephants, zebras, and giraffes.
 
“Krzysztof is really back on track. The man was super-strong again and in great shape, and it was his third win in a row. You can clearly see that he is hungry to get his yellow leader’s shirt back in the MHP Strongman Champions League and to defend his SCL world title of 2013.  If that happens, he will be the first strongman to have two SCL world titles in a row.
 
“In the first event, pulling a heavy front-loader truck of 16 tons in loose sand over 25 m, Krzysztof showed right away what he was there for, winning in 35.74 sec. Alex Moonen and Ervin Katona followed on 36.68 and 36.72 sec. respectively—a very close finish. Krzysztof also won the log lift for reps, the front hold, the sack loading, and the tyre flip of 480 kg.  In the deadlift for reps he had to share points with Dainis Zageris of Latvia.
 
“The man is on fire, climbing up on the ranking and now is at third place overall now, just behind Martin Wildauer and Ervin Katona.

Wildauer still has the MHP/SCL leader’s shirt despite losing valuable points in this competition from a mistake in the truck pull that put him in last place.  After 11 stages, he is just one point in front of Ervin Katona.  That makes for an exciting competition this coming weekend, where the 12th stage, MHP/SCL ROMANIA will take place 20-21 September.
 
“Katona was second overall, and Zageris third in Zambia.  Tristan O’Brien of South Africa did very well with a fifth-place finish.
In the meantime, you can watch tomorrow, Thursday, 18 September the first broadcast of MHP/SCL Latvia at 19:00 hours prime time on Eurosport,” said Mostert.
 
Final Results
                                                                      
1. Krzysztof Radzikowski (Poland)   59.5    
2. Ervin Katona (Serbia)                    49       
3. Dainis Zageris (Latvia)                   44      
4. Alex Moonen (Holland)               33.5    
5. Tristan O’Brien (South Africa)      32.5  
6. Martin Wildauer (Austria)             31.5    
7. Lauri Nami (Estonia)                      20.5    
8. Frikkie Page (South Africa)              19.5    
9. Antti Mourujarvi (Finland)           19       
10. Marc Van der Haer (South Africa, inj. biceps)   13       

For the current SCL ranking points, please follow this link.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Bad weather didn’t put a damper on the German Pro League finals that crowned Michael Blumstein as “the strongest man in Germany.”



Michael Blumstein carries the 350-kg (770-lb.) yoke over the finish line to complete the final event in the Germany Pro League Finale to become the Strongest Man of Germany. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Aryn Lockhart
Michael Blumstein carries the 350-kg (770-lb.) yoke over the finish line to complete the final event in the Germany Pro League Finale to become the Strongest Man of Germany. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Aryn Lockhart 




Michael Blumstein is the Strongest Man of Germany
By Aryn Lockhart
 
This past weekend, Michael Blumstein became the strongest man of Germany. Fifteen athletes battled in the German Pro League finals in Kitzscher, Germany. The German Federation of Strength Athletes (GFSA), run by strongman legend Heinz Ollesch, has hosted 23 events between two leagues, the Pro League and the Germany Cup. The GFSA uses a scoring system similar to the Strongman Champions League (SCL), where athletes receive points in relation to their placing in each competition. The finals are worth double points.  After four Pro League competitions throughout Germany, Michael Blumstein emerged the winner.
 
In dreary, drizzling weather, the fifteen strongmen contended in five events:  7.5-ton hand-over-hand; max overhead log; loading a 100-kg (220-lb.) keg and three 113-kg (249-lb.) blocks; keg toss with six kegs of varying weights thrown 4.5 m (14.8 ft.) high; and finally the super medley with a 100-kg (220-lb.) keg overhead press for three reps, a 135-kg (298-lb.) farmer’s walk, and a 350-kg (772-lb.) yoke. Blumstein has already competed in two SCL events this year, SCL FIBO Germany and SCL Holland, and is looking forward to more international competitions.

                                                  

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“Norway´s Strongest in weight classes was held today in Kristiansand, Norway and some really great action was witnessed in all classes,” Jyrki Rantanen reported to IronMind.

“In the women´s class, Janne Grandelen took both the -70kg and open class victory and she is now Norway´s Strongest Woman.


“In men´s -80kg class, the pre-favorite Marius Halvorsen won Eirek Gran by a 5.5 point margin.

“At -90kg, the competition was super tight between US World Champion Andreas Valand and Tim Enersen—their match ended up with a tie on points, but Andreas took his 4th (in a row) tittle with better placings.

“In the -105kg category, fresh European Champion Jorgen Skaug Augland was the man to watch, but a newcomer Lars Hjallis Halleraker surprised all with a showdown of 3 event wins and one tie pn his way to the title of Norway´s Strongest Man -105kg.

“The competition organizer, Kristiansand Strongman Team, did an excellent job even though a big part of their equipment was stolen a week ago, so special efforts were needed to make the show to happen,” said Rantanen.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Dan McKim rocks on in the Highland Games world, as he bagged the 2014 Longs Peak Highland Games title in Estes Park, Colorado; Francis Brebner reported on the action for IronMind.

An exultant Dan McKim celebrates another Highland Games victory as he added the Longs Peak title to his collection of victories in 2014. IronMind® | Kaelyne and Carl Mowell photo

An exultant Dan McKim celebrates another Highland Games victory as he added the Longs Peak title to his collection of victories in 2014. IronMind® | Kaelyne and Carl Mowell photo



2014 Longs Peak Highland Games
by Francis Brebner
CEO, IHGF
 
Dan McKim, fresh from winning the 2014 U.S. Invitational Heavy Events Championships, took top honors once again at the Long Peak Scottish-Irish Festival this past weekend in Estes Park, Colorado.  Matt Doherty, Canada, put up a notable all-round performance to claim second place overall.



Twelve top pro heavy athletes made up the field, including USA’s McKim, Matt Vincent, Sean Betz, Dan Williams, Jake Sullivan, Ryan Stewart, Nathan Burchett, Jon O’Neil, Jeff Kaste, and Spencer Tyler; Canada’s Doherty; and Belgium’s Jimmy van de Walle.
Tyler won the first event with the 22-lb. Braemar stone with a dominant putt of 42’ 3-1/4”, followed by Doherty in second at 41’ 8-1/2” and McKim in third at 40’ 7-1/2”.

The 16-lb. open stone was a tight tussle between McKim and Doherty, with McKim edging out Doherty for with a distance of 54’ 8-1/4” to Doherty’s 54’ 7-1/4”.  Vincent was third with a best of 53’ 8-1/2”.

In the 56-lb. weight for distance, Jake Sullivan showed his strength in his favored event with a mighty throw of 45’ 8”.  Later with extra attempts, he nudged up this mark to a whopping 48’ 8-1/2”.  McKim was second at 44’ 6” and Vincent third at 44’ 1/2”.

The 28-lb. weight for distance was another world class win for Sullivan at a distance of 89’ 10-1/4”.  A tight group of three athletes over 84’ were sorted out with Vincent second at 84’ 9-3/4”, Tyler third at 84’ 4-3/4” and McKim fourth at 84’ 3-1/4”.

In the hammers, McKim, who is currently number one in the world and who this year already set two new world records in both hammers—132’ 2-3/4” in the light hammer and 157’ 7-1/4”  in the heavy—took the wins easily.  In the 22-lb. hammer McKim threw 119’ 6-1/2”, with Doherty at 115’ 9-1/2” for second and Sullivan at 112’ 7-3/4” for third.

In the 16-lb. hammer, McKim was in a realm of his own as he let fly with a magnificent throw just shy of 150’, a best of 149’ 5”.  Second place was a battle all the way with Doherty holding on until the last round with a best of 141’, which ended up placing him fourth.  Both Sullivan and Vincent upped the ante in their final attempts with Sullivan clinching second place at 142’ 8-1/2” and Vincent just inches behind at 142’ 4” for third.

The caber was 21’ 2” long and 106-lb. in weight and was won by Burchett with a perfect 12:00 toss.  Second was McKim with 11:55 and third Stewart with 12:20.

Burchett dominated the 20-lb. sheaf toss at height of 34’; second was a tie between McKim and Vincent at 30’.
The final event, the 56-lb. weight over the bar, was epic to say the least as three athletes succeeded at the final world class height of 17’.  On countback, Williams was the victor with fewer misses, with McKim second and Doherty third.

Final Scores
1.  Dan McKim   8795

2.  Matt Doherty        8580
3.  Matt Vincent        8579
4.  Nathan Burchett     8224
5.  Spencer Tyler       8106

6.  Jeff Kaste  7845

7.  Sean Betz   7785
8.  Ryan Stewart        7678
9.  Jake Sullivan       7675
10.  Jon O’Neil 7558

11.  Jimmy Van De Walle 7425 

12. Dan Williams        6218

Asking McKim about the event on a whole he said, “As always, [it was] an amazing and supportive crowd that pushed us all throughout the day as it was a close battle for the overall. It’s hard to beat throwing at the foot of one of God’s greatest creations, the Rocky Mountains!”

    

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The Scitec European Strongest Team Challenge continued this past weekend, with eight teams in the fourth leg of this strongman series.

Team Poland (Mateusz Baron, left, and Rafal Kobylarz, right) in the truck pull at the 2014 Scitec European Strongest Team Challenge. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Adam Darazs

Team Poland (Mateusz Baron, left, and Rafal Kobylarz, right) in the truck pull at the 2014 Scitec European Strongest Team Challenge. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Adam Darazs




2014 Scitec European Strongest Team Challenge
by Francis Brebner
 
During this past weekend at the local Miners’ Day Festival, Tatabánya, Hungary, eight teams competed in the fourth leg of the Scitec European Strongest Team Challenge.  Over a thousand people turned out to watch the competition, which has become a big draw, and to spur on the homeboy favorite Ákos Nagy.
 
The first event, the two man harness truck pull with a colossal 18 tons pulled over a 19-m course, turned out to be a very close competition with four teams within two seconds of each other.  Team Germany took the first win with a time of 25.67 sec. over second-place team Poland at 26.26, which was a big surprise as they had never lost this event before.  Third was team Hungary-A at 27.27.
 
In the Viking press, athletes had to press and lock out as many reps as possible with 155 kg in 120 seconds.  This proved a strong event for the Polish team, which repped out a staggering 40 for the win.  In second and hot on their heels was team Hungary-A with 35 reps, and in third, a tie between team Ukraine and team Germany with 31 reps.

The third event was the two man 500-kg frame carry, and the Polish team sped over the 40-m course in a time of 18.66 sec. for the win—but they had to work for it as the big surprise was team Slovakia, which came in at 19.37 for second.  Again in third was team Hungary-A at 22.72.
 
The Icelandic cross weighed 128 kg and had to be carried for max distance by an individual team member (A).  Team Poland once again notched up the win at 40.82 m, but just marginally over team Slovakia’s 40 m.  Team Austria did 35.45 m.  
 
The climax was the silver dollar deadlift, an individual event by the other team member (B), who had to choose either 305 kg or 325 kg, with 75 seconds to rep as many times as possible.  Ákos Nagy of team Hungary-A locked out 4 reps with 325 kg for first, followed by team Poland’s Mateusz Baron with 3 reps with the same 325 kg and team Ukraine’s Vitalij Mikhaev with 2 reps, also with 325 kg.



1. Team Poland (Mateusz Baron-Rafal Kobylarz)       38 points

2. Team Hungary-A (Hrozik Gábor-Nagy Ákos)         30

3. Team Germany (Daniel Wildt-Denis Kohlruss)       21.5

4. Team Ukraine (Vladimir Reksha-Vitalij Mikhaev)  20.5

5. Team Austria (Michael Votter-Nemanja Tasić)        17
6. Team Slovakia (Berecz Frigyes-Fehér Mátyás)       16



Promoter Adam Darazs said it was a great competition, the closest competition in the Scitec European Strongest Team Challenge series thus far.  Athletes went all out to garner as many points as possible in their efforts to go beyond team Poland before the finals, which will take place in Madrid, Spain.  There, a total of ten teams from Poland, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Ukraine, Spain, Czech, Sweden, Denmark, and Georgia will contend for the title.

                                                  

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Congratulations to Sergey Sankov, who has just been certified on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper, proving his world class grip strength.

21-year old Sergey Sankov has been doing grip work since he was five; marking his success, he’s just been certified on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper. IronMind® |  Egor Meshkow photo
21-year old Sergey Sankov has been doing grip work since he was five; marking his success, he’s just been certified on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper. IronMind® |  Egor Meshkow photo


“Since 5th grade, I used tough rubber rings as grippers. In 2011, I bought Captains of Crush grippers and I was able to close the No. 1 from a parallel set,” Sankov told IronMind.

“In 2012 I joined "Iron Grip" Community. In 2014 I started special training for  the Captains of Crush (CoC) No. 3 certification under the guidance of Ivan Beritashvili. Also, I like to do armlifting, powerlifting and steel bending.

“My training goals are to close the CoC No. 3.5 gripper from a credit card set and No. 4 from parallel, bend a Gold Nail under official conditions, demolish a Rolling Thunder record, certify on the  Crushed to Dust challenge, and double overhand deadlift 500 lb, on the Apollon’s Axle”

Sergey, your name has been added to the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper certification list—nice work!

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

24-year old Sergey Kulikov told IronMind he’s been involved with sports (climbing, athletics and alpine skiing) since childhood, and it must have been a good base for steel bending because because he has just been certified on the IronMind Red Nail.

It’s official: Sergey Kulikov’s name has just been added to the Red Nail Roster, the official list of men certified as succeeding on this benchmark bend under official conditions.  IronMind® | Egor Meshkow photo
It’s official: Sergey Kulikov’s name has just been added to the Red Nail Roster, the official list of men certified as succeeding on this benchmark bend under official conditions.  IronMind® | Egor Meshkow photo


“At 23 years old, I met  the online "Iron Grip" community, where I was taught how to bend steel and crush grippers.

“My goal is maximal overall strength, in year and a half to go for bending the IronMind Gold Nail in IronMind Pads, to pass the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper certification and to master the reverse technique: I want to bend the IronMind Red Nail like that,” Kulikov said.

IronMind would like to thank Mikhail Baranev for serving as the referee on Sergey Kulikov’s official attempt to bend an IronMind Red Nail.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Nicole Geissler repeated at the winner of Germany’s Strongest Woman and Aryn Lockhart called the action for IronMind.

Nicole Geissler, dominates during the German Strongwoman Championship completing 11 reps with the 60kg (132lb) log. IronMind® Aryn Lockhart photo
Nicole Geissler dominates during the German Strongwoman Championship, completing 11 reps with the 60kg (132lb) log. IronMind® | Aryn Lockhart photo


Nicole Geissler is the Strongest Woman of Germany
by Aryn Lockhart

Nicole Geissler is the strongest woman of Germany for the second year in a row. Nicole dominated the field winning three of the four events during the German Strongwoman Championship held in Kaarst, Germany. There were four events starting with Bavarian stone lift that started with 125kg (275lbs) to 80cm (31.5inches); 250kg (554lb) tire flip for six flips; overhead log 60kg (132lbs) or 45kg (99lbs) for reps; and finally farmer's walk with 70kg (154lbs) in each hand for distance.

Nicole has qualified and plans to compete internationally at the Arnold’s Classic in OH against some of the most elite in the strongwoman sport. Currently she holds the Bavarian Stone Lifting world record, is the European Deadlift Champion with a 197.5kg (434.5lb) lift, and will be travelling to Poland in November for the World deadlift Championship. Undoubtedly, she will be a force at the international level.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Last weekend in Xiamen, China, Ervin Katona made a New Guinness Record in the Tire Flip, Ilkka Kinnenen reported to IronMind.

Ervin Katona (left) broke the Guinness record in the tire flip; Lauri Nami (right) was hampered by a hamstring injury. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL
Ervin Katona (left) broke the Guinness record in the tire flip; Lauri Nami (right) was hampered by a hamstring injury. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL


“The tyre was 440 kg and 185cm high, and the distance was 20m. The old record was also held by Ervin, at 43sec, and now the record is 41sec.

“The challenger, Lauri Nami, did not succeed in his try; unfortunately, he is suffering from a hamstring injury.

“This was third time this year, that SCL athletes have been invited to attempt Guinness Records: At the beginning of the year, Thor Björnsson and Mike Burke were in Shanghai doing new records in the weight for height, and then in June–July, Thor and Zydrunas Savickas were n Italy filming for a month. A lot of new records and lot more to come.

“Next weekend is MHP SCL Zambia in Lusaka, so stay tuned for more news here on IronMind,” said Kinnunen.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Odd Haugen likes strength and he likes combat-oriented events, so it was a natural that he would latch onto Mas wrestling and become the lead person for its introduction and development in the US.

Sean Couch (left) gets launched by world champion Alexandr Arinkin at the North American Mas Wrestling Championships (held at the San Jose FitExpo earlier this summer). Couch will be a member of Team USA at the 2014 Mas Wrestling World Championships in Yakutsk, Russia in November. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Sean Couch (left) gets launched by world champion Alexandr Arinkin at the North American Mas Wrestling Championships (held at the San Jose FitExpo earlier this summer). Couch will be a member of Team USA at the 2014 Mas Wrestling World Championships in Yakutsk, Russia in November. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo



Haugen has been so successful at winning and developing converts to this longstanding traditional test of strength in cultures across the world that now he is “trying to raise funds to offset some of the cost of sending Team USA to Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha, Russia, for the the first official World Championship, to be held in late November.

“We have assembled a team of 7 athletes based on their performance at the North American MAS Wrestling Championship held in San Jose in July:

Martins Licis (-125kg), Jacob Finerty (+125kg), Clay Edgin (+125kg), Shawn Paul Couch (-90kg), Danielle Curry (+85kg), Liefia Ingalls (-75kg), and Malina Lord (-55kg).

“The travel from Moscow to Yakutsk (a 7-8 hour flight) and the Teams stay in Yakutsk for the Championship is covered by the International MAS Wrestling Federation (IMWF) and the Organizing Committee, but we are responsible for the cost of getting the Team to Moscow.  We anticipate this will cost about $10,000 of which half has been pledged by our very generous sponsor 6 Pack™ Fitness.  IronMind News readers can donate by clicking of the this link.
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MAS wrestling’s roots can be traced back hundreds of years to the Russian Republic of Sakha. In a country that loves all manner of sport, it gained popularity because it did not require specialized equipment and showcased a young Yakut’s strength, courage, and determination. This sport has maintained its legacy into the 21st century as a true method of testing a combatant’s fortitude and is currently contested in arenas all over the world," said Haugen.
 
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Continuing its pattern of opening up traditional Highland Games to more competitors, the IHGF held its first ever European Lightweight Championships.

Here’s the podium from the 2014 IHGF European Lightweight Championships: L., Stefan Dumitrica (second place); c., Torsten Hülsemann (first place); and r., Lukas Prettenthaler (third place). IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Torsten Hülsemann
Here’s the podium from the 2014 IHGF European Lightweight Championships: L., Stefan Dumitrica (second place); c., Torsten Hülsemann (first place); and r., Lukas Prettenthaler (third place). IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Torsten Hülsemann


2014 IHGF European Lightweight Championships
by Francis Brebner
CEO, International Highland Games Federation
 
The inaugural International Highland Games Federation (IHGF) European Lightweight Championships took place in Gyor, Hungary, and ten athletes from five countries made up the field: Torsten Hülsemann (Germany), Stefan Dumitrica (Romania), Lukas Prettenthaler (Austria), Conan Robert Quinn (Scotland), László Szalai (Hungary), Daniel Kiss (Hungary), Brian Harrold (Scotland), Tibor Boda (Hungary), Harry Hancock (Scotland) and Jürgen Garschall (Austria).

The championships got off to a great start in the 16-lb. open stone with Dumitrica nailing the win with a best of an impressive series of throws of 46’ 6”.  Kiss was second with a fine putt of 43’ 1”, and Hülsemann third at 40’ 7”.

Dumitrica dominated in the 28-lb. weight for distance, notching his second victory with a distance of 70’ 5”. Hülsemann followed at 65’ 9” with Quinn third at 54’ 5”.

The 16-lb. hammer was a tussle between Hülsemann and Dumitrica, with the win going to Hülsemann at 94’ 9”, inches ahead of second-place Dumitrica at 94’ 3”; third was Prettenthaler at 85’ 9”.

In the 42-lb. weight over bar, Szalai pulled off the win at a height of 15’ 7”, followed by Hülsemann at 15’ and Prettenthaler at 13’ 7”.

Moving to the 19-lb. Braemar stone, Dumitrica had to work a little harder for the win with Hülsemann snapping at his heels, but Dumitrica prevailed in his specialised event with a win of 39’ 1”. Close behind was Hülsemann at 38’ 7”, with Kiss third at 36’ 4”.

In the 42-lb. weight for distance, Hülsemann cranked it up a gear and lashed out a throw of 37’ 5” to take the win. Dumitrica was second at 33’ 1”and Prettenthaler third at 29’ 7”.

The climax was the 22-lb. hammer, the event that would decide the overall winner. In the first round, Hülsemann let loose with an increasing series of throws, his best being 74’ 5”, more than enough to clinch the championships victory.  Second was Dumitrica at 70’ 2” and third Quinn at 68’.

Dumitrica, Prettenthaler, Quinn, Hancock, and Hülsemann will all compete at the IHGF Lightweight World Championships in Tucson, Arizona on 1 November.

