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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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“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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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:

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

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

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

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

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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“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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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

 
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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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“This is taking OFF!” Mas Wrestling USA president Odd Haugen told IronMind today, sharing a summer schedule that will bring the ancient sport of mas wrestling to multiple venues around the United States.

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Mark Felix (left) and Clay Edgin (right) compete in the mas wrestling event run by Odd Haugen at the Los Angeles Fit Expo earlier this year.  Mark Felix is a 9-time World’s Strongest Man competitor and a former world record holder in both the Rolling Thunder and the Captains of Crush Silver Bullet Hold.  Clay Edgin’s credits in the grip strength world include certification on the Captains of Crush® No. 3 gripper, the IronMind® Red Nail and the Crushed-To-Dust® Challenge.  Not to be ignored is referee Robert “OB” Oberst, a World’s Strongest Man competitor who is also making a name for himself as a top mas wrestler.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Haugen calls mas wrestling, "a true test of functional strength: grip, back, legs—your whole body goes into it" and Mas Wrestling USA offers competitions whether you are a man or woman, young, old, big, small, novice or aiming for the world championships.

What's up this summer with Mas Wrestling USA?  A lot!  IronMind® | Courtesy of Mas Wrestling USA
What's up this summer with Mas Wrestling USA?  A lot!  IronMind® | Courtesy of Mas Wrestling USA


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International Highland Games Federation CEO Francis Brebner’s has collected the past year’s Highland Games highlights in his new book: history, athlete biographies, results, photos, and more.

The Andrew Keedah Hobson painting Viking Warrior is the featured on the cover of Francis Brebner’s new book: Highland Games Highlights 2013.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of Francis Brebner/Andrew Keedah Hobson
The Andrew Keedah Hobson painting Viking Warrior is the featured on the cover of Francis Brebner’s new book: Highland Games Highlights 2013.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of Francis Brebner/Andrew Keedah Hobson


Brebner, a former world-class Highland Games competitor, has maintained his close ties to the Games by working as an official, promoter, seminar leader, journalist and photographer, and this book is part of Brebner’s commitment to advancing the cause of the Highland Games—a tradition he has been immersed in for three decades.  As with Brebner's first book, orginal art by Andrew Keedah Hobson is featured on the cover.

456 pages, large format, many photos.  For ordering detail are here

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

Ervin Katona continued to shine at his home contest, but this weekend there was one man he could not beat: Hafthor Julius Björnsson.

Hafthor Julius Bjornsson on the Frame Carry at the MHP Strongman Champions League–Serbia, where he motored to victory.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Aryn Lockhart/Strongman Rage
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson on the Frame Carry at the MHP Strongman Champions League–Serbia, where he motored to victory.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Aryn Lockhart/Strongman Rage

 

THOR Wins MHP Strongman Champions League Serbia!

By Aryn Lockhart/Strongman Rage

On Saturday with cloudless skies, warm temperatures and over thousands of  spectators, the stage was set for the third stop on the MHP Strongman Champions League series in Serbia. Hosted by Ervin Katona in Novi Sad, the competition consisted of six events: hand over hand, Viking press, frame carry, front hold, car deadlift, and loading.  The crowd brought additional energy and intensity throughout the day cheering wildly as they witnessed a new world record in the Viking press and a head to head battle with Thor Björnsson edging ahead of Ervin Katona for the win.

Katona is known for organizing heavy events and started the day with hand over hand with a ten ton truck for 20 meters (65.6ft). What made this event particularly hard was the thick rope challenging athletes’ grip strength. Thor was first to complete the event with 32.23 seconds. Daniel Wildt from Germany took second place with 37.5 seconds.

Event two was the Viking press with 165 kg (363lbs). This event brought tremendous excitement as the lightest and the smallest athlete, Björn Solvang from Norway, won the event and broke a new world record with an astounding 14 reps. The previous record of 13 reps was held by Katona.

The third event was the frame carry. With a weight of 360kg (792lbs), the grip from this particular frame left many athletes struggling to carry the frame even for a few short meters. Only three athletes were able to complete the entire 40 meter (131.2ft) course. Thor won this event using his long legs to his advantage completing the course in only 24.16 seconds.

The front hold was up next with 30kg (66lbs) in each hand. With his incredible shoulder strength, Katona won this event launching him into first place with only two events remaining.

The fifth event was the car deadlift with a weight of 360kg (792lbs). Martin Wildauer from Austria is often the favorite in this event, but was working through a minor back injury. As a result, Thor won the event with nine reps and Wildauer took second with eight.

The sixth and final event was loading three 120kg (264lb) sacks onto a platform. With lightning speed, Thor completed this event with only 19.78 seconds. He was over three seconds faster than Lauri Nami who came in second.

When the day was done and the dust settled, Björnsson took first place, Katona second, and Wilduaer third. “I was very happy with the competition,” stated Katona. “The crowd was great and brought a lot energy.” Katona still holds the leader shirt but his competition is fast approaching. With Wildauer taking second in Germany and now third in Serbia, his is right on Katona’s heels.

The next event is in Finland on 14 and 15 June. To find all of the events visit www.strongmancl.com under Agenda. The FIBO from Germany will be televised on Eurosport 23 May and Serbia will hit Eurosport on 20 June. The competition is just starting to get warmed up!

Final Serbia Standings top 8

  1.           Thor Björnsson (Iceland) 63.5
  2.           Ervin Katona (Serbia) 60
  3.           Martin Wildauer (Austria) 55
  4.           Lauri Nami (Estonia) 46
  5.           Krzysztof Radzikowski (Poland) 42
  6.           Dainis Zageris (Latvia) 37.5
  7.           Björn Solvang (Norway) 35.5
  8.           Akos Nagy (Hungary) 33.5

 
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“Andreas Valand from Norway was crowned to the first United Strongmnebn -90kg Strongman World Championships in Häme Sport Festival in Hämeenlinna, Finland,” Jyrki Rantanen reported to IronMind.

Strongman isn’t only for huge me: Andreas Valand won the under 90-kg United Strongmen World Championships over the weekend.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy © www.photobypiia.com
Strongman isn’t only for huge me: Andreas Valand won the under 90-kg United Strongmen World Championships over the weekend.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy © www.photobypiia.com


“In the same happening Tanja Harinen from Finland took the title of DiamondGirl™.” 

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

Novi Sad, Serbia will be hosting the MHP Strongman Champions League (SCL) this weekend—the third stage of the world’s largest professional strongman tour.

Ervin Katona will be center stage at the MHP Strongman Champions League competition in Serbia this weekend.  Image ©Vladimir Velickovic.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL
Ervin Katona will be center stage at the MHP Strongman Champions League competition in Serbia this weekend.  Image ©Vladimir Velickovic.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL


“This is the third stage of the MHP/SCL series out of 16,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind.  “Within the next three weeks, we will have SCL Finland, followed by SCL Holland and SCL Latvia—all in June.
“After returning from the MHP/SCL  ‘Brutal Edition’ in Brazil, half of that field will be here in Serbia, with a spotlight on hometown hero Ervin Katona, who is the current SCL leader.  Thor  will also be one to watch,” said Mostert.
 
Start List

1.       ERVIN KATONA                          SERBIA
2.       THOR BJÖRNSSON                    ICELAND
3.       KRYZSTOF RADZIKOWSKI        POLAND
4.       LAURI NAMI                               ESTONIA
5.       DAINIS ZAGERIS                        LATVIA
6.       SIMON SULAIMAN                     SYRIA
7.       DANIEL WILDT                           GERMANY
8.       AKOS NAGY                               HUNGARY
9.       BJÖRN SOLVANG                      NORWAY
10.     ALEN RADOSEVIC                     SERBIA
11.     ADIN ARNOUT                            BOSNIA
12.     MARTIN WILDAUER                   AUSTRIA
 
 
Events

• Truck Pull
• Power Team Forward Hold
• MHP Viking Press
• Farmer's Walk
• Loading Event
• Car Deadlift

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

The Hame Sports Festival, May 9 - 10, has a lot going on—including a comeback appearance by  “former World’s Strongest Woman runner-up Heini Koivuniemi,” Jyrki Rantanen told IronMind.

Former World’s Strongest Woman runner-up Heini Koivuniemi will be competing in this weekend’s Hame Sport Festival in Finland.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of United Strongmen
Former World’s Strongest Woman runner-up Heini Koivuniemi will be competing in this weekend’s Hame Sport Festival in Finland.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of United Strongmen


“Heini will be competing at -70kg class in Queen of the Castle™ - Strongwoman Scandinavian Championships on Friday 9th, May.

“On Saturday the action continues at Verkatehdas Arts & Congress centre with the inaugural -90kg World Championships and DiamondGirl™ competition along with other actions.

“The evening will include also the awarding party at Hugo nightclub in Aulanko Spa hotel.

“Overall there´s some 50 athletes from 10 different countries competing in this happening,” said Rantanen.

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Taking quickly to short steel bending, Kim Sang-Min has succeeded in bending the IronMind Red Nail—thereby earning a highly coveted position on the Red Nail Roster.

Kim Sang-Min told IronMind, “I would like to thank my friend Jaewook Moon, who got me into bending, as well as my beloved wife, Sunmin Shin, who always supports me.”  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Kim Sang-Min
Kim Sang-Min told IronMind, “I would like to thank my friend Jaewook Moon, who got me into bending, as well as my beloved wife, Sunmin Shin, who always supports me.”  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Kim Sang-Min


“I am a friend of Jaewook Moon, who is the first Red Nail bender in Korea.  He introduced me to the world of nail bending,” Kim Sang-Min told IronMind.  It was an auspicious introduction and success with Red Nail followed in short order.

