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

Have a special strength athlete in mind who would love to get a Captains of Crush gripper, a Headstrap Fit for Hercules or a set of ALight racks for Christmas?

Merry Christmas Sale at IronMind: Save 15% on the biggest names in the strength world.
Merry Christmas Sale at IronMind: Save 15% on the biggest names in the strength world.


Well, here’s your chance to give the gift that will help them reach their 2015 goals and beyond—while you pocket a handy 15% savings. Here are the details:


Take part in IronMind's first-ever Merry Christmas Sale and receive a 15% discount on full-priced items* through end of day (EST) Friday, December 19. Please enter MERRYXMAS in the keycode box at View Basket when you're done shopping in the IronMind e-store.

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

Grab an anvil by the horn and lift it off the ground to prove your grip strength: Kody Burns has just broken the world record on the IronMind Little Big Horn, the modern-day descendent of this classic feat of strength.

Kody Burns nailed this huge 233.97 pounds on the Little Big Horn to break the world record. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Andrew Pantke
Kody Burns nailed this huge 233.97 pounds on the Little Big Horn to break the world record. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Andrew Pantke


Inspired by the tradition of mighty blacksmiths proving their grip strength by lifting their anvils by the horns, IronMind developed the Little Big Horn in 2002 as a progressive way to train on and test one’s ability on this classic feat of strength and when Adam Glass hit At the 2012 IronMind Record Breakers (held by Odd Haugen at the San Jose FitExpo), Adam Glass hauled up 100 kg to win the Little Big Horn, and as nobody has since exceeded Adam’s mark, what was then taken as an American record has burgeoned into no less than the de facto world record.

Inspired by the challenge, grip guys started chasing the mark set by Adam Glass and this past weekend saw a number of impressive lifts, but none so huge as Kody Burns, who walloped the the lift to the tune of a blink under 234 lb.

Many thanks to Andrew Pantke for organizing the grip contest where Kody defied gravity and to Kody Burns we say, Congratulations—you’re the proud new owner of the Little Big Horn world record!

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

The Finnish grip on the IronMind Hub world record tightened this weekend when Pasi Mehtälä pulled 38.54 kg, to take the world record from his countryman, Ari Siltaoja.



Pasi Mehtälä pulled this 38.54 kg to break the world record for the IronMind Hub, once again demonstrating Finnish supremacy on this classic test of pinch grip strength. IronMind | Photo courtesy of Juha Harju/Grip Monsters
Pasi Mehtälä pulled this 38.54 kg to break the world record for the IronMind Hub, once again demonstrating Finnish supremacy on this classic test of pinch grip strength. IronMind | Photo courtesy of Juha Harju/Grip Monsters


Want an idea of the depth of talent in Finland on this classic test of pinch grip strength? Three competitors pulled over 35 kg.
Mehtälä’s lift was reviewed and accepted and his name as been added to the official world record list for the IronMind Hub.

The IronMind Hub was part of a larger grip contest organized by Juha Harju and his Grip Monsters, and here are the top three results from all events.

IronMind Hub
1. Pasi Mehtälä 38.5kg WR
2. Ari Siltaoja 36.04kg
3. Petri Partanen 35.04kg

IronMind Little Big Horn
1. Juha Harju 99.04kg
2. Matti Harju 97.99kg
3. Ari Siltaoja 85.49kg


IronMind CoC Silver Bullet Hold (Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper)*
1. Juha Harju 43.20sec
2. Pasi Mehtälä 36.80sec
3. 
Petri Partanen 20.0 sec

*Yvonne Häkkinen 12.73sec with the Captains of Crush No. 2 in the women’s category


IronMind Little Big Horn 2x55kg Farmer Walk (turning at 20m)
1. Juha Harju 42.40 meters
2. Riku Karu 36.55
3. Ari Siltaoja 35.25

Silarukov 2x50mm Handles Deadlift
1. Juha Harju 170kg
2. Riku Karu 160kg
3. Pasi Mehtälä 160kg

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

Francis Brebner reported to IronMind on preparations for the 2105 International Federation of Highland Games (IHGF) World Championships, set for Bressuire, France.
 
This Andrew Hobson painting depicts Highland Games star Dan McKim tossing the caber in front of the Château de Bressuire. IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of Andrew Hobson/IHGF
This Andrew Hobson painting depicts Highland Games star Dan McKim tossing the caber in front of the Château de Bressuire. IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of Andrew Hobson/IHGF


Stage Set for 2015 IHGF World Highland Games Championships
by Francis Brebner
CEO, International Highland Games Federation
 
Bressuire, France is the setting for the 2015 IHGF World Highland Games Championships; the annual games held in Bressuire are one of the paramount games on the international circuit, drawing 12,000-plus spectators.  The Château de Bressuire is a beautiful medieval castle in ruins, with panoramic views all around, a perfectly wonderful setting to host a World Highland Games Championships.  The castle dates back a thousand years and creates an atmosphere of truly stepping back in time.

Come 13–14 June, 2015, twelve of the world’s top-ranked athletes from nine countries will compete over two days for this coveted title in the sport of Highland games.  All athletes will be drug tested, and for the future, the IHGF is looking into putting in place procedures for out-of-season drug testing.

The line-up of athletes includes: Dan McKim (USA), Matt Vincent (USA), Matt Doherty (Canada), Sinclair Patience (Scotland), Craig Sinclair (Scotland), Scott Rider (England), Lukas Wenta (Poland), Sebastian Wenta (Poland), Róbert Fazekas (Hungary), Jono Macfarlane (New Zealand, Pieter Karst Bouma (Netherlands), and Jimmy Van De Walle (Belgium).
 
The IHGF World Highland Games Championships will be captured on film and made into a program for various TV networks within Europe.
 
To commemorate the 2015 IHGF World Highland Games Championships, the IHGF has commissioned a special painting by Andrew Hobson, a former Highland games thrower and a well-known American Navajo artist.  The painting depicts Dan McKim tossing the caber, showcasing the majestic backdrop of the Château de Bressuire.  The photo used for this painting was taken by former Highland games athlete Larry Ventress, who an avid photographer on the international Highland games circuit.  The painting will be presented by the IHGF to the town of Bressuire in a special ceremony to mark the prestigious occasion.
 
The IHGF wishes to acknowledge Jean Louis Coppet and the Bressuire Games Committee and all the people of Bressuire involved in the games for their many contributions and their kind and generous hospitality, which has made the Bressuire Highland Games one of the best.

Anyone thinking of making the journey to watch the games and all the ceremonies should start looking into booking reservations; this will without doubt be the major pro world championships staged in 2015.  More exciting news will follow with a special twinning of games between Bressuire and another from across the pond.

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

For the last decade, avid grip guy and rock climber Chris Rice has been holding Gripmas—a pre-Christmas grip contest that combines high level performances with grass roots camaraderie.

Diesel dude Jedd Johnson has been giving the Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet Hold some serious grief this year and he notched a big 47-second time at the 2014 edition of the Gripmas Grip Contest this weekend. IronMind® | Image courtesy of J
Diesel dude Jedd Johnson has been giving the Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet Hold some serious grief this year and he notched a big 47-second time at the 2014 edition of the Gripmas Grip Contest this weekend. IronMind® | Image courtesy of Jedd Johnson


“2014 was the tenth year for The Gripmas Carol Grip Contest,” Chris Rice told IronMind. “This year the events were the IronMind CoC Silver Bullet hold for time, the David Horne 2-hand pinch, the Double Overhand IronMind Apollon’s Axle deadlift, and a 30-item medley of various grip oriented items to be done in a 5-minute time limit. 

“Jedd Johnson won the CoC Silver Bullet with a 47 second hold, attempted a new world record 2-hands pinch and almost did 400 lb. on the Apollon’s Axle, plus he managed all 30 medley items for the win.  Andrew Durniant was second and Dave Thornton was third,” said Rice.

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

“It is a new administrative body for United Strongmen® competitions in Strongman/Woman, Highland Games and Diamondgirl™ competitions under the US brand,” Jyrki Rantanen seaid of his newly formed World Heavy Events Association.

A new umbrella organization has been formed for competitions ranging from strongman/strongwoman to grip to Highland Games. IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of Jyrki Rantanen
A new umbrella organization has been formed for competitions ranging from strongman/strongwoman to grip to Highland Games. IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of Jyrki Rantanen


“It is the world´s first strength event organizer under WADA level doping testing with it´s FINADA co-operation, which produces also training season testing to the events mentioned along with MAS-Wrestling and Grip Events organized under the brand.

“The biggest news on it is maybe also the new weight classes as for 2015 US World Championships we will also contain doping tested World Championships for open class competitors, too.
     
“Of course nothing is happening overnight, but we believe that this is the way to make these events grow outside of their regular genre and also getting recognized as proper sports.  More information about the association can be found via the renewed Power News,” said Rantanen.

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

Giants Live director Colin Bryce confirmed that “The top three fom Norrkopping, Sweden this past Saturday have guaranteed a place at WSM 2015.”

World's Strongest Man 2014 came down to the final event and when the dust settled, Zydrunas Savickas had bagged his fourth WSM title. Now strongman fans are speculating about who will win the 2015 edition of WSM: Brian Shaw, Johannes Årsjö and Martin Forsmark made the podium at Giants Live—Sweden, ensuring themselves an invitation to WSM 2015, the first step toward winning the highly-coveted title. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
World's Strongest Man 2014 came down to the final event and when the dust settled, Zydrunas Savickas had bagged his fourth WSM title. Now strongman fans are speculating about who will win the 2015 edition of WSM: Brian Shaw, Johannes Årsjö and Martin Forsmark made the podium at Giants Live–Sweden, ensuring themselves an invitation to WSM 2015, the first step toward winning the highly-coveted title. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


“It was a good battle between Johannes Arsjo and Brian Shaw,” said Bryce.

“Despite a hand injury Johannes won the opening event the Farmers Walk. Brian then won three in a row to get on top. However, a blistering run in the stones from Arsjo and several other men finishing all five meant Brian Shaw had to complete all 5 stones to win at the end. Brian showed why he has won the King of the Stones title at WSM [World’s Strongest Man] before by popping them all on at a trot despite a mild groin strain.

“Johannes went Monday for a knee operation to clean up his joint and is hoping to be back for WSM in the new year.

“Adam Bishop - a former rugby player from England - had a great battle with the local hero and policeman, Martin Forsmark for third place. In the end the big Swede held his nerve in the stones and finished just ahead of the former Under 105kg champion of the UK.

“The next Giants Live is at the Doncaster Dome on February 14th and it will decide 'Britain's Strongest Man' as well as have a host of internationalists including Nick Best of the USA.

“The opening event is max log and the current Britain's Strongest Man, Eddie Hall, is looking to demolish the British log record of 200kg and take it much  closer to the 220kg mark - something he is getting close to in training. Tickets available at www.the-dome.co.uk.”

Final scores
1. Brian Shaw – 67 USA
2. Johannes Årsjö – 64 SWE
3. Martin Forsmark – 48.5 SWE
4. Adam Bishop – 46.5 ENG
5. Ben Ruckstuhl – 42 CAN
6. Joachim Gustavsson – 34.5 SWE
7. Mikkel Leicht – 31.5 DEN
8. Derek DeVaughan – 31 USA
9. Jarmo Kirsela – 28 FIN
10. Arto Niemi-Nikkola – 27.5 FIN
11. Bjørn Andre Solvang – 19 NOR
12. Alex Curletto – 13.5 ITA

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

Rumors about the location and dates for the 2015 World’s Strongest Man contest were already running at full speed during last year’s contest and while it’s still too early to buy a plane ticket, there’s a consistent story floating around.

Hafthor Julius Bjornsson will be coming into the 2015 World’s Strongest Man contest as a favorite. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson will be coming into the 2015 World’s Strongest Man contest as a favorite. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Cutting to the chase, Malaysia in April is what we’re hearing, but until IMG makes an official announcement regarding the venue and schedule, regard this is as educated rumor—which is to say, something that definitely might be true.

Started by IMG’s Barry Frank in 1977 the World’s Strongest Man contest created a sports-entertainment property enjoyed by television viewers globally and, in a case of life imitating art, the show inspired strongman, as a strength sport that in turn provided a platform for new forms of functional training.