Ádám Darázs of the IHGF and organiser of the IHGF European Lightweight Championships deemed it a good competition overall:  “Our young Hungarian athletes put up a great all-round performance and this is all good for the sport. We look forward to promoting more major IHGF championships in the future. All our events are televised and receive large ratings on TV. The Highland Games are big and growing fast in Hungary and in neighboring countries. The IHGF Stones of Strength and the IHGF Strength Games are a huge hit here on Hungarian TV, and next year we look forward in hosting both of these championships in Hungary. Qualifiers for Canadian and American athletes for both of these events will take place next month in San Clemente, California.    
 
Overall results:
1.  Torsten Hülsemann (Germany)      65 points
2.  Stefan Dumitrica (Romania)          64
3.  Lukas Prettenthaler (Austria)         50
4.  Conan Robert Quinn (Scotland)    42
5.  László Szalai (Hungary)     41
6.  Daniel Kiss (Hungary)       34
7.  Brian Harrold (Scotland)   25
8.  Tibor Boda (Hungary)       20
9.  Harry Hancock (Scotland) 15
10.  Jürgen Garschall (Austria)  7

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The Caledonian Club of San Francisco’s 149th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games produced it’s usual standout performance in the heavy events.


Dan McKim on the 56-lb. weight for distance at the 2014 U.S. Invitational Heavy Events Championships in Pleasanton, California—where McKim won this event as well as the overall title. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Dan McKim on the 56-lb. weight for distance at the 2014 U.S. Invitational Heavy Events Championships in Pleasanton, California—where McKim won this event as well as the overall title. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


“This was five straight championships for Dan McKim,” CCSF Athletic Director Steve Conway told IronMind, “and the first ever sheaf event at Pleasanton was very well received; Matt Vincent was the winner after hitting a 33' personal record.

“After day one Dan McKim was ahead of Matt Vincent by 6 points. but Matt picked up 3 points. on Sunday in the open stone and the light weight for distance. Scott Rider finished third.

“In the women's class, Adriane Wilson proved that she has come back from her knee surgery by holding off power lifter Kristy Scott and newcomer Megan McKee. Megan is the daughter of former pro Ron McKee and a recent graduate of Fresno State, where she distinguished herself as a thrower on their track and field team.”

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Picking up where he left off, Krzysztof Radzikowski won the 10th stage of the Strongman Champions League in Hungary this weekend, and Aryn Lockhart called the action for IronMind.

Martin Wildaur (left) and Krzystof Radzikowski (right) go head to head in the final event, 160kg Viking Press, to decide the SCL Hungary winner. IronMind® | Aryn Lockart photo
Martin Wildaur (left) and Krzystof Radzikowski (right) go head to head in the final event, 160kg Viking Press, to decide the SCL Hungary winner. IronMind® | Aryn Lockart photo
 


Krzysztof Radzikowski wins MHP Strongman Champions League Hungary 2014
by Aryn Lockhart/Strongman Rage


Last weekend, with picture perfect weather, the tenth stage of the MHP Strongman Champions League took place in Győr, Hungary. Events took place in three of the best known locations throughout the city. Krzysztof Radzikowski won with a five point lead ahead of Ervin Katona. This is Radzikowski’s second consecutive win after he also won in Poland on 3 August. Events included the car deadlift, bus pull, frame carry, front hold and viking press.

Razikowski is looking and feeling fit as he focuses all of his efforts on making up ground after his tricep surgery back in May. I sat with Radzikowski who told me he feels strong and fit. His doctor said he would be able to start light training in September. “When he told me I could start training light by September, I told him, it must be sooner. I began training and in less than three months, I am winning,” said Radzikowski. “My doctor was shocked when I told him I won in Poland and now wants to write about my recovery,” he continued.

Radzikowski is focused on competing to keep his body fit. “Instead trying to do as many reps as I can all of the time, like I used to, I’m thinking more strategic.” He went on to explain the events were good for him helping him take the win.

The day began at Eto Park with the car deadlift and bus pull. Martin Wildauer and Radzikowski were the first to start with the car deadlift. It is often a disadvantage for starters as the competition now has a number to beat. In the end it was Dainis Zageris who won the event with 17 reps, but Wildauer still managed a solid second with 16 reps.

The next event was the bus pull. Pulling a full tour bus weighing 12 tons with only a harness, the slightest incline on the course would make the pull nearly impossible. After making logistical adjustments, the bus was ready to go. Radzikowski won this very heavy event in 24.41 seconds.

Once events were completed at Eto park, it was off to city hall. The frame carry took place in front of the impressive city hall of Győr. With the 300kg frame, Martin Wildauer took the win in 14.91 seconds for over 30 meters with a turn.

After one event here, it was off again to the third and final location in the city center. The front hold and viking press occurred here. The front hold was 30 kg and Ervin Katona won this event with 45.57 seconds. His is notorious for dominating in the front hold.

The final event was the viking press with 160kg. Belšak and Katona were the winners of this event with 16 reps each. Belšak has made an impressive showing in every champions league where he has competed. He is making waves and took an impressive third for the day, his best performance so far in the MHP Strongman Champions League. He placed 5th in SCL Germany and 4th in SCL Croatia. His first podium placement is complete.

The SCL Leader, Martin Wildauer, finished the day in fourth, but still managed to keep the leader shirt with an 11 point lead over Ervin Katona. “I was a bit disappointed today, but I’m glad that I am still able to keep the leader shirt.” Wildauer continued with a smile, “I plan to keep this shirt so if Ervin or Krzysztof want it, they need to be ready to fight for it.”

Final results:

1. Krzysztof Radzikowski 51p
2. Katona Ervin 46.5p
3. Matjaž Belšak 44p
4. Martin Wildauer 41.55p
5. Dainis Zageris 40p
6. Saulius Brusokas 39p
7. Nagy Ákos 28.5p
8. Gábor Hrozik 27.5p…
9. Jiri Vitezka 22, 5p
10. Jarno Kusela 17.5p
11. Lauri Nami 17.5p
12. Marcos Ferrari 11.5p

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Staged in the Alex Fitness Gym in Moscow, the World Arm Lifting Association (WAA) grip contest drew an estimated 60 competitors, Juha Harju reported to IronMind.

Alexey Tyukalov (Russia) pulling 131.75 kg on the Rolling Thunder, was the overall winner of the WAA grip contest in Moscow.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Gripmasters/Juha Harju
Alexey Tyukalov (Russia) pulling 131.75 kg on the Rolling Thunder, was the overall winner of the WAA grip contest in Moscow.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Gripmasters/Juha Harju


World Arm Lifting Association: 2014 Moscow Competition
by Juha Harju

The competition was held in the Alex Fitness gym, a stunning location: The gym was big, very clean and everything was organized very well and the gym staff took us really good care of us. 


The events were: IronMind Crushed-to-Dust Challenge, IronMind Hub, IronMind Pinch Block, IronMind Captains of Crush (COC) Silver Bullet Hold, IronMind Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift, and IronMind Rolling Thunder. Juha Harju, Alexey Tyukalov and Nikolay Vitkevich were the referees.

Friday started with three attempts to certify on Captains of Crush grippers: Michael Khomutov and Vasiliy Myakchilo tried to certify on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper and Eugene Khychkin tried to certify on the Captains of Crush No.  3.5 gripper. Some great attempts but none of the candidates succeeded this time.

Next was the IronMind Crushed-to-Dust Challenge. Many competitors tried this challenge and Juha Harju and Mikhael Khomutov succeeded.

Mikael Khomutov on his way to certifying on the Crushed-To-Dust Challenge. IronMind® | Image courtesy of www.ironworld.ru
Mikael Khomutov on his way to certifying on the Crushed-To-Dust Challenge. IronMind® | Image courtesy of www.ironworld.ru


On the Apollon’s Axle and Rolling Thunder, we saw many strong lifts. For example, one of the world's strongest powerlifters, Andrey Malanichev, pulled a nice lift of 113 kg. Also, strong Russian bodybuilders tried the Rolling Thunder, which is really positive news for grip competitions in the future. 

Alexey Tyukalov won Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift with easy 210-kg lift. 

Similarly, the Rolling Thunder victory, with a 131.75-kg result, went to Alexey.

In the women’s class, Natalia Trukhina was overwhelming: She won Rolling thunder with 68 kg and the Apollon Axle’s with 100 kg. Yvonne Häkkinen was second in the Rolling Thunder, with a 53-kg success.

The IronMind Pinch Block was a hard struggle between Juha Harju and Alexander Kirillov. Kirillov is world class nail bender and he showed his strength also on the block pulls. Juha Harju took the victory with 88-kg result and Kirillov pulled 78 kg. Kirillov won the IronMind Hub and Harju was second.

Juha Harju won the CoC Silver Bullet Hold with time 37.19 sec. 


Overall results
1.Tyukalov Alexey (Russia)
2. Juha Harju (Finland)
3. Alexander Kirillov (Russia)
4. Asinovskiy Alexander (Russia).

After the competition, Juha Harju and the main organizer of the event Sergey Badyuk (President of the World Association Armlifting) discussed the weekend's events, and generally grip competitions around the world. Sergey told to Harju that next year this same happening will be even bigger.

Special thanks to Sergey Badyuk (President of WAA), Nikolay Vitkevich (general secretary of WAA) and Denis Shmaryov who took care of us all weekend. Competition was high-level and next year we will see you again.




Juha Harju (left), who both refereed and competed, was the guest of the WAA and its president, Sergey Badyuk (right). IronMind® | Courtesy of Gripmasters/Juha Harju
Juha Harju (right), who both refereed and competed, was the guest of the WAA and its president, Sergey Badyuk (left). IronMind® | Courtesy of Gripmasters/Juha Harju


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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Vidas Blekaitis from Lithuania won his third personal title (he also won in2002 and 2009) in this longstanding strongman competition,” contest organizer Vytautas Kirkliauskas reported to IronMind.

Here’s the podium from this weekend’s strongman competition in Marijampole, Lithuania, along with mayor, Vidmantas Brazys. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Kazimieras Linkevičius
Here’s the podium from this weekend’s strongman competition in Marijampole, Lithuania, along with mayor, Vidmantas Brazys. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Kazimieras Linkevičius


“The athletes faced 6 extremely tough events, leaving Vidas tired but very happy after the competition: ‘It is very hard to win here and I am happy about my victory.’"

Final results
1. Vidas Blekaitis (Lithuania) 44 pts.
2. Rauno Heinla (Estonia) 39
3. Matjaž Belšak (Slovenia) 37
4. Saulius Brusokas (Lithuania) 34.5
5. Oskars Martužans (Latvia) 26
6. Rafal Kobylarsz (Poland) 24
7. Mateusz Baron (Poland) 23
8. Artis Plivda (Latvia) 22
9. Konstantine Janashia (Georgia) 20.5

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Tied going into the last event—the 56-lb. weight for distance—things were straightforward for Americans Matt Vincent and Dan McKim: whichever of them beat the other in this event would be the 2014 David Webster Highland Games Heavy Events world champion.



Matt Vincent on the 56-lb. weight for distance yesterday at the David Webster Highland Games Heavy Events World Championships, where he won the event and the title. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Matt Vincent on the 56-lb. weight for distance yesterday at the David Webster Highland Games Heavy Events World Championships, where he won the event and the title. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Matt Vincent hit a best throw of 42’ 9-1/2” to win the event and the title; McKim had to settle for second in both, with a best throw of 42’ 3-3/4”.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Vincent said, as the two men who have traded top top titles back and forth in recent years, were neck and neck with one event to go.  McKim, quick to congratulate Vincent on his victory later said, “I dug myself into a big hole yesterday,” referring to his third-place position at the end of the first day of competition. 

Vincent was leading after day one, followed by Scott Rider, with McKim trailing Vincent by 3 points.

On day two, McKim was first in the light hammer with 143’ 3-1/2” and Vincent third at 137’ 9”, which sliced Vincent’s edge to 1 point over McKim and pushed Rider into third—where the Englishman finished overall.  After the 22-lb. stone putt, in which McKim was fourth at 43’ 4-1/2” and Vincent fifth at 43’ 0”, they were tied going into the 56-lb. weight for distance.

Set in Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline (“The Kingdom of Fife”), Scotland, next to the Abbey where Scottish king Malcolm Canmore is buried, the competition had a number of highlights, including a putt by Burger Lambrechts of South Africa that while foul, was over 67’.

There had been talk of including two scoring cabers in the contest, but then it was decided that Sunday’s caber would be a challenge caber and not included in the scoring for the title.


Vincent, McKim and Rider are set for a rematch this coming weekend at the US Invitational Heavy Events Championships in Pleasanton, California.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Celebrate if you love strength: the September issue of MILO is here—ready to give you the inspiration and information for your next round of personal bests.

MILO, September 2014, Vol. 22, No. 2: The Capitol Shot was an outdoor party where immensely powerful men and women punched holes in the sky in front of the Golden State's capitol building, delighting guests who ranged from hardcore track fans to equally hardcore lobbyists, as well as state government officials and employees. Joe Kovacs made sure that the 2014 USATF Outdoor Nationals opened with no mere bang but a rocket launch, as he won the men's shot with a 22.03 m (72 ft. 3-1/2 in.) throw, the farthest put in the world this year. Randall J. Strossen photo
MILO, September 2014, Vol. 22, No. 2: The Capitol Shot was an outdoor party where immensely powerful men and women punched holes in the sky in front of the Golden State's capitol building, delighting guests who ranged from hardcore track fans to equally hardcore lobbyists, as well as state government officials and employees. Joe Kovacs made sure that the 2014 USATF Outdoor Nationals opened with no mere bang but a rocket launch, as he won the men's shot with a 22.03 m (72 ft. 3-1/2 in.) throw, the farthest put in the world this year. Randall J. Strossen photo


Everything from the One-Arm Pinkie Pull-Up to coverage of the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest—not to mention the IronMind Record Breakers for grip strength aficionados and mas wrestling for everyone interested in what has been dubbed “a close quarters tug of war,” and, of course, a story on coverman Joe Kovacs.

Add some Highland Games, a pile of training articles, a Roundtable Report on the Tommy John epidemic, as well the latest on who’s been certified on Captains of Crush grippers and the IronMind Red Nail. Talk about a feast for serious strength athletes—here’s the full table of contents for the September 2014 issue of MILO: A Journal For Serious Strength Athletes.

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This Saturday, Marijampolė (Lithuania) will host a strongman competition featuring an international field.

Set for August 23 at 5:00 pm (17:00), the Suduva sport center will present an international field of strongman competitors.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of  Vytautas Kirkliauskas
Set for August 23 at 5:00 pm (17:00), the Suduva sport center will present an international field of strongman competitors.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of  Vytautas Kirkliauskas  

 


Start List

Estonia: Rauno Heinla
Latvia: Oskars Martužans
Slovenia: Matjaž Belšak
Georgia: Konstantin Janashia
Austria: Martin Wildauer
Poland: Rafal Kobylarz
Lithuania: Vidas Blekaitis
Latvia: Artis Plivda
Poland: Mateusz Baron
Lithuania: Saulius Brusokas

Events
- Log Lift medley

- Tractor pull

- Shield carry

- Deadlift

- Fingers+tire flip
- Medley

For a taste of what’s to come, here is the official contest trailer.

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As a signature element in its 149th Scottish Gathering and Games, the Caledonian Club of San Francisco will be showcasing many of the world’s top heavy events competitors in the U.S. Invitational Championships, including four-time winner Dan McKim.



The 2014 US Heavy Events Invitational will feature a bid by Dan McKim to win his fifth consecutive title at the 40th anniversary of this competition. IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of the Steve Conway/Caledonian Club of San Francisco
The 2014 US Heavy Events Invitational will feature a bid by Dan McKim to win his fifth consecutive title at the 40th anniversary of this competition. IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of the Steve Conway/Caledonian Club of San Francisco


“The question is can anyone unseat current champion Dan McKim?,” said Athletic Director Steve Conway. “He will be going for his 5th straight U.S. Championship—superstars Jim McGoldrick and Ryan Vierra have both won 6 but only the great Matt Sandford has won 5 in a row.

“Dan has been taking his game to even greater levels this year, setting two new world records in the Scottish hammers as well as a new North American record in the 28-lb. weight for distance. Matt Vincent, the 2012 World Champion, has come close to beating Dan this year, but it will take a Herculean effort to stop him from repeating as champion. 



“Also in the fight are some of the best that the world of Highland Games has to offer. Scottish Champion Craig Sinclair will be strong in hammers and the weights for distance. Mike Zolkiewicz has owned the weight for height the last few years at Pleasanton and I would guess that this year we’ll see him attempt to push his world record even higher. British Champion and SGA World Champion Scott Rider can always be counted on to finish in the top, his caber and open stone are particularly strong. Matt’s brother, Andy Vincent, is a powerful competitor across the board and Jake Sullivan will no doubt make his presence known as well.

“Poland’s Sebastian Wenta, former World’s Strongest Man competitor and world caber champion, is someone to look for in the Braemar stone and of course the caber. Another strongman, Jeremy Hogg from New Zealand, will make his debut at Pleasanton; he’s kind of an unknown factor and may surprise some people. 



“Two other athletes, new pros Jeff Kaste, last year’s Amateur U.S. Champion,and Nick Kahanic, world record holder in the open stone, will see what it’s like competing with the “Big Boys” at Pleasanton.

“Rounding out the competition is Sean Betz. Sean is making his final appearance at Pleasanton after more than 15 years as a pro. He embodies everything that makes a great competitor; always gives 100 %, steady, polite, helpful and tough to beat. A true champion, we will miss him here at Pleasanton!”

Official Lineup
Matt Vincent- USA
Dan McKim- USA
Andy Vincent- USA
Jake Sullivan- USA
Jeff Kaste- USA
Nick Kahanic- USA
Sean Betz- USA
Mike Zolkiewicz- USA
Jeremy Hogg- New Zealand
Sebastian Wenta- Poland
Craig Sinclair- Scotland
Scott Rider- England

For full details, please visit http://www.caledonian.org.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The International Highland Games Federation (IHGF) has two competitions scheduled for San Clemente, California in October: the All-American Stones of Strength Championships and the All-American Strength Games Championships.

Man against stone: Chad Ullom locks up in an ancient test of strength.  IronMind® | Henriette Borbely photo
Man against stone: Chad Ullom locks up in an ancient test of strength.  IronMind® | Henriette Borbely photo


According to the official press release, “Strength athletes from the USA and Canada will descend upon San Clemente, California on 11-12 October, 2014 for two days of competition: first, the All-American Stones of Strength Championships on Saturday, 11 October, followed by the All-American Strength Games Championships on Sunday, 12 October.
 
“Stone lifting, one of the oldest known tests of strength, which can be traced back for centuries, most commonly throughout northern Europe and predominantly Scotland and Iceland, has become popular in the strength world over the past several decades.  Many of the older stone lifting feats of strength have been incorporated into today’s televised and widely viewed World’s Strongest Man contests.
 
“The International Highland Games Federation (IHGF) has recently been sanctioning and promoting the IHGF Stones of Strength Championships in countries like Norway and Hungary, with these contests being televised for European TV.
 
“Several stone lifting events, such as stone lifting, stone walking, stone pressing, stone medley and stone throwing, will make up this exceptional championships in San Clemente.  It will be a qualifier for the best U.S. and Canadian strength athletes, who will then progress to next year’s IHGF Stones of Strength World Championships, which will take place in Hungary, organized by Adam Darazs.  Athletes will have to be on top of their game in San Clemente to lay claim to the title and be crowned the  2014 IHGF All-American Stone Lifting champion.
 
“The following day, the second major competition will take place, the IHGF All-American Strength Games Championships.  A unique combination of strongman events, such as log press, yoke, farmer’s walk, and Atlas stones, and two events from the ancient sport of heavy athletics, 56-lb. weight over bar and stone putting, will make up the challenge.
 
“Both events will be filmed by Cox Communications and made into a program for TV, to be seen by approximately 1.5 million households throughout Southern California.”


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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

"For 37 years, the World's Strongest Man has been one of the best known sports properties on the air,” said IMG’s Barry Frank, who created World’s Strongest Man in 1977, and tonight you can follow the finals of the 2014 contest.

Hafthor Julius Bjornsson (left) and Zydrunas Savikas (right) fly out of the blocks on the Atlas Stones, a signature event in the World’s Strongest Man contest.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson (left) and Zydrunas Savikas (right) fly out of the blocks on the Atlas Stones, a signature event in the World’s Strongest Man contest.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


“This one in particular you don't want to miss.  You've got to see these enormous men performing unbelievable acts of strength.

“A 90-minute version of the Final airs tonight on CBS Sports Network at 9:30 pm Eastern and an hour version can be seen on CBS on Saturday, August 16, at 2 pm Eastern,” said Frank.

Transcending its success as a TV show, Frank’s creation helped spawn strongman as a sport unto itself and as a form of physical training.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Yesterday, David Horne brought his World of Grip competition to the World Alternative Games in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales— a17-day celebration of the weird and whacky, that includes everything from “from Bog snorkeling to Toe wrestling, and Wife carrying to Man versus Horse,” explained Horne.
 
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Steve Gardener (left) and David Horne (right) at the World Alternative Games in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of David Horne


“It was a very long day for us, with a six-hour round trip of driving, and of course, all the reffing, setting up, etc. involved.
“But it was great to meet some truly great characters in the town, and of course highlight the sport of grip to the uninitiated.
“The first-timers were all up for the sport, and running the events as holds, kept it quick and easy to follow. Powerlifter Carl Rogers won this, from local ‘Russian’ Dmitri Tserenia, and strongman Shay Gosling third. Carl and Shay, both from South Wales, also competed in the Pro section and came second and third to Steve Gardener. Steve broke two world records (120k+), and Jerome Bloom broke three (66k class) records also. Elizabeth Horne won the women’s class, with Judith Thomas of Wales second, and Sara Galvao  of Portugal third,” said Horne.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The 4th World Armlifting Championships have been announced for September 6–7 in Koktebel, Crimea—giving men and women the chance to prove their grip strength on the Rolling Thunder, Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift, Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet Hold and a pinch grip hold using two 50-kg disc.