Kim Sang-Min is 33 years old, works as a chef, stands 192 cm tall and weighs 100 kg, and he has an extensive martial arts background.  Congratulations, Kim Sang-Min, and many thanks to Cho Jae-Hun for serving as the referee.

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“A new strongman team series made its debut last weekend in the city of Dunajska Streda, Slovakia,” Francis Brebner reported to IronMind.

adam-eurosm-14_lg The Truck Pull was one the classic strongman events modified for the team format used in the Scitec European Strongest Team Challenge.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Adam Darusz
The Truck Pull was one the classic strongman events modified for the team format used in the Scitec European Strongest Team Challenge.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Adam Darusz


“Eight teams took part from all over Europe, including Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Hungary, Ukraine, Georgia, and Croatia, with two teams from Slovakia.  The cold weather and rain did not dampen the spirits of the spectators, who traveled from near and far to watch the first of the European strongman series get underway.
 
“Kicking off the contest was the two-man harness truck pull, with the 17-ton truck pulled a distance of 18 m in the fastest time possible.  Team Poland dominated with a winning time 21.99 seconds.  Second place was tight with Team A Slovakia clocking 24.20 seconds to third-place Team Sweden’s 24.30 seconds .
 
“In the two-man log lift for reps, 240 kg were lifted from the ground to overhead and back to the ground, and the athletes had 60 seconds to complete as many reps as possible.  Team A Slovakia prevailed, banging out 8 reps.  Team Sweden was second with 7 reps, and third place was a tie between Team Poland and Team Ukraine at 5 reps each.  Unfortunately Konstantine Janashia of Team Georgia sustained an injury, breaking two fingers, but like a true warrior, he soldiered on.
 
“In the two-man 460-kg frame carry over a course of 40 m, again Team Poland pulled off a second victory with a time of 15.03 seconds.  In second place was Team Ukraine with 16.70, followed closely by Team A Slovakia with 17.83 seconds.
 
“The Iceland cross, based on an event from a Magnus ver Magnusson contest, weighed 130-kg.  Similar to carrying the Husafell stone, with the cross there is more latitude when cradling the cross in the arms.  Team Poland won easily with a combined distance of  80.51 m, followed by Team B Slovakia and Team Sweden respectively.
 
“The last two events of the competition were individual, with one athlete from each team selected for the deadlift and the Atlas Stones.  The 320-kg deadlift for reps was won by Mateusz Baron of  Poland with 10 reps in just under 27 seconds.  Second, despite his broken fingers, was Janashia of Team Georgia with 8 reps, and third, Peter Puzsér of Team A Slovakia with 6 reps.
 
“The final event was the Atlas stones, weighing from 146 kg to a whopping 172 kg, which had to be lifted onto a platform of 122 cm in the fastest time possible.  Joachim Gustavsson of Team Sweden won the event in 15.73 seconds.  Rafal Kobylarz of Team Poland placed second at 29.43 seconds, and Igor Petrik of Team B Slovakia was third.
 
Overall results
1.  Team Poland (Mateusz Baron – Rafal Kobylarz)   44.5 points
2.  Team A Slovakia (Peter Puzsér – Piros Ferenc)     36
3.  Team Sweden (David Nystrom – Joachim Gustavsson) 33
4.  Team Hungary (Gábor Hrozik – János Sebestyén) 25
5.  Team Ukraine (Volodimir Reksha – Vitaly Mihaev) 24.5
6.  Team B Slovakia (Igor Petrik – Dávid Nagy)         23
7.  Team Georgia (Konstantine Janashia – Giorgi Donjashvili)    17
8.  Team Croatia (Vilijam Ded – Ivan Medimurec)    5
 
“Adam Darusz, athletic director and promoter, was happy with the high level of competition in the first stage of the European Strongest Team series and with the warm reception from the large turnout of spectators.  The next venue will be staged in mid-July, with the last of the series to conclude on 26 September at the Arnold Classic Europe in Madrid, Spain,” reported Brebner.
 

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

Letting no moss grow under his feet, Clay Edgin ran the Boss of Mas Wrestling Tournment over the weekend and filed this report with IronMind.



Irma Esquivel (left) versus Sonya del Gallego (right) at the Boss of Mas Wrestling Tournement held at Dan Green’s Boss Barbell Club in Mountain View, California.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Chip Conrad
Irma Esquivel (left) versus Sonya del Gallego (right) at the Boss of Mas Wrestling Tournement held at Dan Green’s Boss Barbell Club in Mountain View, California.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Chip Conrad


Bosses of MAS Crowned
by Clay Edgin

Dan Green's Boss Barbell Club in Mountain View was the site for the Boss of MAS Wrestling Tournament last Saturday. Competitors from many different athletic backgrounds came from all over the state to take part in one of the largest tournaments on American soil to date. Six women and thirteen men, most of whom had competed earlier in the day at the Northern California Strongman Championships, took part in the tournament, which was sanctioned by MAS Wrestling USA and judged by none other than the Vicegrip Viking himself, Odd Haugen. Haugen not only brought his charisma and exuberance to the matches but also two competitors, Romark Weiss and Jacob Finerty, who finished the day winning the title in their respective weight divisions.

The day kicked off with the women's divisions battling it out for the honor of being the Absolute Champion. Newcomer Irma Esquivel bested Sonya del Gallego for the lightweight women's title, which was a repeat of their respective finishes in the strongwoman competition that day.

Prowess in mas wrestling must run in the family because it was Emma Landucci, sister of World's Strongest Man finalist Robert Oberst, who came out on top in the middleweight women's division. Oberst represented the U.S. in the third stage of the World Cup in Dubai last year.

The lone heavyweight women's competitor, Amenah Razeghi, knocked off the rest of the competition one by one on her march to the top of the podium as the Absolute Women's Champion. Razeghi hasn't lost a single round in mas wrestling since the San Jose Fit Expo last June.

On the men's side, Romark Weiss from Newbury Park won an exciting match against personal trainer and strength historian Chip Conrad for the under 175lb championships.

The under 200-lb. class proved once again to be stacked with the most explosive athletes out there. The highlight of this division's melee was the rematch between Joel Snodgrass and Robert Lira. The two met in January at a mas wrestling contest in Santa Cruz where Joel Snodgrass came out on top. Lira was determined to avenge his loss, but fell short in a 1-2 effort against Snodgrass who remains undefeated. This rivalry will continue to brew until their next meeting, which is likely to be at the San Jose Fit Expo World Championships Qualifier in July.

Dave Lippman rolled through a very competitive middleweight division to claw his way to the heap of the mountain. Heavyweight Jacob Finerty, who finished second at the Arnold Classic Mas Wrestling tournament, was the only one representing the big boys and competed against the middleweights during his campaign to become the Absolute Men's Champion.

A very special thanks to IronMind for continuing to support MAS Wrestling USA and providing some Captains of Crush grippers for the winners of each division!

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

“I have launched American Strongman Radio,” Dione Wessels told IronMind’s Randall Strossen today. 



Dione Wessels, shown at 2010 Mohegan Sun, announced the launch of American Strongman Radio.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Dione Wessels, shown at 2010 Mohegan Sun, announced the launch of American Strongman Radio.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


“The purpose of the show is to provide honest and non-biased news and coverage of strongman with hopes to aid in its growth. We have restructured the ASC team and I am confident that we now have a very strong team from contest setup to social media personnel. I am very excited about this year and the future of strongman in America. 



“The show will be a 60 minute program airing on Wednesday with many different guests from physicians to professional athletes, equipment manufacturers such as yourself, and promoters. I hope you are able to tune in. The updated programming will be posted here.”

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

Ilkka Kinnunen called the action from the Arnold Brazil for IronMind, where Zydrunas Savickas set a new world record in the Log Lift.

Zydrunas Savickas continued his domination of the Log Lift with this 223-kg success, for a new world record.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL
Zydrunas Savickas continued his domination of the Log Lift with this 223-kg success, for a new world record.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL


“Big Z hits again, winning the MHP SCL ‘Brutal Edition’ at  the Arnold Classic Brazil on Saturday. There were total of 3 heavy events and athlete list was tough. This was no fear in the Big Z. He won first 2 events and was 2nd in 3rd.

“The first event in competition was Log for Max. Excellent lifts from Thor, Burke who came equal 3rd with 190kg, 2nd Brian Shaw 192,5kg and winner Big Z with NEW WORLD RECORD 223kg!!!! The lift was so easy for Z, that it won’t take long before he hits that 500 lb, no question about that.

“Second event Deadlift with 360kg for reps. Top 3 in this were Thor and Brian equal 9 reps and winner again Big Z with 10 reps. Big Z did all 10 reps in only 30 sec.

“The last event of the day Atlas Stones. 6 stones from 120-180kg. From top 3 Thor went first he hitted clock on time 22.69sec. That was 10 sec faster than anyone before Thor. Two athletes left Brian and Z. Brian put all his power in and what an amazing time 19,05 seconds !!!. Zydrunas needed at least time what puts him on 3rd, but he was ready and did 2nd fastest time 21.84sec.

“The competition and the EXPO itself was a big success total over 100.\,000 people in 3 days. The MHP SCL Arnold was televised by GLOBO TV which is the biggest channel in Brazil.