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

Shop at IronMind.com starting midnight tonight EST—and throughout the Thanksgiving weekend—and save 15% on everything from Captains of Crush, Zenith, IMTUG and Left-Turn grippers to the ALight Training Center, Buffalo Bar, and SUPER SQUATS Hip Belt, to name a few strength-world favorites.
 
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IronMind is giving a 15% discount on any full-priced item* purchased on November 28 and throughout the Thanksgiving weekend**.  Please enter FRIDAY in the keycode box at View Basket before you check out in the IronMind e-store.
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“I just wanted to send a quick note your way about our trip to Yakutsk for the 2014 Mas Wrestling World Championships,” Clay Edgin reported to IronMind today.

Representatives of Team USA at 2014 Mas Wrestling World Championships (left to right):  Clay Edgin, Liefia Ingalls, Jacob Finerty, Malina Lord, Shawn Paul Couch, Martins Licis, Odd Haugen. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Clay Edgin/Mas Wrestling USA
Representatives of Team USA at 2014 Mas Wrestling World Championships (left to right):  Clay Edgin, Liefia Ingalls, Jacob Finerty, Malina Lord, Shawn Paul Couch, Martins Licis, Odd Haugen. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Clay Edgin/Mas Wrestling USA


“Forgoing the traditional turkey for borscht this Thanksgiving, the team met up at LAX and made the 30 hour trip to Yakutsk City for the MAS Wrestling World Championships, including a wild trip through Moscow that included a shuttle ride, a quick jog through downtown, and an express train between airports,” Edgin said.

“America's involvement with the ancient sport may only go back two years, but the explosive growth of MAS Wrestling in the US over the last year has resulted in a team of 6 athletes being fielded and prepped for battle.

“President of Mas Wrestling USA Odd Haugen and Director of Sport Development Clay Edgin escorted the athletes to the coliseum where the World Championships is to take place. “Discussions with a volunteer at the event indicated that all of the approximately 10,000 seats were expected to sell out, making this one of the largest publicly attended Mas wrestling tournaments ever.

“Delegations from all around the world were pouring into the Triumph Hotel throughout the day and the small army of volunteers kept things flowing smoothly. A number of sightseeing tours are planned for Team USA to better acquaint them to the Yakut culture with competitions beginning Saturday,” said Edgin.

Team USA is represented by:

• Danielle Curry
• Liefia Ingalls
• Malina Lord
• Shawn Paul Couch
• Martins Licis
• Jacob Finerty

Mas wrestling has been called "close quarters tug of war" and it is a test of strength with deep roots in multiple cultures around the world; while as a sport, it is most closely associated with Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha, Russia.

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

Shop at IronMind.com on Friday—and throughout the Thanksgiving weekend—and save 15% on everything from Captains of Crush, Zenith, IMTUG and Left-Turn grippers to the ALight Training Center, Buffalo Bar, and SUPER SQUATS Hip Belt, to name a few strength-world favorites.
 
Save 15% this Friday on the biggest names in the strength world: from Captains of Crush to Zenith grippers, Draft Horse Pulling Harnesses, Rolling Thunders, Apollon’s Axles, ALight Training Centers, Just Protein and whole lot more. ©IronMind Enterprises, Inc.
Save 15% this Friday on the biggest names in the strength world: from Captains of Crush to Zenith grippers, Draft Horse Pulling Harnesses, Rolling Thunders, Apollon’s Axles, ALight Training Centers, Just Protein and whole lot more. ©IronMind Enterprises, Inc.
 

IronMind is giving a 15% discount on any full-priced item* purchased on November 28 and throughout the Thanksgiving weekend**.  Please enter FRIDAY in the keycode box at View Basket before you check out in the IronMind e-store.
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
 

*excludes packages, sets, kits and combos that already have discounted pricing, and York equipment
**sale runs from midnight November 28 to midnight December 1 EST (UTC/GMT -5)
 
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

99.9% of people who train with grippers think they feel fine in both hands, but if you think your left hand has gotten short shrift, meet IronMind's Left-Turn grippers.

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A new twist on grippers: Left-Turn grippers from IronMind, grip central since 1988. Image courtesy of IronMind Enterprises, Inc.


Left-Turn grippers feature:
 
•  IronMind's proprietary GR8-L™ springs: precise, durable, good-looking
•  black anodized aircraft-grade aluminum handles
•  precision manufacturing and peerless build quality for world-class performance
•  IronMind® stamped in the clear band mid-handle and model at the end of the handle
•  Captains of Crush Compatible (CoC2)
 
Click on this link for more information on Left-Turn grippers and here's a link to them in the IronMind e-store.

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

In the continuing the recent tradition of top performances in lower arm strength coming from Finland, Konstantin Filatov has just been certified on the IronMind Red Nail—a benchmark short steel bend.

Konstantin Filatov has proven his mastery of the IronMind Red Nail. Next stop: the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper and the Gold Nail. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Konstantine Filatov
Konstantin Filatov has proven his mastery of the IronMind Red Nail. Next stop: the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper and the Gold Nail. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Konstantine Filatov


The 39-year old chief engineer on a ship told IronMind he has “a family and two children. I like grip training and old-style training with dumbbells and kettlebells. Next goals: CoC 3 (Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper) and Gold Nail.”

Many thanks to Tomas Valverde for refereeing  Konstantin Filatov’s official attempt to bend an IronMind Red Nail and congratulations, Konstantin—your name has been added to the Red Nail Roster.

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

The MHP Strongman Champions League wrapped up its worldwide 2014 season in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Aryn Lockhart reported the action for IronMind.




Martin Wildauer just learns that he is the MHP  2014 Strongman Champions League World Champion. IronMind® | Aryn Lockhart photo
Martin Wildauer just learns that he is the MHP  2014 Strongman Champions League World Champion. IronMind® | Aryn Lockhart photo


Martin Wildauer Wins the 2014 Strongman Champions League World Championships
by Aryn Lockhart
Strongman Rage

Throughout the history of sports, there have been amazing, inspiring competitions that fans and athletes alike talk about for years to come, and the 2014 Strongman Champions League Final in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia became one of those historical competitions for the Strongman Sport.

The two day competition was completed on Saturday, 15 November in front of a screaming crowd that endured torrential downpours and high humidity to find out who would become the Strongman Champions League 2014 World Champion. At the end of Friday’s events, the athletes began calculating every possible scenario that could determine the ultimate victor. Martin Wildauer, the SCL Leader, started the competition in top form. He managed an impressive tie for second place with 1:07 in the front hold and he tied with J.F. Caron for the win in the van deadlift. They both completed seven reps. The evening ended with Wildauer falling to the ground after only a few steps during the truck pull with fears that he had torn his achilles.

After a trip to the hospital, it was confirmed. Wildauer had torn his achilles. Despite this news, he was determined to continue. “I was extremely disappointed,” Wildauer stated, “I had worked so hard for this entire season and couldn’t believe this happened.” After consulting his doctors it was determined that he could have his surgery upon his return to Austria and it was possible, if his leg could be stabilized and taped well, he could compete on Saturday.

After Friday’s aftermath, Eddie Hall had the lead for the day with Vidas Blekaitas and Kryzstof Radzikowski in second. Hafthor Bjornsson was only trailing by a half point. Wildauer was tied for 5th place ensuring he was still a contender for the overall win.

Saturday began with the Farmer’s Walk. 150 kg in each hand for 40 meters. Wildauer started. The tension was high to see if Wildauer could continue. In an amazing feat of pure determination, Martin carried the suitcases just short of 20m with his torn achilles. The crowd and fellow athletes alike cheered madly as his focus was unbreakable. The farmer’s walk proved to be quite heavy with six athletes unable to complete the course. Hafthor Bjornsson breezed through this event with lightening speed finishing with an incredible 17.22 sec several seconds ahead of the next competitor.

The next event was the log lift. 150 kg for reps. The heat and humidity played a significant factor as many of the athletes struggled with completing a single rep. In an impressive display, Martin Wildauer, managed one full rep despite his injury. Vidas Blekatis and Eddie Hall both completed this event with an impressive 8 reps.

During the break, the downpour came. As a result of the weather, the tire flip was cancelled making the hand over hand truck pull the final event. The crowning of the world champion would come down to the last event and the last athlete.  Eddie Hall and Hafthor Bjornsson were battling it out to take the win on the day, but the real story was the placement as it affected the overall standings. Martin Wildauer limped his way to the hand over hand truck pull. With assistance he was able to start seated. With intensity in his eyes and the screams of the crowd behind him, Wildauer began to pull. Slowly the truck began to move and it continued in the din of the crowd. After 49.13 seconds Martin Wildauer not only completed the event, he had taken the best time. Despite his injury, Wildauer won the truck pull.

It was determined, based on Wildauer’s results, Eddie Hall would have to beat Radzikowski in the truck pull. The competition literally went down to the last event and the last athlete. Martin Wildauer stood on the sidelines screaming for Eddie. The final results ended with Eddie Hall finishing the hand over hand with 7.1m while Radzikowski completed 6.35m.

In the end, the winners of the Kuala Lumpur stage were:

1. Hafthor Bjornsson
2. Eddie Hall
3. Kryzstof Radzikowski.

Martin Wildauer placed 9th giving him enough points to win the overall championship.

The support of the athletes to Martin Wildauer was unmistakeable. This is the unique, amazing thing about the sport. Despite being competitors, each athlete was willing to offer Wildauer a helping hand as he worked through his day with an injury.

“The 2014 Strongman Champions League made history today,” Marcel Mostert stated.  “This was the most amazing way to finish the season. Martin showed tremendous fight and passion to become the world champion.”

Final Stage Kuala Lumpur Standings
1. Hafthor Julius Bjornsson - Iceland         67
2. Eddie Hall - England                            67
3. Krzysztof Radzikowski - Poland                61.5
4. J.F. Caron - Canada                                    57
5. Ole Martin Hansen - Norway                     54
6. Vidas Blekaitas - Lithuania                        51.5
7. Ervin Katona - Serbia                                50.5
8. Dainis Zagaris - Latvia                              50
9. Martin Wildauer - Austria                          47.5
10. Alex Moonen  - Holland                            40
11. Matjaz Belsak - Slovenia                          30.5
12. Lauri Nami - Estonia                                 26.5
13. LV Xiang – China                                      8
14. Zarol Alfiyan –Malaysia                             5

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

Almaty—Ruslan Albegov (Russia) won the men’s +105 kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships in Almaty tonight.

He had to chase it a little, but this 210-kg snatch gave Ruslan Albegov the lead going into the clean and jerk. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
He had to chase it a little, but this 210-kg snatch gave Ruslan Albegov the lead going into the clean and jerk. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Aleksei Lovchev (Russia) bombed in the snatch and Behdad Salimi (Iran) only made his opener, so this opened the door for Albegov who seized the opportunity by hitting 252-kg clean and jerk for the gold medal in the total.  Lovchev earned some redemption in the clean and jerk, where he made three good lifts and won the gold medal with a 257-kg on his third attempt.

Salimi finished with 457 kg, for the silver medal in the total and Mohamed Massoud (Egypt) got the bronze with 436 kg.

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

Almaty—Taking only five attempts at the World Weightlifting Championships this afternoon, Tatiana Kashirina (Russia) made good use of them as she rewrote the record book for the +75 kg category, cranking out two world records in the snatch, one in the clean and jerk, and two in the total.

Tatiana Kashirina pulls herself under 193-kg. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen
Tatiana Kashirina pulls herself under 193-kg. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen


Her final marks were 155 kg in the snatch, 193 kg in the clean and jerk, and 348 kg in the total.

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

“It was epic!,” said Aryn Lockhart.  “Martin Wildauer snapped his achilles on Friday and still competed on Saturday to become the [SCL] World Champion.



“It's one of those moments, you will simply NOT forget! The most thrilling competition I have ever seen and Wildauer's heart and desire to win were mind-blowing.”

Stay tuned for a full report.
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Almaty—How hot was the 105-kg class at the World Weightlifting Championships? Four world records, David Bedzhanyan (Russia) got the silver medal in the jerk and Ilya Ilyin (Kazakhstan) beat Ruslan Nurudinov (Uzbekistan) on bodyweight.