Grip strength contests continue to grow and the 4th World Armlifting Championships give an indication of the global interest in such grip strength standards as the Rolling Thunder, CoC Silver Bullet and Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of the World Armlifting Association
Grip strength contests continue to grow and the 4th World Armlifting Championships give an indication of the global interest in such grip strength standards as the Rolling Thunder, CoC Silver Bullet and Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of the World Armlifting Association


Following are some highlights from the official announcement.

“Participants will compete for medals in world-class disciplines: Rolling Thunder, Apollon’s Axle, IronMind Hub, Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet, and a pinch grip and hold with two discs of 50 kg.

“On the eve of the official opening of the championship, 5 September, one of the main organizers of the tournament - the president of the World Armlifting Association, a famous Russian actor, host and athlete, Sergei Badyuk, will hold a creative meeting, which everyone is invited to attend. A crew of Sergei Nikolaevich will shoot a film about the World Cup. I think you will definitely be able to see it yourself,” said Andrey Sharkov, who welcomed participants to “combine participation in the championship with rest,” by enjoying the abundant natural beauty and rich history of this region."

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Coming back from surgery, Krzysztof Radzikowski won the MHP Strongman Champions League–Poland competition last weekend, and SCL’s Ilkka Kinnunen called the action for IronMind.

He’s one of the top competitors on the professional strongman circuit so when Krzysztof Radzikowski returned to competition, his presence was felt: he won half the events, along with the overall title, at SCL Poland last weekend.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL
He’s one of the top competitors on the professional strongman circuit so when Krzysztof Radzikowski returned to competition, his presence was felt: he won half the events, along with the overall title, at SCL Poland last weekend.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL


Krzysztof Radzikowski wins MHP SCL Poland
by Ilkka Kinnunen
Director, Strongman Champions League

Krzysztof got injured last year at MHP SCL Malaysia. He competed at the beginning of the year but his injury was getting worse and he was operated on. After the operation, he was away for few months and came back in Croatia, taking third place—and now in his home country he hit the jackpot at the MHP SCL Poland contest.

Krzysztof won 3 events out of 6:  Apollon’s Axle 150 kg for reps; Forward Hold; and 185-kg Atlas Stone over the bar for reps. The other 3 events were Yoke Race 420-kg; Frame Walk 340-kg; and Weight for Height with 8 barrels for time.

The weather was very hot and sunny, around +40 Celsius, which made also a big challenge for the athletes.  The competition was well organized, thanks for the Harlem Strongman organization.

Overall placings

1. Krzysztof Radzikowski
2. Martin Wildauer

3. Vidas Bleikatis

4. Grzegorz Szymański

5. Dainis Zageris

6. Rauno Heinla

7. Robert Cyrwus

8. Alex Moonen

9. Ole Martin Hansen

10. Antti Mourujärvi

11. Rob Frampton

12. Simon Johnston

30 August the SCL series continues in Hungary, so stay tuned for more news.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

At the SCITEC European Strongest Team Challenge, which was held in Cakovec, Croatia this past weekend, more than two thousand spectators turn out to watch eight teams from across Europe do battle in five grueling events, promoter Adam Darazs reported to IronMind, and Team Poland was on top of their game as they claimed first place in nearly every event.

Team Poland on the Log Lift at the SCITEC European Strongest Team contest in Cakovec, Croatia. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Adam Darazs
Team Poland on the Log Lift at the SCITEC European Strongest Team contest in Cakovec, Croatia. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Adam Darazs


The teams consisted of:  Poland, Mateusz Baron and Rafal Kobylarz; Ukraine, Oleksandr Lashyn and Sergiy Konyushok; Denmark, Nicolai Hansen and Mikkel Leicht; Hungary, Gabor Hrozik and Janos Sebestyén; Croatia Team A, Ivan Medimurec and Adam Vinkler; Croatia Team B, Sasa Sabolcec and Josip Mesic; Germany, Michael Laabs and David Lukacs; and Serbia, Alen Radosevic and Roni Kecskés.

The challenge started with the two-man harness 17-ton truck pull over a 20-m course in the fastest time.  It ended in a tight finish, with team Poland winning by tenths of a second at 20.38 seconds over second-place team Ukraine at 21.00 seconds, followed by teams Germany (21.22 seconds) and Denmark (21.94 seconds).

In the log lift for reps, athletes had 75 seconds to complete as many reps as possible with the 240-kg log.  Teams Denmark, Poland and Ukraine had a three-way tie, pumping out 7 reps each.

An individual event for only one team member, the Icelandic Cross, weighed 130 kg and was carried for max distance in a time of 75 seconds.  Team Croatia won with a carry of 42.01 m; close behind was team Hungary at 41.75 m, and tying for third were teams Poland and Ukraine at 40 m.

In the individual deadlift for reps, athletes chose between 310 kg or 340 kg with a time limit of 75 seconds to complete as many reps as possible.  Team Poland pulled off the victory with 340 kg for 7 reps, with team Denmark following at 6 reps and team Germany at 3 reps.

The final event, the frame carry, weighed a colossal 500 kg and had to be carried over a course of 40 m in the fastest time.  Team Poland took first with a speedy time of 19.31 seconds over team Denmark at 21.56 seconds and team Ukraine at 22.03 seconds.

Overall points
1.  Team Poland (Mateusz Baron and Rafal Kobylarz)      36.5
2.  Team Ukraine (Oleksandr Lashyn and Sergiy Konyushok)      29.5
3.  Team Denmark (Nicolai Hansen and Mikkel Leicht)    29
4.  Team Hungary (Gabor Hrozik and Janos Sebestyén)   26
5.  Team Croatia A (Ivan Medimurec and Adam Vinkler)  20
6.  Team Germany (Michael Laabs and David Lukacs)      19.5
7.  Team Serbia (Alen Radosevic and Roni Kecskés)         14.5
8.  Team Croatia B (Sasa Sabolcec and Josip Mesic)         1

Promoter Adam Darazs said he was very happy with the overall show and looks forward to the next contest in the SCITEC Strongest Team Challenge series, which will take place in Ukraine on August 23–24.  The finals will be held at the Arnold Europe, Madrid on September 26, all of which will be filmed for European TV.


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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The colossal Dublin Irish Festival continued its tradition of putting the Highland Games heavy events front and center—Francis Brebner was the field and he has called the action for IronMind.

Highland Games masters’ competitor Bradie Miller turned in an outstanding performance at the Dublin Irish Festival, including a world record in the 16-lb. sheaf toss.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Francis Brebner
Highland Games masters’ competitor Bradie Miller turned in an outstanding performance at the Dublin Irish Festival, including a world record in the 16-lb. sheaf toss.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Francis Brebner


2014 Dublin Irish Festival
by Francis Brebner
CEO, International Highland Games Federation
 
The Dublin Irish Festival, which takes place in Dublin, Ohio, is the second largest festival in the world and is rapidly growing each year. The festival celebrated its 27th year, with more than 100,000 spectators on hand to experience the energetic atmosphere of festivities which lasted for several days, on 7 stages, with 65 acts and over 500 performers. The sheer size of the festival is astounding, and each year more acreage is added, now covering 38 acres in Coffman Park.
 
An epic event with something for everyone, a festival highlight was the kids’ Celtic games, with droves of youngsters getting in on the action with the tossing of mini-cabers, putting stones and tossing the sheaf over the bar. Even the mums and dads tried their hand at throwing for the first time, and one family had three generations giving it a go, with a grandma over eighty years as well as her daughter and granddaughter tossing the caber.
 
Athletic director for the Dublin Irish Festival and president of the Great Lakes Scottish Athletes Association Brian Huntley and his crew did an exceptional job of making the Highland Games a huge success once again, with everything running like clockwork. Thousands of spectators crowded the arena and really got behind the throwing events from start to finish.
 
Four athletic groups, consisting of amateurs A and B, masters, and women, competed.  In the masters (over 40 years old), Braidy Miller put up an outstanding performance, establishing a new world record of 39’ in the 16-lb. sheaf over bar, shattering his old record of 38’ 4”.  Braidy later attempted a very close 40’.  Other results from Braidy were over 82’ in the 28-lb. weight for distance and over 111’ in the heavy hammer.  Brother Brent Miller put up a fantastic all-round performance, winning the masters 16-lb. open stone with a putt of over 51’ and attempting a world record 20’ 8” in the 42-lb. weight over bar.
 
In the A group, spectators enjoyed a great competition that got better and better from start to finish between Sean Urquhart, Jason Thomas, Jamie Baker, Ryan Stoltz, Jason Kaye, Malcolm Majeski, Brandon Crawford, Nate Baker, and Dave Marble.
 
Urquhart took the first win in the 16-lb. open stone with a putt of 47’ 5-1/2”, and with extra attempts upped that mark to 47’ 6”.  Second place was Parker with 43’ 1” and third Majeski at 41’ 3”.
 
In the 56-lb. weight for distance, Urquhart took the reins in the first round by over a meter and was in a realm of his own with a winning throw of 36’ 11”.  Thomas edged out J. Baker for second place, 33’ 6” to 32’ 8”.
 
Urquhart kept up his winning streak in the 28-lb. weight for distance with a series of throws just over 70’, his best being 72’ 9”.  Again, in a tight skirmish for second, J. Baker edged ahead with 65’ 7” to Thomas’s 63’ 9”.
 
 In the 22-lb. heavy hammer, Thomas stepped ahead of Urquhart with a triumphant throw of 92’ 9”, followed by Urquhart at 90’ 11” and Crawford at 77’ 10”.

The caber was 19’ 8” in length and 110 lb., and Thomas nailed the victory with three tosses, one a perfect 12 o’clock. In second, Marble slammed one toss, also a perfect 12 o’clock; third was J. Baker at 10:30.
 
Urquhart regained control in the 56-lb. weight over bar at a winning height of 15’. Thomas was second at 14’, with J. Baker third at 13’.
 
The finale was the 16-lb. sheaf event, and Thomas wowed the crowds with a first-class throw of 35’; Urquhart did 32’ for second and J. Baker 30’ for third.
 
Overall
1. Sean Urquhart      12
2. Jason Thomas      17
3. Jamie Baker          21

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

It’s the last group and only two of the six competitors will advance to the finals of the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest—the strongman contest that entertains millions of viewers worldwide and has had a trickle down effect on the way people train as well as how they view strength sports.

Martin Wildauer didn’t get called "The Deadlift Kid" for nothing, and the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest allowed him to strut his stuff. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Martin Wildauer didn’t get called "The Deadlift Kid" for nothing, and the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest allowed him to strut his stuff. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


The Group 5 qualifiers continue tonight on CBS Sports at 9:30 pm ET, featuring Brian Shaw, Martin Wildauer, Scott Cummine, Graham Hicks, Mikkail Shivlykov and Gerhard Van Staden.

Next time you see a retired executive flipping a tire or lifting a stone as a regular part of her training, remember that this is where it all started: The World’s Strongest Man contest.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“The 4th Annual IronMind Grip Classic will take place in Norway this year,” Jyrki Rantanen reported to IronMind.

Eirik Bruun Ingebretsen, shown competing on the Rolling Thunder®, is certified on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper and now he’s turning his grip passion and prowess to promotion, as he hosts the 4th Annual IronMind Grip Classic. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of www.photobypiia.com
Eirik Bruun Ingebretsen, shown competing on the Rolling Thunder®, is certified on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper and now he’s turning his grip passion and prowess to promotion, as he hosts the 4th Annual IronMind Grip Classic. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of www.photobypiia.com


The IronMind Grip Classic features the three principal events in the grip strength world:

• Rolling Thunder
• Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift
• Captains of Crush (CoC) Hold

as well as:

• IronMind Pinch Grip Block Hold (30 kg/men, 15 kg/women)


Eirik Bruun Ingebretsen is promoting the event and it will be held in the legendary Valhalla gym in Tvedestrand, Norway on October 18, 2014.

Ingebretsen is a certified on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper and is a veteran of grip contests put on by Jyrki Rantanen, who introduced the IronMind Grip Classic in Finland and has since increased international involvement, first in terms of competitors and now with its promotion and organization.


“Different than before, no pre-qualifications, so anyone who enters could potentially win,” Rantanen said, but don’t think this means victory will be easy. “Along with some well known names, many new talents, especially from Norway, might surprise the grip world.

”I´m glad to see the IronMind Grip Classic growing this way because moving the competition to different countries gives more people the opportunity to join in. Eirik has been one of the top performers in this competition during the past years and I raise my hat to him as he now also takes this big step and becomes the organizer, too, said Rantanen.”

For more details, please visit the official Facebook page.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Abundantly rich in strength sports traditions and accomplishments, the Slavic countries will be featured in a strongman contest this coming Friday in Žilina, Slovakia.

“This Friday, 8 August 2014 at 14:00 the Hlinka square in Žilina, Slovakia will host a strongman competition entitled Cup Slavs!,” Pavol Guga reported to IronMind.
“This Friday, 8 August 2014 at 14:00 the Hlinka square in Žilina, Slovakia will host a strongman competition entitled Cup Slavs!,” Pavol Guga reported to IronMind.
 

The Slavic countries—which include Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Belarus, Montenegro and Croatia—have deep roots in multiple strength sports and strongman is no exception.
 
Start List
Slovakia (home Country): Igor Petrík, Marek Tóth, Maroš Kostelanský
Czech republic: Radek Paták, Lukáš Svoboda
Slovenia: Matjaž Belšak
Serbia: Nemanja Tsič
Bulgaria: Petyo Hristov
Macedonia: Krystiyan Zlatkow
Belarus: Volodymyr Cyfra
Poland: József Tomaszewski
Ukraine: Konstantin Ilyin, Ivan Hryyhorovsky
 
Referee: Pavol Guga
Organizer: Slovak association of Strongman - Milan Gabrhel
 
Events:

- Log Lift
- Car Deadlift
- Atlas Stones
- Truck Pull
- Frame Carry

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Juha Harju (Finland) and Alex Tyukalov (Russia) are among the competitors to watch at the upcoming Armlifting Championships in Moscow—in addition to competing on the Rolling Thunder, the Apollon’s Axle and of the Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet, there will be a chance to certify on the Crushed-To-Dust Challenge.

Armlifting competition features the Rolling Thunder, Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift and the Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet Hold, and Moscow will be hosting a big championships on August 22–23. IronMind® | Courtesy of the Russian Armlifting Association
Armlifting competition features the Rolling Thunder, Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift and the Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet Hold, and Moscow will be hosting a big championships on August 22–23. IronMind® | Courtesy of the Russian Armlifting Association


Harju is a past world record holder on the Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet Hold and Tyukalov is the present world record holder on the Rolling Thunder.

With a prize list in the range of US$10,000 the competition is expected to top grip strength competitors from Russia and Eastern Europe, Tyukalov told IronMind, despite being held during the peak holiday season. So far, “we have approximately 60 sportsmen coming,” Tyukalov said.

The competition will have multiple weight classes and categories for men and women.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“On paper, Brian Shaw had to be a huge favorite to win Group 5 entering the competition,” IMG’s Tim Kowalski, producer of the World’s Strongest Man, told IronMind, “but second place figured to be a real battle.”

Brian Shaw on the Fingal’s Fingers at the 2014 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) contest. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Brian Shaw on the Fingal’s Fingers at the 2014 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) contest. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


“You had guys like Graham Hicks and Martin Wildauer looking for their first real breakthroughs after being close previous years. And then there's Mikhail Shivlyakov, the rookie from Russia. No one knew too much about him but you had to figure a guy that had served in the Russian military wouldn't be backing down from anyone,” Kowalski said.

Only two men from Group 5 will advance to the finals, so tune in to CBS Sports at 9:30 pm (Eastern time) tonight to follow the action in the Group 5 qualifiers for the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“On Aug. 23rd-24th the long established World Highland Games Heavy Events Championships are returning to Scotland as one of the high quality sports events celebrating Scotland’s Homecoming Year,” Steve Conway reported to IronMind, offering details on the multiple dimensions that will distinguish this competition.


Dan McKim won his first title in the 2011 edition of these Highland Games World Championships (at Loon Mountain), and comes into the 2014 contest as the defending champion, fresh off multiple world record performances. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Dan McKim won his first title in the 2011 edition of these Highland Games World Championships (at Loon Mountain), and comes into the 2014 contest as the defending champion, fresh off multiple world record performances. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


“This Championship has been held all over the World since 1980  and it’s exciting to see it returning to Scotland. The location this year is Pittencrieff Park Dunfermline, a town in what has long been called “the Kingdom of Fife”.

“Pittencreff Park is near the Abbey where the great Scottish King, Malcolm Canmore (1031-1093) is buried. It is said that Malcolm organized the first Braemar Highland Gathering when he needed a courier so he arranged a hill race up Craig Choinnich, on the Braes of Mar. The first to the top of the hill was given the coveted post.

“It’s in this tradition that the World Championships are set to be held and after two days of competition we will recognize the 2014 Champion.

“As is fitting for a Championship such as this, there is a very strong International line-up:

• Daniel McKim – USA, defending World Champion
• Matt Vincent – USA, 2012 World Champion
• Scott Rider – England, current British and Scottish Champion
• Sebastian Wenta – Poland, former World’s Strongest Man competitor
• Matt Doherty – Canada, current Canadian Champion
• Burger Lambrechts – South Africa, former Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist
• Heisi Geirmundssson, Iceland
• Sinclair Patience – Scotland
• Lorne Colthart – Scotland
• Jimmy Van de Walle – Belgium
 
“This is a very strong group of some of the best athletes in Highland Games. This year Dan Mckim has already broken the World records in both the 16 and 22 lb. hammers, as well as coming close to breaking the 28 lb. weight for distance and the word is that Burger Lambrechts has unofficially thrown past the record in putting the stone. Scott Rider is currently representing Britain in the Commonwealth Games in the shot putt.

“There will be a full Highland Games program including a traditional stone lifting competition and a European Ladies Highlander Championships. British representatives Shaunach Brown and Kirsty Yates are also competing in the Commonwealth Games.

“One last bit of information about this event, it will be free of charge to the public!” said Conway.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“Most amazing CrossFitter I've met,” said Jim Stoppani of Sean Flanagan, who displayed his grip strength prowess at Stoppani’s challenge at the Con-Cret booth at the CrossFit Games.

Sean Flanagan (left) and Jim Stoppani (right) at the CrossFit Games, where Flanagan’s performances on everything from the IronMind Hub challenges to knocking off easy reps with a Captains of Crush No. 2 gripper more than impressed Stoppani. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Jim Stoppani
Sean Flanagan (left) and Jim Stoppani (right) at the CrossFit Games, where Flanagan’s performances on everything from the IronMind Hub challenges to knocking off easy reps with a Captains of Crush No. 2 gripper more than impressed Stoppani. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Jim Stoppani


“West Point Grad. So far he is winning all my events,” Stoppani reported to IronMind.
Today he is going for the Fat Gripz title. One arm rows with 48 lbs mounted with IronMind Hub……11. One arm rows with 57 lbs mounted with IronMind Hub…….4 Double Custom Slater Stone lift over ten seconds.

“Captains of Crush No. 2 closed and held........10 reps and he could have done more.

“He won my lift last year with a 63-lb. lift with IronMind Hub and loading pin. That was all the weight I had with me,” Stoppani said.

               

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“Steve, 54, couldn't pick up 45 lb. last year,” James Stoppani reported from the Con-Cret booth at the CrossFit Games where he is tempting CrossFitters to try his grip-strength challenge.

Steve Parsoneault completed the Con-Cret Grip Challenge at the CrossFit Games—matching Jim Stoppani with the following lifts: 6 one arm rows with 48 lb. and 2 rows with 58 lb. then a double lift for ten seconds. Those are custom Slater stones fitted with IronMind Hubs, a setup designed by Stoppani for his Con-Cret Grip Challenge.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Jim Stoppani

Steve Parsoneault completed the Con-Cret Grip Challenge at the CrossFit Games—matching Jim Stoppani with the following lifts: 6 one arm rows with 48 lb. and 2 rows with 58 lb. then a double lift for ten seconds. Those are custom Slater stones fitted with IronMind Hubs, a setup designed by Stoppani for his Con-Cret Grip Challenge.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Jim Stoppani



“[He] bought an IronMind Hub and Pin and came back this year and tied me in my lifts.  He won his CrossFit Division last year,” said Stoppani.

Stoppani has been excelling at and championing Hub lifts for the last three years, bringing his challenge to tens of thousands of people.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The New York Arm Wrestling Association (NYAWA) will be presenting the 37th Annual NYC “Queensboro” Arm Wrestling Championships at Cheap Shots Sports Bar on August 9.



Who’s got the Queens’ Strongest Arm? Find out at Cheap Shots Sports Bar on August 9. IronMind® | Image courtesy of NYAWA

Who’s got the Queens’ Strongest Arm? Find out at Cheap Shots Sports Bar on August 9. IronMind® | Image courtesy of NYAWA



More than 100 men and women are expected to compete and the overall winners (male and female) will win the coveted Queens’ Strongest Arm MVP award.


“The NYC ‘Queensboro’ Arm Wrestling Championships is the oldest of all NYAWA championships and it draws competition from the five NYC Boroughs, Long Island, the tri-state area and from as far away as Turkey, Russia and other distant lands,” said Gene Camp, Founder and President of the New York Arm Wrestling Association.