“Overall results:

1. ZYDRUNAS SAVICKAS
2. BRIAN SHAW
3. THOR BJÖRNSSON
4. LAURI NAMI
5. ERVIN KATONA
6. MIKE BURKE ( back injury)
7. MARCOS FERRARI
8. KRYZSTOF RADZIKOWSKI ( tricep injury)
9. DAINIS ZAGERIS ( bicep injury)

"On Saturday evening athletes had one more event between the Pro body-building and Pro Fitness. The Giant Dumbbell Challenge: 95kg Huge Dumbbell lifted from the ground in 75 seconds. The rule also is that if there is a tie, then the fastest time wins.

"From top results in Dumbbell Big Z did 10 reps coming 4th. Mike Burke with an excellent 12 reps raised him to 3rd place. Brian Shaw with 13 reps, but slower time (75 sec) got 2nd place and the winner also 13 reps but done in 72 sec. was the giant from Iceland, Thor Björnsson.

"Amazing finish for the 2014 Arnold Classic in Brazil. Next the MHP SCL continues the serie in Serbia 10th of May, so stay tuned," said Kinnunen.

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

“The 2014 IHGF World Amateur Highland Games Championships have been scheduled for June 28-29th in Andoy, Norway —hosted by the NHGA, an affiliate of the IHGF,” according to a press release sent to IronMind.



Norway is hosting the 2014 IHGF Amateur Highland Games World Championships.  IronMind® | Courtesy of IHGF
Norway is hosting the 2014 IHGF Amateur Highland Games World Championships.  IronMind® | Courtesy of IHGF
 

 “The IHGF are very happy to be working with such very good sports promoters as Sveinung Tangstad, president of the NHGA, and his wife, Lisbeth Seppola, the executive producer of the games.  They have a real passion for the sport of Highland Games.
 
“We are very pleased that Andoy, Norway is selected as this year’s hosting country for the IHGF World Amateur Highland Games Championships and for us to be able to bring the best amateur athletes from around the world to compete in our Highland Games here in Norway.  This championships will be filmed for Norwegian TV as well as for other parts of Europe and USA TV networks is just magnificent.
 
“This is a very good launch to our plans within the NHGA in stepping it up with the hosting of World Championship events.  Our aim is to build the sport much bigger for our athletes and also essentially to encourage more young blood into the sport here in Norway. 

“Furthermore, we have an outlook of building these games into an annual fixture on the international circuit, with our new hotel business, situated in one of the most picturesque settings overlooking the fjords and the ocean view in Northern Norway. We have built a training camp for Highland games throwing as well as a state of the art gym where young Norwegian athletes can get firsthand training in the sport and get all the help and encouragement to progress.”
 
“We are also very delighted to be working with the IHGF as the world governing body for Highland Games in bringing the sport of Highland games to the next level here in Norway. We have arranged to have the IHGF hold seminars teaching about each of the throwing disciplines, the sport and its history, for the young athletes while here in Norway prior to the World Amateur Highland Games Championships.
 
Competitors
Jonathan Kelly (Ireland)
Daniel Dorow (Germany)
Martin Schiller (Austria)
Pieter Karst Bouma (Holland)  
Attila Szabo (Hungary)          
Jimmy Van De Walle (Belgium)
Stuart Anderson (Scotland)
Scott Hutchison (USA)
Duncan McCallum (USA)
Paul Boundy (Canada)
Yrjö Hämäläinen (Finland)
Daniel Viklund (Sweden)
Robert Stakston (Norway)

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

On April 25 and 26, the MHP Strongman Champions League will its first ‘Brutal Edition’ at  the Arnold Classic Brazil, with two separate competitions.
In fact there are 2 separate competitions.

This commemorative motorcycle, along with some cash, will the prize at Friday’s “Brutal Edition” SCL competition at the Arnold–Brazil.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL
This commemorative motorcycle, along with some cash, will the prize at Friday’s “Brutal Edition” SCL competition at the Arnold–Brazil.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL


The Deadlift, Atlas Stones and Log Lift for max will be featured on Friday, with the winner getting a special motorbike and prize money, for a total value of US$12,500.

Saturday’s competition will be on the dumbbell press and the winner will get a very special watch and prize money, for a total value of US$6,000.

“The weights will be ‘brutal,’ same as the athletes and their last titles, listed below:
 
Zydrunas Savickas           - Lithuania            Current World Strongest Man 2014
Hafthor Bjornsson           -Iceland                Vice World Strongest Man 2014
Krzyzstof Radzikowski    - Poland                SCL World champion 2013
Ervin Katona                     - Serbia                Current leader SCL 2014
Brian Shaw                        - USA                    World Strongest Man 2013
Dainis Zageris                   - Latvia                 4th  SCL Overall 2013
Lauri Nami                         - Estonia              6th SCL Overall 2013
Mike Burke                        - USA                    4th World Strongest Man 2014
Marcos Ferrari                  - Brasil                 Strongest Man Brazil 2013
 
“It promises to be an awesome ‘Brutal Edition,’ with a lot of media coverage in Brazil," Marcel Mostert told IronMind.

“The MHP Strongman Champions League will be also perform in a few other big shows that week, such as GE - GLOBO ESPORTE Program, BDBR - BOM DIA BRASIL, the JG - JORNAL GLOBO  and  the JN - JORNAL NACIONAL
. 

“All these programs together are viewed by 75 million viewers in Brazil.  The competition itself will be broadcast by Globo TV, the biggest channel in Brasil.  Arnold Schwarzenegger himself will give the prizes.”

This commemorative watch is part of the prize package on the second day of competition at the second day of competition in Brazil.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL
This commemorative watch is part of the prize package on the second day of competition at the second day of competition in Brazil.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL
 
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

IHGF CEO Francis Brebner has filed a report with IronMind on the Las Vegas Highland Games, where Brittany Pryor made a sensational debut in the sport.



Brittany Pryor has been tipped as a potential world champion in the Highland games heavy events.  IronMind® | ©Francis Brebner photo

Brittany Pryor has been tipped as a potential world champion in the Highland games heavy events.  IronMind® | ©Francis Brebner photo



2014 Las Vegas Highland Games
by Francis Brebner, CEO, International Highland Games Federation (IHGF)

The 10th annual Las Vegas Highland Games this past weekend attracted bumper
entries from novice, women’s, masters’ and amateur men’s A, B and C
divisions, a staggering 127 athletes in all, making the Las Vegas Highland
Games the second largest grouping of athletes ever over a two-day Highland
Games.  The Arizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games currently has the
most recorded to date at 135.

One of the highlights of the games was watching the new sensation, Brittany
Pryor of Las Vegas, who competed in the woman’s A class in her first-ever
Highland games.  Showing her athletic talent and winning five of the nine
events, Brittany, who comes from a track and field background and who also
has competed in powerlifting and strongwoman, has now added Highland games
to her resume.  She was competing against a very tough field of athletes,
featuring Heather MacDonald, Beth Burton, and Ivory Carr to name a few, all
of whom placed in the 2014 Woman’s World Highland Games Championships top
ten.

The first event, the 14-lb. Braemar stone, was a comfortable win for Pryor
at a distance of 36’; second place was Burton at 27’ 2-3/4”, and third
MacDonald at 24’ 4”.

The 11-lb. open stone was amazing to watch as Pryor blasted out a series of
world-class putts, all over 40’ with her best being 42’ 9”.  Second and
third were again Burton at 29’ 10-3/4” and MacDonald at 28’ 11”
respectively.

In the 28-lb. weight-for-distance, Burton took hold of the reins with a
dominating throw of 26’ 11”.  Second place was a close tussle between
MacDonald and Pryor, with MacDonald just pulling ahead with a throw of 34’
9-1/2”, leaving Pryor in third at 34’ 2-3/4”.

The 14-lb. light weight-for-distance was a good event for MacDonald as she
lobbed a nice throw of 63’ 9-1/4” for the win.  Second went to Burton with
60’ 3-3/4” and third to Pryor with 59’ 6”.

In the 16-lb. heavy hammer, Pryor, who excels in the track and field wire
hammer, one of her signature events, made easy work of the Scots hammer,
especially for throwing it for the first time in competition.  Her winning
distance was 78’ 2-1/2”, followed by Burton at 74’ 5” and MacDonald at 65’
2-1/4”.

In the 14-lb. light hammer, gasps could be heard as Pryor sent the implement
sailing in a world-class effort of 102’ 5”.  Burton was second at 91’ 10”
and MacDonald third at 86’ 5”.

The 28-lb. weight-over-bar was a high point of the games weekend as Pryor
surprised everyone by clearing 18’.  Burton did 16’ for second and MacDonald
15’ for third.  Pryor later attempted the height of 19’ but just missed
getting the arc needed to clear the bar.  Some of Pryor’s attempts reached
heights in excess of 20’ but all were out in front of the bar, still very
remarkable for someone who has never competed in the sport, especially when
you think that the current world record stands at 20’.

MacDonald won the 10-lb. sheaf toss with a height of 24’; second equal were
Burton and Pryor with 21’.

The final event, the caber toss, was won by Burton with a 1:30 toss.  Second
place went to Ivory Carr with a best attempt of 65 degrees and third place
to MacDonald with 60 degrees.