Ilya Ilyin attacked 242 kg in the clean and jerk with his characteristic ferocity—it was a good lift and gave him the gold medal in the clean and jerk as well as the total. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Ilya Ilyin attacked 242 kg in the clean and jerk with his characteristic ferocity—it was a good lift and gave him the gold medal in the clean and jerk as well as the total. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
 


There was a superabundance of talent on the lifting platform tonight in Almaty: Simon Martirosyan (Armenia) put the first big stamp on the evening with a Youth world record in the snatch with his 183-kg third attempt success, and Nuridinov showed he had big plans for the evening when he snatched 193 kg for the gold medal.

But wait, this was just a warmup for the clean and jerk, where the weight on the bar hit the Men’s world record level with four attempts left.

Nuridinov got things rolling with a good lift at 239 kg, Bedzhanyan, who was the world record holder coming into tonight, answered with a 240-kg success, and then hometown hero Ilyin—who had missed the jerk on 239 kg—tore into 242 kg, to edge Nurudinov on bodyweight and send the packed house into a frenzy.

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Eddie Hall captured the lead in the first day of competition in the MHP Strongman Champions League finals and Aryn Lockhart called the action for IronMind.

Eddie Hall on the Car Deadlift for reps at the MHP Strongman Champions League finals yesterday. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Aryn Lockhart/Strongman Rage


Eddie Hall on the Car Deadlift for reps at the MHP Strongman Champions League finals yesterday. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Aryn Lockhart/Strongman Rage




Eddie Hall Takes the Lead After Day One of the Strongman Champions League Final
by Aryn Lockhart

Finally after seven intense months and sixteen world class competitions throughout the world, the MHP Strongman Champions League Final has arrived. Fourteen athletes travelled from every corner of the world to Kuala Lumpar to take part in this two day competition. The first day of competition is complete. The events for day one included the front hold, van deadlift, and the bus pull.

The athletes are in top form and battling with the fiercest intensity to crown the Strongman Champions League victor. The final, which is worth double points, will determine the world champion as there are several contenders fighting over the top position.

“Everything will be decided with this competition,” Marcel Mostert explained.  Currently Martin Wildauer is in first, but Krzysztof Radzikowski and Ervin Katona have their eyes on the prize too. Strategies are in motion and the battle has begun.

In the first day of competition, it was Eddie Hall who took first place in the front hold with an amazing 1.09 minutes. With 15 kg in each hand and suffering through the thick, humid air, the athletes fought through each second.

The second event was an extremely heavy van deadlift. As predicted, Wildauer went to work in his best discipline tying for first with J.F. Caron with seven reps.

The final event of the evening was the bus pull. Pulling the 18 ton tour bus with a harness and rope, Thor Bjornsson used his viking size to win this event. Martin Wildauer was injured during this event, but still has determination for the competition.

When the thick air cleared, it was Eddie Hall who took the lead for the day. Wildauer’s injury will undoubtedly make the events more challenging for him tomorrow. As Martin Wildauer is the current overall leader, his injury makes the outcome for tomorrow’s events even more uncertain.

Stay tuned as the final results will be determined tomorrow after day two of the MHP Strongman Champions League final comes to a close.

Competitor/Country/SCL Points
1. Eddie Hall - England                             34.5
2. Vidas Blekaitas - Lithuania                   30
3. Krzysztof Radzikowski - Poland           30
4. Hafthor Julius Bjornson - Iceland         29.5
5. J.F. Caron - Canada                              27.5
6. Martin Wildauer - Austria                     27
7. Dainis Zagaris - Latvia                           27
8. Ole Martin Hansen - Norway               26
9. Ervin Katona - Serbia                            23
10. Alex Moonen - Netherlands                19.5
11. Lauri Nami - Estonia                            15
12. Matjaz Belsak - Slovenia                      8
13. LV Xiang – China                                 5
14. Zarol Alfiyan –Malaysia                     3

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

Almaty—With Vladimir Sedov  (Kazakhstan) sitting in first place in the total in the 94-kg class at the World Weightlifting Championships and his teammate Zhassulan Kydyrbayev in second, the crowd packing the competition hall could not be happier,
but things to get even better because with one attempt to go, Kydyrbayev smoked a 229-kg clean and jerk to leapfrog over Sedov.

Driving himself under this 229-kg jerk, Zhassulan Kydyrbayev turned silver into gold. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Driving himself under this 229-kg jerk, Zhassulan Kydyrbayev turned silver into gold. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Pre-contest favorite Adrian Zielinski (Poland) bombed out in the snatch and the man of the hour was Sedov, who uncorked a world record equalling 188-kg lift. Silver medal in the snatch went to Aurimas Didzbalis (Lithuania) who celebrated his 185-kg third attempt success with a backflip that lit up the venue.  Kydyrbayev got the bronze medal.

As hot things were tonight and as much as the results pleased the crowd, one can’t help but think this was the opening act for the Ilya Illin show, which comes to town tomorrow night, so stay tuned.

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

Almaty—The 85-kg class at the World Weightlifting Championships was expected to be a tight battle with an abundance of big numbers.




Kianoush Rostami (Iran) pulls himself under 213 kilos, in what proved to be the winning lift for both the clean and jerk, and the total. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo

Kianoush Rostami (Iran) pulls himself under 213 kilos, in what proved to be the winning lift for both the clean and jerk, and the total. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo



There were some unexpected twists and turns but the final positions were in the balance until the last clean and jerk when Tian Tao (China) had a close miss with what would have been a game changing clean and jerk.

Ivan Markov (Bulgaria) earned the gold medal in the snatch via three good lifts, ending with 179 kg, one kilo ahead of Kianoush Rostami (Iran). World record holder Andrei Rybakou (Belarus) had to settle for one good lift, 175 kg, and the bronze medal.

The clean and jerk was a bloodbath and a battle of nerves as Rostami missed his first two attempts. On his first attempt, he did nearly a 360-degree turn trying to control the bar overhead and get the down signal, before dropping the bar. He went up one kilo, to 212 on his second attempt but missed racking the bar. Back against the wall, he went up another kilo and made a good lift and was in gold medal position, but Tian Tao had one attempt left.

Tian pulled out the stops and called for a massive 219 kg, which would have given him the gold medal in the jerk as well as the total, along with the senior world record in the jerk plus the junior world record in the jerk and the total.

The way Tian bounded up to the stage he appeared fully confident about making the lift: following a strong clean, he collected himself, dipped, rammed the bar up, reversed directions and squatted under it. It looked as if he had it, but the bar wasn’t quite fixed and it crashed down at the last moment, leaving Tian sorely disappointed and Rostami elated.

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

Almaty—Anyone who couldn’t quite hum the Albanian national anthem by memory got a refresher tonight when 77-kg competitor Daniel Godelli won the gold medal in the snatch and the total at the World Weightlifting Championships.

This 171-kg snatch gave Daniel Godelli the first of the two gold medals he won at the World Weightlifting Championships tonight in Almaty, Kazakhstan. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
This 171-kg snatch gave Daniel Godelli the first of the two gold medals he won at the World Weightlifting Championships tonight in Almaty, Kazakhstan. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo




Godelli and Zhong Guoshun (China) wasted no time locking horns in the battle for top honors as Godelli ran out a string of three good snatches to end up with 171 kg, edging Zhong on body weight. Kim Kwang Song (North Korea) only made one good attempt, 163 kg, but it was good enough for the bronze medal.

Kim’s fortunes were reversed in the clean and jerk, where he made three good lifts, and his 200-kg third attempt success won him the gold medal in the jerk. When Kim finished, Song and Godelli each had one attempt left and Zhong used his for a crack at 201 kg—eyeing gold medal position in the jerk and in the total, but after getting the bar overhead, he could not fix it and it came crashing down.

With everyone else done, the gold medal in the snatch and total in his pocket, Godelli called for 211 kg on his third attempt—which would break the world record in the clean and jerk as well in the total. 


Godelli cleaned the weight easily, but missed the jerk—this was a big night for him, as he notched a 20-kg improvement in his total from this year’s European Weightlifting Championships, and it also suggested that Oleg Perepetchenov’s nearly ancient 210-kg world record in the clean and jerk for this category might be within reach.

                                                   

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

Almaty—Spotted taking pictures at the 69-kg A session last night, Russian weightlifting star Dmitry Klokov told IronMind that he has not decided about returning to competition.

Guess who’s training arms: Dimitry Klokov looked impressive as he was capturing the action at the World Weightlifting Championships last night. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Guess who’s training arms: Dimitry Klokov looked impressive as he was capturing the action at the World Weightlifting Championships last night. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Klokov said that he weighs 110 kg and is still training, although he hasn’t yet made up his mind about returning to competition.

Asked about his training, was is light or heavy, Klokov told IronMind, “maximum,” and added that he had snatched 190 kg last week.

                            

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

Richard Looney and Odd Haugen passed along details on the upcoming Strongman Rehband Cup set for Moscow on November 22.

“Strongman Rehband Cup will held on November 22 in Moscow under the StrongmanRUS aegis in the Strongman Training Centre (Russia, Moscow, 22 Andropova av).

“The world’s strongman super-stars and the new names of this sport will be battle for the victory:

1. Ervin Katona (Serbia). SCL World champion-2011, champion of the European Strongest Team-2008. Height 189cm, weight 155kg.
2. Krzysztof Radzikowski (Poland) - Polish Strongest Man, Strongman Champions League World Champion-2013, 2012 WSF World Strongmen Champion. Height 187cv, weight 147kg.

3. Vidas Blekaitis (Lithuania). Winner of the Open Moscow Cup-2014, three-times world champion in team (2005, 2007 and 2008). Height 182cm, weight 155kg.

4. Lauri Nami (Estonia) – Estonian strongest man, winner and prize-winner of the Strongman Champions Leagues stages. Height 187cm, weight 162kg

5. Alexander Lashyn (Ukraine) – five-times Ukrainian Strongest Man. Height 191cm, weight 178kg.

6. Ivan Shatovkin (Russia, Moscow, SR-team) – winner of the Moscow-IceMan 2012, winner of the Open Moscow Cup-2013, winner and prize-winner of international tournament. Height 176cm, weight 102kg.

7. Alexander Lysenko (Russia) – winner and prize-winner of the largest Russian and international tournaments. Height 193cm, weight 150kg.

8. Vladimir Kalinichenko (Russia) – bronze-medalist of the World Team Championships (2007 – 3-d place, 2008 – 2-nd place), participant and prize-winner of the largest Russian and international tournaments. Height 176cm, weight 152kg.
9. Evgeniy Markov (Russia) – champion of Russia-2014, silver-medalist of the stage of WSF World Cup-2014. Height 188cm, weight 150kg.

“There will be four of the hardest events:


1. Giant dumbbell. You should to choose 120kg or 100kg. Time-limit 120sec
2. Medley: Farmers walk 2x150kg for 40m (20+20m with turn); tire carry – athletes should to carry a tire 98kg for 20m and throw it across the platform 123cm; kegs loading (20x100kg, distance 15m and 10m for the platform 123cm). Time-limit 120sec.

3. Axles Medley: 140kg – 150kg – 160kg – 170kg. Time-limit 90sec

4. Atlas stones: 130kg (5m to the platform), 140kg (4m), 160kg (3m), 180kg (near the platform), 195kg (near the platform). Time-limit 90sec.



“Who will be a winner? Answer for this question we will learn very soon!
Start of the competition at 14:00. 


“Furthermore, on the eve of the competition on November 21 in the Strongman Training Centre will be held a free seminar Rehband. The secrets of force of the famous Lithuanian strongman, one of the contenders to win the Strongman Rehband Cup, Vidas Blekaitis. The seminar starts at 19.00.”

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

Almaty—How confident was Liao Hui? After missing 160 kg on his second attempt in the snatch, he jumped to 166 kg to attack Georgi Markov’s longstanding world record.