“We expect some of the best arm wrestlers in the world to compete for these unique NYC Queens arm wrestling titles, where every match has an audience favorite and underdog,” said Camp.
 
For full details, please visit the NYAWA website.
 

                             

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Coverage of Group 4 in the qualifying round of the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest continues tonight on CBS Sports at 9:30 PM Eastern Time.

It’s a fundamental test of strength: How much can you lift off the ground? Professional strongman Laurence Shahlaei tackles the Barrel Deadlift at the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
It’s a fundamental test of strength: How much can you lift off the ground? Professional strongman Laurence Shahlaei tackles the Barrel Deadlift at the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


In aggregate, we’re talking about a ton of muscle as Zydrunas Savickas, Laurence Shahlaei, Mark Felix, Nick Best, Bjorn Andre Solvang and Eben LeRoux carry, pull and push in a bid to make the finals of the contest that has captured the imagination of fans worldwide for over three decades: The World’s Strongest Man.
 
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“14 year old C.J. Cummings became the youngest person in USA Weightlifting history to set a Senior American Record when he cleaned and jerked (C&J) 153k/337.3# at a bodyweight of 61.88k/136.4#,” former USA Weightlifting president Jim Schmitz reported to IronMind.

Lifting as a 14-year old in the 62-kg class at the USA Weightlifting National Championships, C.J. Cummings cleaned and jerked 153 kg for a new Senior American Record.  IronMind® | Jim Schmitz photo
Lifting as a 14-year old in the 62-kg class at the USA Weightlifting National Championships, C.J. Cummings cleaned and jerked 153 kg for a new Senior American Record.  IronMind® | Jim Schmitz photo


“He placed 2nd to 29 year old Derrick Johnson, who set two Senior American Records (AR’s) with a snatch of 123/271 and a total of 271/597.  Caleb Williams set two AR’s in the 69/152 class with a C&J of 174/383.6 and a total of 304/670.  The 94/207 class broke the US snatch record 3 times: Norik Vardanian did 166/366, Colin Burns did 167/368, then Norik came back and did 168/370.  Norik was unable to hold any of his jerks overhead so Colin won the 94’s with a 192/423 for 359/791.5 total.  Super Heavyweight Caine Wilkes closed out the championships with personal record lifting, snatching 182/401, becoming the 5th US lifter to snatch 400+ pounds and totaled 400k/881# becoming the eighth American to achieve that benchmark.  



“There was a record 408 lifters entered in this championships and thanks to the Salt Lake City organizing committee lead by Utah’s Debbie Carroll and USAW’s Phil Andrews it came off fantastically, it was one of the best National Championships that I have ever attended,” said Schmitz.
 
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Aryn Lockhart was ringside for SCL Croatia and called the action for IronMind.

Ervin Katona completes the 430kg yoke with four ladies along for the ride. Katona wins the MHP Strongman Champions League in Croatia to take back the leader shirt with a one point lead in the overall standings. IronMind® | ©Aryn Lockhart
Ervin Katona completes the 430kg yoke with four ladies along for the ride. Katona wins the MHP Strongman Champions League in Croatia to take back the leader shirt with a one point lead in the overall standings. IronMind® | ©Aryn Lockhart


Ervin Katona conquers the MHP/SCL Leader Shirt Again!
by Ayrn Lockhart
Strongman Rage

The roller coaster that is MHP Strongman Champions League was in full swing this weekend for stage eight in Split, Croatia. In the ongoing battle over the coveted leader shirt, the day was filled with head to head battles in another down-to-the-wire competition.  Battling intense heat of 36 degrees over the course of six events, athletes struggled to stay hydrated and in top form for each event. Despite winning three of the six events, Martin Wildauer, took second for the day two points behind Ervin Katona. Katona won the competition without winning a single event, but placing consistently high.  Katona’s win places the leader shirt back in his hands by the narrowest of margins. He currently holds a one point lead in the overall standings.

“The events went very well for me today. In the last competition in Portugal, I had an injury and ripped the skin off my hands. This week, I am injury free and everything worked,” stated Katona.

The competition took place on the harbor RIVA in beautiful, downtown Split. With thousands of spectators, it was a picturesque backdrop for 11 world-class strength athletes. Split also saw the return of Krzysztof Radzikowski after a two-month absence due to a tricep injury.  Despite his absence, he placed an impressive third overall for the day. He too is in the hunt for the leader shirt and plans to make significant ground in the remaining stages ahead. With a smile he stated, “There are still a lot of competitions left.”

The first event for the day was the boat pull. Taking advantage of the perfect location, athletes pulled a boat towards the harbor challenged by both a thick and wet rope, hand over hand. The boat weighed 18,000 kg. Despite the wind and the waves of the sea, it worked out all well because of the perfect skills from Ilkka Kinnunen and Marcel Mostert who did do these events before in their competitions. Dainis Zagaris, who  celebrated his birthday on competition day, started off on the right foot with a win in this event.

Event two was a 150kg log for reps. Two athletes were pitted against one another. In amazing form both Dainis Zagaris and Matjaž Belšak, tied for the win with seven reps.

The third event was the frame carry. Using the same frame from Serbia, the grip was particularly challenging leaving a few victims with torn hands and unable to finish the event. Martin Wildauer, however, moved with ease taking first with only 18.97 seconds.

The forward hold had a surprise winner with Simon Johnston taking the win with an amazing 45.88 seconds.

The fifth event was the 430kg yoke with four women on each side. Barreling down the 20m course, Martin Wildauer completed this event with an impressive 12.03 seconds running past the finish line to place the ladies down gently.

The final event of the day was the car deadlift with 360kg. The Strongman Champions League has resulted in numerous down-to-the-wire competitions and Croatia was no different. Again down to the very last event, Martin Wildauer and Ervin Katona were head to head.  Each athlete was carefully strategizing and reviewing results after each event. Wildauer known for this strength in deadlifts knew he needed the win, but he also needed Katona to place lower in the field.  With a fist pump and the brotherhood of competition, they both set out to make their mark.  The crowd was on the edge of their seats waiting to see who could emerge the winner.  With the final whistle blown, it was Wildauer who won the event with eight reps, but Katona’s six reps were enough to tie for third place and enough points to take the competition.

The next stage of the MHP Strongman Champions League is on 3 August in Poland. It’s likely this roller coaster will not have an end until the finals in Malaysia 8 and 9 November. The athletes will take a week’s rest and come back ready for battle. The heat is on and these athletes are in hot pursuit of the leader shirt.

To see more images from Croatia click here.


Final results:

1.   Ervin Katona        Serbia        53.5    
2.   Martin Wildauer        Austria        51.5                

3.   Krzysztof Radzikowski         Poland        48.5  

4.   Matjaž Belšak        Slovenia    47      

5.   Dainis Zageris         Latvia        42.5   

6.   Lauri Nami            Estonia    37
7.   Ole Martin Hansen    Norway    34.5 

8.   Simon Johnston        Wales        27.5      

9.   Milan Dotlic        Croatia        16   

10. Adin Arnaut        Bosnia        11     

11. Michael Vrilic        Australia    8 

 
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The MHP Strongman Champions League will debut in Croatia tomorrow, featuring the return of 2013 SCL world champion Krzysztof Radzikowski and close competition for the leader’s position.

MHP Strongman Champions League hits Croatia tomorrow. IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL
MHP Strongman Champions League hits Croatia tomorrow. IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL
 

“Twelve strong and determined athletes from all over the world will compete, with also the new MHP/SCL leader Martin Wildauer,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind.

“It will be a tough competition for him, because his direct followers in the ranking will be there. And the 2013 SCL world champion, Krzysztof Radzikowski will make his entrance again after a two-month break due a triceps injury,” said Mostert.
 
Start list:
 
1)         Krzysztof Radzikowski     Poland 
2)         Lauri Nami                       Estonia
3)         Dainis Zageris                   Latvia  
4)         Adin Arnaut                     Bosnia    
5)         Martin Wildauer              Austria               
6)         Ervin Katona                     Serbia    
7)         Matthias                           Slovenia                         
8)         Michael Vrilic                    Australia
9)         Simon Johnston               Wales     
10)       Ole Martin Hansen           Norway
11)       Antonio Podkubosek        Croatia
12)       Milan Dotlic                      Croatia  
 
Events:
 
Log Lift Reps
Frame Walk
Boat Pull
Forward Hold
Yoke Race
Deadlift cars
 
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Gyor, Hungary will be the site of the 2014 IHGF Lighweight European Highland Games Championships, IHGF CEO Francis Brebner told IronMind.

Germany’s Torsten Hülsemann is scheduled to compete in the IHGF Lightweight European Highland Games Championships next month. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Larry Ventress
Germany’s Torsten Hülsemann is scheduled to compete in the IHGF Lightweight European Highland Games Championships next month. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Larry Ventress


Limited to competitors who weigh under 200 lb., the competition will be on August 31.

“A total of eight athletes so far have been selected, but there are a few open spots available, any athletes wishing to be considered should contact Adam Daruzs of the IHGF or send a email using the IHGF web site at www.worldheavyevents.com,” said Brebner.

Here are the athletes already confirmed to compete:

Lukas Prettentaler - Austria
Stefan Dumitrica - Romania
Conan Robert Quinn - Scotland
Torsten Hülsemann - Germany
Daniel Kiss - Hungary
Vitor Mendes - Portugal
Laszlo Szalai - Hungary 

Jürgen Garschall - Austria

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With only the two competitors from each six-man group guaranteed to advance to the finals in the World’s Strongest Man contest, the competition will be fierce and tonight, on CBS Sports—the focus is on Group 4, featuring none other than Zydrunas Savickas.

Zydrunas Savickas, widely considered the best strongman of all time, figures prominently in the World’s Strongest Man Group 4 qualifiers—broadcast tonight on CBS Sports.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Zydrunas Savickas, widely considered the best strongman of all time, figures prominently in the World’s Strongest Man Group 4 qualifiers—broadcast tonight on CBS Sports.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


In addition to Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania), Group 4 includes Nick Best (USA), Mark Felix (UK), Eben Le Roux (Australia), Laurence Shahlaei (UK) and Bjorn Andre Solvang (Norway).


Follow this link to the official trailer, setting the stage for what you will see on CBS Sports tonight at 9:30 PM (Eastern Time).


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Nova Scotia’s Antigonish Highland Games are the oldest continuously held Highland Games outside Scotland; and celebrating their 151st year, they hosted the 2014 Canadian Highland Games Championships—which were won by Matt Doherty.



Matt Doherty won the 2014 Canadian Highland Games Championships, held in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. IronMind® | Lynn Anderson photo
Matt Doherty won the 2014 Canadian Highland Games Championships, held in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. IronMind® | Lynn Anderson photo


Francis Brebner has filed a full report which will be in the next issue of MILO: A Journal For Serious Strength Athletes, but meanwhile, here’s the final podium:

1. Matt Doherty 13
2. Jason Johnson 17
3. Greg Hadley 30



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Ryan Seckman told IronMind today that “all 15 spots are confirmed as of 7-15-14” for the 2014 Scottish Heavy Events Lightweight World Championships.

Here’s the start list:

1) Harry Hancock, Scotland
2) Conan Robert Quinn, Scotland
3) Luke Lomsdalen, USA
4) Jon Dahlin, USA
5) Torsten Hülsemann, Germany
6) Jacob Nicol, USA
7) Max Shank, USA
8) Stefan Dumitrica, Romania
9) Lukas Prettenthaler, Austria
10) Jeffrey Thornton, USA
11) John Odden, USA
12) Bryan MacLean, Canada
13) Mark Howe, USA
14) Garrett Middleton, USA
15) Dale Andrew, Canada

Also, Seckman said that Francis Brebner will be the announcer.

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Even if she did it the hard way—as in two singles when one would have sufficed—Amy Wattles broke her own world record on Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift, a staple of the grip-strength world, at the IronMind Record Breakers yesterday.

In her excitement at easily pulling this 131-kg Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift, Amy Wattles dropped the bar after completing the lift, and so got it turned down and had to repeat.  
Not a problem, though, as she did it again, and restamped her name on one of the most prestigious world records in the grip strength world. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
In her excitement at easily pulling this 131-kg Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift, Amy Wattles dropped the bar after completing the lift, and so got it turned down and had to repeat.  
Not a problem, though, as she did it again, and restamped her name on one of the most prestigious world records in the grip strength world. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Wattles came into the contest holding the women’s world record at 130 kg, and she pulled a solid 131 kg to break that record.  Unfortunately, after standing up, Wattles dropped the bar, and thus had the lift turned down.

“I never drop the bar—I guess I was just so excited,” Wattles said.

Not a problem, though, when you’re this strong: Wattles walked up and did it again, this time lowering the bar with extra care for a good lift and a new Apollon's Axle Double Overhand Deadlift world record.

Wattles also came within a blink of breaking her world record on the Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet as she hit just over 45 seconds (her world record stands at 45.42 seconds).

On the men’s side, standout performances included Odd Haugen’s 120-kg success on the Rolling Thunder, Jon Eklund’s 44.36 time on the CoC Silver Bullet, and Odd Haugen’s 210-kg Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand deadlift. Also, Danielle Curry showed that with a little more training, she is ready to be a factor at the highest levels in the world of women’s grip-strength competitions.

Watch for a full report on the IronMind Record Breaker’s, part of the Odd Haugen Strength Classic at the NorCal FitExpo, in the next issue of MILO.

    

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Odd Haugen did a great job with the event today,” ASC president Dione Wessels told IronMind, “and John Posen deservedly won his ASC pro card.” 



John Posen (center), flanked by Odd Haugen (left) and Dione Wessels (right), took top honors in the heavyweight class of the amateur strongman contest and thereby won his ASC pro card yesterday at the Odd Haugen Strength Classic, hosted by the FitExpo in San Jose, California.  IronMind®  Photo courtesy of ASC


John Posen (center), flanked by Odd Haugen (left) and Dione Wessels (right), took top honors in the heavyweight class of the amateur strongman contest and thereby won his ASC pro card yesterday at the Odd Haugen Strength Classic, hosted by the FitExpo in San Jose, California.  IronMind®  Photo courtesy of ASC




“This is the first time Odd Haugen had the middleweight class and he along with many others in the audience were equally impressed with the athleticism and strength from the middleweights! 



“Adam Lane (the new ASC middleweight pro) will be a force against the other middleweight pros. I am looking forward to seeing both of the new American Strongman Corp pros compete at the Mid-American Strongman next month against the other ASC pros in Indiana. 

“A huge thanks to Odd Haugen for another great ASC event,” said Wessels.

For complete results and details, please visit the ASC website.

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He’s been trying since 2009, and today Jon-Clark Eklund succeeded in officially closing the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper.




Jon-Clark Eklund won the Farmer’s Walk for distance at the Odd Haugen Strength Classic today and in between events, at the midway point in the strongman contest, he officially closed the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Jon-Clark Eklund won the Farmer’s Walk for distance at the Odd Haugen Strength Classic today and in between events, at the midway point in the strongman contest, he officially closed the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo




And what better place to do it than at the Odd Haugen Strength Classic, where Eklund was competing in the strongman event—after three events, including a farmer’s walk for distance (which he won), Eklund wanted to take a crack at the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper, and he put it away—pounding it down to about a 1/4 of inch, seeming to maybe be stalled, and then finding another gear and finishing it off.

The 25-year old trains with Odd Haugen for strongman competitions and they have an agreement that whatever one of them lifts, the other one has to try to exceed.  Jon attributes a lot of his grip strength to his “Tarzan Training,” which involves hanging from a specially-made bar.

Jon works as an emergcncy room nursing assistant and is pursuing his nursing degree.  In addition to grip contests, Jon competes in strongman, Highland Games and mas wrestling.

Many thanks to Dione Wessels for refereeing on Jon’s official attempt, and heartiest congratulations to Jon-Clark Eklund, whose name has been added to the Captains of Crush No. 3 Gripper Certification List

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A hearty congratulations to Swedish teenager Albin Lindskog, who has just been certified on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper.

A proud new teenage Captains of Crush: Albin Lindskog “managed to close the CoC gripper No. 3 by the rules. Very strong young man, indeed. It looked so easy,” said Stockholm PowerZite owner Fredrik Sabel. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Fredrik Sabel

A proud new teenage Captains of Crush: Albin Lindskog “managed to close the CoC gripper No. 3 by the rules. Very strong young man, indeed. It looked so easy,” said Stockholm PowerZite owner Fredrik Sabel. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Fredrik Sabel




You could feel his smile as Albin emailed me this morning, “I can now, happily, inform you that the attempt was successful. I now, officially, have world-class grip strength.”

He was inspired by watching a YouTube video of World’s Strongest Man winner Magnus Samuelsson “demonstrating his grip strength and talking about his grip training. I got really excited and bought a CoC No.1. I couldn't close it the first time I tried. I took me about a month of heavy negative reps and general grip training before i successfully closed it for the first time.


“I train my grip four times a week. Two heavy sessions with heavy strapless overhand grip deadlifts and heavy gripper work, and two lighter sessions with wrist curls plus wrist and finger extensions. The purpose of the lighter session is mainly to prevent injuries. I build my grip training around a slightly higher number of repetitions,” said Lindskog.



Asked about himself, Lindskog modestly said, “There really isn't much to tell; being young, my story hasn't yet had the time to differentiate it from anyone else’s my age. Student by day, strength athlete by night. 

“I've always prefered to stay away from attention and toil away in the dark, as a result I've never competed or have anything really to brag about yet. Soon, however, I'll be able to say I was the fifth person to close the CoC No.3 before the age of twenty.”

No kidding and talk about serious bragging rights—you earned them and IronMind is proud of your success.

Congratulations, Albin, your name has been added to the No. 3 Captains of Crush Gripper Certification List, and many thanks to Stockholm PowerZite owner Fredrik Sabel for refereeing your official attempt.

In honor of Albin Lindskog’s success, IronMind has donated $500 to the Jesse Marunde Educational Trust Fund, in memory of “the first teenage Captains of Crush.”

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Grip strength, mas wrestling, strongman and more are happening in a big way this weekend at the 2014 NorCal FitExpo and here’s a coupon to get you in for half price.

Clip this coupon and bring it with your for half off on your admission to this weekend’s NorCal FitExpo, in San Jose, California. Grip strength, mas wrestling, strongman, and a whole lot more. IronMind® | Courtesy of FitExpo
Clip this coupon and bring it with your for half off on your admission to this weekend’s NorCal FitExpo, in San Jose, California.  Grip strength, mas wrestling, strongman, and a whole lot more.  IronMind® | Courtesy of FitExpo


The Odd Haugen Strength Classic will be front and center once again, with a lineup that includes mas wrestling, a top amateur strongman contest, and the IronMind Record Breakers for grip strength enthusiasts.

“We have a mas wrestling certification workshop on Saturday morning,” Haugen said, “including officials from Russia, to go over the rules, how to organize competitions, and so on. In the mas wrestling tourament, we still have room for last-minute entries.”


There are a lot of competitors on board for the strongman competition, which is the springboard for even bigger things—the lightweight winner will get an invitation to the Olympia, Haugen said, and the heavyweight will get an invitation to the All-American Strongman Championships at the Los Angeles FitExpo next February.



On the grip-strength side of things, the IronMind Record Breakers returns to focus on three key disciplines: the Rolling Thunder, the Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet Hold and the Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift. “Watch for the matchup between Amy Wattles and Danielle Curry” on the women’s side, Haugen said, and rumor has it that Haugen, himself, has been pulling 230 kg on the Axle in training, so he might be within range of a world record attempt himself.

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He’s a Red Nail bender chasing down the Gold Nail, but Nathaniel Brous wanted this notch in his belt too, and now he’s got it: he’s just been certified on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper.

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Nathaniel Brous put away the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper on his official attempt last night—he’s now been certified on the planet’s best known and most highly respected feat of world class grip strength. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Brous



“I learned about Captains of Crush Grippers while researching grip in an effort to train for American Ninja Warrior. I could barely close the No. 1 with my right hand on my first attempt. I was not even close with my left hand. 

“I now train grippers once every 7 - 10 days. I will set the gripper, attempt to close it, then nudge the gripper closer with my off hand. Repeat.

“I enjoy training grip. I am anxious to certify on the No. 3 so I may turn my attention back to Gold Nail Certification training. I would like to be one of the first five people to do so.”

IronMind would like to thank Mark Ryan for refereeing Nathaniel Brous’s official attempt—it was successful and Nathaniel Brous has been certified on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper . . . nice going, Nate!

Legal start (above) and the final close (below): Nathaniel Brous has officially conquered the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper.  IronMind® | Photos courtesy of Nathaniel Brous

Legal start (above) and the final close (below): Nathaniel Brous has officially conquered the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper.  IronMind® | Photos courtesy of Nathaniel Brous
Legal start (above) and the final close (below): Nathaniel Brous has officially conquered the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper.  IronMind® | Photos courtesy of Nathaniel Brous

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The action from the group 3 qualifiers for the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest continues on CBS Sports tonight at 9:30 pm Eastern Time.

Eddie Hall (left) and Lauri Nami (right) battle it out in the Yoke Race during the qualifying round of the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Eddie Hall (left) and Lauri Nami (right) battle it out in the Yoke Race during the qualifying round of the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


With six men in the group and only two guaranteed to advance to the finals, the pressure is on as Mike Caruso (US), Eddie Hall (UK), Lauri Nami (EST), Jerry Pritchett (US), Dimitar Savatimov (US/BUL) and Grzegor Szymanski (POL) try to lift, carry and pull their way into the finals.

The World’s Strongest Man—nothing else is even close.

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The International Highland Games Federation (IHGF) has introduced traditional Scottish heavy events to Romania, IHGF CEO Francis Brebner told IronMind today.