Women’s A top three overall:

1. Beth Burton 16.5
2. Brittany Pryor 17.5
3. Heather MacDonald 23.0

The newly appointed athletic director for the games, Jason Corder, and SAAA
president Charles McLean were delighted with the number of entries for the
games and the influx of novice athletes taking up the challenge of the
sport, and also to have the new sensation in the women’s A group, Brittany
Pryor.  She, by the end of the day, had a flood of supporters and has been
already tipped by many as a possible future world champion if she continues
in the sport.  

In the men’s A group, Eddie Brown reigned supreme as he won four of the nine
events on his home soil:  22-lb. Braemar stone at 39’ 5”; 16-lb. open stone
at 43’; 16-lb. hammer at 117’ 1”; and 22-lb. hammer at 88’ 7”.  The 28-lb.
weight-for-distance was won by Scott Hutchison with 79’ 4”; 56-lb.
weight-for-distance at 38’ 3”; and 20-lb. sheaf toss at 29’.  In the 56-lb.
weight-over-bar, Corey Frazier set a personal best with 16’ 7” and in the
caber Michael Holm won with a perfect 12:00 toss.

Men’s A top three overall:

1. Eddie Brown 17.0
2. Corey Frazier 29.0
3. Karl Gehrke 30.0


With the bar set at 19 feet, look at the height of Brittany Pryor’s attempt and you can see why she’s likely to be attacking the weight for height world record soon.  IronMind® | ©Francis Brebner photo
With the bar set at 19 feet, look at the height of Brittany Pryor’s attempt and you can see why she’s likely to be attacking the weight for height world record soon.  IronMind® | ©Francis Brebner photo


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

“The MHP Strongman Champions League will have a special ‘Brutal Edition’ in the Arnold Classic Brasil,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind today.



MHP Strongman Champions League is headed to Brazil for a series of events.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL
MHP Strongman Champions League is headed to Brazil for a series of events.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL


“This strongman competition, on April 25–26, is a special edition, is not in the SCL series, but will be held under the auspices of SCL.

“Brutal events like the Dumbbell Press, Deadlift, Atlas stones and Log Lift for max will be done,” said Mostert, who, along with Ilkka Kinnunen, will referee the event.  “The prize ceremony will be done by Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.”
 
Start List
Zydrunas Savickas - Lithuania 
Hafthor Bjornsson - Iceland    
Krzyzstof Radzikowski - Poland              
Ervin Katona - Serbia                
Brian Shaw - USA               
Dainis Zageris - Latvia          
Lauri Nami - Estonia              
Mike Burke - USA         
Marcos Ferrari - Brazil    
 
“It promises to be an awesome ‘Brutal Edition,’ with a lot of media coverage in Brazil.

“The MHP Strongman Champions League will be also perform in a few other big shows that week, with a combined viewership of 75 million in Brazil.  The competition itself will be broadcast by Globo TV, the biggest channel in Brasil.
 
“Meantime, you can watch already the first stage MHP Strongman Champions League—Martinique at coming Friday 18 April at Eurosport, 19.00 hours CET,” said Mostert.


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

“Sami Pätäri won the first Heavy Events -90 kg Finnish Strongman Nationals,” Jyrki Rantanen reported to IronMind.

“Pätäri was followed by Niko Laine, who did super performances in the finals, but could not catch Samis lead from the qualification events.  In the qualification events, 14 men battled out to the spots for the finals, and the top five earned their invitation to the World Championships.”


Top Five
1. Sami Pätäri
2. Niko Laine
3. Aki Sahanen
4. Pasi Peltomaa
5. Ronald Wahlsten

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

There is nothing as anticlimactic as a weak performance in the + 105 kg category at a major weightlifting competition, and nothing as good as going put with a blast in this class—led by Aleksei Lovchev’s 205/252 performance, the 2014 European Weightlifting Championships finished with a bang.

Russia’s Aleksei Lovchev put an exclamation point at the end of the 2014 European Weightlifting Championships: he added this 252-kg clean and jerk to the 205-kg snatch he had already posted to tell the world that he’s a player for top honors in the +105 kg category.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Russia’s Aleksei Lovchev put an exclamation point at the end of the 2014 European Weightlifting Championships: he added this 252-kg clean and jerk to the 205-kg snatch he had already posted to tell the world that he’s a player for top honors in the +105 kg category.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Lovchev (Russia) did 200/230 at last year’s World Weightlifting Championships, not an insignificant performance, but far different from the six-for-six 205/252 results he produced at the 2014 European Weightlifting Championships, and the overall picture is one of growth: the 24-year old lifter is about 5 kg heavier than he was in Wroclaw, and is just now entering what should be the prime years of his weightlifting career, so along with his teammate Ruslan Albegov, and the Iranian Moulaie Bahador, count Lovchev as being in the group of challengers to Behdad Salimi, whose days of coasting to victory in the absence of serious threats are gone.  Now, he will face major competition to retain his his title as strongest man in the world, and one of the primary bids is likely to come from Lovchev.

Finally, just a quick word of richly deserved thanks to the European Weightlifting Federation, the Israeli Weightlifting Federation and the city of Tel Aviv for producing a first-rate competition in an exceptional location.

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

Tel Aviv—Andrey Demanov (Russia) fought for each lift and reaped the gold medal in the 105-kg category, along with the silver medals in both the snatch and the jerk, at the European Weightlifting Championships.

Gold medalist in the total in the 105-kg category, Andrey Demanov (Russia) fought for every lift—including this third attempt 183-kg snatch.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Gold medalist in the total in the 105-kg category, Andrey Demanov (Russia) fought for every lift—including this third attempt 183-kg snatch.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


The return of Andrei Aramnau (Belarus) had lifting fans excited even if he was not expected to approach his best marks.  Aramnau, Demanov and the second Russian lifter in this class, Timur Naniev, started snatching when everyone else was done, and all three nailed 177 kg on their first attempts.  Aramnau had to chase 182 kg on his second attempt and he made a great save to get the lift.  Demanov didn’t have such good luck with the same weight on his second attempt—he had the bar overhead, looking as if he had made the lift, but then lost it as he was recovering.  Naniev made a good second attempt with the same weight, and Demanov made a good lift with 183 kg on his third attempt.  Aramnau, showing what a fluke his last attempt had been, stuck 184 for his third attempt, winning the gold medal in the snatch.

Things unwound for Aramnau in the clean and jerk: he was turned down on his opener (212 kg) for not pausing between the clean and the jerk, came back and made the same weight on his second attempt, and then had 220 kg overhead on his third attempt, but passed out and dropped the bar.

Demanov opened with a good 214 kg lift, and then he locked horns with 221 kg, but he could not get it under control to the referees‘ satisfaction—he struggled step by step to a corner of the platform before dropping the bar.  Undaunted, Demanov came back and made 222 kg on his third attempt—his teammate edged him on bodyweight for the gold medal in the jerk, but Demanov got the gold medal in the total.



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

Tel Aviv—Looking at the start list for the 94-kg category at the 2014 European Weightlifting Championships, Adrian Zielinski stood out as the likely winner, and he was, but what of his younger brother, Tomasz, and the still younger Bulgarian lifter, Vasil Gospodinov?

After making a solid clean, Adrian Zielinski missed the jerk on this 215-kg third attempt, but by then he had already won the snatch and total gold medals in the 94-kg class at the European Weightlifting Championships.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
After making a solid clean, Adrian Zielinski missed the jerk on this 215-kg third attempt, but by then he had already won the snatch and total gold medals in the 94-kg class at the European Weightlifting Championships.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Both Zielinski brothers are solidly built, while Gospodinov looks tall and rangy for a weightlifter, but looks aren’t part of the equation in this sport.

Both Tomasz Zielinski and Gospodinov made 165 kg on their opening snatches, with Adriane Zielinski making 170 kg for his first attempt, the same weight Tomasz would then get on his second attempt.  Gospodinov replied with a good 171-kg lift for his second attempt and then Tomasz missed 173 kg on his third attempt.  Gospodinov got 174 on his third attempt and was elated; Adriane hit 175 on his second attempt and then absolutely destroyed 180 kg on his third attempt.

Gospodinov took 195 kg for his first clean and jerk—good lift—and then made another good lift with 201 kg on his second attempt.  Both Zielinski brothers had good openers with 205 kg.  When Gospodinov made the same weight on his third attempt, you could feel the lifter’s excitement and remembering his age, sense that he has a big future.  Meanwhile, both the Poles would go on to make 210 kg on their second attempts and both would miss 215 kg on their third attempts—Adriane missed the jerk and Tomasz only deadlifted the weight.

Adriane Zielinski is the king, but his younger brother isn’t exactly shrinking in his shadow.  And with the fire displayed by Gospodinov as he went six for six, keep an eye on this class because a podium shakeup could well be on its way.

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

Tel Aviv—Ivan Markov (Bulgaria) delivered world class results in the 85-kg class at the European Weightlifting Championships as he won all three gold medals and looked good for even bigger numbers.

Ivan Markov (Bulgaria) is about to flip the switch and explode on this 175-kg snatch as he delivered a world class performance in the 85-kg class at the 2014 European Weightlifting Championships in Tel Aviv.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Ivan Markov (Bulgaria) is about to flip the switch and explode on this 175-kg snatch as he delivered a world class performance in the 85-kg class at the 2014 European Weightlifting Championships in Tel Aviv.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


This class featured the young Russian Adam Maligov, France’s Benjamin Hennequin who is always a factor in the clean and jerk, and the Bulgarian Ivan Markov, who proved he’s a man to be contended with for top honors in the 85-kg class.