Liao Hui (China) came into this meet with the world record in the jerk and the total in the 69-kg class, and at the World Weightlifting Championships tonight, he added the snatch world record to his collection and pushed up his world record in the total, too, when he made this 193-kg clean and jerk on his second attempt. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Liao Hui (China) came into this meet with the world record in the jerk and the total in the 69-kg class, and at the World Weightlifting Championships tonight, he added the snatch world record to his collection and pushed up his world record in the total, too, when he made this 193-kg clean and jerk on his second attempt. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


If Liao missed it, you can imagine the comments from the Monday morning quarterbacks, but the call proved to be wise as well as gutsy because he smoked it—winning the gold medal in the snatch and bringing an 11-kg lead into the clean and jerks.

Opening with 185 kg, after everyone else was done, Liao made short work of the lift and then jumped to 193 kg, for another success and the world record in the total. 



Five attempts, three gold medals and two world records—Liao passed on his third clean and jerk but watch for even more from this guy down the road.

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

Almaty—Who says you can’t win back-to-back major weightlifting competitions? Kim Un Guk, just as his North Korean teammate did last night, repeated his gold medal performance from the Asian Games to win the World Weightlifting Championships in Almaty tonight.

62-kg competitor Kim Un Guk’s first attempt (145 kg) was good enough for the
62-kg competitor Kim Un Guk’s first attempt (145 kg) was good enough for the gold medal in the snatch, but he added to his lead with this successful150-kg third attempt. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Kim established a 9-kg lead after the snatches and on the last attempt of the class, gold medal in the total already in hand, he made a 175-kg clean and jerk—to bump Eko Irawan (Indonesia) down to silver in the jerk on bodyweight.  Irawan finished the evening with a 316-kg total, nine kilos behind Kim and four kilos ahead of bronze medalist Ding Jianjun (China).

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

This coming weekend, November 14–15, the finals of the 2014 MHP Strongman Champions League will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Marcel Mostert has set the stage for IronMind.

Austria’s Martin Wildauer comes into the MHP SCL finals as the season leader. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of MHP/SCL

Austria’s Martin Wildauer comes into the MHP SCL finals as the season leader. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of MHP/SCL



“The strongest men on the planet will fight for the ultimate crown of world champion,” said Mostert.  “After two days and two episodes in Malaysia, and a total of 16 stages all over the world, who wears the crown will be decided, and, on top of the normal prize money, an extra prize of $15,000 (USD) will be given, sponsored by MHP.
 
“The Top 10 athletes by SCL ranking in 2014, complete with a few wildcards, gives a field of 14 strongmen.


“Big names such as Hafthor Bjornsson, Eddie Hall, Martin Wildauer, Ervin Katona, J.F. Caron and the 2013 world title defender, Krzysztof Radzikowski from Poland will be all there.

“Together with the oldest athlete, Vidas Blekaitis from Lithuania, and the youngest new talent, 21-year old Matjaz Belsak from Slovenia. They will also fight for the last title, the SCL Malaysia 2014.


“Unfortunately Žydrūnas Savickas and Brian Shaw couldn’t come here, despite a wild card invitation by the organization.
 
“Double points will be given in the finals, which means that the top three still can change for the overall title. Martin Wildauer is the leader at the moment, close followed by Krzysztof Radzikowski and Ervin Katona.  A very exciting and great close finish is expected in Kuala Lumpur.
 
 Competitor/Country/SCL Points
1.   Martin Wildauer - Austria                      190 
2.   Krzysztof Radzikowski - Poland            165
3.   Ervin Katona - Serbia                              163
4.   Dainis Zageris - Latvia                            116
5.   Lauri Nami - Estonia                               103
6.   Hafthor Julius Bjornson - Iceland             75
7.   Matjaz Belsak - Slovenia                          62
8.   Vidas Blekaitas - Lithuania                       61
9.   Alex Moonen - Holland                            50
10. JF Caron - Canada                                    13
11. Ole Martin Hansen - Norway                   13
12. Eddie Hall - England                                12
13. LV Xiang – China                                       0
14 Zarol Alfiyan –Malaysia                              0

“The ultimate final will be done over 7 cruelly heavy events:

Day 1
 
• Bus Pull (harness and rope)
• Forward Hold (time)
• Car Deadlift (reps)
 
Day 2
 
• Wheel flip
• Truck Pull (hand over hand)
• Farmer's Walk
• Log Lift (reps)
 
“Who will be the new SCL World Champion 2014, in the MHP Strongman Champions League seventh season and will stand in the same line as the former title holders such as Žydrūnas Savickas , Terry Hollands, Ervin Katona  Andrus Murumets and Krzysztof Radzikowski?

“Come and see, November 14 and 15, at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  It will be a spectacular show with an even more spectacular closing ceremony,” said Mostert.

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

Almaty, Kazakhstan—The men’s 56-kg class as the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships put another win on the books for Om Yun Chol (North Korea), and Thach Kim Tuan (Vietnam) made his mark with three Junior world records and the silver medal in the total.

After missing the jerk on his opener (162 kg), Om Yun Chol (North Korea), came back to make it and then, on the last attempt in the class, hit this good lift with 168 kg for the gold medal in the jerk and in the total. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
After missing the jerk on his opener (162 kg), Om Yun Chol (North Korea), came back to make it and then, on the last attempt in the class, hit this good lift with 168 kg for the gold medal in the jerk and in the total. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


China’s Long Qingquan returned to action and was in good enough form to leave with the bronze medal in the total in this tightly-contested class.
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The December issue of MILO: A Journal For Serious Strength Athletes is out, so be ready for a boatload of information and inspiration to kickstart your holiday season training.

At the 2014 World Heavy Events Championships, Matt Vincent and Dan McKim were tied going into the final event, the 56-lb. weight for distance, so whoever won that event would leave with the victory. Matt uncorked a 42’ 9-1/2” throw, almost 6” ahead of Dan’s top mark, for the win, and when the dust settled, he said, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” Randall J. Strossen photo
At the 2014 World Heavy Events Championships, Matt Vincent and Dan McKim were tied going into the final event, the 56-lb. weight for distance, so whoever won that event would leave with the victory. Matt uncorked a 42’ 9-1/2” throw, almost 6” ahead of Dan’s top mark, for the win, and when the dust settled, he said, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” Randall J. Strossen photo


MILO’s contest coverage this issue includes weightlifting at the red hot Asian Games, two top Highland Games competitions and mas wrestling from the Olympia. On the people side, cover guy Matt Vincent is put on center stage, along with shot putter Kurt Roberts.

We have more training information than we can easily summarize here, so follow this link for the complete Table of Contents.

Be sure to check the regular departments, such as Captains of Crush Grippers: Who’s New, 7 Questions (with the Godfather of Strongman, Dr. Douglas Edmunds), and our Roundtable Report (training to reduce concussions in football).

MILO: Good reading that leads to better training.

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

Juha Harju announced that he will end the year with a bang: How about an IronMind Record Breakers with, count them, four former/current world record holders among the competitors?!



Finnish grip strength competitor and promoter Juha Harju is ending the year with an IronMind Record Breakers which is expected to produce some eyeball-popping results.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Juha Harju/Gripmonsters
Finnish grip strength competitor and promoter Juha Harju is ending the year with an IronMind Record Breakers which is expected to produce some eyeball-popping results.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Juha Harju/Gripmonsters


The official events are:

• IronMind Hub
• IronMind Little Big Horn
• IronMind Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet Hold
• IronMind Crushed-to-Dust! challenge

Juha Harju and Alexey Tyukalov are former world record holders on the CoC Silver Bullet Hold, and if that’s not enough, Harju told IronMind, “The current IronMind Hub world record holder, Ari Siltaoja, will come to defend his world record, and my brother, Matti Harju (former IronMind Hub world record holder), will also be competing, and trying to break Ari Siltaoja´s current IronMind Hub world record. We´ll see real battle at IronMind Hub.”

For the spectators, Harju is serving up:

• Farmer’s Walk with IronMind Little Big Horn Farmer’s Walk
• Deadlift with 50 mm Silarukov Handles

So, whether a competitor, a spectator or somewhere in between, the IronMind Record Breakers has something for you.

The contest will be held on December 13, 2014 in Valhalla (Lieto, Finland).

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

In a competition that included world record level performances, Jacob Nicol won the SAAA Lightweight World Highland Games Championships.

Jacob Nicol is the 2014 SAAA Lightweight Highland Games world champion. IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo
Jacob Nicol is the 2014 SAAA Lightweight Highland Games world champion. IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo




2014 Lightweight World Highland Games Championships
by Francis Brebner

The Tucson Highland Games celebrated its twenty-eighth year of consecutive traditional Highland Games. Thousands gathered over the two days of festivities, with the main event this year being the 2014 SAAA Lightweight World Highland Games Championships (those under 200 lb.).
Thirteen athletes competed in the eight standard events: USA’s Jon Dahlin, Mark Howe, Jeffrey Thornton, Jacob Nichol, John Odden, Luke Lomsdalen, and Garrett Middleton; Canada’s Bryan MacLean; Scotland’s James Dawkins and Conan Quinn; England’s Harry Hancock; Austria’s Lukas Prettenthaler; and Germany’s Torsten Hülseman. This line-up by far comprised the best representation at the Lightweight World Championships to date.

The first event, the 22-lb. Braemar stone, was riveting as athletes went all out to secure the first win of the championships, which went to Nichol with a putt of 34’ 2-1/2”.  Second was Hülseman at 33’ 8” and third Thornton at 33’ 1/2”.

With the first win under his belt, Nichol was looking relatively relaxed going into the 16-lb. open stone and he once again claimed the victory, with a distance of 43’ 8-3/4”.  Thornton took second place at 42’ 2” and Hülseman third at 41’ 9-1/2”.

In the heavy weight for distance, Odden came into his own, unleashing a series of world-class throws with a best of 48’ 2” for the win. On extra attempts he upped this mark to 50’ 10”, which is waiting for verification as a new world record.  The current record is 48’ 8”, held by USA’s Isaac Burchett and set in Warrensburg, Missouri in 2006.  Nichol took second place with a best of 46’ 11-1/2”, followed by Thornton at 41’ 7”.

Nichol pulled off yet another win in the 28-lb weight for distance with a top-notch throw of 71’ 3-3/4”, outpacing second-place Odden at 67’ 9” and third-place Howe at 60’ 1/2”. After four events, Nichol was looking very comfortable in the driver’s seat with three wins going into the hammers.
A top hammer thrower in the group was Dawkins, who was in a league of his own, dominating from the first round in the 22-lb. hammer with a bombardment of superb throws and setting a new world record at 98’ 9”. The previous world record was set at 98’ 2-1/2” by Burchett in St. Louis, Missouri in 2005. Nichol took second with 86’ 10” and Middleton third with 84’ 8”.

In the 16-lb. hammer Dawkins cemented his position as the number one world’s lightweight thrower in both hammers. His victorious distance of 126’ 1” obliterated the prior world record of 120’ 1” set by Burchett in Kirksville, Missouri in 2006. In second was Nichol at 115’ 9”, and in third Odden at 106’ 10”.

James Dawkins “was in a league of his own” on both hammers. IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo
James Dawkins “was in a league of his own” on both hammers. IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo


In the 42-lb. weight over bar, Odden, Thornton and Nichol went at it from the first round and ended in a tie at 16’, but the winner, on countback with fewer misses, was Odden, followed by Thornton in second and Nichol in third.

The final event, the caber toss, with a 95-lb., 16’ 2” stick, was won by Odden, the only athlete to successfully toss the caber, doing two perfect 12:00’s.  Second was a tie between Lomsdalen and Howe with a best of 80-, 75-, and 85-degree attempts.

Overall places
1.  Jacob Nichol

2.  John Odden
3.  Jeffrey Thornton

4.  Garrett Middleton

5.  Mark Howe

6.  Torsten Hülseman

7.  Luke Lomsdalen

8.  James Dawkins

9.  Jon Dahlin
10.  Conan Quinn
11.  Lukas Prettenthaler

12.  Bryan MacLean

13.  Harry Hancock

The championships was a great success and the SAAA and the Tucson Highland Games team did an excellent job of running the athletics over the weekend. Lightweight champion Jacob Nichol noted that the competition was of the highest standard and said, “I am just so happy to have pulled off the title of world champion. I have trained hard for these championships since last year and all the long, hard hours of practicing and training in the gym have paid off.”