Rafal Kobylarz (Poland) won top honors at the 2014 IHGF World Highland Games Strength Challenge held in Satu Mare, Romania. IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo.
Rafal Kobylarz (Poland) won top honors at the 2014 IHGF World Highland Games Strength Challenge held in Satu Mare, Romania. IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo.
 

The 2014 IHGF World Highland Games Strength Challenge, held in at the AquaStar Spa Satu Mare, Romania in early July, added a new page in Highland Games history with a games staged in Romania for the first time. 

The entire event was filmed for TV, and the lineup of athletes represented a range of countries:  Ivan Medimurec (Croatia); Georg Ögmundsson (Iceland); Rafal Kobylarz (Poland); Al Myers (USA); Chad Ullom (USA); Alexandru Cortean (Romania); Roni Kecskés (Serbia); Tibor Kiss (Hungary); Tamás Saliga (Hungary); and Johan Langhorst (Netherlands) .
 
Since last year’s IHGF World Highland Games Strength Challenge, “the overall standard had significantly improved,” Francis Brebner reported, “and new contenders for this year’s championships were Ögmundsson, Kobylarz and Langhorst, all of whom were very impressive to see for the first time. 

“From the first event on, Kobylarz took the reins, winning four of the eight events, but it was not all smooth terrain. He had to work extra hard for his victories, but in the end he claimed the championships title with a 9-point lead,” said Brebner.

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“MAS Wrestling USA’s iconic governing board and fluorescent yellow  Team USA shirts were front and center in the UFC Gym exhibit at the UFC Fan Expo which took place over the holiday weekend in Las Vegas,” Clay Edgin reported to IronMind.

“Two Hooters promotional girls versus one promotional ogre [Clay Edgin].” MAS Wrestling had a strong presence at the UFC Fan Expo in the form of President of MAS Wrestling USA Odd Haugen and Director of Sport Development Clay Edgin, who introduced hundreds of people to the sport and gave several demonstrations themselves. IronMind® | Courtesy of Clay Edgin
“Two Hooters promotional girls versus one promotional ogre [Clay Edgin].” MAS Wrestling had a strong presence at the UFC Fan Expo in the form of President of MAS Wrestling USA Odd Haugen and Director of Sport Development Clay Edgin, who introduced hundreds of people to the sport and gave several demonstrations themselves. IronMind® | Courtesy of Clay Edgin


“The Mandalay Bay’s sprawling convention floor was the site for the event and gave fans an opportunity to rub elbows with some of mixed martial arts’ best and brightest. An estimated 40,000-50,000 fans had a chance to check out the latest in fight technology and nutrition supplementation from major vendors.

“At the Los Angeles Fit Expo, there were approximately 150 people who tried MAS for the first time over the course of the weekend, but that number was eclipsed the very first day of the event in Las Vegas. The volunteers ranged in age, weight, and athletic ability but MAS wrestling’s inclusive nature meant that everyone got to a chance to experience the sport to the fullest.

“Among the many who took to the platform were legendary UFC fighter Matt Hughes, who had a playful grudge match against Adam Sedlack, President of UFC Gyms. Despite being outweighed by 55 lb., Hughes’ strength was enough to seize the win much to the delight of the crowd that had gathered.

“We were really encouraged by the response that MAS Wrestling got at the expo. There were even a number of people who had heard of it already so we know that all the promoting and marketing we’re doing is paying off.”

“The MAS Wrestling train continues to pick up steam as it pulls into San Jose, California this weekend for the 2014 North American MAS Wrestling Championships as part of the Odd Haugen Strength Classic. Competitors from all over the country will be testing their mettle in an effort to earn one of the 6 coveted spots on Team USA’s squad going to Russia for the World Championships at the end of the year.

“In addition to the competition, the first MAS Wrestling Certification Workshop for Judges and Coaches will take place at the San Jose Fit Expo on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Attendees will get an in-depth review of the rules, how to organize a tournament, and even get some hands-on training from Haugen, Edgin, and some of the Russian officials who have traveled here just for this event. The cost of the Certification Workshop is $199 and includes membership to MAS Wrestling USA. Reserve your spot by emailing odd@maswrestlingusa.com.

“A special thank you has to go out to the coaches from UFC Gyms all over the country who helped us out last weekend, taking care of signing up volunteers, handing out giveaways, and even jumping in to give expo attendees a worthy opponent on the platform,” said Edgin.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

SCL Portugal produced close battles and a change in overall positions as Martin Wildauer surged to the top of the list.

Martin Wildauer completes six reps in the overhead log event (140 kg).  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL
Martin Wildauer completes six reps in the overhead log event (140 kg).  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL


Martin Wildauer is the new MHP Strongman Champions League Leader After Portugal
by Aryn Lockhart, Strongman Rage

This past weekend in Portugal resulted in a complete shift of the MHP Strongman Champions League leader board with Martin Wildauer (Austria) barely edging out Dainis Zageris (Latvia) for the win. Wildauer’s win launched him from third place into the overall leader position. In the closest SCL to date, Zageris and Wildauer went head to head for each event. The intensity culminated with the two athletes pitted against one another for the tire flip as the deciding event. The competition was so intense and so close that they ended the competition with equal points after six events. With nail-biting anticipation, Wildauer claimed the win after the totals revealed he had won three events and Zageris had won only one.

The first three events were the front hold, 30 kg (66lb.), the 140kg (308lb.) log for reps and hand over hand bus pull with a slight uphill incline that allowed only two athletes to complete the event.  With clear skies and perfect, tropical temperatures, the athletes battled through the first three events and then had a four-hour break coming back to complete the last three events in the evening.

“This was the most intense competition I have ever done,” Martin Wildauer stated. “After the first three events, I was only in fourth place. At that point, my goal was to place within the top three.” Wildauer continued, “The break was just what I needed. I rested and came back ready to go for the win.”

The athletes returned to finish the final three events that evening. The car deadlift for reps (360kg - 792lb.), frame walk of (360kg- 792lb.) for 30 meters and the wheelflip. Wildauer came out in a fury winning all of the evening events.

“This has to be one of the closest competitions we’ve ever had,” stated Marcel Mostert, Strongman Champions League director. “If Dainis Zageris would have been 0.7 seconds faster in the wheel flip, he would have won the competition. That’s how close it was.”

The current leader board has Martin Wildauer with 89 points after seven stages. Ervin Katona is still very much a contender with 83 points and Hafthor Bjornsson has 75 points. The chase is on and it’s an all out war as these top athletes take a short and much needed break. The next stage of the MHP Strongman Champions League will take place on the 19th of July in Croatia.   

Portugal final results:

1)     Martin Wildauer - Austria 51(won 3 events)

2)     Dainis Zageris - Latvia     51 (won 1 event)

3)     Lauri Nami - Estonia        46
4)     Ervin Katona - Serbia       45
5)     Simon Johnston - Wales  36
6)     Marcos Ferrrari - Brazil    31
7)     Sergio Fernandez - Spain  24
8)     Aderito Santos - Portugal 15
9)     Luis Batista - Portugal  11
10)  Tim Enersen - Norway  4 


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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“What is maybe the best background to jump to strongman/woman sport?,” you might wonder. 

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"In the photo, Sanna Savolainen reps out log lift, multiplying the result that the others did.” IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Heavyevents.fi
"In the photo, Sanna Savolainen reps out log lift, multiplying the result that the others did.” IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Heavyevents.fi


“I would say weightlifting is high on that list—at least based on, what I saw during the weekend while we had the Finnish Championships for lightweight athletes at Saparo-Festival in Huittinen (Finland),” said promoter Jyrki Rantanen.

“Along with introducing the new -60kg class for women, we had also -70kg for them and the men battled for -80kg class.


“There was a huge amount of great performances in all classes, and best of all was Sanna Savolainen, who is silver medalist on Finnish nationals for weightlifting (-63kg class); she dominated the new class of -60kg strong woman by winning 5 out of 6 events and was also second in mas wrestling.

“In -70kg  class, the competition was more stable and the experienced sisters Leena Nurminen and Jaana Tanner held the newcomers behind their backs and took the top spots. In -80kg, Ville Majuri was the strongest in a very tight competition," said Rantanen.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The 2014 Scottish Heavy Events Lightweight World Championships will be hosted by the Tucson Celtic Festival.

The will be held on November 1 and 2, “with the broadest group of international athletes ever to be assemble in lightweight (under 200 lb.) history,” Ryan Seckman told IronMind today.

“The group currently stands at 9 competitors including world record holders, past champions and new athletes who have all earned the opportunity to compete for this landmark event in the sport of Scottish Heavy Athletics. 

“The list as of July 5, includes those who have accepted the invitation and there will be a total of 14 athletes to compete come games day:

1) Harry Hancock, Scotland
2) Conan Robert Quinn, Scotland
3) Luke Lomsdalen, USA
4) Jon Dahlin, USA
5) Torsten Hülsemann, Germany
6) Jacob Nicol, USA
7) Max Shank, USA
8) Stefan Dumitrica, Romania
9) Lukas Prettenthaler, Austria

“For more information on this competition and for updates please like us at

https://www.facebook.com/events/1420853168184446/

or visit the games web site to sign up for advance purchase tickets or to compete in one of our other classes open on a first-come first-served basis.”



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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The IHGF has been busy and here’s a top line report on their two most recent contests: the 2014 IHGF Amateur Highland Games World Championships and the 2nd Annual IHGF Stones of Strength World Challenge, direct from IHGF CEO Francis Brebner.

Pieter Karst Buoma celebrates his victory at the 2014 IHGF Amateur Highland Games World Championships.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of Henriette Borbely
Pieter Karst Buoma celebrates his victory at the 2014 IHGF Amateur Highland Games World Championships.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of Henriette Borbely


2014 IHGF Amateur Highland Games World Championships and the 2nd Annual IHGF Stones of Strength World Challenge

by Francis Brebner
CEO, International Highland Games Federation (IHGF)
 
Two big competitions--the IHGF World Amateur Highland Games and the IHGF Stone of Strength World Challenge—took place back to back on Vesterålen Island, Norway this past weekend and both were a huge success.  

One of the biggest gatherings of any kind ever held on the island, the events attracted about 1500 spectators from the surrounding rural area of Andøya.  The setting for the IHGF Amateur Highland Games World Championships was one of the most beautiful ever, with the surrounding sea and the mountains as the backdrop.  

It all came down to the caber toss in a climactic finish, with four athletes separated by one-half point.  When all was said and done, Pieter Karst Bouma of Holland prevailed.  The entire competition was called “a slug fest of the highest caliber,” with an electrifying competitive spirit among the twelve international athletes.
 
IHGF Stones of Strength World Challenge, also held in Andøya, was a major triumph, filmed by three camera crews and cheered on throughout the entire competition from start to finish.  Including a Husafell stone carry, stone duck walk, stone press overhead, and Atlas Stones, the challenge was won by strongman athlete Jonathan Kelly of Ireland, who also competed in the Amateur Highland Games Championships.  Kelly noted, “I like this concept of using stones only in a competition—it was exciting.”
 
The Captains of Crush competition, which was limited to participants from Norway, had over 20 contenders and was a huge hit with the fans.  Winner Robert Stakson closed the Captains of Crush No. 2 gripper.  In the Norwegian Open Captains of Crush competition, Adam Darazs of Hungary won by the closing the Captains of Crush No. 2.5 gripper.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

With the MHP Strongman Champions League reaching the midpoint of its 2014 season, Aryn Lockhart sets the stage for this weekend’s competition in Portugal, including a summary of the SCL scoring system.

This weekend, in Portugal, MHP Strongman Champions League celebrates its seventh competition of the season—featuring top strongman competitors in the sport’s largest international tour.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of SCL
This weekend, in Portugal, MHP Strongman Champions League celebrates its seventh competition of the season—featuring top strongman competitors in the sport’s largest international tour.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of SCL


MHP Strongman Champions League Portugal: Understanding SCL Standing
by Aryn Lockhart
Strongman Rage

As ten of the strongest athletes converge upon Portugal, Strongman Champions League is in full swing with stage seven occurring this weekend. Sun, sand, beach and pools are the perfect backdrop in a nonstop, two-day event. The competition will take place in two different cities. Portugal is the half-way mark of the series and the competition couldn’t be closer.

Currently Hafthor Bjornsson (75pts) holds the overall lead, but Ervin Katona (71pts) is only four points away in second and Martin Wildauer (63pts) is making gains with each competition trailing behind Katona a mere seven points.

Here’s a brief summary of how to keep track of your favorite athletes. SCL rankings are very clear-cut. SCL points are awarded for each stage based on placing.

Place Points
1. 25
2. 18
3. 15
4. 12
5. 10
6. 8
7. 6
8. 5
9. 4
10. 3
11. 2
12. 1


Cumulative points determine the rankings over all the stages. In the end, the better the athlete places in the competition and the more stages he competes in, the higher he will move in the overall rankings. The finals will be held in Malaysia on 8 and 9 November and this competition is worth double points. The very best world athletes compete in the Strongman Champions League and as the series progresses, the top athletes are moving throughout the leader board jockeying for position with every new competition.

With Hafthor Bjornsson in Italy with Zydrunas Savickas for the Guinness World Record Show, the remaining athletes are working on their strategies to make significant gains in his absence. Keep track of your favorite athletes on www.strongmancl.com as they go head to head in the fight for the leader shirt.

Portugal events:

Truck Pull
Log lift reps
Frame walk
Deadliest
Wheel flip
Forward Hold

The athletes competing in the SCL Portugal are:

1. Ervin Katona -  Serbia
2. Lauri Nami - Estonia
3. Dainis Zageris - Latvia
4. Martin Wildauer - Austria
5. Simon Johnston- Wales
6. Bjorn Solvang - Norway
7.  Sergio Fernandez - Spain
8.  Marcos Ferrari - Brazil
9.  Aderito Santos - Portugal
10. Luis Batista – Portugal

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“In the first German Master’s Championship, Michael Zitzelsberger, 47, won a very close competition qualifying him for the World’s Master’s to be held during the Belfast Ultimate Strongman Giant Weekend August 24th and 25th in Ireland,” Aryn Lockhart reported to IronMind.



Michael Zitzelsberger deadlifts 320kg winning the first German Master’s Championship qualifying him for the World Championship in Belfast, Ireland 24 August 14. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Aryn Lockhart/Strongman Rage
Michael Zitzelsberger deadlifts 320kg winning the first German Master’s Championship qualifying him for the World Championship in Belfast, Ireland 24 August 14. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Aryn Lockhart/Strongman Rage


Michael Zitzelberger Wins Inaugural German Masters’ Strongman Championships
by Aryn Lockhart
Strongman Rage

BAD SALZUNGEN, GERMANY – In the first German Masters’ Championship, Michael Zitzelsberger, 47, won a very close competition qualifying him for the World’s Master’s to be held during the Belfast Ultimate Strongman Giant Weekend August 24th and 25th in Ireland.

The masters’ championship will host the strongest international athletes over the age of 40.

The competition in Germany was held simultaneously with the amateur Germany cup. The masters’ pitted eight athletes ranging in age from 40 – 61 battling through five tough events.  The events for the competition were maximum axle deadlift; 110kg (242lb) log for reps; tire flip (330kg – 726lbs) and log drag (180kg – 396lbs) medley; frame (240kg – 528lb) and farmer’s walk (120kg – 264lbs per hand) medley. The last event was 5 atlas stones loaded onto a platform ranging from 120 – 160kg (264lbs – 352lbs).

Heinz Ollesch, the German Federation of Strength Athletes president stated, “It was a very close competition. It’s great to see a masters’ competition. I think these younger athletes had the utmost respect watching and competing with the masters. These men have longevity in the strongman sport and it’s hard not to be impressed.”

You can find more images of the competition here.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The 2014 MHP Strongman Champions League season is in full swing and this past weekend, the action was in Latvia—where Rafal Kobyaz won.



Dainis Zageris repping out with the 380-kg deadlift, the final event at SCL Latvia.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL
Dainis Zageris repping out with the 380-kg deadlift, the final event at SCL Latvia.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL



Staged in Olaines, about 25 km from Lativa, SCL director Ilkka Kinnunen said the weather was beautiful (25 C and sunny), perfect for the crowd of about 2000 that had gathered to watch the event which featured what Kinnenen called “6 very hard disciplines.”


“Weight For Height started the competition,” Kinnunen said. “There were two athletes who were fighting at the end. Austrian Martin Wildauer took the first place with success hight of 5.40m and Rafal Kobyaz was second.

“The next event Viking Press for reps, with165kg. Lithuanian Vidas Blekaitis did an easy12 reps to win the event.  Three athletes were tied for second place with 9 reps.

“Third event: Powerstairs with 6 steps and 225kg, 250kg, 275kg. The winner was Dainis Zageris, who also broke the Latvian record in Powerstairs. The old one was hold by Raimonds Bergmanis.  Rafal Kobyaz was second.

“The Duckwalk with 225kg and Barrel loading was next and Rafal Kobyaz won.

“The fifth event was the Giant Dumbbell: 95kg for reps. This was hard for many athletes. The winner with 5 reps was Vidas Blekaitis and Rafal Kobyaz. Dainis Zageris, with 4 reps, was next.”

Having the Deadlift for reps with 380kg as the final event “pushed the athletes for a limit of their power,” said Kinnunen. “Lot of no lifts was taking place, but strong deadlifters like Martin Wildauer and Dainis Zageris had successful lifts of 5 reps and Vidas Blekaitis and Rafal Kobyaz 4 reps.

“Once again, MHP SCL Thanks the Latvian organizer and their sponsors for a great competition. Next weekend the MHP SCL continues in Faro, Portugal, so stay tuned!”

Overall results:

    1.    RAFAL KOBYAZ 56,5p
    2.    Vidas Blekaitis 52p
    3.    Martin Wildauer 51p
    4.    Dainis Zageris 50,5p
    5.    Dizis Zarinis 45,5p
    6.    Ervin Katona 30p
    7.    Lauri Nami 27p
    8.    Aivars Smaukstelis 22p
    9.    Arto Niemi Nikkola 20p
    10.  Oskars Martunaz 10p
    11.  Kevin Larsen 7,5p

                                                                 

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Four months into his steel bending career, Durry Becker has just been certified on the IronMind Red Nail.



“Lower arm/wrist strength is not important for my job but my hobby is weightlifting and grip training so it is important for that, Durry Becker, just certified on the Red Nail, told IronMind.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Durry Becker
“Lower arm/wrist strength is not important for my job but my hobby is weightlifting and grip training so it is important for that, Durry Becker, just certified on the Red Nail, told IronMind.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Durry Becker


“Becker told IronMind, “I heard about bending through the IronMind website and then I started watching Bend videos from Red Nail benders on youtube. I typically bend once a week. I superset nail bending with heavy weighted dips or bench press.

"I work in the garden department of a home improvement store. I enjoy spending time with my wife and one year old daughter as well as training in my garage gym with my brother. My training goals are to close and certify with a Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper as well as bend a Gold Nail,” Becker said.

       

Many thanks to Dan Pace for refereeing Durry Becker's official attempt to bend an IronMind Red Nail—congratulations, Durry, it's official and your name has been added to the Red Nail Roster.                                                            

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“Tomorrow, the sixth stage of the MHP SCL series will take place in Latvia, home of such strongman legend as Raimonds Bergmanis,”  Strongman Champions League Director Ilkka Kinnunen told IronMind today.

MHP Strongman Champions League is coming to Riga, Latvia tomorrow.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL
MHP Strongman Champions League is coming to Riga, Latvia tomorrow.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL


“Latvia has long history of holding international competitions and actually the very first SCL competition took place here in Riga.

“The Latvian star Dainis Zageris will challenge again a strong list of the athletes such as Ervin Katona, second at the moment overall, Martin Wildauer third overall, Lauri Nami fourth overall, and many other top athletes. 

“The leader in SCL series, Haftjör Julius Björnsson, is with Zydrunas Savickas the whole month in Italy working for SCL doing the Guinness Records. SCL and Guinness Records has already many years of successful cooperation

“The competition events tomorrow are:


    1.    DEADLIFT FOR REPS
    2.    WEIGHT FOR HEIGHT MEDLEY
    3.    CIRCUS DUMBBELL
    4.    LOADING MEDLEY
    5.    VIKING PRESS
    6.    YOKE RACE

“Stay tuned for results here on IronMind,” Kinnunen said.

                                                      

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Sacramento–The 2014 USATF Outdoor National opened with no mere bang, but a rocket launch, as Joe Kovacs won the men’s shot with a 22.03 m (72 ft 3-1/2 in.) put in the Capitol Shot.

The Capitol Shot was an outdoor party where immensely powerful men and women punched holes in the sky in front of the Golden State’s capitol building, delighting guests who ranged from hardcore track fans to equally hardcore lobbyists, as well as state government officials and employees. Joe Kovacs delivered the big punch on the men’s side.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
The Capitol Shot was an outdoor party where immensely powerful men and women punched holes in the sky in front of the Golden State’s capitol building, delighting guests who ranged from hardcore track fans to equally hardcore lobbyists, as well as state government officials and employees. Joe Kovacs delivered the big punch on the men’s side.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Coming into the men’s finals John Godina predicted that “someone would throw a bomb,” and that someone was Joe Kovacs, who launched the best put in the world this year, not to mention a personal best, the throw that gave him the 2014 USATF Outdoor Nationals men’s shot put title.

Outstanding event: congratulations athletes, USATF, Sacramento Sports Commission, and California Governor Jerry Brown.

                                                      

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Featuring the planet’s top strongman competitors, the World’s Strongest Man contest continues on CBS Sport tomorrow night (June 25) at 9:30 PM, Eastern Time.