The snatch is not Hennequin’s best lift, but he made nice successes with 157 kg and 161 kg, before missing 165 kg.  Russian teenager Maligov made three very nice attempts, ending with 171 kg, and showed why he’s a lifter to watch even more in the future—he exudes concentration as he gets set to lift and displays obvious talent that exceeds even the impressive performance he delivered here.  And then there was Markov: he doesn’t have the elegant platform presence of Maligov or the muscular physique of Hennequin, but he rips up weights approaching world record levels.

After making 170 kg on his first attempt in the snatch, he missed 175 out front on his second attempt and then came back to make it on his third attempt, for the first of three gold medals.

In the clean and jerk, Maligov made 195 kg, missed the jerk on 201 kg and then made a good lift with 202 kg on his third attempt.  Hennequin made 195 kg, 201 kg and 206 kg, proving once again that his clean and jerk is a force to be reckoned with.  Markov, once again showing his dominance, blasted through 201 kg, 206 kg and 210 kg, so considering his overall performance and the fact that he was not pushed, watch for the real fireworks later this year at the World Weightlifting Championships.


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

Francis Brebner has filed a report with IronMind on the IHGF Budapest Highland Games.

Here’s the lineup of competitors for the 2014 IHGF Budapest Highland Games Championships.  IronMind® | Courtesy of IHGF
Here’s the lineup of competitors for the 2014 IHGF Budapest Highland Games Championships.  IronMind® | Courtesy of IHGF



2014 IHGF Budapest Highland Games Championships
by Francis Brebner

The IHGF Budapest Highland Games Championships had a lineup of ten athletes, with competitors coming from Australia, Japan, Venezuela, Holland, Germany, Austria, Romania and Hungary.  With perfect weather the first day, the Budapest Highland Games Championships  attracted lot of spectators from all over city.

The first event was the 29-lb. Hungarian hammer and Austrian Martin Schiller won while setting a personal best in this event with a distance of 74’ 8”.   in second place was Hungary’s Adam Darazs with a distance of 66’ 7”, and in third place Gregor Urbanowicz of Australia with 65’ 2”.

The second event, the 44-lb. weight for height, was dominated by Hans Dieter Dorow of Germany with a winning height of 15’ 8-¾ ” and for second place there was a four-way tie at 15’ 1”:  Martin Schiller, Sandor Cortian (Romania), Edward Carrizo (Austria) and  Rayjumnd Mengyi (Hungary).

Moving onto the signature event of Highland games, the caber toss with a caber that was 110-lb. in weight and 4.2 m long, again it was Germany’s Dorow who won with three perfect 12 o’clock tosses.  Robert Meszaros of Hungary placed second with two twelve o’clock tosses, with Australian Urbanovicz in third with one twelve o’clock toss.

In the 8.4-kg Braemar stone putt, the Masters Shot Put World Championships bronze medalist Edward Carizzo  of Venezuela won with a putt of 41’ 1- ½ ” and for second place it was a close tussle between Shiller and Darazs  with Schiller just pulling off the second place with a putt of 38’11”.   Third place was Darazs with 38’ 3”.

The final event was the Atlas stones, which weighed 100, 120, 122, 136 kg, and all had to be lifted onto a 122 cm  high platform in the fastest time which was won by Darazs who lifted all four stones.  In second place was Rajmond Mengyi of Hungary lifting, who lifted three stones.  In third place Wulbert Stam of Holland.

Overall Places
1. Adam Darazs            
2. Hans Dieter Dorow
3. Martin Schiller        
4. Grzegorz Urbanovic 
5. Robert Meszaros          
6. Rajmond Mengyi
7. Edward Carizzo 
8. Wulbert Stam
9. Kengo Kubota
10. Sandor Cortain

Adam Darazs, the CEO of the IHGF, said "The competition went very well and was well received by the large following of Highland games fans that support the games where ever we organize them in Hungary.  This competition was supported by the Robert Burns International Foundation and was filmed for European TV.  This year we made the first steps towards a major competition in Hungary soon."

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

Tel Aviv—Missed lifts, technical problems, a misload, language barriers, intra-team battles—the 77-kg class at the European Weightlifting Championships had it all and the last man standing was revealed on the final attempt: Erkand Qerimaj (Albania) jerked 194 kg to beat his teammate, Daniel Godelli, on bodyweight for the gold medal in the total.

Erkand Qerimaj (Albania) flies under 194 kg in the clean and jerk, adding a gold medal in the total to the one he'd already harvested in the clean and jerk in the 77-kg class at the European Weightlifting Championships in Tel Aviv.   IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Erkand Qerimaj (Albania) flies under 194 kg in the clean and jerk, adding a gold medal in the total to the one he'd already harvested in the clean and jerk in the 77-kg class at the European Weightlifting Championships in Tel Aviv.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Want an example of what took place, along with the actual lifting?  Razmik Unanian (Russia) missed his opening clean and jerk (186 kg), getting three red lights when the jerk crashed down. 

Since Unanian uses a splot jerk that is about as pretty to watch as the name suggests, why give it a second thought when he glared at the barbell?  But he kept glaring at it.  

And when he finally walked off the platform, Unanian remained standing on the stage looking as if he were ready to take on everyone in the hall if necessary, starting with, it seemed, the referees.  

Meanwhile, the stands (while they might not have had a single actual spectator, they did have lifters, coaches, and others who could see and understand what was going on) erupted into a chorus of whistles and boos, which got louder and louder.

After what seemed like forever, a loader ran up on the platform, went to the left side of the barbell and, with evident embarrassment, removed a 2.5 kg plate that should not have been there. 

So, Unanian got another crack at his opener and he made a good lift.

This was just one of the colorful asides, so if anyone thought you could sleep on the jury, think again.

In contrast to the 69s, which had nary a miss, the 77s looked like the the field had been mined—how about one good lift for each of the snatch medalists, with Tigran Martirosyan winning the gold medal after missing his opener at 155 kg, jumping to 157 kg for a good lift and then missing 160 on his third attempt.  Godelli also made 157 on his second attempt, also for his one good snatch, but he was heavier than Martirosyan and got bumped down to the silver medal.

Despite the wind and waves along the way, this class ended with a classic storyline: having won the gold medal in clean and jerk on his second attempt, Qerimaj used the last attempt of the class to go up 1 kg to 194.  If successful, he would wrest the gold medal in the total from his teammate, which he did, and in perfect keeping with the character of this competition, he did so on bodyweight.

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

He’s on a roll—coming off his big victory at the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest, Zydrunas Savickas won the MHP Strongman Champions League competition at FIBO, and Aryn Lockhart of Strongman Rage called the action for IronMind.

The Log Lift King, Zydrunas Savickas, doing his thing at the FIBO.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Strongman Rage
The Log Lift King, Zydrunas Savickas, doing his thing at the FIBO.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Strongman Rage

The Unstoppable Z
By Aryn Lockhart – Strongman Rage

Directly off of the Arnold’s classic and WSM, Big Z (Zydrunas Savickas) did it again winning the FIBO in Cologne, Germany on 5 April 14. Fourteen athletes from 12 different countries battled through six events on the second stop in the MHP Strongman Champions League series. The competition boasted three WSM finalists in a field of top strongmen and the SCL Leader Ervin Katona.

The event was showcased during the FIBO, which is the largest international trade show for fitness in the world. The FIBO was sold out both Saturday and Sunday with over 80,000 visitors. The MHP Strongman Champions League competition was a highlight for FIBO Power. The events of the day included a 400kg (880lb) yoke for 40 meters; Giant Super log for maximum weight; 300kg (661lb) Frame carry for distance; 35kg (72.6lb) front hold;  Atlas stones from 140kg – 180kg (308kg – 396lbs); 350kg (770lb) deadlift for reps.

Not only was this a battle to the last event, it was filled with close contests and Savickas breaking his own world record on the Giant Super Log. The FIBO hosts the world’s largest log with a 36cm diameter. A traditional log is approximately 32cm. Savickas proceeded to amaze spectators with his record breaking 205kg (451lb) overhead lift with ease.

The final event took place on the main stage. The 350kg deadlift for reps would be the event to crown the FIBO Champion. Each event was down to the wire with only a fraction of points separating first and second place.  In the end Savickas edged out Martin Wildauer to take the lead and the title. Wildauer did 10 reps, Savickas did 1 more for the win. Wildauer had an exceptional showing winning two of the six events.

Matjaž Belzak from Slovenia was the surprising newcomer in the MHP Strongman Champions League. As he placed fifth overall and lifted a 190 kg with the Giant Super Log , which was the previous record from Žydrūnas Savickas until that day. And this man is only 21 years old!

All of the action will be televised 23 May on Eurosport.

Final FIBO Standings

1. Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania)  75.0
2. Martin Wildauer (Austria)  72.5
3. Ervin Katona (Serbia)  62.5
4. Eddie Hall (England)    61.0
5. Matjaž Belšak (Slovenia)  57.5
6. Krzysztof Radzikowski (Poland)    56.0
7. Alex Moonen (Netherlands) 46.5
8. Fuad Hsaini (Morocco) 40.0
9. Akos Nagy (Hungary) 38.5
10. Michael Blumstein (Germany)  29.5
11. Daniel Wildt (Germany) 25.0
12. Mike Koskowski (Germany) 17.0
13. Jonathon Kelly (N. Ireland) 15.5
14. Marco Ferrari (Brazil)  11.0

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

Tel Aviv—It was predicted that Oleg Chen (Russia) would dominate the men’s 69-kg class at the 2014 European Championships and that there would be a fierce battle for the other places on the podium.