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“The 2014 US World Championships were held in Pyroll Areena at Pyhtää, Finland and introduced for the first time classes also to women -60 kg, women -70 kg and men -80 kg along with the women´s open class and men -105 kg [categories],” Jyrki Rantanen reported to IronMind. 



Competing in the -105 kg category at the 2014 United Strongmen World Championships, Volodymyr Reksha (Ukraine) tied the world record 160-kg on the Apollon’s Axle.  IronMind® | Courtesy of photobypiia.com
Competing in the -105 kg category at the 2014 United Strongmen World Championships, Volodymyr Reksha (Ukraine) tied the world record 160-kg on the Apollon’s Axle.  IronMind® | Courtesy of photobypiia.com


“Overall, the result levels in all classes was very high and we saw several world record level performances during the 2-day competition.

“I'm also very happy that this 4th US World Championships happening was the very best of them so far - we had an excellent, exciting weekend over here :)

“The first -60 kg World Champion is Sanna Savolainen from Finland, who proved her weightlifting background in the Axle lift, while she overheaded the same 75 kg as the women in the next bigger class.

Under 60-kg competitor Sanna Savolainen hit 75 kg on the Apollon’s Axle. IronMind® | Courtesy of photobypiia.com
Under 60-kg competitor Sanna Savolainen hit 75 kg on the Apollon’s Axle. IronMind® | Courtesy of photobypiia.com


“In -70 kg Norway's Strongest Woman Janne Grandalen was on fire and did solid performances over the both days ending up as the first winner of this, another new class, in US World Championships.

“Norway took gold also in men's -80 kg as Marius Halvorsen had won the competition already before the last event, which he did not attempt due a small injury.

“The open women’s competition was dominated by Olga Liacshuk from Ukraine. Ukraine also won the men's 105 kg competition as Volomydyr Reksha edged out England's great showman Will Baggott by only 1.5 points.

Here are the winners at the 2014 United Strongmen World Championships. IronMind® | Courtesy of photobypiia.com
Here are the winners at the 2014 United Strongmen World Championships. IronMind® | Courtesy of photobypiia.com
 


“Here's top three medalists from each class:

US WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

WOMEN
-60kg
1. Sanna Savolainen, Finland
2. Jenny Warner, England
3. Terhi Sievers, Finland

-70kg
1. Janne Grandalen, Norway
2. Jennifer Todd, England
3. Eveliina Rosenström, Finland

Open
1. Olga Liaschuk, Ukraine
2. Lidija Hunko, Ukraine
3. Jennifer Tibbenham, USA


MEN
-80kg
1. Marius Halvorsen, Norway
2. Raimo Pikkuhookana, Finland
3. Oleksandr Stashenko, Ukraine

-105kg
1. Volodymyr Reksha, Ukraine
2. Will Baggott, England
3. Oleksiy Novikov, Ukraine

“Next year the World Championships will be held at Aulanko Areena/Spa hotel in Hämeenlinna, Finland,  August 28–30, and it will be first World Championships under FINADA surveillance - more about that coming out soon,” said Rantanen.

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

Ari Siltaoja broke the world record on the IronMind Hub with a lift of 38.02 kg while competing in the Finnish leg of the 2014 King Kong grip strength competition this past weekend.

Ari Siltaoja pulled 38.02 kg on the IronMind Hub for a new world record. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Juha Harju/Gripmonsters
Ari Siltaoja pulled 38.02 kg on the IronMind Hub for a new world record. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Juha Harju/Gripmonsters


The IronMind Hub is based on a classic test of pinch grip strength—lifting an old-style, wide flange York 45-lb. plate by the hub.

29-year old Ari Siltaoja is 181 cm (5’ 11”) tall and weighs about 99 kg (218 lb.). He told IronMind, “[I have] been training grip for about two years. It was two years ago when I entered a local strongman competition and one of the events was the Rolling Thunder. I won the grip part of the competition and was hooked ever since.

“This year has been quite successful for me. I have won many medals in Finnish Iron Hand (RAUTAKOURA) events and also I have won the Finnish grip nationals under 93-kg weight class. Juha Harju won the +93 kg class.

“Also I did quite good in comp that Jyrki Rantanen put together in the winter. I don’t remember . . .  they were some kind of nationals :)  At that time I was still recovering from shoulder surgery that I had a year ago.

“I`m also a chin up athlete and I have bronze medal from Finnish nationals both for extra weight and repetitions competition this year.

“The Hub is definitely my favorite IronMind equipment and I have pulled over 40 kg in training with decent lock out. Off course those are just training lifts,” said Siltaoja.

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Denmark’s Strongest Man was a powerful production and Aryn Lockhart, who was ringside, called the action for IronMind.



Mikkel Leicht completes eight reps with the 80-kg giant dumbbell to become the 2014 Denmark’s Strongest Man. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Aryn Lockhart


Mikkel Leicht completes eight reps with the 80-kg giant dumbbell to become the 2014 Denmark’s Strongest Man. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Aryn Lockhart




Lights, Camera, Action—Mikkel Leicht wins Denmark’s Strongest Man
By Aryn Lockhart, Strongman Rage

In Svendborg, Denmark the sports hall rocked and rumbled as the sold out crowd cheered on the Strongest Man of Denmark. This competition was complete with light show, DJ, smoke and the strongest men of Denmark battling it out in an extremely heavy competition. Head to head battles and a screaming crowd set the tone for this exciting competition. When the smoke cleared and dust settled it was Mikkel Leicht who took the crown as the Strongest Man of Denmark. Earlier in the year, Leicht competed in the Strongman Champions League Holland placing 11th.

There were six events for the final. The events were heavy by strongman standards. The first event was a head to head battle of loading with four IronMind sandbags packed to the rim each weighing 130-kg (286 lb.). Event two was another head to head battle of 130 kg (286 lb.) log for repetitions. The next event was the deadlift for max. Event four was an extremely heavy 150 kg (330 lb.) farmer’s walk for 40 m. Event five was the giant dumbbell 80 kg (176 lb.) for reps. The final event was the final head to head battle of the atlas stones ranging from 110 kg – 180 kg (242–396 lb.).

This elaborate production was the first of its kind in Denmark. Nicolaj Holstein the organizer stated, “We made history in Denmark today.” Holstein continued, “I’m really excited about today’s event. The crowd and energy were undeniable! It made for a terrific competition.”

Mikkel Leicht plans to compete more on the international level with another competition in November with Giants Live in Sweden.

The final results were the following:

1. Mikkel Leicht 68 points
2. Nicolai Hansen 66 points
3. Mads Erenskjold 58 points
4. Ralf Jakobsen 50 points ( first place Masters )
5. Patrick Christensen 38 points
6. Daniel Brix 37.5 points
7. Kasper Myren Riis 33.5 points ( first place -105 kg )
8. Lars Besand 32.5 points
9. Michael Rasmussen 31.5 points
10. Ole Torp 26 points
11. Christian Seifert Rasmussen ( first place -90 kg )
12. Runi Hansen 17 points

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“We just got done with the 2014 America's Strongest Man at the Europa Games and Fitness Expo in Phoenix, Arizona,” Dione Wessels reported to IronMind. 



Dimitar Savatinov (left) won a close battle of the ASC America’s Strongest Man title.  “This was one of the tightest point spreads that we've had in a long time,” said Dione Wessels (left). IronMind® | Courtesy of ASC


Dimitar Savatinov (left) won a close battle of the ASC America’s Strongest Man title.  “This was one of the tightest point spreads that we've had in a long time,” said Dione Wessels (right). IronMind® | Courtesy of ASC




“This was one of the tightest point spreads that we've had in a long time,” said Wessels.  “Several American records were also broken. Robert Oberst and Dimitar Savatinov both broke the American record on the log with 460 pounds. Dimitar also pulled an amazing 860-pound deadlift on the IronMind Axle. The overall winner and new America's Strongest Man is Dimitar Savatinov.”

                                                       

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The 4th annual IronMind Grip Classic was held last week in Valhalla Gym in Tvedestrand, Norway and the contest organizer Eirik Ingebretsen reported that they had a great competition in the old training facility of Svend Karlsen. 



“Although no foreigners dared to show up, we had a great lineup of Norwegian athletes,” said Ingebretson. “For instance, we had four guys that held the Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet for over 20 seconds. 

"The women’s class was dominated by Janne Grandalen, as she was the only female athlete: She had great lifts of 53 kg on the Rolling Thunder, and was 1 inch away from locking out 100 kg on the Apollon’s Axle.  It was a great event, which hopefully recruit more Norwegian grip athletes. I would like to thank Proteinfabrikken who sponsored t-shirts and supplements as prizes.”

Ingebretsen and IronMind Grip Classic promoter Jyrki Rantanen have been “in talks about the future of IronMind grip events in Scandinavia and the goal is now to make national championships for men and women annually in Finland and Norway, along with extending the grip contest format to other Nordic countries,” said Rantanen. 

“The national championships are a great opportunity for new as well as for old talent to test their grip strength and perhaps try out to certifiy on the Crushed to Dust challenge along with the competitions.


“In addition, the IronMind Grip Classic will become the Scandinavian Championships starting next year, with guest lifter spots open to foreigners, too, and it will also remain as an extra event in major strongman/woman competitions as usual.”

                                                                       

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Staged in front of a large audience, MHP Strongman Champions League brought 10 top strongman competitors to Estonia this past weekend and then put them through their paces with six challenging events.

Martin Wildauer was second at MHP Strongman Champions League–Estonia, which was good enough for him to maintain his lead in the race for the 2014 season title. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL
Martin Wildauer was second at MHP Strongman Champions League–Estonia, which was good enough for him to maintain his lead in the race for the 2014 season title. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL

Hometown hero Rauno Heinla won the competition and Ilkka Kinnunen told IronMind, “Rauno Heinla is in excellent shape.  He won the Lithuanian stage of SCL two weeks ago and now he has his second victory in a row.
“The events were tough. The first event was a medley where the athletes carried a 385-kg Yoke for 10 m, continuing with a 150-kg Farmer’s Walk for 10 m and then ending by carrying a 125-kg IronMind sack [sandbag] for 20m. Top three: Kryzsztof Radzikowski 27.10sec, Martin Wildauer 28.31sec, Markus Mannik 29.10sec.

“Next was the Overhead Medley with five different objects:  Block (100 kg), Log (130 kg), Log (150 kg), Circus Dumbbell (95 kg) and Apollon’s Axle (170 kg). There were only two athletes who succeeded on all five: the two Estonian strongmen, Rauno Heinla and Lauri Nami.  Rauno Heinla did a really fast time of 31.49 sec, followed by Lauri Nami at 49.99sec and third was Vidas Blekaitis with 4 objects in 27.33 sec.

The third event was the Conan’s Circle: 1) Rauno Heinla 57.31m 2) Lauri Nami 56.92m, 3) Vidas Blekaitis 48.71m

The Forward Hold with the original SPX cylinders, 25 kg total and leaning against a pole, was the fourth event. Björn Solvang did the best time (66.82 sec), then Vidas Blekaitis (56.60 sec) and Kryzsztof Radzikowski (53.88 sec).

“The Atlas Stones were next: Starting from 120 kg and ending with 215 kg, with a total of 6 stones. The platform height started from 180 cm. Rauno Heinla did all 6 stones in a very fast time of 32.98 sec, Martin Wildauer was second with 46.76 sec and third was Lauri Nami with 5 stones in a time of 29.26 sec.

“The last event was the Power Stairs (225 kg, 250 kg and 275 kg, with five steps).  Martin Wildauer came up fastest with all 3 blocks in a time of 39.44 sec.  Rauno Heinla was second (41.32sec) and Lauri Nami was third (45 sec).

Final Places

1. Rauno Heinla 49
2. Martin Wildauer 44
3. Krzysztof Radzikowski 41
4. Lauri Nami 41
5. Vidas Blekaitis 40
6. Marku Mannik 30
7. Dainis Zageris 28
8. J.F. Caron 27
9. Bjorn Andre Solvang 18
10. Arto Niemi Nikkola 12

“By taking second place in the competition, Martin Wildauer kept the yellow Leader shirt, although Kryzsztof Radzikowski, third place, is closing the gap. The organizers Rammumees Marek Tobi, Janek Tobi and Elviira Eessaar and their crew did an excellent job and also big thanks to Andrus Murumets to helping during the competition.