Mike Caruso played college lacrosse and has a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology—that must be a pretty good training for strongman, because now he’s a World’s Strongest Man competitor.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Mike Caruso played college lacrosse and has a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology—that must be a pretty good training for strongman, because now he’s a World’s Strongest Man competitor.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


So if you need to get psyched up for your next functional strength workout or just want to be entertained watching these human tractors move mountains of mass, tune in and enjoy The World’s Strongest Man.

Here’s a trailer, to whet your appetite.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“Haffþór Júlíus Björnsson won Iceland’s Strongest Man, and is now 4 times winner of the contest,” Hjalti Arnason reported to IronMind today.

Fitting enough: Icelandic strongman Hafthor Julius Bjornsson has been a force to be reckoned with on the international strongman circuit and now he is a 4-time winner of Iceland’s Strongest Man as well.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Hjalti Arnason
Fitting enough: Icelandic strongman Hafthor Julius Bjornsson has been a force to be reckoned with on the international strongman circuit and now he is a 4-time winner of Iceland’s Strongest Man as well.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Hjalti Arnason


“Second was Pall Logason and third Úlfur Orri Pétursson.

“Iceland’s Strongest Man started in 1985, whenJon Pal Sigmarsson won, Hjalti Arnason was second and Magnús Ver Magnússon was third.”

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Hafthor Julius Bjornsson—three words that mean Wins in Strongman, as the Icelander took the title and the leader’s shirt at the MHP Strongman Champions League–Holland this weekend.  Aryn Lockart called the action for IronMind.

“The ‘Mountain is on top, winning MHP Strongman Champions League Holland and claiming the SCL ‘Leader’ shirt,” reported Aryn Lockart.  IronMind® | photo by Strongman Rage
“The ‘Mountain is on top, winning MHP Strongman Champions League Holland and claiming the SCL ‘Leader’ shirt,” reported Aryn Lockart.  IronMind® | photo by Strongman Rage


Hafthor Dominates SCL–Holland
by Aryn Lockhart
Strongman Rage

On Saturday in an intense battle at the fifth stage of the MHP Strongman Champions League in Holland, Thor Björnsson claimed the leader shirt from Ervin Katona. Katona has held the leader position since stage one in St. Martinque back in March. Holland was Thor’s third consecutive win, tying Zydrunas Savickas for the most wins in a row. With perfect weather, the crowd was pumped to see 14 of the strongest men in the world battle through six events testing their ultimate strength.

“This really changes the game,” stated Marcel Mostert, SCL Director. “The competition is fierce at the moment with Katona slipping to second place in the overall standings and Martin Wildauer close behind in third poised and ready to move up in the rankings.”

The day started off with the truck pull. Pulling a 14 ton truck with nothing but a harness, athletes dug in. The best time was 40.99 seconds  by Thor Björnsson.

The second event was the log with 150kg for reps. With a slightly uneven surface, the athletes went head to head struggling for each rep. The final results of this event ended with Mikkel Leicht from Sweden and Grzegorz Szymanski, the new polish future,  completing six reps for the win.

The third event was the yoke weighing 420kg. Without the ability to adjust the height of the yoke, this made for a real challenge for the taller athletes. In typical strongman fashion, despite being competitors, Katona worked with Björnsson offering tips to help the giant. In an amazing display of speed and strength the winner of this event was Marius Lalas with 13,87  seconds. Close behind was Jarno Hams from Holland in second place with 14.51 sec.

Loading was the fourth event. Carrying two textile rolls and two kegs each weighing 100kg onto a platform, athletes battled head to head for the fastest time. Maneuvering the awkward rolls it was a race to the platform sprinting back and forth. The winner of this event was again Marius Lalas with 32.94 seconds.

The next event was the tire flip. Flipping a 420kg tire eight times, Björnson’s size gave him a serious advantage taking this event with only 26.48 seconds.

The final event of the day was the atlas stones with weights of 140kg, 160kg, 170kg, and finishing with 180kg for varying heights. Again Thor was explosive completing this event in a mere 18.03 seconds over two full seconds ahead of Marius Lalas who’s time was 20.76 seconds. In his second SCL, Lalas had an impressive showing placing fifth overall.

After an injury, Katona was unable to continue after the log. He plans to rest and recover for the next battle in Latvia. Krzysztof Radzikowski was on hand, but did not compete. He’s currently recovering from his tricep surgery, but gaining strength by the day. He came to support Poland’s representative, Grzegorz Szymanski, who took an impressive second for the day. Third place went to Alex Moonen from Holland.

The new future from Holland, Niels Gordijn, came in 6th place in this tough field. It was an impressive showing for his first international strongman competition.

For Jarno Hams, who placed7th with a minor injury, it was possibly the last Champions League competition in his career. He is training hard for his last fight, the Dutch nationals, which will be held on 12 July. Hams is seeking his 8th title in Holland which would be one more than Berend Veneberg, former strongman and European strongman from Holland with seven titles.

The battle for first overall within the MHP Strongman Champions League is heating up. The competitors are hungry as the season is in full swing. Competitions in Latvia the 28th of June and Portugal on the 4th of July are up next. It’s an all out battle for the top spot so stay tuned as the action unfolds. You can find all the latest here on IronMind.

Images from SCL Holland can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.680909318622829.1073741842.629648870415541&type=1

MHP Strongman Champions League Holland final results:



1.    THOR BJÖRNSSON—Iceland 74
2.    GRZEGORZ SZYMANSKI—Poland 66.5
3.    ALEX MOONEN—Holland 56.5
4.     LAURI NAMI—Estonia 54.5
5.    MARIUS LALAS—Lithuania 52.5
6.    NIELS GORDIJN—Holland 51.5
7.    JARNO HAMS—Holland 50
8.    DAINIS ZAGERIS—Latvia 44
9.    MARTIN WILDAUER—Austria 43.5
10.    MICHAEL BLUMSTEIN—Germany 42
11.     MIKKEL LEICHT—Denmark 38.5
12.    FUAD HSAINIFOUAD HSAINI – Morocco 20
13.    KEVIN LARSEN—Norway 17.5
14.    ERVIN KATONA - Serbia 17 - Injured.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“Hope this message will find you in good health. Just wanted to inform you about our last achievements in strength sports,” Georgian Strongman Federation Vice President and Co-Founder Valeri Gulbani reported to IronMind today.

Konstantine Janashia (Georgia), shown on the Car Deadlift at Giants Live–Hungary, hopes to qualify for the 2015 World’s Strongest Man contest.  IronMind® | Courtesy of the Georgian Strongman Federation
Konstantine Janashia (Georgia), shown on the Car Deadlift at Giants Live–Hungary, hopes to qualify for the 2015 World’s Strongest Man contest.  IronMind® | Courtesy of the Georgian Strongman Federation


“Member of Georgian Strongmen Federation and 2010-11-13-14 winner of Georgian Strongest Man, Konstantine Janashia took his debut in professional Strongman competition Giant Live in Hungary, Budapest. In a tough battle, he took 5th place and hope to gain an invitation to World’s Strongest Man 2015.”


Giants Live Hungary 2014
1. Jason Bergmann, USA, 59.5 (won 3 events)
2. Matjaz Belsak, SLO, 59.5
3. Eddie Hall, GBR, 56
4. Mike Caruso, USA, 44
5. Konstantine Janashia, GEO, 43.5

“Another member of Georgian Strongman Federation, Georgian and world record holder in the bench press in the 125-kg category participated for the first time in "Battle of Champions" Russia, Arkhangelsk. He was 4th and improved his own record (275.5 kg ) with a new record of 282.5 kg. Unfortunately, his last attempt to lift 287.5 kg was not done well done enough.

“The Georgian Strongmen Federation is proud on behalf of our athletes to be able show such high performance and is dedicated to go for medals in both competitions for the next time. This is just a start to unleash the GEORGIAN POWER! :) ."

   

Giants Live Director Colin Bryce told IronMind, "The top three men in each contest qualify for World's Strongest Man and we are seeing some brilliant new talent.  Konstantine Janashia was an impressive young man and he would be a very likely wildcard when the time comes around to choose the competitors for next year's World's Strongest Man contest."

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“This weekend, on 28 June, the MHP Strongman Champions League Holland will be in the very nice city Doetinchem, in east of Holland,” SCL Director Marcel Mostert told IronMind.

Hafthor Bjornsson won the Truck Pull, the Carry & Drag, as well as setting a world record in the Atlas Stones at SCL Holland last year—losing the overall title Zydrunas Savickas by only one point.  Expect fireworks from the Icelander this weekend.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Hafthor Bjornsson won the Truck Pull, the Carry & Drag, as well as setting a world record in the Atlas Stones at SCL Holland last year—losing the overall title Zydrunas Savickas by only one point.  Expect fireworks from the Icelander this weekend.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


“THOR the Icelander will go for his third win in a row he told me.  Only Zydrunas Savickas  has done this, wining 3 SCL shows in a row.
“The competition will start at 13.00 o’clock and entrance will be free of charge.  Also, we will see the new talent from Holland , Niels Gordijn, who is already called the new Thor of Holland.
 
The following athletes will be there:
 
1.         ERVIN KATONA—Serbia
2.         THOR BJÖRNSSON—Iceland                     
3.         GRZEGORZ SZYMANSKI—Poland
4.         LAURI NAMI—Estonia
5.         DAINIS ZAGERIS—Latvia
6.         KEVIN LARSEN—Norway
7.         MARIUS LALAS—Lithuania
8.         MICHAEL BLUMSTEIN—Germany
9          MIKKEL LEICHT—Denmark
10.       JARNO HAMS—Holland
11.       MARTIN WILDAUER—Austria
12.       ALEX MOONEN—Holland
13.       NIELS GORDIJN—Holland
 
EVENTS:
 
1-         TRUCK PULL             
2-         LOG LIFT REPS                                  
3-         YOKE RACE   
4-         LOADING                    
5-         WHEEL FLIP            
6-         ATLAS STONES      
 
“It will be an exciting event again in the MHP Strongman Champions League, the 5th stage: SCL HOLLAND.

SCL leader Ervin Katona can lose his leader shirt here to THOR, so maybe we will get a new leader as well. Stay tuned,” said Mostert

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Coverage of the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest continues on CBS Sports tonight—where mass x velocity leaves the textbook and hits the field.

They might be popping out of the roof rather than stuck under the hood, but either way, that’s a lot of cubic inches (in the form of Brian Shaw) in the Car Walk race at the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
They might be popping out of the roof rather than stuck under the hood, but either way, that’s a lot of cubic inches (in the form of Brian Shaw) in the Car Walk race at the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


For a taste of what you’ll see tonight on CBS Sports at 9:30 PM ET, click here.

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Giants Live—the official qualifying tour for the World’s Strongest Man contest—is coming to Budapest June 20–21, serving up what Managing Director Colin Bryce calls “an interesting mix of old and new.”

Eddie Hall was runner-up at Giants Live Budapest last year and has to be the favorite in 2014.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Giants Live
Eddie Hall was runner-up at Giants Live Budapest last year and has to be the favorite in 2014.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Giants Live


Start List
1.     Marc van der Haer (RSA)
2.     Peter Puzser (SVK)
3.     Tamas Hajnal (HUN)
4.     Janos Sebestyen (HUN)
5.     Alen Radosevic (SRB)
6.     Matjaz Belsak (SLO)
7.     Konstantine Janashia (GEO)
8.     Eddie Hall (GBR)
9.     Jason Bergmann (USA)
10.   Mike Caruso (USA)
11.   Graham Hicks (GBR)
12.   Michael Votter (AUT)

"Akos Nagy, Hungarian number one, is out with a biceps tear but as organiser and Head of Giants Live Hungary, along with Hungarian Tourism, have planned what we hope to be the greatest strongman show to come to ever come to Hungary,”
said Bryce.

Events
1. Arm over arm truck pull
2. log for reps
3. Conan circle
4. Car deadlift
5. Atlas stone
6. Iceland cross carry for max. distance

Competition details
Day 1 June 20th, Friday -  (only the truck pull, 20June, Friday 6.pm CET) DALLAS American Restaurant in Budapest - http://dallasetterem.hu/
Day 2 June 21st, Saturday -  Ramada Resort-Aquaworld Budapest (21 June, Saturday, 2pm CET): http://www.ramadaresortbudapest.hu/

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He’s being called the best Scottish hammer thrower of all time—Highland Games competitor Dan McKim broke the world record for both the 22-lb. and the 16-lb. hammer at the Utah Highland Games, and IHGF CEO Francis Brebner called the action for IronMind.
 
Highland Games standout Dan McKim is a study in determination, but more than that, his T-shirt says it all: Believe.  IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo
Highland Games standout Dan McKim is a study in determination, but more than that, his T-shirt says it all: Believe.  IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo



Dan McKim Hammers the Record Book at the 2014 Utah Highland Games
by Francis Brebner
CEO
International Highland Games Federation (IHGF)
 
 
Dan McKim, the current number one ranked Highland Games athlete in the world, made history once again this past weekend at the Utah Highland Games breaking both the 22-lb. and 16-lb. hammer world records, with colossal distances of 132’ 10-1/4” in the 22-lb. hammer and 157’ 7-1/4” in the 16-lb. hammer.
 
Only a month before, at the Rio Grande Valley Highland Games in New Mexico, McKim set a new world record in the 22-lb. hammer with a throw of 129’ 11-1/2”, a record previously held by Matt Sandford of Australia of 129’ 10” which he set at the Halkirk Highland Games in Scotland in 1997.
 
So far this season McKim has been unstoppable, coming out with all guns blazing.  Several throws with the 16-lb. hammer had come very close to the world record of 156’ 8-1/2” established by Scotland’s Bruce Aitkin in Aboyne, Scotland in 2000.  But this weekend it was destiny and divinity for McKim as both hammers fell together, validating McKim as the greatest hammer thrower of all time and the third athlete ever to break both hammer records at a single games.
 
The first athlete to make history with both hammers was Stephen King at the Inveraray Games in 1998:  with the 22-lb. hammer King set the new record at 125’ 1” and with the 16-lb. hammer, 153’ 2”.  The joy of holding on to this position for any length of time was shattered as just two weeks later at the Halkirk Games in Scotland, Matt Sandford of Australia traumatized the Highland Games world with throws of 129’ 10-1/2” with the 22-lb. hammer and 154’ 11-1/2” with the 16-lb. hammer.  
 
In the opening event of Utah Games competition with the 22-lb Braemar stone, Jon O’Neil in his much favored event that took the win with a putt of 43’ 10-1/2”; second place was McKim with 40’ 10-1/2” and third, Chad Gustin with 38’ 6-3/4”.
 
In the 16-lb. open stone, McKim took a comfortable win of 53’ 10-1/4”.  O’ Neil was second at 49’ 7” and Dan Williams third at 48’ 1-1/2”.
 
The 56-lb. weight-for-distance was McKim’s second win, a personal best and a world-class throw of 47’ 5”.  Fouling on an extra attempt, he declined two additional attempts to rest and save himself for the hammers.  The current world record is held by USA’s Eric Frasure at 49’ 10”, for comparison.  Gustin took second at 44’ 4-1/2” and Williams third at 43’ 6”.
 
The 28-lb. weight-for-distance was history in the making as McKim let fly with a series of throws, starting with 87’ 5”, a foul of 88’ 6’, and a good throw at 91’ 9”.  With three extra attempts, McKim upped the ante to 94’ 9-1/4” to set a new North American record, besting the former record of 94’ 2” held by Matt Vincent since 2012.  McKim’s distance was within 1’ of the world record held by Scotland’s Gregor Edmunds of 95’ 10”.  Second was Gustin with a very respectable 85’ 6-1/2”; and third Williams at 80’ 8-3/4”.
 
In the 22-lb. hammer, McKim made throws of 122’ 6”, 122’ 4” and 126’, and he wasn’t sure he had much gas left in the tank.  After encouragement from fellow athletes and the crowd, McKim launched into a solar system of its own the world record 132’ 10-3/4”, making McKim the first person to ever throw over the 130’ barrier in competition.  Ryan Stewart was second with 101’ 11-1/2” and Williams third with 96’ 1”.
 
In the 16-lb. hammer, McKim sent a graceful throw sailing into the record books with the 157’ 7-1/4”, obliterating Aitkin’s records.  Second was Williams at 130’ 4-1/4” and third Stewart at 130’ 3-1/4”.

The 56-lb. weight-over-bar was a new world record for spinning by Williams at 20’ 6”, surpassing his old record set in 2011 of 20’ 3”.  Second was a tie between McKim and Gustin in the traditional standing style at 16’ 6”.
 
In the caber toss, McKim reigned supreme, slamming home 11:55 for the win.  Second was Williams with 11:30 and third Gustin at 10:30.
 
The finale event with the 20-lb. sheaf toss was claimed by Williams at a height of 32’.  Gustin was second, also at 32’ and McKim third at 31’.  
 
Overall points:

1. Dan McKim 13.5
2. Dan Williams 18.0
3. Chad Gustin 27.5
4. Ryan Stewart, Jon O"Neil Itie) 36.0

McKim has been improving games after games, churning out field and world records at nearly every competition he participates in.  Now, adding two world records in the hammers at a single games, as well as knocking on the door of both weight-for-distance world records, there is no doubt in my mind that here is man who is still improving and will turn out to be the greatest heavyweight athlete of all time!
 
McKim noted it felt pretty unbelievable to be both world champion and world record holder in both hammers:  “I never dreamed I would be doing this, in this position.  We can make all our plans and dreams but when God takes over, it just blows you away with what He can do.”

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Lukasz Wenta added to his list of victories with a win at the Cupar Highland Games in Scotland.

Lukasz Wenta is the top ranked European Highland Games competitor so far this season.  IronMind® | IHGF photo
Lukasz Wenta is the top ranked European Highland Games competitor so far this season.  IronMind® | IHGF photo


2014 Cupar Highland Games
by Francis Brebner
CEO
International Highland Games Federation (IHGF)
 
The Cupar Highland Games in Scotland attracted over 2000 spectators, who saw the top-ranked European Highland Games athlete Lukasz Wenta claim another victory.  On a warm but overcast day, Wenta produced a great all-round performance with three overall wins and one joint win.
 
Athletes making up the field of contenders were Wenta, Craig Sinclair, Stuart Anderson, Bruce Robb, and Hiesi Geirmundsson.  In the 16-lb. open shot, Wenta took the win in his undefeated event so far this season with 56’ 5”.  Second place was Geirmundsson at 48’ 8” and third Sinclair at 47’ 7”.
 
The 22-lb. shot was a comfortable conquest for Wenta, who putted it 45’.  Geirmundsson was second with a notable 42’ and Robb third at 39’ 11”.
 
In the 28-lb. weight-for-distance, Sinclair came into his own, pulling out the winning throw of 83’ 9” and some much needed points.  Wenta took second with 80’ 8”and Robb third with 77’ 8”.
 
In the hammers, Sinclair worked to nail his wins with Wenta breathing hard behind him, doing 110’ 10” in the 22-lb. hammer to Wenta’s second place 102 ’2”.  Robb followed in third at 97’ 9”.
 
The 16-lb. hammer was Sinclair’s second win with a distance of 126’ 5” but it did not come easy as Wenta kept snapping at his heels; he concluded with a distance of 121’ for second place.  For third, Anderson came in with a throw of 115’ 5”.
 
In the 56-lb. weight-over-bar, Wenta and Geirmundsson tied at 15’, with Robb, Anderson and Sinclair third equal.
 
The final event with the caber toss capped Wenta’s wins; Geirmundsson placed second and Anderson third.
 
Overall points

1. Lukasz Wenta 28
2. Craig Sinclair 19
3. Hiesi Geirmundsson 12
4. Bruce Robb 7
5. Stuart Anderson 5

                        
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IHGF CEO Francis Brebner has filed a report on the USA vs. Canada Highland Games Team Championships, which produced some impressive throws.
 
Duncan McCallum broke several ground records and tied for first overall at the USA vs. Canada Highland Games Team Championships.  IronMind® | Andrew Kolstad photo
Duncan McCallum broke several ground records and tied for first overall at the USA vs. Canada Highland Games Team Championships.  IronMind® | Andrew Kolstad photo
 


2014 USA vs. Canada Highland Games Team Championships
by Francis Brebner
CEO
International Highland Games Federation (IHGF)

 
The USA vs. Canada Highland Games Team Championships held in Bellingham, Washington, had several field records established.  Team USA consisted of Ryan Stewart, Duncan McCallum, Charles Kasson, Robin Knebel and Greg Bell; and Team Canada included Greg Hadley, Josh Goldthorp, Sean Langford, Adam Drummond, and Lance Barusch,
 
McCallum, who has been very consistent in his performance so far this season, producing some very impressive throws, is someone we are going to hear more of in the future, I predict.  He has been tipped as a favorite to clinch the IHGF World Amateur Highland Games Championships title, which will take place in Norway later this month.
 
The competition got under way with the 16-lb. open stone, and as expected, the rising sensation McCallum took the first win with a noble putt of 48’ 10”, which also set a new ground record.  Bell placed second with 47’ 3” and Knebel third at 46’ 11”.
 
In the 22-lb. Braemar stone, McCallum took his second win with a putt of 42’ 10” with yet another ground record to his credit.  Kasson was second with 40’ 1-1/2” and Knebel third at 39’ 11-1/2”.
 
McCallum, now filled with assurance, locked up the weight-for-distance with a talented throw of 80’ 7” for his third straight victory and yet another field record.  Second place went to Stewart with 79’ 10” and third to Kasson with 79’ 2”.
 