Oleg Chen (Russia)  jerked 176 kg to complete his gold medal sweep in the men’s 69-kg class.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Oleg Chen (Russia)  jerked 176 kg to complete his gold medal sweep in the men’s 69-kg class.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo




The lifting followed this script as the defending European Weightlifting champion won the snatch by 8 kg, and two lifters tied at 143 kg, with Serghei Chechir (Moldavia) edging Feliks Khalibekov (Russia) on bodyweight, and Florin Bejenariu (Romania) was close on their heels at 142 kg.

The close competition for what would prove to be the silver and bronze medals in the jerk and total continued as Vanik Avetisyan (Armenia) took the silver medal in the clean and jerk with 175 kg, and Chechir beat Khalibekov for the bronze on bodyweight as both men jerked 172 kg.  Chen took the last attempt in the class, jerking 176 kg for the gold medal in both the jerk and the total.

Three lifters, 12 kg in arrears of Chen, totaled 315 kg: Avetisyan was the lightest, so he got the silver medal, Chechir got the bronze, and Khalibekov was probably left wondering what he should not have eaten that cost him a medal.

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

Grip strength promoter and competitor David Horne hosted the 5th British Hub Lifting Championships as well as the 5th British Strongest Hands (BSH) contest over the weekend—Elizabeth Horne annihilated the world record on the IronMind Hub and David won the BSH competition quite handily.

dGrip strength promoter and competitor David Horne hosted the 5th British Hub Lifting Championships as well as the 5th British Strongest Hands (BSH) contest over the weekend—Elizabeth Horne annihilated the world record on the IronMind Hub and David won the BSH competition quite handily.  Elizabeth Horne knocked the women’s world record on the IronMind Hub out of the park with this 25.33-kg lift at the 5th British Hub Lifting Championships.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of David Horne
Elizabeth Horne knocked the women’s world record on the IronMind Hub out of the park with this 25.33-kg lift at the 5th British Hub Lifting Championships.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of David Horne


Coming into the contest, the women’s world record on the IronMind Hub was 42 lb. (held by Amy Wattles) and when Elizabeth Horne was done, she’d succeeded with 25.33 kg (55.84 lb.) followed by a close miss with 25.81 kg (56.90 lb.).  IronMind reviewed the 25.33 kg lift and ratified it as a new women’s world record on the IronMind Hub.

“It was a fun day’s events, with new lifters competing alongside the more seasoned competitors,” David Horne told IronMind.  “Only three competitors wanted to tackle the Hub Champs, which we started first. But very good lifters they are.
“On another day, Chris Lowe can get up towards that world record I believe, as he’s only just come back from some very serious surgery to his face and body!  Jerome Bloom lifted 26.87 kg at a bodyweight of 65.9 kg, which is a fantastic lift for someone so light.”
 
For full results please follow this link to David Horne's website

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

Tel Aviv—Bulgaria’s Ivalyo Filev swept all three gold medals in the men’s 62-kg category at the European Weightlifting Championships last night.

Ivalyo Filev gets under 163 kg on his second attempt in the clean and jerk.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Ivalyo Filev gets under 163 kg on his second attempt in the clean and jerk.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


In contrast to Stoyan Enev, his short, thickly-muscled teammate, Filev is tall for this class and broad shouldered.  He made good snatches with 133 kg and 136 kg, before failing to fix 137 kg.

Enev has a very powerful and fast power/squat jerk—he wastes no time settling in the bottom, but shoots back up explosively and with complete confidence.  After making 160 kg and 163 kg, he only pulled 166 kg, but by then, he’d already pocketed all three gold medals.

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

Tel Aviv—It was a close race in the 56-kg class, with some interesting twists and turns along the way: none of the snatch medalists achieved the same distinction in the clean and jerk and the lifter who could have won, didn’t because he celebrated too much, too soon.

Easy does it: Florin Croitoru (Romania) made this gold medal 122-kg snatch and it paved the way to a gold medal in the total as well.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Easy does it: Florin Croitoru (Romania) made this gold medal 122-kg snatch and it paved the way to a gold medal in the total as well.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Three lifters ended with 115-kg in the snatch, including 39-year old Tom Goegebuer (Belgium), who netted the bronze medal—silver going to Ismet Algul (Turkey).  Florin Croitoru (Romania) made 117, 120 and 122 kg look easy and his superior snatching did more than give him the gold medal in the snatch: it bolstered his fifth place finish in the clean and jerk enough to also give him the gold medal in the total. 

And talking about fifth place finishes, that’s where Mirco Scarantino (Italy) landed when the snatches were  done, but wait, that 116-kg snatch he celebrated—wildly, as he’s wont to do—on his way up, only to then lose the lift—which resulted in even more drama from Scarantino—would have given him the silver medal in the snatch and enough to tie the gold medal total. 

Scarantino made 140, missed the jerk on 143 kg and then came back to succeed with that weight—it gave him the bronze medal in clean and jerk.  Smbat Margaryan (Armenia) went into gold medal position in the jerk with 145 kg on his second attempt and then Oleg Sirghi (Moldavia) replied with a successful 146-kg lift, but with one attempt left, Margaryan had the last word: he leapfrogged over Sirghi with a 147-kg lift.

Back to the world of would have, could have, should have: had Scarantino not foiled himself with his premature celebration and then tied what was the gold medal total, guess what?  He and the actual winner were tied in bodyweight, but because Croitoru hit the total first, he’d still have won and Scarantino’s silver medal in the total would have still been silver.

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

This coming weekend, the MHP Strongman Champions League will be at FIBO—the world’s largest fitness industry expo—with competitors including the freshly crowned 2014 World’s Strongest Man winner, Zydrunas Savickas, and the 2013 SCL world champion, Krzysztof Radzikowski.

Krzysztof Radzikowski deadlifting at the 2013 FIBO.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL
Krzysztof Radzikowski deadlifting at the 2013 FIBO.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL
 

The strongman contest will include “14 athletes in total and all will be trying to get the yellow MHP Leader shirt back from Ervin Katona’s shoulders,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind today.  “The whole competition will be recorded and broadcast in 89 countries worldwide.”

Here is the official start list:
 
Zydrunas Savickas—Lithuania
Ervin Katona—Serbia
Krzyzstof Radzikowski—Poland
Alex Moonen—Holland
Martin Wildauer—Austria
Eddie Hall—England
Akos Nagy—Hungary
Matjatz Belsak—Slovenia
Jonathan Kelly—Ireland
Daniel Wildt—Germany
Michael Blumstein—Germany
Meik Koskowski—Germany
Marcos Ferrari—Brazil
Fuad Hsaini—Morroco
 
 
And the events:

Yoke Race: 400 kg
Log Lift:  for max weight.
Frame Walk for distance: 300 Kg
Forward Hold
Stones: 140-180 kg
Apollon's Wheel deadlift for reps: 350 kg
 
“The competition starts on Saturday April 5 at 10:30 a.m. and the last event, the Deadlift, will be on the main stage,” said Mostert.

Please follow this link for more information about FIBO Power and the MHP Strongman Champions League.

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

The 2014 NorCal FitExpo is hosting the signature Odd Haugen Strength Classic on July 12 and 13 in the San Jose Convention Center.

Odd Haugen shown on the Car Deadlift at the 2006 Mohegan Sun.  Haugen, an able strongman competitor and huge fight fan, also has a ferocious grip, and he has been a pioneer in recognizing and promoting grip contests on a par with other strength events.  No wonder that the Odd Haugen Strength Classic showcases strongman, mas wrestling and grip strength—all under one roof.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Odd Haugen shown on the Car Deadlift at the 2006 Mohegan Sun.  Haugen, an able strongman competitor and huge fight fan, also has a ferocious grip, and he has been a pioneer in recognizing and promoting grip contests on a par with other strength events.  No wonder that the Odd Haugen Strength Classic showcases strongman, mas wrestling and grip strength—all under one roof.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Here is the official press release, describing the events:

“Saturday, July 12th,  is the 3rd Annual Odd Haugen Strongman Challenge, which is a NAS Platinum Plus Level contest in Lightweight (231 lb.) and Heavyweight (+231 lb.) weight categories OPEN to all qualified NAS member athletes.  The top three athletes in each weight class will qualify for the 2014 NAS National Championship and each champion will receive ASC Pro Card.  Lightweight champion will also receive a direct invite (entry fee waived) and travel reimbursements (up to $300) to the 2014 Olympia Pro Strongman Challenge in Las Vegas; and the heavyweight champion will receive a direct invite (entry fee waived) to the 2015 All American Strongman Challenge including travel reimbursements (up to $300) and hotel accommodations for two nights.  Previous heavyweight champions are Robert "OB" Oberst and Dimitar Savatinov.

Schedule and Rules
Online Entry Form

Sunday July 13, 2014 is the IronMind® Record Breaker Challenge, which is an open grip challenge (men and women) to set or break World Records, American Records or just personal bests in each of three (3) events:  (1) IronMind Rolling Thunder® Deadlift; (2) Double Overhand Deadlift with IronMind Apollon's Axle™; and (3) Captains of Crush® Silver Bullet Hold.   Top athletes will get invites to Armlifting World Championship to be held in September.