“Next to come is the MHP SCL Malaysia. The Final gives athletes double points, so everything is still open—who will be crowned at the end for MHP SCL Champion 2014?” asked Kinnunen.

MHP SCL Ranking: Top 10

1. Martin Wildauer – Austria 190
2. Krzysztof Radzikowski – Poland 165
3. Ervin Katona – Serbia 163
4. Dainis Zageris – Latvia  116
5. Lauri Nämi – Estonia 103
6. Hafthor Julius Bjornson – Iceland 75
7. Rauno Heinla – Estonia 73
8. Matjaz Belsak – Slovenia 62
9. Vidas Blekaitas – Lithuania 61
10. Alex Moonen  - Holland 50

Emphasizing the importance of the battle that is shaping up for the season championships, Marcel Mostert said, “Keep in mind here that Martin Wildauer is in first place for the 2014 SCL World Championships title in Malaysia, leading Krzysztof Radzikowski by 25 point and Ervin Katona by 27 points, but the Malaysia is double points, so the winner gets 50 points. All is possible.”

Also up for SCL is the first broadcast of SCL Zambia this coming Thursday, October 23, at 22.00 hours on Eurosport.

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Saying that they are not there yet with ASC’s numbers but are having a similar experience with crossover CrossFit athletes competing in the newly-created lighter bodyweight classes in strongman, Jyrki Rantanen’s US World Championships is two weeks out.

The 2014 US World Championships will feature more body weight classes for both men and women. IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of United Strongmen
The 2014 US World Championships will feature more body weight classes for both men and women. IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of United Strongmen


“Our last big show for this year contains the inaugural classes for women under 60 kg and under 70 kg and men´s under 80 kg, which are new to our world championships program.  On top of them we have the usual women´s open class and men´s -105 kg in the program, too,” Rantanen told IronMind.

“The top countries taking part in the happening are Scandinavian countries, UK along with Ukraine, South Aftica and USA. The competition will be held at Pyroll Areena in Pyhtää, Finland, November 1 - 2.

“After the competition we are launching our interesting 2015 calendar along with further info about upcoming anti-doping program, that we are working for our events with FINADA. 2015 will include again more classes in the US World Championships along with this major innovation of bringing drug testing to the competition and to the training season.”


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The IHGF held two competitions this past weekend in San Clemente, California and Francis Brebner called the action for IronMind.

Casey Garrison had good reason to celebrate: he won both the IHGF North American Stones of Strength and the IHGF North American Strength Games Championships this past weekend. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Francis Brebner
Casey Garrison had good reason to celebrate: he won both the IHGF North American Stones of Strength and the IHGF North American Strength Games Championships this past weekend. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Francis Brebner
 

2014 IHGF North American Stones of Strength and 2014 IHGF North American Strength Games Championships
by Francis Brebner
 
 
It was a sweet victory for USA’s Casey Garrison this past weekend, who hoisted both the IHGF North American Stones of Strength and the IHGF North American Strength Games title. The two competitions were staged at the San Clemente Carnival Colossal, which is hosted by the Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation and attracts an estimated twenty thousand spectators each year.
 
Ten strength athletes comprised the line-up, including USA’s Scott Brengal, Chris Burke, Odd Haugen, Jacob Finerty, Mark Wechter, Clay Elliot and Casey Garrison, and Canada’s Paul Boundy, Jonathan Cavanaugh and Austin Sztajdocher.
 
All athletes had their sights set on lifting the trophy for these championships, which secured the best American and Canadian strength athletes a place in the 2015 IHGF Stones of Strength World Championships and the IHGF World Strength Games Championships, to be held in Europe. Both events were filmed by Cox Cable and the programs will be aired closer to the Christmas season to over 1.5 million households in and around Orange County.
 
The first event of the Stones of Strength competition was the Husafell Stone Carry: athletes had to carry a massive 350-lb. stone as far as they could. Garrison made it look like a walk in the park, triumphing with a distance of 355’ 1”.  In second was Wechter with 325’ and in third, Burke with 280’.
 
In the Stone Medley, athletes carried the first stone, 250 lb. with a handle, a distance of 40’, dropped it past the line, and ran back for the heavier stone of 350 lb., with 60 sec. to complete the course in the fastest time possible. Garrison was on fire and speedily pulled off a time of 15.03 sec. for the win. In close second was Finerty with 15.44 sec. and in third, Boundy with 16.41 sec.
 
In the 165-lb. Stone Press, athletes had 60 sec. to complete as many reps as possible from the chest to above the head. Garrison seized this event as well but had to work for his total of 18 reps.  Finerty was second with 17 reps, and Burke and Sztajdocher tied for third with 16 reps each.
 
The 78-lb. Stone Throw was done with both hands from behind a trig with an approach of 3 m.  A close contest between Garrison and Boundy, Garrison just pulled off the win with a best of 16’ 8” to Boundy’s 16’ 2-1/2”. Third was Wechter with 15’ 6-1/2”.
 
In the final event, Atlas Stones at 225, 250, 300, 350, and 400 lb. were lifted onto barrels with 60 sec. to complete all stones in the fastest time possible. Garrison blew away the field with a lightning performance of all five stones in 17.56 sec.  Wechter was second with 20.09 sec., and Burke third with 23.78 sec.
 
Overall points:
 
1.  Casey Garrison       50
2.  Jacob Finerty          39
3.  Mark Wechter        38.5
4.  Chris Burke            33.5
5.  Paul Boundy          28.5
6.  Scott Brengal         22.5
7.  Austin Sztajdocher 19.5
8.  Odd Haugen          18.5
9.  Jonathan Cavanaugh          14.5
10.  Clay Elliot                        10.5

The following day, the IHGF North American Strength Games Championships had an energetic group looking to go head to head once again. Starting with the Farmer’s Walk, athletes carried 275 lb. in each hand, a combined weight of 550 lb., as far as possible. Haugen won with a distance of 202’ 10”, and close behind were Garrison with 200’ and Finerty with 198’ 10”.
 
In the Giant Dumbbell Press, athletes hoisted a range of dumbbells, 100, 125, 150, 175, and 200 lb., from the ground to overhead with 60 sec. to complete the task in the fastest time.  Now a familiar first, Garrison smoked the course, pressing all five implements in a record 41.57 sec.  Burke took second, just pipping Finerty by pressing four in 20.30 sec. to Finerty’s third place time of 20.75 sec., also doing four.
 
In the 23-lb. Braemar Stone putt, athletes had three attempts, and Garrison trumped the field with a putt of 33’ 1-1/2”. Second was Wechter with 31’ 1-1/2” and third, Boundy at 30’ 10-1/2”.
 
In the Car Deadlift, athletes lifted a one-ton car on a deadlift frame to lockout for as many reps as possible in 60 sec. First was Garrison with 26 reps, followed by Burke with 25 and Wechter with 24.
 
The final event was the Atlas Stones, and Garrison showed precision work by clocking the exact time of his previous day’s win of 17.56 sec. with all five stones. Wechter was second with five stones in 19.37 sec., and Burke third with five stones in 22.90 sec.

Overall points:
1.  Casey Garrison       49
2.  Chris Burke            38
3.  Jacob Finerty          36
4.  Mark Wechter        34
5.  Paul Boundy          24
6.  Austin Sztajdocher 21
7.  Clay Elliot  20
8.  Odd Haugan, Jonathan Cavanaugh (tie)  18.5
10.  Scott Brengal       16
 
Both days of competition featured a fantastic group of strength athletes. Watch the IronMind News for more major IHGF events scheduled for 2015.
 
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

This coming weekend, the MHP Strongman Champions League is headed to the Estonian capital of Talinn, where a top-flight field will ensure a spirited battle.

Strongman fans: SCL Estonia is this Saturday (18 October 2014), starting at 4 p.m. (16.00 hours). IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of SCL
Strongman fans: SCL Estonia is this Saturday (18 October 2014), starting at 4 p.m. (16.00 hours). IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of SCL




Current series leader Martin Wildauer will be fighting to defend his position, and also featured on the start list is the man chasing Wildauer for the overall lead, Krzyzsztof Radzikowski, and Estonia’s own, Rauno Heinla—who is the defending SCL Estonia champion and the winner of last week’s SCL Lithuania competition. 



“Ervin Katona is suffering a biceps injury unfortunately is not able to take part, but hopefully will recover for the final in Malaysia,” Ilkka Kinnunen told IronMind.



 

Start List
1.      Martin Wildauer AUSTRIA
2.      Krzyzstof Radzikowski POLAND
3.      Dainis Zageris LATVIA
4.      Vidas Blekaitis LITHUANIA
5.      Arto Nimemi Nikkola FINLAND
6.      Bjorn Andre Solvang NORWAY
7.      J F Caron CANADA
8.      Lauri Nämi ESTONIA
9.      Rauno Heinla ESTONIA
10.   Markus Männik ESTONIA
 
Events
Medley: Yoke (385 kg), Farmer's walk (150 kg) Sandbag (125 kg)
Forward hold: 30 kg
Conan's wheel: 320 kg
Medley: Block (100 kg), Log (130 kg, 150 kg), Dumbbell (95 kg), Axle (180 kg)
Atlas stones: 120 kg, 140 kg, 160 kg, 185 kg, 215 kg
Power step: 225 kg, 250 kg, 275 kg

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Don't forget to watch MHP SCL HUNGARY tomorrow at 23.15 on Eurosport, and here's a link to preview trailer from SCL Estonia," Kinnunen said.

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

With the final results in the super heavyweight class at the upcoming World Weightlifting Championships likely to not just come down to the last clean and jerk, but also very possibly the first +260 kg clean and jerk in over a decade, weightlifting fans worldwide will be crushed to hear that Bahador Moulaei (Iran) will not be competing.


This is how close Bahador Moulaei (Iran) came to making a 261-kg clean and jerk at the 2013 World Weightlifting Championships. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
This is how close Bahador Moulaei (Iran) came to making a 261-kg clean and jerk at the 2013 World Weightlifting Championships. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Moulaei very nearly pulled off the breakout lift at the 2013 World Weightlifting Championships as he had the winning 261-kg jerk overhead, only to lose control and drop the bar as he was recovering from the split.

Coming into the recent Asian Games Moulaei sustained a serious injury and Asian Weightlifting Federation General Secretary Dr. Ali Moradi explained the situation in an exclusive IronMind interview:

“I would like to inform you that, unfortunately, Bahador Moulaei was injured due to incorrect training methods instructed by some Iranian weightlifting national coaches and technical members and according to the team doctors, his tendon is torn and he needs to undergo an operation.

“He not only will lose the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan in November, but also he won’t be able to participate in the upcoming events for the next months. He should be treated for [the injury in] the next months.

“He shouldn’t have been sent to Incheon due to his previous injury. Therefore, I am so sorry to see that such naïve and inexperienced persons caused his injury to get worse,” Dr. Moradi told IronMind today.

The last time a +260 kg clean and jerk was made in the World Weightlifting Championships was in 2002, when the formidable Hossein Rezazadeh (Iran) made 263 kg. Since then, there have only been a handful of attempts at 260 kg or higher, none successful.


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

Got some questions about the SUPER SQUATS Hip Belt, Headstrap Fit For Hercules, Expand-Your-Hand Bands, Captains of Crush, Zenith or IMTUG grippers, or maybe how to select and use the best style of IronMind lifting straps for your needs?

IronMind Captains of Crush grippers and Expand-Your-Hand Bands are the top two choices for strong and healthy hands. These products, along with IMTUG and Zenith grippers, the SUPER SQUATS Hip Belt, IronMind lifting straps and Headstrap Fit For Hercules are introduced and explained in a new series of videos. IronMind® | Image courtesy of IronMind Enterprises, Inc.
IronMind Captains of Crush grippers and Expand-Your-Hand Bands are the top two choices for strong and healthy hands. These products, along with IMTUG and Zenith grippers, the SUPER SQUATS Hip Belt, IronMind lifting straps and Headstrap Fit For Hercules are introduced and explained in a new series of videos. IronMind® | Image courtesy of IronMind Enterprises, Inc.