In the 56-lb. weight-for-distance, Stewart affirmed the win, but only after a close tussle with McCallum, with a distance of 44’ 4” to establish a new field record.  McCallum was second at 41’ and Kasson third with 40’ 8”.
 
In the 16-lb hammer, Kasson pulled off the win with a distance of 123’ 11” to set a new ground record as well.  Stewart took second with 119’ 4” and Hadley third at 118’ 7”.
 
In the 20-lb. sheaf toss, Stewart reached the winning height of 30’ in his specialized event, with another field record to his credit.  Second equal were Kasson and Goldthorp at 27’.
 
The caber, at 21’ long with no taper and 118 lb., proved somewhat difficult with no successful turns.  Stewart managed a best of 80 degrees, with a tie for second place between McCallum and Hadley with 75 degrees.
 
The final event, the 56-lb. weight-over-bar, was won by Kasson with a height of 16’.  Second was a three-way tie between Knebel, McCallum and Stewart, who all cleared 15’.
 
Athletic directors for the games, Jay “Big Daddy” O’Neill and Bret “Hoss” Lathrop, were delighted with the team championships and the overall level of throwing and hope to build the Highland Games as well as championships games for the future in Bellingham, Washington.

Final scores

1. Ryan Stewart, Duncan McCallum (tie) 19.0
3. Charles Kasson 24.0
4 Robin Knebel 37.0
5. Greg Hadley 37.5
6. Greg Bell 40.5
7. Josh Goldthorp 46.0
8. Sean Langford 67.0
9. Adam Drummond 70.0
10. Lance Barusch 75.0


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“The second day of the MHP Strongman Champions League Finland started just like first with sunny weather and around 5,000 people was coming to watch who would be crowned as a Champion in Vaasa.

Hafthor Julius Bjornsson notched a win at SCL Finland this weekend.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson notched a win at SCL Finland this weekend.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL

“The deadlift for reps with 350 kg opened the second day of competition. The bar was 2 cm lower than a normal bar, which of course made the lift even harder. There were three athletes sharing the first position with 8 reps: Marius Lalas, Rauno Heinla and J.F. Caron. Dainis Zageris and Martin Wildauer made 7 reps. After first event, Rauno Heinla took the overall lead.

“Next was the Forward Hold with 25 kg, back against the wall. The Finnish Viking Antti Mourujärvi showed that he is still one of the best in the event, doing time of 57.88 seconds. Lauri Nami was second with 55.75 seconds and third, the new future Finnish strongman star, 24-year old Arto Niemi Nikkola with 53.25 seconds. Rauno Heinla´s time of 41.17sec. put him in 11th position in the Forward Hold, changing the leader before the last event.

“The House Frame carry (350 kg, 18m) plus three IronMind sacks with 100 kg loaded to 125-cm platform, each carried a 5-m distance, was the last competition event in MHP SCL Vaasa.

T”hor Björnsson who was leading after the last events showed his Icelandic power as he won the final event in a time of 25.31 seconds. Marius Lalas gave Thor a good fight stopping the watch in time of 26.72seconds and third was Rauno Heinla, at 29.00 seconds.

Strongman Champions League thanks the City Of Vaasa their support and all the other sponsors, as well.

Overall points

  

1.   Hafthor Björnsson  58p
2.    Marius Lalas 55p
3.    Rauno Heinla 53,5p
4.    Martin Wildauer 52,5p
5.    lauri Nami 49,5p
6.    J.F. Caron 47,5p
7.    Dainis Zageris 37,5p
8.    Ervin Katona 32p
9.    Arto Niemi Nikkola 27,5p
10.    Antti Mourujärvi 26p
11.    Kevin Larsen 17p
12.    Patrick Odwyer 5p

“Next weekend: MHP SCL Holland,” said Kinnunen.


Here's a guy to watch in the future: Marius Lalas, the younger brother of Vytautas.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL
Here's a guy to watch in the future: Marius Lalas, the younger brother of Vytautas.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL

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“Lots of surprises in Vaasa after the first day,” Ilkka Kinnunen reported to from SCL Finland today.

Rauno Heinla (Finland) on the Mini-Bus Pull.  Heinla is in second place after the first day of the MHP Strongman Champions League (SCL) Finland.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL
Rauno Heinla (Finland) on the Mini-Bus Pull.  Heinla is in second place after the first day of the MHP Strongman Champions League (SCL) Finland.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL


“On a sunny day with approximately 4000 spectators cheering when the giants of Champions League started their first competition day.

“In the first event, athletes carried total of 330-kg Frame a distance of 20m and immediately followed with 380-kg Yoke for 25m. The winner of the event Marius Lalas (Vytautas Lalas’s little brother). He beat Thor by 2 seconds.

“The second event was a Pressing Medley: 150-kg Log, 97.5-kg Circus Dumbbell, and 175-kg Log. Only one athlete could manage the whole course, Estonian Rauno Heinla, who came into the competition at the last moment. Second again was Thor.

“The last event of the day was the Mini Bus Pull. The bus was loaded with women and pulled uphill just with an IronMind harness. This was easy win for Thor, who now also leads after first day.  Second was Lauri Nami.

Top 3 after first day:

Thor Björnsson 33
Rauno Heinla 30.5
Martin Wildauer 29

Tomorrow we start again at noon with 3 events, so stay tuned for more details and the final results,” said Kinnunen.

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Lukasz Wenta edged Scott Rider and Craig Sinclair at the Strathmore Highland Games and Francis Brebner has called the action for IronMind.



Craig Sinclair established a new ground record in the 22-lb. hammer at the Strathmore Highland Games.  IronMind® | James Gunn photo
Craig Sinclair established a new ground record in the 22-lb. hammer at the Strathmore Highland Games.  IronMind® | James Gunn photo
 

2014 Strathmore Highland Games:  Lukasz Wenta on Top of His Game(s)
by Francis Brebner
 
The 2014 Strathmore Highland Games in Scotland, set in the stately grounds of Glamis Castle, attracted more three thousand spectators.  Two ground records were established, and the esteemed heavy pro lineup included Scott Rider, Lukasz Wenta, Craig Sinclair, Kyle Randall, Heidar “Heisi” Geirmundsson, Lorne Colthart, John MacLeod, and Greg Walker.
 
The first event with the 16-lb. open shot was a tight competition between Rider and Wenta, who battled round after round, with Wenta triumphant at 56’.  Rider was second with 54’ 8” and Colthart third with a respectable 49’ 2.5”.
 
Wenta ruled once more in the 22-lb. open shot with a world-class putt of 48’ 8”, followed closely by Rider at 46’ 9”.  Third was Geirmundsson at 43’ 10-1/2”.
 
In the 16-lb. hammer, Sinclair delivered a winning throw of 136’ 4-1/2”, but he had to work extra hard for the victory as the young Randall gave the seasoned athlete a fair run for his money.  Randall placed second with 135’ 10”, and Wenta took third at 126’ 2”.
 
In the 22-lb. hammer, Sinclair gave his all to secure the win with a throw of 114’ 3-1/2”, and Randall again kept close at 108’' for second place.  Rider stepped up to third with 105’ 4”.   On extra attempts Sinclair upped his mark to 116’ 7” to establish a new ground record.
 
The 28-lb. weight-for-distance was close combat between Sinclair and Rider, with Sinclair just snatching his third consecutive win with a throw of 77’ 2-1/2”.  Second was Rider with 76’ 2-1/2” followed by Colthart at 72’ 7-1/2”.
 
In the 56-lb weight-for-height, Wenta reached 15’ 6” for a new ground record and the overall win.  Second place ended in a tie between Sinclair and Rider at 15’.
 
Overall points
1.  Lukasz Wenta        33
2.  Scott Rider            31.5
3.  Craig Sinclair         31

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New York Arm Wrestling (NYAWA) founder and president Gene Camp has announced the 35th Long Island Arm Wrestling Championships, which are set for June 14 at the Universal Fitness Expo at the Nassau Coliseum.

Grip up for Long Island’s Strongest Arm—June 14 at the Universal Fitness Expo.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of NYAWA
Grip up for Long Island’s Strongest Arm—June 14 at the Universal Fitness Expo.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of NYAWA


Open to men and women, with “spectators invited to watch to compete,” said Camp.  Sponsored by Quantum Wellness Healing Center and Spa, and hosted by the Universal Fitness Expo, the Long Island’s Strongest Arm overall MVPs (male and female) will be awarded, with the Captains of Crush gripper awards presented by IronMind.

Think you’ve got a strong arm or maybe just want to enjoy watching some that do for sure?  Please visit NYAWA for full details. h

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Group 2 at this year’s World’s Strongest Man contest features such major strongman competitors as Hafthor Julius Bjornsson (Iceland), Jean-Francois Caron (Canada) and Robert “OB” Oberst (USA), and you can watch them go head to head tonight at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time on CBS Sport.

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Many consider him to be the rising star of the World’s Strongest Man contest: former Icelander basketball player Hafthor Julius Bjornsson got bitten by the strongman bug and the rest, as they say, is history.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Professional strongman competitors are the draft horses of the human world and for a quick taste of what you’ll see, watch this official World’s Strongest Man 2014 trailer.


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The 2014 IHGF Stones of Strength World Challenge is set for Norway later this month and IHGF CEO Francis Brebner has filed a report with IronMind, setting the stage.



Norway will host the 2014 IHGF Stones of Strength World Challenge.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of the IHGF
Norway will host the 2014 IHGF Stones of Strength World Challenge.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of the IHGF
 

2014 IHGF Stones of Strength World Challenge
by Francis Brebner
CEO
International Highland Games Federation (IHGF)
 
The stage is set with all athletes secured for this year’s IHGF Stones of Strength World Challenge, which will take place in Andøy, Norway, 27–29 June.  Nine strength athletes from across the globe have been invited to compete in a series of stonelifting tests of strength, including stone putting, lifting, pressing, and stone walking, and a whole lot more.
 
The athletes invited to compete in this year’s challenge are:  Oleksandr Lashyn (Ukraine); Sárai István (Hungary); Peter Puzser (Slovakia); Casey Garrison, Chad Ullom, and Al Myers (USA); Jonathan Kelly (Ireland); Paul Boundy (Canada); and Andreas Lundberg (Sweden).
 
In last year’s IHGF Stones of Strength World Challenge, István reigned supreme, capturing the overall title, but this year he will have to contend with some new challengers for his crown, like Garrison, Boundy, Lundberg, Lashyn, and top contender Puzser, all of whom have a shot at the title.  Puzser made history in last year’s event as the only man to surpass the myth of the Dinnie Stones, carrying both stones at the same time a staggering distance of just over 18 feet.  This year’s competition will have some hefty stonelifting challenges that will push the athletes to the max of their endurance, stamina, and overall strength capabilities.
 
The promoter for the event, Sveinung Tangstad, said he was happy to be the host of this year’s IHGF Stones of Strength World Challenge, adding that there is real excitement about this world event coming to Norway.  The entire event will be filmed by two TV networks from Europe and will also be broadcast on live streaming.

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He’s on a roll in the world of lower arm strength: adding to his laurels, Daniel Splendoria has just been certified on the IronMind Red Nail, a very nice addition to his certification on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper earlier this year. 

Dan Splendoria, surrounded by his “work family,” has added a certification on the IronMind Red Nail to the one he already earned on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper.  Next stop: the Captains of Crush No. 3.5 gripper.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Dan Splendoria

Dan Splendoria, surrounded by his “work family,” has added a certification on the IronMind Red Nail to the one he already earned on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper.  Next stop: the Captains of Crush No. 3.5 gripper.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Dan Splendoria




Writing to IronMind’s Chris Sheehan and Randall Strossen, Dan said, “I just wanted to quick thank you both for all your help in my certification process.  Your company has been a huge part of my life for over a decade. Starting with the Thomas Inch Dumbbell, then to the Captains of Crush, and now the Red Nail.

“I learned about MILO and progressive resistance, 20-rep squats [SUPER SQUATS], and so much more from IronMind.  This completely changed the way I train and attack my challenges.  

“I wanted to thank my judge Sean Pedersen for taking the time to come out to McHenry County Jail to witness my certification.  I take great pride in my fitness as well as my job. It was a great honor to be able to combine them both.   



“My father, Anthony Splendoria, was the hardest working man I ever knew.  He passed away unexpectedly on April 11th last year.  This Red Nail Certification is so special to me because it allows me to carry on his legacy and teach my children (Rocco, Stella, and Scarlet) that anything is possible through hard work.  



“I also wanted to add a huge thank you to my work family: Sheriff Nygren, Undersheriff Zinke, Chief Sedlock, Deputy Chief Firman, all the Lieutenants, Sergeants, fellow Officers, and Woodstock Fire Department for attending and all their support.  I am humbled and so proud to be able to share this moment with all of you.



“I look forward to talking to you again for my Captains of Crush 3.5 Certification.”

Many thanks, Sean, and congratulations, Dan—your name has been added to the Red Nail Roster!

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Chad Coy gave IronMind a quick rundown on the masters’ strongman competition at his Central USA Fitness Festival this past weekend.

Masters' strongman medalists from the Central USA Fitness Festival (left to right): Rob Lewis, Chad Coy and Van Hatfield.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Chad Coy
Masters' strongman medalists from the Central USA Fitness Festival (left to right): Rob Lewis, Chad Coy and Van Hatfield.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Chad Coy


“The Masters' was held with 4 other contests at the Central USA Fitness Festival.
We had 152 athletes compete over the two day show,” reported Coy. The Masters' was spread over Friday and Saturday, 4 events each day.

“Farmer’s Walk with 308 for 120-ft kicked it off. Log Incline was second with 300 for max reps. Shield Carry and a medley came next.

“The second day consisted of DB press, Hercules Hold, Power Stairs and a Loading Medley.

“The defending champion and 2 time runner up at Masters' Worlds, Chad Coy was first. Van Hatfield, the 2004 ASM winner was 2nd, and Rob Lewis last years NAS Masters' National Champion rounded out the podium.

“Also as part of the festival were the Central USA Powerlifting championship, the Central USA MAS wrestling championship, the Central USA Iron Games and the 17th Central USA Strongman Challenge.  The festival was a fund raiser was for Breast Cancer research!

“The IronMind goodies that you sent were given to various winners and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all that got them!”

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The MHP Strongman Champions League comes to Vaasa, Finland next weekend, featuring a top lineup of professional strongman competitors.

Currently in the SCL leader’s shirt, Ervin Katona is part of the field of top professional strongman competitors slated to compete in Finland this coming weekend.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL
Currently in the SCL leader’s shirt, Ervin Katona is part of the field of top professional strongman competitors slated to compete in Finland this coming weekend.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL


“Ervin Katona is leading at the moment, but Thor is coming strongly as he won the last competition in Serbia and is ready to challenge Ervin and others in Vaasa,” SCL cofounder Ilkka Kinnunen told IronMind today.

Here’s the official start list:

Thor Björnsson

Ervin Katona
Martin Wildauer
J.F. Caron

Lauri Nämi

Marius Lalas

Dainis Zageris 

Kevin Larsen

Patrick Odwyer 

Antti Mourujärvi

Jarno Kirselä 

Arttu Parviainen

"The competition will start both days at noon, in the center of Vaasa, and here are the events.

First day: Saturday 14.6.

    •    YOKE RACE / FRAMEWALK MEDLEY - total of 40m, Yoke 420kg, Frame 330kg
    •    PRESSING MEDLEY - 150kg Log, 90kg Circus Dumbbel x2, 170kg Log
    •    BUS PULL - with Harness only

Second day: Sunday 15.6.

    •    DEADLIFT FOR REPS - 360kg
    •    FORWARD HOLD - 30kg
    •    HOUSE FRAME WALK /SACK LOADING MEDLEY: 350-kg House Frame, 110-kg sacks

“After Vaasa, MHP Strongman Champions League continues in Holland 21st of June and week after in Latvia 28th of June. Stay tune and look the results after competition to first to come up here in Ironmind News,” said Kinnunen.


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“The first Central USA MAS Wrestling Championship was held in Southern California like weather with enthusiastic participants and crowd in Kokomo, Indiana,” Odd Haugen reported to IronMind.  



Gold medal match: Phil Brown (left) versus Brad Ardrey (right).  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Brad Ardey
Gold medal match: Phil Brown (left) versus Brad Ardrey (right).  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Brad Ardey




“The big boys from Ohio came and dominated, but we had courageous performances by John Bailey of Cortez (Florida) and Joshua Stubbs (Indiana).  


“The Absolute Men's winner was BIG Phil Brown of Westerville, Ohio, with Brad Ardrey and Steve Slater, respectively, in second and third, both of Lancaster, Ohio. 

“9-year olds Maxx Coy and Bret Echelbarger must have wrestled each other more than a dozen times (as well as any other boys willing to take the challenge) between the MAS clinic in the morning and the tournament in the afternoon.  In the official MAS off between the two it was Bret that prevailed. 

“In the teen division it was undefeated middle school wrestler, Cody Larkin beating Chad Gifford for the title. 

“In Ladies Absolute Class, Sharon Moss of Columbus, Ohio easily won and might very well be ready to challenge Amy Wattles?  Also, college student (and light weight) Megan Gifford of Kokomo, Indiana was very impressive in matches against significantly heavier athletes, taking 3rd in the Ladies' Absolute.  

“The tournament winners in addition to the now traditional MAS Wrestling USA cow bells, received 6Pack Lunch coolers, and all participant received products from dotFIT,” said Haugen.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“In Finland´s Strongest we witnessed a rise of of newcomers as Hanna Meltoranta led the women’s competition from the start to finish and in the traditional Finland´s Strongest Man, Arto Niemi-Nikkola controlled the qualifications along with taking the title with a good points difference,” Jyrki Rantanen reported to IronMind.

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If the winner gets an ice bath, what’s last place get?  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Heavy Events


"In the -105kg class Paavo Paaso was in tight lead after qualifications, but young Jiri Grönman edged him out in the finals.
The competitions were held at Teijo-Talot house factory and they are aired at YLE2 national channel along the summer," said Rantanen.


2014 Finland's Strongest: Results

Women
1. Hanna Meltoranta 48
2. Niina Jumppanen 46
3. Anna Khudayarov 36,5
4. Leena Nurminen 28,5
5. Anniina Vaaranmaa 28
6. Jaana Tanner 26,5
7. Sonja Ekdahl 25,5
8. Sini Haapalainen 18,5
9. Ida Pohjalehto 12,5

Men -105 (top 6/13)
1. Jiri Grönman 157,5
2. Paavo Paaso 156
3. Mikko Annala 138
4. Jukka Järvinen 138
5. Juha Keskinen 137
6. Jyrki Rantanen 123

Open (top 6/13)
1. Arto Niemi-Nikkola 191
2. Jarno Kirselä 169
3. Juha Jokinen 168
4. Martti Harjapää 163,5
5. Arttu Parviainen 159,5
6. Roger Karimus 151

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Lukasz Wenta notched an impressive win at the Markinch Highland Games and IHGF CEO Francis Brebner has filed a report for IronMind.

Lukasz Wenta launches another big time put at the Markinch Highland Games.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Ron Russell
Lukasz Wenta launches another big time put at the Markinch Highland Games.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Ron Russell
 

2014 Markinch Highland Games
by Francis Brebner
CEO, International Highland Games Federation

The 2014 Markinch Highland Games in Scotland attracted over 2,500 spectators, who watched as Poland’s Lukasz Wenta took his first scalp of the season, dominating with a top all-round standard of throwing.  Top athletes, namely Poland’s Wenta; Scotland’s Craig Sinclair, Greg Walker and Lorne Colthart; and Iceland’s Heidar “Heisi” Geirmundsson, made up the field.
 
In the first event with the 16-lb. open shot, Wenta let fly with a colossal putt of 58’ 1” for the win.  Second was Colthart with 53’ and third Geirmundsson with 51’ 5”.
 
Wenta again prevailed in the 22-lb. shot with a class putt of 46’ 9”.  Colthart followed closely with 46’ 2” and Geirmundsson took third with a respectable 43’ 8”.
 
In the 28-lb. weight-for-distance, Colthart took it up a gear for his first win with a throw of 83’ 3”.  Second was Sinclair at 79’ 10” and third Wenta at 77’ 7”.
 
The 16-lb. hammer was where Sinclair came into his own with a worthy throw of 133’ 3” for the win.  Walker took second at 123’ 11” and Wenta third at 117’ 5”.
 
Next, in the 22-lb. hammer, Sinclair again pulled off a winning performance in his specialty event with a throw of 113’ 1”.  In second was Wenta at 103’ 6” and third Geirmundsson at 93’ 7”.
 
The 18’, 120-lb. caber toss was won by Colthart, followed by Wenta and Walker in second and third respectively.
 
The final event, the 56-lb. weight-over-bar, was won by Sinclair at a height of 15’; Wenta took second, and third equal were Geirmundsson and Colthart, who tied.

Overall points:

1. Lukasz Wenta 23
2. Craig Sinclair 18
3. Lorne Colthart 17
4. Heisi Geirmundsson 7
5. Greg Walker  5


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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Starting tonight on CBS Sports, you can watch the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest: a sports-entertainment icon created over 30 years ago by IMG Executive Vice President Barry Frank that features super-sized men squaring off with challenges like pulling massive trucks.

Mike Burke is on everyone’s short list for having the world’s strongest grip, but he’s also one of the world’s top professional strongman; starting tonight on CBS Sports, you can watch Burke’s bid to make it to the finals of the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Mike Burke is on everyone’s short list for having the world’s strongest grip, but he’s also one of the world’s top professional strongman; starting tonight on CBS Sports, you can watch Burke’s bid to make it to the finals of the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Show 1, tonight at 9:00 pm Eastern time, kicks off with the group one qualifying round—only two men from this group of five competitors will make it to the finals, so each event counts.  Show 2 follows immediately after, at 9:30 pm, and continues following the action in group one.