Schedule and Rules
Online Entry Form


Sunday July 13th North American MAS Wrestling Continental Championship
THIS IS A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFiER and all US athletes must be members of MAS Wrestling USA:  MEN's weight categories are -60 kg, 70 kg, 80 kg, 90 kg,
105 kg, 125 kg, and +125kg; WOMEN's weight categories are -55 kg, 65 kg, 75 kg, and +75kg. Weight categories with 2 or less athletes merged with next higher weight category; weight categories with 3-5 athletes conducted in Round Robin format; and weight categories with 6 or more athletes conducted in Double Elimination A-B format. 2014 World Championship will be held November 28 December 1, 2014 in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha, Russia.  http://maswrestlingusa.com/membership-form

Regulations
Online Entry Form

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

Physical therapist Luke Raymond said one of his former patients, Jedd Johnson, introduced him to grip strength and now, five months later, Luke has been certified as bending the IronMind Red Nail under official conditions.

Luke Raymond has been certified on the IronMind Red Nail and his name added to the Red Nail Roster—the list of men who have officially succeeded with this benchmark steel bend.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Luke Raymond
Luke Raymond has been certified on the IronMind Red Nail and his name added to the Red Nail Roster—the list of men who have officially succeeded with this benchmark steel bend.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Luke Raymond


“I have a prior background in residential construction for 6 years while I was in college.  I have been a very active person all my life, participating in baseball, football, basketball, golf, men's softball, and weight training. I did not get into weight training until after I tore my ACL in 2007 while playing flag football and have become very dedicated.

“I have participated in 4 grip contests over the past few months . . . following [a] contest Mike Rinderle was performing some bending and I was interested. With a little instruction on technique I was able to bend the 60 penny nail first attempt.

“I have been bending roughly 1 day/week in between my workouts, with technique advice from both Jedd Johnson and J. T. Straussner. I would like to thank Bob Thomas for taking his time to be my referee; Jedd Johnson, J. T. Straussner, Mike Rinderle, and all the grip community for the motivation and help along the way. I’m looking forward to continue my journey in the grip sport,” Raymond told IronMind.

Bob Thomas deserves a special mention because he has been refereeing official attempts for IronMind for years—he did the honors for Jedd Johnson over 10 years ago, for example, when Jedd (and Jim Smith) were just starting off in grip strength—and Bob’s roots in the iron game are both broad and deep.  Thank you, Bob!

Congratulations, Luke—your name has been added to the Red Nail Roster.


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

Rick Giese started bending in 2008 and when a couple of injuries along the way put his bending on hold, he never quit—patience and persistence paid off big time because Rick has just been certified on the IronMind Red Nail, a world standard for short steel bending.

45-year old Rick Giese has just been certified on the IronMind Red Nail, showing his mastery of the benchmark steel bend.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Rick Giese
45-year old Rick Giese has just been certified on the IronMind Red Nail, showing his mastery of the benchmark steel bend.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Rick Giese


“I received my IronMind Bag of Nails back in December 2008 and could only bend the Green nail at that time, having no training in bending at all.  A few months later I managed to bend the Yellow nail.  After this I bought some other steel to bend and bent a lot of nails reverse style, being that was the only style I could do,” Rick told IronMind.

“Fast forward a few years to 2011 when I contacted Jedd Johnson of the Diesel Crew and lined up some training.  I started to really get a grasp of the Double Overhand bending technique and began to bend some tougher stock.
 
“After a short time training with Jedd I was able to bend the Red Nail in leather wraps and a short time after that in IronMind pads.  In October 2012 I bent the Red Nail in IronMind pads only (official rules style) and shortly after that I injured my right forearm after tearing a Denver phone book.  This put me out of commission for a few months as I could not bend anything at this point.  A few months later I was back to bending Reds again but it was never consistent enough to warrant contacting IronMind to schedule an official attempt.  I put off bending for a while due to frustration and chasing some other goals. 

“In March 2013 I picked up bending again and after a few sessions I picked up a Red Nail, wrapped in IronMind pads and to my surprise I bent it.  I was on track again, so I thought anyway until May 2013 when I experienced a debilitating nerve disorder to my right arm from the shoulder clear down to the hand.  Again, no bending whatsoever for several months. 

“In November of 2014 I started to bend again and became consistent with it only missing a bend once or twice between then and now.  I began bending every 4 days or so and thought ‘I am 45 years old, if I don't do this now, I won't do it.’ 

“I contacted IronMind and set up my official attempt.  They put me in touch with my referee, Mr. Randy Lane and we scheduled my attempt.  Randy showed up with the 3 Red nails and after a brief warm up he handed me the nail and I bent it.  It seemed a little easier than I had even hoped due to the fact that I was so nervous and full of adrenaline. 

“This has been a goal and desire of mine for some time to finally make it onto a list of very strong men from around the world to have bent this ‘Red Dragon.’  Thank you IronMind for giving me the chance to prove to the world and myself that I was good enough.”

You are very welcome, Randy, and congratulations because your name has been added to the Red Nail Roster, the list of men who have been certified as bending the IronMind Red nail under official conditions—your example of sticking with it should inspire others, as well.  Many thanks to Randy Lane—we appreciate your serving as the referee on Rick’s official attempt to bend an IronMind Red Nail.

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

With Mike Burke injured, the four-man race for the 2014 Commerce World’s Strongest Man title was effectively trimmed to three men—Brian Shaw, Hafthor Julius Bjornsson and Zydrunas Savickas—and the places on the podium were going to be determined by the final event, the Atlas Stones.

Zydrunas Savickas won his fourth World’s Strongest Man title yesterday, at the Commerce Casino and Hotel.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Zydrunas Savickas won his fourth World’s Strongest Man title yesterday, at the Commerce Casino and Hotel.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Hafthor Julius Bjornsson had been lighting up this year’s competition at every turn and the young Icelander was seen by some as being on the verge of winning his first World’s Strongest Man contest.  Brian Shaw, the defending champion, had been conserving himself through the qualifying round and now it was time to pull out all the stops if he were to join the elite group of strongman who have garnered three World’s Strongest Man titles.  Zydrunas Savickas, the man whose strength is without question and whose collection of strongman titles overshadows all others, was hungry to join the venerated ranks of Jon Pal Sigmarsson and Magnus Ver Magnusson, by adding a fourth World’s Strongest Man title to his haul.

Long story short, Mike Burke, paired with Brian Shaw, had the misfortune of knocking over the first barrel, and Shaw, moving quickly and smoothly, posted a fast time, but would it be good enough?

Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, who had claimed the King of Stones title in the qualifying round, was in the final pair, with Zydrunas Savickas, and he won the matchup, as predicted, but the burning question was “Had Zydrunas Savickas been fast enough to garner second place in the stones?” because if he had, the 2014 Commerce World’s Strongest Man title was his.

He had and it was.

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

With one day left in the finals of the 2014 Commerce World’s Strongest Man contest, three-time winner Bill Kazmaier is already calling it the best ever, and one of the big reasons—a very large one—is because of the performance of Icelandic giant Hafthor Julius Bjornsson.

The fast firing human missile launcher Hafthor Julius Bjornsson triggered the next keg before the last one had landed in what was a world record performance at at the World’s Strongest Man contest yesterday.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
The fast firing human missile launcher Hafthor Julius Bjornsson triggered the next keg before the last one had landed in what was a world record performance at at the World’s Strongest Man contest yesterday.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


“He’s the future of strongman—he’s unstoppable,” said Kazmaier, as Hafthor Julius Bjornsson continues in the tradition of his countrymen Jon Pal Sigmarsson and Magnus Ver Magnusson,” both of whom won this contest four times and established themselves as stars within the sport of strongman.

Yesterday, following a Loading Race and an Overhead Medley, the Keg Toss gave witness to what Kazmaier was talking about as the defending World’s Strongest Man winner, Brian Shaw (USA), blistered the Keg Toss with a world record time that dropped jaws.   But wait, doesn’t competition bring out the best in us?

Thor, as his friend’s call him, must have been thinking “Fast is good, but faster is better,” and then Icelander ripped through the kegs, breaking Shaw’s newborn record with a performance stirred the passions Kazmaier gave voice to.

The action continues today at the Commerce Casino and Hotel, where, along with Shaw and Bjornsson, watch for Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania) and Mike Burke (USA) to press for the podium in the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest.

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IronMind is thrilled to have a Captains of Crush gripper included in the group of favorite products selected by celebrity author Tim Ferriss.



Captains of Crush (CoC) grippers transformed what had been a plastic, toy-like product into a rugged, gorgeous tool suitable for serious strength athletes.  Celebrity author, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tim Ferriss has included a Captains of Crush Trainer in a package of his favorite products.  Image courtesy of IronMind
Captains of Crush (CoC) grippers transformed what had been a plastic, toy-like product into a rugged, gorgeous tool suitable for serious strength athletes.  Celebrity author, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tim Ferriss has included a Captains of Crush Trainer in a package of his favorite products.  Image courtesy of IronMind


Tim Ferriss Package of Favorite Products Features Captains of Crush Trainer
By Elizabeth M. Hammond

A first for IronMind, the CoC Trainer was included in the box of personal favorites hand selected by Tim Ferriss—Renaissance man, author, and entrepreneur.  In case this idea is new to you, Quarterly Co. teams up with well-known personalities to offer packages of their favorite products to subscribers on a quarterly basis. 

Tim Ferriss’s packages are based on themes, with the driving concept being “ . . . obsession—the ideas and objects I just can’t get out of my head,” and a Captains of Crush gripper was one of the items that Tim had personally chose for this elite selection. 