Now, help in the form of quick answers is just one click away:

IronMind Lifting Straps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Tlpccv9lTI&feature=youtu.be
 
Headstrap Fit For Hercules
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56sCkZlmkVc&feature=youtu.be
 
Captains of Crush Grippers

IMTUG Grippers

Zenith Grippers

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ASC head honcho Dione Wessels gave IronMind on update on what’s been going on with the biggest strongman and strongwoman contests around.

American Strongman Corp is increasing the scale and scope of its strongman and strongwoman contests by including more body weight classes. IronMind® | Image courtesy of ASC
American Strongman Corporation is increasing the scale and scope of its strongman and strongwoman contests by including more body weight classes. IronMind® | Image courtesy of ASC


“I hope all is well! It's been a crazy couple of months. First the Olympia with America's strongest woman, the 105k America's Strongest Man and the NAS masters nationals. Then this past weekend I had the 17th annual North American Strongman/Strongwoman National Championships in Reno, NV!

“This year was the largest national championships to date and the largest strongman show anywhere in the world with over 215 athletes from all over North America competing!

“After two days of events, longtime competitor Alan Colley is our newest ASC pro and James Deffinbaugh is the newest 105k ASC pro. Kristie Scott not only won America's Strongest Woman last month at the Olympia, but also came to NAS nationals, cut weight and won the middle weight division! Kristyn Whisman won the lightweight division for the 4th year in a row. 



“The competition was nothing short from excitement and competitiveness!  It was a treat to watch over 50 gorgeous strong-women compete alongside the men. With the new weight classes where women can weigh as little as 120 pounds, we witnessed an influx of a crossover from the Crossfit arena! 



“This was also the first event that the women had the chance to deadlift an actual car! Dolan Toyota donated cars for the event. The spectators were amazed to see the 120-lb. ladies lift a car.

“So many thanks to the amazing athletes for helping this year's event be the largest in history! To my amazing staff, promoters and state chairs for keeping the event running smoothly all day. 

“The Circus Circus Reno was an amazing host! Next year our host city will be Quad Cities, Iowa. However there will be more ASC/NAS shows at Circus Circus in Reno.”

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Here’s the full scope of the field competing at the 2014 ASC North American Championships. IronMind® | Image courtesy of ASC


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“In the last few years, Estonia has produced excellent strongman athletes like Lauri Nami, Meelis Peil and now right to the top by winning his first MHP SCL competition, Rauno Heinla,” Ilkka Kinnenen told IronMind.

Rauno Heinla on the Block, part of the Overhead Medley at SCL Lithuania/Savickas Classic this weekend, where Heinla got his first Strongman Champions League victory. IronMindr | Photo courtesy of SCL
Rauno Heinla on the Block, part of the Overhead Medley at SCL Lithuania/Savickas Classic this weekend, where Heinla got his first Strongman Champions League victory. IronMindr | Photo courtesy of SCL



“Heinla has been competing successfully, of course, at the international level and being on the podium, but now winning in a toughtlineup brings him a few steps forward. Even Zydrunas Savickas praised Rauno´s performance after the competition.

“The competition started with a Tractor Pulling with Harness and Rope. Total distance of 20 m. Lithuanian Vidas Blekaitis pulled the fastest, with a time of 22.19 sec, followed by Slovenian Mattias Belsak who just a week ago turned 22 years old. His time was 22.31sec and third was Dutch school teacher Alex Moonen, at 22.59 sec.

"The second event was the OverHead Medley. This was extremely tough and great to watch: four objects starting with a140-kg Log, then a 125-kg Block, a160kg Log and, last, a 105-kg Circus Dumbbell. Rauno Heinla won in 33.51 sec, followed by Kryzsztof Radzikowski, 36.08 sec, and then Mattias Belsak, 45.98 sec.

"The Shield Carry for Max Distance was next: 185-kg Shield, 20-m track. Marius Lalas, Vytautas Lalas's younger brother, did amazing new world record by carrying the shield a distance of 122 m 75cm. Second was Rauno Heinla, 90m 76cm, and third was Mattias Belsak, 90m 18cm.

"The last event in SCL Lithuania was a Tire Flip (350 kg) and Barrel loading medley: Five flips and then carrying 100-kg barrels to a platform ended the 2014 Savickas Classic. The fastest in the Medley was Rauno Heinla, at 34.19 sec; second was Marius Lalas, 37 sec; and third was Dainis Zageris, 37.50 sec.

“There is a new leader again now in the SCL series: Martin Wildauer took the yellow shirt back from Ervin Katona. Ervin got injured already in Romania (biceps injury) and could not participate in this competition. He needs rest now and hopefully we will see him in finals fully covered.

“Also Kryzsztof Radzikowski, who won three SCL events in a row had really bad luck the first day with the Manhood Stone and lost his battle for the second day. But for sure in Estonia we will see again different Kryzsztof who wants to win the 2014 SCL series. So lots of excellent fights coming up in the next competition on October 18 at the MHP SCL Estonia.

Big thank to Zydrunas Savickas and his crew putting out excellent event once again.”

Final Results

    1.    Rauno Heinla 77.5
    2.    Vidas Blekaitis 74
    3.    Mattias Belsak 62
    4.    Martin Wildauer 60.5
    5.    Saulius Brusokas 58
    6.    Dainis Zageris 57
    7.    Alex Moonen 55.5
    8.    Kyzstof Radzikowski 55
    9.    Marius Lalas 53
    10.  Ole Martin Hansen 40.5
    11.  Arto Niemi Nikkola 18


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“It was a great start in MHP SCL Lithuania. The EXPO itself pulled in over 10.000 people in first day and when the strongmen started their job the competition arena was packed with people cheering the athletes for great results,” Ilkka Kinnunen reported to IronMind today.



The 2014 Savickas Classic got off to a big start yesterday in Vilnius, Lithuania. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL
The 2014 Savickas Classic got off to a big start yesterday in Vilnius, Lithuania. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL


“The first day the athletes did four events starting with the Sled Drag, 20m with 440kg. The top 3 were Kryzsztof Radzikowski, Martin Wildauer and Mathias Belzak. The second event was 400-kg Yoke Race for 20 m. Lithuanian Vidas Blekaitis won it with an excellent time of 8.75 seconds, followed by Marius Lalas, and Rauno Heinla and Martin Wildauer were tied for third.

“Next was the Forward Hold with a 30-kg box. Kryzstzof Radzikowski won, Alex Moonen was second and Ole Martin Hansen was third. The last event of first day Stone Lift over the Bar with a 180-kg stone and a60-second time limit. Rauno Heinla won, Vidas Blekaitis was second and Martin Wildauer was third.

“Top three after the first day:

1. Martin Wildauer 37.5 points
2. Vidas Blekaitis 36
3. Rauno Heinla 33.5

“Today we will continue with four more events. Tractor Pull, with Harness and Rope, Overhead Medley, Shield Walk and Atlas Stones.

Stay tuned for full story on IronMind after Sunday,” said Kinnunen.


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The grand finale of the 2014 SCITEC European Strongest Team Challenge took place at the Arnold European in Madrid, with Team Poland capturing the victory.

Here's the lineup for the 2014 SCITEC European Strongest Team Challenge held at the Arnold in Madrid. Photo courtesy of Adam Darazs
Here's the lineup for the 2014 SCITEC European Strongest Team Challenge held at the Arnold in Madrid. Photo courtesy of Adam Darazs
 

2014 SCITEC European Strongest Team Challenge
by Adam Darazs and Francis Brebner

The final of the SCITEC Strongest Team Challenge all came to a head at the Arnold European Classic Madrid, where over 40,000 spectators enjoyed the sporting festivities over the three days.
 
The teams competing were as follows:
 
Team Poland - Mateusz Baron & Rafal Kobylarz
Team Czech - Lukas Svoboda & Radek Patak  

Team Sweden -David Dematey & Joachim Gustavsson

Team Ukraine - Oleksandr Lashyn & Sergiy Konyushok

Team Austria - Michael Votter & Nemanja Tasic 

Team Denmark - Nicolai Hansen & Mads Erenskjold

Team Spain – Pedro Moriana & Carlos Dematey 

Team Hungary - Akos Nagy & Ervin Katona (Serbia)




First event got off to a great start with the two-man 18 ton truck pull with harness; the teams had 60 seconds to compete the pull over the course of 19 meters.  For team Czech this was a sweet victory with a rapid time of 17.13 seconds; for second place it was very close indeed between team Ukraine and team Poland, with team Ukraine just nudging out the second place victory by a whisker with a time of 18.22 seconds.  Third place was team Poland:18.29 seconds.

The next event was the log lift for reps and teams had to lift overhead a log weighing 250 kg for as many reps possible in 75 seconds.  This time it was team Poland that rose to the occasion and they took the win with a total of eight reps and this set a new series record also. Sweden followed in second place with seven reps, and team Czech was in third place with six reps.



The second event was the two man frame carry, which weighed a total of 1220 lb.  had to be carried over a course of 40 meters.  Teams had 60 seconds to compete the course in the fastest time possible. Team Poland ripped through this event in a time of 16.98 seconds; second place was team Czech with 21.75 seconds, third team Ukraine  24.31 seconds.



Moving onto the Icelandic cross, which weighed a total 140 kg and had to be picked up and lifted by team member A and carried for max distance, this was a walk in the park for Ukraine’s Sergei Konyushok, the two-time winner of the lightweight strongman world championships, as he made a distance of 40 meters. Second place was Poland’s  Rafal Kobylarz at 28.98 meters, and third was Austria’s Michael Votter  at 25.90 meters.



Team member B that took to the next challenge, with the deadlift for reps:335 kg with a 60-second time limit. Poland’s Mateusz Baron the former 2011 amateur strongman world champion dominated this event with a colossal 10 reps in under 32 seconds.  Second place was Spain’s Carlos Dematey with 4 reps, and third place was a tie between Sweden’s  David Dematey and Czech’s  Radek Patak with 3 reps each.

The final event was most riveting for the spectators as they watch and cheered as teams lifted a series of Atlas stones weighing 144, 146, 161, 175, 183, 196, 206 kg on to a 122-cm high platform with a time limit of 120 seconds. Only team Sweden completed all seven stones, and they did it in 112.13 seconds. For second place it was a backup with team Poland, Ukraine, Czech and Denmark all managing the same with five stones from the 144 kg - 183 kg.
 
Overall
 
1.Team Poland = (Mateusz Baron + Rafal Kobylarz) 42.5 points

2.Team Czech = (Lukas Svoboda + Radek Patak) 36 points 

3.Team Sweden = (David Nystrom + Joachim Gustavsson) 33 points

4.Team Ukraine = (Oleksandr Lashyn + Sergiy Konyushok) 30.5 points

5.Team Austria = (Michael Votter + Nemanja Tasic) 21 points 

6.Team Denmark = (Nicolai Hansen + Mads Erenskjold) 20.5 points

7.Team Spain = (Pedro Moriana + Carlos Dematey) 14 points 

8.Team Hungary = (Akos Nagy + Ervin Katona, Serbia 6.5 points (injured)
 
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Asking Adam Darazs about the overall competition, Darazs said, “This was a great competition—the atmosphere at the event was electrifying, the athletes put up a great battle from start to finish and the fans cheered them on throughout the entire competition.

“It has been a great season for the SCITEC European Strongest Team Challenge and I could not think of a better way to end it but at the Arnold Classic Europe festival. We are already working on the new 2015 season, with the first stage in the series planned to take place in Moscow, Red Square, and major championships IHGF events planned also for the 2015 season as well.”
 

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Twenty-six Highland Games athletes from France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and Scotland made up three group classes that faced off in Luzarches, which is in Île-de-France, near Paris. The Association Sportive de Luzarches (ASL) was the first club of throwers in France, established in the early 2000. This top event always attracts a large crowd as it is held at the end of the season, traditionally the last weekend in September.

Scotland’s Bruce Aitken on the hammer.  Jean-Louis Coppet photo
Scotland’s Bruce Aitken on the hammer.  Jean-Louis Coppet photo

 
The open class featured a fierce competition between two renowned Scottish throwers, Stephen King and Bruce Aitken, both of whom have held the world record for hammer throwing in their heyday.
 