World’s Strongest man features “the planet's best strongmen producing unbelievable performance after unbelievable performance,” said Tim Kowalski, who produces the show for IMG.  

“We've had other Finals that were competitive and featured great action, but we really haven't ever seen anything like this. We can't wait for everyone to see the whole series,” Kowalski said.
 
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

From what started as the organizing body for backyard strongman contests, NAS/ASC has grown to the point that they have “had 50 contests so far this year with over 100 more planned for 2014,” Dione Wessels told IronMind today.

Over the past decade, NAS/ASC has built amateur strongman into an international endeavor, with contests for all levels of competitors, giving athletes a chance to try the sport and progress all the way to the professional ranks.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of ASC


Over the past decade, NAS/ASC has built amateur strongman into an international endeavor, with contests for all levels of competitors, giving athletes a chance to try the sport and progress all the way to the professional ranks.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of ASC




“The athletes competing in the NAS shows have the opportunity to qualify for the National Championships in Vegas or Reno and from the National Championships, to the Amateur World Championship Stage at the Arnold Sports Festival in March,” said Dione Wessels.

“Several athletes have already qualified for the world championships through our qualifier system at the last platinum plus event in Shreveport and more will qualify later this month in Utah, then again at Odd Haugen’s event in July and finally the bulk of the athletes will qualify for the world championships via the national championships.

“This year, we added  a 120# class for our women as well as additional middle weight classes and a new lighter weight class (150#) for our men. With many new things going on with NAS/ASC, I think there will be more opportunities for all athletes as a whole. So far, this is turning out to be one of our best seasons since my involvement with the sport,” said Dione Wessels.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Coming off his fourth win at the Finnish Grip Nationals, Juha Harju told IronMind today that his organization, Gripmonsters, had also recently “introduced grip strength at the World Powerlifting Congress (WPC) Finnish Nationals in Helsinki,” and that he will be refereeing at a grip contest in Russia this summer.

Juha Harju on the IronMind Hub, one of the events at the recent Finnish Grip Championships, where Harju won his fourth title and five world records were set on some of David Horne’s grip strength implements.  Harju is certified on Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper and is a former world record holder on the Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of Juha Harju
Juha Harju on the IronMind Hub, one of the events at the recent Finnish Grip Championships, where Harju won his fourth title and five world records were set on some of David Horne’s grip strength implements.  Harju is certified on Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper and is a former world record holder on the Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of Juha Harju


Referring to the WPC Finnish nationals, Harju said,“This contest´s head organizer, Ano Turtiainen, asked me to bring to stage some grip tools. I brought with me for audience and powerlifters two 78-kg Inch replica dumbbells, IronMind´s Little Big Horn, Ironmind´s Apollon’s Axle, IronMind´s Hub, David Horne´s Grip Topz and a few 50-lb. blobs. 

“These were very popular! Best lift with Little Big Horn was 75 kg and that´s awesome! Also, one woman lifted 19 kg with IronMind Hub (without warming up) and that is more than the official Finnish record!

“I would also like to mention that in Moscow, Russia there will be a big grip strength contest on August 23, 2014. My friend Alexey Tyukalov invited me to come referee this contest. It is huge honor for me. It´s great to be part of National grip happenings,” said Harju.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“The controversial life of legendary Bulgarian weightlifter Galabin Boevski was unveiled in a book,” now available in English.

An Olympic weightlifting champion’s complex life is the subject of The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s Secret Story, now available in English.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of Ognian Georgiev
An Olympic weightlifting champion’s complex life is the subject of The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s Secret Story, now available in English.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of Ognian Georgiev


“The author, Bulgarian sports journalist Ognian Georgiev, enters into the darkest corners of the Olympic Games, the brutal politics among national and international sports officials,” notes the official press release.

“The events of the book are moving from Brazilian prison, where Boevski was send to serve his sentence for cocaine traffic, to world weightlifting stages. Galabin managed to survive in Communistic times, underworld mobs surrounding and smashing hunger in Bulgaria during 90’s.”

The book is available on Amazon/CreateSpace eStore as print and at Amazon e-book version.  For further information, please follow these links:

https://www.facebook.com/galabin.boevsky
https://twitter.com/galabinboevski
http://ogigeorgiev.wordpress.com/

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Kicking off the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, the shot putters will compete at the California state capitol, USATF announced in a press release today.

Shown competing at the 2007 USATF Outdoor Nationals, John Godina—a world champion and Olympic medalist in the shot put—was enthusiastic about Capitol Shot increasing exposure for both the event and the overall championships.  IronMind® | ©Randall J. Strossen
Shown competing at the 2007 USATF Outdoor Nationals, John Godina—a world champion and Olympic medalist in the shot put—was enthusiastic about Capitol Shot increasing exposure for both the event and the overall championships.  IronMind® | ©Randall J. Strossen


“Extensive planning among USA Track & Field, Sacramento Sports Commission and California State Capitol led to the creation of the Capitol Shot. While the shot put has been contested in non-stadium settings in invitational and relay meets around the world before, the Capitol Shot marks the first time it’s been done at the USATF Championships.
 
“'Featuring the shot put at the State Capitol will give fans a chance to experience one of track & field’s most exciting events in an intimate and innovating setting,'” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. 'Our shot put athletes for years have been among our most fan-friendly performers and are always willing to step out of the box to bring their event the attention it deserves. We thank our partners at the Sacramento Sports Commission and the State Capitol for making this event a reality.'
 
“Shot-put qualifying for the men and women will be held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, followed by finals between 4 and 6 p.m. – just when foot traffic outside the Capitol is heaviest.”

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Matt Vincent won the professional class at the Costa Mesa Highland Games, where the excitement included outstanding throws in lightweight class by Jacob Nicol and the heavy events debut of discus thrower Julian Wruck.


Julian Wruck coming close to making 22 feet in the 42-lb. weight for height—it was the Highland Games Heavy Events debut for the Austrialian discus thrower, who is a student at UCLA.  IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo
Julian Wruck coming close to making 22 feet in the 42-lb. weight for height—it was the Highland Games Heavy Events debut for the Austrialian discus thrower, who is a student at UCLA.  IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo


2014 Costa Mesa Highland Games
by Francis Brebner
CEO, International Highland Games Federation (IHGF)

 
The Costa Mesa Highland Games this past weekend drew more than 30,000 spectators over two days of heavy events competition, and they witnessed some of the best stone putting in the sport of Highland games in the last decade.
 
A total of 108 athletes made up the field in several categories, including professional, amateur A, B, and C groups, masters, women and novice.  The pro division had a hefty lineup athletes: Matt Vincent, Dan Williams, Rusty Price, Jake Sullivan, Nick Kahanic, Jon O’Neil, and Ryan Stewart.
 
In the first event with the 22-lb. Braemar stone, local favorite O’Neil notched the first win with a putt of 41’ 3”.  In a close second place was Vincent with 40’ 7”, with Williams in third at 40’ 3-3/4”.
 
The 16-lb. open stone was ultimately the highlight of the weekend as Vincent unleashed a world-class series of putts.  Straight out of the gate he blasted a putt of 58’ 10”, followed by a barrage over 60’ with his best being 61’ 8-3/4”, breaking the field record owned by John Davis of 60’ 3-1/2” set in 2002.  Second place was Kahanic with 54’ 5” and third O’Neil with 52’ 3-1/4”.
 
In the 28-lb. weight-for-distance, Vincent looked a little leisurely with his speed but despite this, he managed knock out his second win with a throw of 81’ 3-1/2”.  Right behind was Sullivan at 79’ 11-1/2” and in third Stewart at 79’.
 
The 56-lb. weight-for-distance was a magnificent event, closely watched by all as Williams pulled out several world-class throws, with his best being 46’ 2-1/2” for the win.  Vincent was second with a respectable 42’ 10-3/4”, and Stewart third at 41’ 11-1/2”. 
 
The 16-lb. hammer was to be Vincent’s third victory via an excellent throw of 136’ 8”, nearly three metres farther than any of his rivals.  Second was Sullivan at 128’ 2” and third Williams at 117’.
 
In the 22-lb heavy hammer, Sullivan rose to the challenge and triumphed with a throw of 114’ 11”.  Vincent came second with 108’ 6-3/4” and Williams third with 104” 7”.
 
The 56-lb. weight-over-bar was riveting as Vincent and O’Neil duked it out, tying at 17’ with the win going to Vincent on countback with fewer attempts.  Third was Sullivan at 16’.
 
The 20-lb. sheaf-over-bar was a slug fest with O’Neil, Vincent, and Stewart all clearing the height of 30’.  The bar was then moved to 32’ and all three fell short, with the win awarded to O’Neil on countback with few misses; Stewart was second and Vincent third.
 
The caber was 130 lb. and 18’ 6”, perfect proportions as only the best three in the group were able to toss this mighty stick and no perfect 12 o’clock was given.  The event was finally won by Vincent with a toss of 12:05; in second place was Sullivan with 10:50 and in third Williams with 10:30.

Overall points:

1. Matt Vincent 14.0
2. Jake Sullivan 30.0
3. Dan Williams 33.0
4. Jon O'Neil 36.0
5. Ryan Stewart 38.0
6. Nick Kahanic 50.0
7. Rusty Price 54.5


Highlights of the weekend included Jacob Nicol breaking the lightweight world record in the 42-lb. weight-over-bar at a height of 19’, smashing the old record of 18’ 3”.  In the novice division and making his debut in a Highland Games was Australia’s Julian Wruck, a discus thrower and 2012 Olympic athlete, who definitely has a future in the sport.  Julian pulled out some very impressive numbers for a first-timer: 22-lb. Braemar stone 37’ 10-1/2”; 16-lb. open stone 51’ 6-1/2”;  28-lb. weight-for-distance using one turn 71’ 6”; 56-lb. weight-for-distance 39’ 10”; 16-lb. hammer 113’ 9-1/2”; 22-lb. hammer 84’ 8-1/2”; and 60-lb., 16’-long caber three perfect 12:00 tosses.  To cap things off in style in the 42-lb. weight-over-bar, Julian sent the crowd wild as he cleared 20’ and then moved up to 22’, which he just missed.
 
Next up on the Southern California circuit will be the San Diego Highland Games in June.
 
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Speaking about World’s Strongest Man 2014, IMG Producer Tim Kowalski told IronMind, “We couldn’t have asked for a better competition in Los Angeles,” so get ready to enjoy the action on CBS Sports.   

They carry cars, don’t they?  The 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest begins its premiere broadcasts on CBS Sports on June 4.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
They carry cars, don’t they?  The 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest begins its premiere broadcasts on CBS Sports on June 4.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


“To start with, we had a variety of shooting locations that all provided great backdrops for our events.  The action in the Qualifying Round was dramatic and the Final was just ridiculously good.  

“I don't want to give anything away about the Final for anyone who wasn't on-site, but it was the planet's best strongmen producing unbelievable performance after unbelievable performance.  “We've had other Finals that were competitive and featured great action but we really haven't ever seen anything like this. We can't wait for everyone to see the whole series,” Kowalski said, as he released the official World's Strongest Man 2014 trailer.
 
Here the schedule for the shows, on CBS Sports:


Wed 6/4
Episode 1: 9:00 PM ET
Episode 2: 9:30 PM ET
 
Wed 6/11
Episode 3: 9:30 PM ET
 
Wed 6/18
Episode 4: 9:30 PM ET
 
Wed 6/25
Episode 5: 9:30 PM ET
 
Wed 7/9
Episode 6: 9:30 PM ET
 
Wed 7/16
Episode 7: 9:30 PM ET
 
Wed 7/23
Episode 8: 9:30 PM ET
 
Wed 7/30
Episode 9: 9:30 PM ET
 
Wed 8/6
Episode 10: 9:30 PM ET
 
Wed 8/13
Episode 11: 9:30 PM ET (90 mins)

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“United Strongmen’s goal is to make the weight class sport bigger and show the world that also smaller people can be strong, so adding new weight classes to our selection give more opportunities to get more athletic look to the events along with offering a lot more people the opportunity to hunt titles and compete against the competitors from other countries along with making new friends from the sport,” Jyrki Rantanen told IronMind.

“Another goal is also make a cleaner picture about strength sports—that´s why we have agreed to cooperate with FINADA and starting from 2015 United Strongman (US) will be the first strongman/woman organizer under proper doping control. 

“Yes, I realize that there might be some, who won´t come to compete in US shows when the testing starts, but my opinion is that we do not need them there as there´s plenty of people wanting to compete under doping testing also. Since publishing the topic some time ago I have had numerous supportive messages around the world due the subject.

“Naturally there´s also the group of people who are saying that it will be the death of the sport as people want to see freaks…I disagree…every freak is also someone’s son, father, daughter, mother, sister, brother etc. and they carry the worry about the ‘freak’s’ health if no-one else does.  Someone has to dare to take step forward in this time, when the use of doping in strength sports is more than ‘accepted…’ It won´t be in US competitions,” said Rantanen.

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Saying that this was probably the final contest at the Grip Factory–Stafford, David Horne finished with a bang as he won another British Grip Championships title . . . his 13th.

Here’s the lineup for the 2014 British Grip Championships, promoted by David Horne and likely the last contest at his Grip Factory–Stafford.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of David Horne
Here’s the lineup for the 2014 British Grip Championships, promoted by David Horne and likely the last contest at his Grip Factory–Stafford.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of David Horne

“The Grip Factory has hosted some wonderful lifting, and has had many multi world champs in a variety of strength sports walk through its doorway. I hope everyone who has come here has enjoyed their experience as we have always tried to make everyone feel at home.
 
“Next stop Grip Factory – North Wales!,” said Horne.

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Hot dog—it’s IronMind’s Third Annual Memorial Day Sale!



Get the best for less: the Third Annual Memorial Day Sale gets you 15% off full-priced items* from IronMind, so stock up for strength.  On Monday, be sure to fly the flag and salute those who gave their lives or who put their lives on the line each day for our country.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of IronMind Celebrate Memorial Day, and if you feel like shopping, save 15% on full-priced items at IronMind throughout the weekend. 

  Here’s your chance to get the best equipment in the strength world and maybe you can even save enough to pay for a chunk of your weekend’s barbecue bill: Captains of Crush grippers, Draft Horse Pulling Harnesses, Headstraps Fit for Hercules, Alight Training Centers, Apollon’s Axles, Rolling Thunders, Zenith grippers, Just Protein
Get the best for less: the Third Annual Memorial Day Sale gets you 15% off full-priced items* from IronMind, so stock up for strength.  On Monday, be sure to fly the flag and salute those who gave their lives or who put their lives on the line each day for our country.  IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of IronMind


Celebrate Memorial Day, and if you feel like shopping, save 15% on full-priced items at IronMind throughout the weekend. 



Here’s your chance to get the best equipment in the strength world and maybe you can even save enough to pay for a chunk of your weekend’s barbecue bill: Captains of Crush grippers, Draft Horse Pulling Harnesses, Headstraps Fit for Hercules, Alight Training Centers, Apollon’s Axles, Rolling Thunders, Zenith grippers, Just Protein . . . the list goes on. 




The sale runs Friday, May 23, through Monday, May 26.  Just enter the code MEMDAY14 in the keycode box at View Basket when you are checking out from the IronMind e-store

 
*excludes packages, sets, kits and combos that already have discounted pricing, as well as Eleiko and York equipment

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Throwing at the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival, defending IHGF Highland Games world champion Dan McKim delivered what Francis Brebner called “the best series of hammers known to date.”

As part of his overall victory, Dan McKim hammered the world record book at the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival.  IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo
As part of his overall victory, Dan McKim hammered the world record book at the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival.  IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo


2014 Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival
by Francis Brebner
CEO, International Highland Games Federation
 
The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival celebrated its 26th year of games with perfect weather conditions and record crowds, and Dan McKim undoubtedly had the best series of hammers known to date.  McKim, the current IHGF world champion, captivated spectators with an all-round world-class performance, adding to the pages of Highland games history by setting a new world record in the 22-lb. hammer with a throw of 129’ 11-1/2”, beating Matt Sandford’s record of 129’ 10-1/2” set in Halkirk, Scotland in 1997.
 
Seven professional athletes made up the field, including McKim, Sean Betz, Dan Williams, Charles Kasson, John Pilling, Ryan Stewart, and Chad Gustin.
    
In the opening event with the 22-lb. Braemar stone, McKim triumphed with a putt of 42’ 2-1/2”.  In second was Pilling with 41’ 5-3/4” and in third Williams with 39’ 2”.
 
The 16-lb. open stone witnessed world-class putting from Pilling, who ruled the event with a colossal 56’ 10”.  McKim was second with 53’ 11-1/2” and Betz third with 46’ 8-1/2”.
 
In the 56-lb. weight-for-distance, Williams won with a blitz of 44’ 10-1/2”, followed by Stewart with 42’ 1/4” and McKim with 41’ 9”.
 
The 28-lb. weight-for-distance was a close tussle between McKim and Stewart, with McKim just pulling ahead for the win with 84’ 1-1/2”; in third place was Betz with 80’ 5-1/2”.
 
Next came the 22-lb. hammer, and there was feeling in the air that something special would be created by McKim, who had been putting out big numbers all season that were so close to both light and heavy hammer world records.  On McKim’s first attempt, the crowd and the athletes were in awe as he ripped out a throw of 128’ 9”.  This was followed by 125’ 10-1/2” and then a huge throw of just over 129’, which was a foul.  On extra attempts, McKim produced a series of throws from 127’ 1”, to the new world record of 129’ 11-1/2”, and a final attempt of 129’ 1/2”.  In second place was Betz at 108’ 3/4” and in third Stewart at 104’ 2”. 
 
The excitement did not stop there as the group moved to the 16-lb. hammer, with McKim once again displaying his talent with a mind-blowing series of throws, opening with 145’ 2’, followed by 150’ 5-1/2” and 151’ 2-1/2”.  With three extra attempts, Dan wrapped it up with 153’ 5-1/4”, 150’ 6” and 150’ 11”.  Betz again took second with 135’ 9-1/2”.
 
The 56-lb. weight-over-bar opened at a height of 14’, which quickly moved to 15’ and then 16’, with the final result of Williams claiming the win at 18’ 6’ using the spin method.  Second was McKim at 17’ and third Betz at 16’.
 
In the 20-lb. sheaf-over-bar, Stewart was on a high, winning with a captivating throw of 32’.  Second place was skirmish between Kasson and Pilling, both making their debuts in the professional ranks.  Tying at 30’, Kasson claimed second place with fewer attempts, leaving Pilling in third. 
 
The caber was 19’ 8” long and 132-lb. and proved to be a worthy stick as only two athletes managed to successfully toss it.  McKim lofted a perfect 12:00 for the win and Williams came in second with 1:00.  Stewart took third with 75 degrees.
 
Final places:
 
1.  Dan McKim
2.  Sean Betz
3.  Ryan Stewart
4.  Dan Williams
5.  John Pilling
6.  Charles Kasson
7.  Chad Gustin
         
All in all, the Rio Grande Valley games was a perfect setting for McKim to rewrite the pages of Highland games history.  He came to these games in fantastic throwing condition and produced a stunning all-round performance, establishing the best-known series of throws in the 16-lb. and 22-lb. hammers, with five throws over 150’ in the light hammer and five throws over 125’ in the heavy hammer, with three of them over 129’, and setting a new world record 129’ 11-1/2” to cap it off.
 
It was not long before news of McKim’s accomplishments with the hammers was received by Australia’s Matt Sandford, a five-time world champion and the former world record holder in both hammers.  Matt conveyed a message through me to pass on to Dan, congratulating him on his awesome throwing and the new world record in the heavy hammer. 
 
Grant Oliver and Chuck Thomas of the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and master athlete Shawn Baker, a patron of the games, were thrilled to witness history being made by Dan McKim and having its first professional world record set Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival.  In my near thirty years of being involved with the sport, I have never seen a series in one hammer event, let alone two, like that which Dan McKim produced at the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival.  I can foresee from looking at Dan’s series of throws that they are just the beginning of bigger throws to follow this season.  Dan, I think, has not yet reached his peak, and I predict his going to 131’ plus in the heavy and 157’ plus in the light, so keep watching and stay tuned.
 
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Weightlifting, grip strength, mas wrestling—with contest reports on the European Weightlifting Championships, the Visegrip Viking Challenge and Mas Angeles—are among the strength sports you will find covered in the June issue of MILO: A Journal For Serious Strength Athletes; along with training, history and our regular departments such as Captains of Crush Grippers: Who’s New, as well as a story on the super strongman, Zydrunas Savickas.

Cover caption: “The deadlift is one of the most fundamental tests of strength, and Zydrunas Savickas has probably won more deadlift events in more major strongman contests than any other strongman.  That aside, this supreme strongman has now set another record—he’s the first person in the world to make the cover of MILO four times.  Randall J. Strossen photo”
Cover caption: “The deadlift is one of the most fundamental tests of strength, and Zydrunas Savickas has probably won more deadlift events in more major strongman contests than any other strongman.  That aside, this supreme strongman has now set another record—he’s the first person in the world to make the cover of MILO four times.  Randall J. Strossen photo”


Sporting a new look beginning with this issue, MILO has gone four-color throughout, with interior ads from outside advertisers as well as from IronMind, and we have a refreshed format that we think you will like.

The June 2014 issue of MILO (Volume 22–Number 1) is available now from the IronMind e-store, where you can also see the Table of Contents.

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