Captains of Crush are the gold standard of grippers, known worldwide by grip strength aficionados for two decades; and more and more people are discovering these top training tools for grip strength and hand health. 

Captains of Crush grippers are the perennial number one best seller at Amazon in its category of nearly 1,000 hand strengthener products, as well as being ranked number one for highest average customer reviews in this category.  The Captains of Crush No. 4 gripper—which is the toughest of the 11 CoC models and has not been officially closed since 2004—was pictured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal last year, indicating the breadth of its renown. 

“The Captains of Crush Trainer is the perfect challenge for people who have outgrown plastic-handled, sporting goods store grippers but are not quite ready to crush a raw potato in their bare hands,” said Randall Strossen, president of IronMind.


Tim Ferriss is a well-known speaker and media personality, and the New York Times has called him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.”   Ferriss is the author of the book Four-Hour Body, among others, and you can follow his blog, where you can see the video that accompanies each package—including Tim Ferriss's comments about what he finds so appealing about Captains of Crush grippers.

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

The annual Jutra Awards recognize film industry talent and achievement in Quebec and the big winner this year was Louis Cyr: L’Homme Le Plus Fort Du Monde [Louis Cyr: The Strongest Man in the World].



In his acceptance speech at the 2014 Jutra Awards, lead actor Antoine Bertrand said, “Louis Cyr was up and ready for a few more records. He just added these to his long-standing track record. And that’s part of history now.”  IronMind® | ©Hugo Sebastien-Aubut/La Presse, courtesy of Paul Ohl
In his acceptance speech at the 2014 Jutra Awards, lead actor Antoine Bertrand said, “Louis Cyr was up and ready for a few more records. He just added these to his long-standing track record. And that’s part of history now.”  IronMind® | ©Hugo Sebastien-Aubut/La Presse, courtesy of Paul Ohl


Collecting nine awards, including Best Movie and Best Actor, the “movie [also] earned the Golden Ticket Award for its huge performance as the undisputed king of the box office,” Paul Ohl told IronMind.

“Earlier in the day, Bertrand had attended his mother’s funeral,” reported reported CBC | Montreal.  “His acceptance speech for the award for best actor was one of the most touching moments of the night:  ‘Louis Cyr was a winner. He proves it to us again tonight. He got his strength from his mother. I do, too,’ Bertrand said, fighting back tears.”



Antoine Bertrand played Louis Cyr in the award winning movie Louis Cyr: L’Homme Le Plus Fort Du Monde.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of Seville Films
Antoine Bertrand played Louis Cyr in the award winning movie Louis Cyr: L’Homme Le Plus Fort Du Monde.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of Seville Films


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Veteran Athletic Director Ryan Seckman once again hosted the Women’s Highland Games World Championships at the Arizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games, and Francis Brebner has filed a contest report with IronMind.

Danielle Curry won the 2014 Women’s Highland Games World Championships, hosted by the Arizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games.  IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo
Danielle Curry won the 2014 Women’s Highland Games World Championships, hosted by the Arizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games.  IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo


2014 Women’s World Highland Games Championships
by Francis Brebner
 
The 2014 Arizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games, held this past weekend, celebrated its 50th anniversary and attracted fifteen thousand spectators over the two days of festivities.  A total of 135 athletes competed, covering pros, women, masters, novice and amateur A, B and C divisions, making this the biggest group of athletes to date.

Danielle Curry won the 2014 Women’s Highland Games World Championships, hosted by the Arizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games.  IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo
 
The highlight of the games was the 2014 Women’s World Highland Games Championships, with a new sovereign being crowned.  The setting for the games was truly magnificent, with the heavy events being center stage and run like clockwork from start to finish.
 
The athletics was organized by Ryan Seckman and his crew.  Ryan has been the athletic director of the games for eighteen years and is the main individual responsible for bringing the heavy athletics to the level where it is today.
 
Eleven of the world’s top-ranked athletes were invited to compete in the Women’s World Championships, which was contested over nine throwing events.  The athletes included Mindy Pockoski, Danielle Curry, Beth Burton, Emily Burchett, Katie Steingraeber, Heather MacDonald, Jocelyn Davis, Stephanie Robbins, Ivory Carr, Josee Morneau, and Mona Malec.

In the first event Curry dominated with an outstanding performance, winning the 14-lb. Braemar stone with a putt of 34’ 1”; second was Davis at 31’ 4-1/2” and close behind in third, Robbins at 31’ 3-1/2”.
 
In the 11-lb. open stone, Pockoski took the win with a putt of 47’ 5-1/2”, followed by Curry at 44’ 2” with Robbins again in third at 39’ 8-1/2”.
 
The 14-lb. light weight-for-distance was a close event between Pockoski, the former world record holder, and Curry, both having throws in excess of 70’, with the win finally going to Pockoski, who nailed her second victory with a throw of 75’ 6”.  Curry was at 75’ 9”, and Burton took third at 70’ 1-1/2”.
 
The tables were turned in the 28-lb. weight-for-distance, with Curry marginally coming out on top with a best of 43’ 8-1/2” to Pockoski’s 43’ 1”; Burton again took third at 42’ 9”.
 
Moving on to the 12-lb. hammer, Curry and MacDonald were at loggerheads, with Curry claiming the win with a throw of 90’ 7” over MacDonald’s 90’.  Third place was Pockoski with 88’ 9”.
 
The 16-lb. hammer was a comfortable win for Curry with a throw of 78’ 5-1/2”.  Second came Davis with 75’ 5” and third, Pockoski with 74’.
 
The 28-lb. weight-over-bar ended in a tie between Burton and Curry at 17’ 6” with the win going to Burton, who had fewer misses; third place was Pockoski at 16’.
 
The 10-lb. sheaf toss was won by Steingraeber at a height of 25’, with second place a tie between Burchett and Carr at 22’.
 
The caber, 75 lb. and 15’ 8” in length, was won on degrees by Burton with a best of 85 degrees; second was Robbins at 80, and third, Curry at 75.
 
Overall points:

1. Danielle Curry 21.5
2. Mindy Pockoski 27.5
3. Beth Burton 42.5
4. Heather MacDonald 43.0
5. Jocelyn Davis 47.0
6. Stephanie Robbins 52.5
7. Katie Steingraeber 56.0
8. Emily Burchett 66.0
9. Ivory Carr 74.0
10. Josee Morneau 77.0
11. Mona Malec 87.0


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

Commerce Casino—For strongman competitors and fans alike, it was the day they were  waiting for: the opener of the 2014 edition of the World’s Strongest Man contest.

hafthor-wsm14_The Icelandic giant Hafthor Julius Bjornsson races with a 275-lb. IronMind sandbag in the loading event at the World’s Strongest Man contest today at the Commerce Casino.  Will this be his year?  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
The Icelandic giant Hafthor Julius Bjornsson races with a 275-lb. IronMind sandbag in the loading event at the World’s Strongest Man contest today at the Commerce Casino.  Will this be his year?  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


It’s too early to say who’s going to do what with a lot of action between now and the last day of the finals, but one man to keep an eye on is the Icelandic giant Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, who has been fast rising star in strongman.  Will this be his year?


And if you are in the Los Angeles area, there’s still time to act on this offer from the World’s Strongest Man organizers on Facebook: “Day two of the WSM heats is at Paramount Studios on Sunday. It features the Fingals Fingers, Squat and Deadlift.

Any fans of WSM that would like access to see the event need invitations. Please email: worldsstrongestman2014@gmail.com if you would like to come. Access would be at 9am. ID is necessary. Invite is on first come first serve basis only.”

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Aldo Alberico has added to his strength and conditioning credits by becoming the first Italian certified as officially bending the IronMind Red Nail, a benchmark short steel bend.

5’ 10” tall (178 cm) and 187 lb. (85 kg) Aldo Alberico has become the first man in Italy to officially bend the IronMind Red Nail, a world standard for short steel bends.  IronMind® | Aldo Alberico photo
5’ 10” tall (178 cm) and 187 lb. (85 kg) Aldo Alberico has become the first man in Italy to officially bend the IronMind Red Nail, a world standard for short steel bends.  IronMind® | Aldo Alberico photo


The 35-year old gym owner (Palextra and CrossFit Lugo) told IronMind, “My path has deep roots in sport. I started when I was a child with swimming, tennis, basketball and baseball and finally combat sports like judo, wrestling and boxing. I am a Certified Personal Trainer, Strength Trainer and CrossFit Trainer. I am a StrongFirst Gyria Liv2, Barbell and Bodyweight, Primal Move Liv 2 and Flexible Steel Certificated Instructor.  On 31/05/2013 I completed the Strong First Beast Tamer Challenge in front of a jury of excellence: Pavel Tsatsouline and  Dott. M. Hartle.


“I train myself 6 days out of 7 with intensity obviously different with a day off every now and then and I do this because I love working out and my goal is to become stronger every day. Usually bend 4 days a week immediately after my strength workout.  I tried several schemes over the months, but what brought me more results has been a high enough frequency with only 1-3 bends for a session. Only when the nail becomes easy, step up to a higher level. In addition to original material from IronMind, I used bolts from the hardware store for the transition,” said Alberico.

IronMind would like to thank Dario Basile for refereeing on Aldo Alberico’s attempt to bend an IronMind Red Nail under official conditions—a challenge that Alberico met, and so his name has been added to the Red Nail Roster.

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