Aitken took the win in the 16-lb. light hammer event in a fabulous clash with King, who went all out. King managed a best of 130’ 2-1/4”, with Bruce claiming the victory with 132’ 4-1/2”.
 
In the B class group, Dutch athlete Anne Van der Molen proved to be the strongest contender in the group. During the competition, the French athletes were recorded and ranked along with their other performances during the season, confirming that Cyrille Boucher, of ASL, is the current best French thrower of the 2014 season.
 
A total of ten athletes made up the team division, which resulted in ASL Luzarches member Marc Lahaie claiming the overall. Second place was Philippe Mignet, who is from the Bressuire AJEF Bocker club of throwers.
 
Jean-Louis Coppet, president of L’Association Sportive des Jeux d’Ecosse (AJEF), said that now three clubs have been identified in France—Luzarches, Bressuire, Saint-Michel-sur-Orge—and the likelihood of new, promising clubs keeps growing as more young heavy events athletes come into the sport:  “I can only see a bright future for Highland Games as it continues to grow in France.”  He added:  “This is all good news as close links are being established between other heavy events organizers across Europe.”


reporting by Jean-Louis Coppet and Francis Brebner

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“This weekend MHP SCL travels to Lithuania, home of strongman legend Zydrunas Savickas, where the 13th stage of Strongman Champions League will take place,” Ilkka Kinnunen reported to IronMind today.

The 2014 edition of the Savickas Classic will be the lucky 13th stage of the MHP Strongman Champions league. IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL/Zydrunas Savickas
The 2014 edition of the Savickas Classic will be the lucky 13th stage of the MHP Strongman Champions league. IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL/Zydrunas Savickas


As part of Sport Expo in Vilnius, this will be a two-day contest with a leading international field of professional strongman competitors:

Vidas Blekaitis                      Lithuania
Marius Lalas                          Lithuania

Saulius Brusokas                   Lithuania

Martin Wildauer                    Austria
Rauno Heinla                         Estonia

Dainis Zageris                       Latvia

Krzysztof Radzikowski         Poland

Erwin Katona                         Serbia

Alex Moonen                         Holland

Matjaz Belsak                        Slovenia

Arto Niemi Nikkola               Finland

Ole Martin Hansen                Norway
 
DAY 1  - Saturday, October 4
1.Truck pull, 15 meters harness and rope SINGLE

2. Sledge pull 25 meters DOUBLE 

3. Front hold 25kg DOUBLE 

4. Shield walk for distance DOUBLE
 
DAY 2 – Sunday, October 5
5. Super yoke 400kg  DOUBLE 

6. Atlas stone for reps 185kg SINGLE 

7. Overhead medley: log, block, log, dumbell SINGLE 

8. Medley: tyre flip +kegs loading DOUBLE

And for all strongman fans within reach of Eurosport, “Don’t forget to watch SCL Poland this Friday, October 3, at 21.00 hours,” Kinnunen said.

Marcel Mostert confirmed for IronMind that “Zydrunas Savickas will not be competing,” and he added that “Ervin Katona, the current SCL leader, will be present but has a biceps injury, so the expectation is that he can only do a few events, which opens the door to a new SCL leader . . . either Martin Wildauer or Krzysztof Radzikowski.

“And the further question is, Will Krzysztof take the 5th victory in a row in SCL?!”

If that’t not enough, an amateur strongman show will open for the pros, so here’s the address if you’ll be in town: Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO, Laisves ave. 5, Vilnius, Lithuania

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The 2014 edition of the McPherson (Kansas) Highland Games continued in the strong traditional established over the years and IHGF CEO Francis Brebner called the action for IronMind.

Jon Hereth’s performance caught Francis Brebner’s eye and Brebner marked him for the future: “Jon Hereth will be the new rising star of the future, I predict, if he keeps at it!” IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo



Jon Hereth’s performance caught Francis Brebner’s eye and Brebner marked him for the future: “Jon Hereth will be the new rising star of the future, I predict, if he keeps at it!” IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo





2014 McPherson Highland Games
by Francis Brebner

CEO, International Highland Games Federation (IHGF)
 
It was a record-breaking weekend at the 2014 McPherson Highland Games in McPherson, Kansas, yet another successful games for its acclaim.  From opening until closing, the games were action-packed with pipe bands, Highland dancing, folk music, clans, and much more.
 
These games have a fascinating history—they were first started as an exhibition by former pro athlete Al Myers and have grown over the years into one of the leading games in Kansas under the guidance of athletic directors Dave and Gunner Glasgow and Larry and Terri Ventress. The first official year of the established games was 1994, and before that were many years of annual samplers (small evening shows) that Al Myers put on. The first year of the festival came together when the world annual McPherson clan gathering took place in McPherson, Kansas, and its success turned it into an annual festival, which has blossomed into one of the best games in the state of Kansas, according to Al Myers:  “The first year we had many guys there who later turned into big names in the games, Ryan Vierra, Dave Brown, and Karl Dodge to name a few. Dave Glasgow and the Ventresses have done superb work in building the games the past several years, and each year they only get better.”

The highlight of the weekend was the heavy events, with a total of 54 athletes taking part in 9 events over two days of heated competition with no fewer than 16 ground records.
 
On Saturday, a total of 28 athletes took to the field for the men’s amateur A & B groups, the women’s masters, and the women’s amateur class.
 
In the men’s A group, rising stars Jonathan Hereth and Skylar Arneson did battle, garnering four wins each. Arneson, who is competing in his second season of Highland games, has made a huge improvement over last year’s throwing; and Hereth, who has been only training for the past eight months, was very impressive to watch in his overall performance. Both have a great future in the sport if they continue, that is for sure.
 
In the 22-lb. Braemar stone, Hereth and Arneson went at it round after round with mere inches separating the two, with Hereth coming out on top with a putt of 35’ 6”. Second place was Arneson at 35’ 2” and third Matt Thompson at 32’ 11”.

In the 16-lb. open stone Arneson proved a force to be reckoned with as he blasted out a putt of 48’ 10” for the win. Second was Hereth with 44’ 10” and third Thompson at 39’ 8”.

The 28-lb. weight for distance was a very close contest once again, with Hereth pulling off his second victory with a throw of 68’ 2”, followed by Arneson at 67’ 10” and Thomson at 65’.
                                                                                                                                                           
In the 56-lb. weight for distance, Hereth threw a bomb of 32’ 11” to secure his third win.  Thompson came second with 30’ 7” and Arneson third at 27’ 4”.

The hammers were very close between the two leaders, with Arneson winning the 16-lb. hammer with a throw of 105’ 1” to Hereth’s 104’ 6”. The 22-lb. hammer win went again to Arneson, but Hereth made him work for the winning distance of 87’ 10”, following close behind with 87’ 5”.

The 56-lb. weight over the bar was big event for Arneson as he delivered 14’ 6”, a personal best by over 2’ 6”, for the win. Hereth did 13’ 6” and Thompson 12’.

The caber, measuring at 17’ 10” in length and 135-lb., was won by Thom Van Vleck with a perfect 12:00 toss; Thomson was second with one 12:00 and Andy Stout third with 9:00.

The final event, the sheaf toss, was won by Thompson on countback at a height of 26’, with Hereth second, also at 26’ and Stout third, at 22’.  
 
The crowds continued to be wowed in the lightweight class (under 200 lb.), with Jeremy Irvin setting a total of four ground records. His overall performance was outstanding: Braemar stone 31’; open stone 37’ 5”; 28-lb. weight for distance 57’ 11”; 42-lb. weight for distance 40’ 1/4”; 16-lb. hammer 102’ 11”; 22-lb. hammer 78’ 4’; 42-lb. weight over the bar 14’; 16-lb. sheaf 25’; and a perfect 12:00 caber toss.

The women’s masters 50-plus category was won by Terri Ventress, just recently back from the Masters World Championships in Inverness, Scotland where she won her third women’s world masters title, who had a clean sweep of all nine events.

In the woman’s 40-plus group, Melanie Mellinger put up a great performance as she added four ground records to her credit, winning eight out of nine events.

In the masters 50-plus division, Thom Van Vleck, also just back from the Masters World Championships where he placed third overall in his category, was in fine form, setting four ground records and winning all nine events.

MILO author Thom Van Vleck was a standout in the Masters +50 division. IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo
MILO author Thom Van Vleck was a standout in the Masters +50 division. IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo

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Trencin, Slovakia will host the historic Sword of Matúš Čák strongman competition this Saturday.

European strongman competitors will lock horns in Trencin, Slovakia on Saturday in the Sword of Matúš Čák. IronMind® | Image courtesy of Pavel Guga
European strongman competitors will lock horns in Trencin, Slovakia on Saturday in the Sword of Matúš Čák. IronMind® | Image courtesy of Pavel Guga


“European strongmen will fight for the trophy in difficult disciplines—referee Paul Guga and organizer Milan Gabrhel look forward to another year of this event,” IronMind was told today.

Competitors
Nemanja Tasič - Serbia
Michael Votter - Austria
Denis Kohlruss - Germany
Jirko Žaloudek - Czech republic
Radek Paták - Czech republic
Lukáš Svoboda - Czech republic
Robert Cyrwus - Poland
Konstantin Ilyin - Ukraine
Igor Petrík - Slovakia
Maroš Kostelanský - Slovakia

Events
Medley: 150-kg sword + 100-kg keg
Farmer’s walk: 150 kg
Atlas stones: 150, 170, 190 kg
Tire flip: 600 kg
Power stairs: 200, 240, 260 kg

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Incheon, South Korea—No world records, but Behdad Salimi (Iran) turned in an outstanding performance to win the +105 kg category at the Asian Games tonight.

Attacking his own world record in the snatch, Behdad Salimi had 215 kg overhead, but could not fix the bar. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Attacking his own world record in the snatch, Behdad Salimi had 215 kg overhead, but could not fix the bar. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Salimi won the class by a whopping 40 kg and took a good shot at snatching 215 kg. He opened with 241 kg in the clean and jerk, for a successful lift, and then made another good lift with 255 kg on his second attempt—for a 465-kg total and a clean sweep of the Asian Games weightlifting records in the +105 kg category.

Salimi passed on his third attempt, and the plan is for him to be in even better shape for the World Weightlifting Championships, so stay tuned for more fireworks in Almaty later this year.  
                                                           
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“Krzysztof Radzikowski won the MHP/SCL Romania, the 4th in a row—only Zydrunas Savickas has won 4 SCL competitions in a row, but now Krzysztof Radzikowski did the same,” Marcel Mostert reported to IronMind.



Ilkka Kinnunen: “Here is a great shot of the Bus Pull in Romania. As you can see it was raining like hell, but we all survived and the IronMind harness did the job :-).” IronMind® | ©Silvana Armat, courtesy of SCL

Ilkka Kinnunen: “Here is a great shot of the Bus Pull in Romania. As you can see it was
raining like hell, but we all survived and the IronMind harness did the job :-).” IronMind® | ©Silvana Armat, courtesy of SCL



“Last weekend in Sibiu, Romania, he took the victory over a two-day competition.
The first day it was raining, the second day was shiny and full of sun, especially for Krzysztof.
 
“It all began with a start in the rain during the Bus Pull. The rain was an extra disadvantage for the athletes because it made the event very difficult on a slippery surface, but the pictures looked awesome. So was the  the crowd that stayed until the bitter end in the rain. At least 5,000 spectators were witness of the great spectacle the MHP Strongman Champions League showed here for the first time in their city.
 
“The events were heavy, especially the deadlift with a van of 2200 kg to lift. Until the last event, Ervin Katona was leading, one point ahead of Krzysztof. Unfortunately , Ervin injured his left biceps during the stones, so he had to give up his leading position and the win overall to Krzysztof.

“Ervin and Martin ended both at 50 points, but Ervin had more wins and took second place overall.
 
But, because Martin Wildauer ended third in overall, Ervin Katona was able to take over the yellow MHP leader shirt in the SCL ranking. He leads now with 162 points, two points ahead of Martin and 15 points ahead of Krzysztof.

“It will be exciting until the MHP Strongman Champions League finals on November 15 in Malaysia: Who will be crowned as the absolute world champion 2014?
 
“Overall, it was a great contest, the stage was great and the spectators did love to see the big strongmen in their town—all perfectly done by the organization in Sibiu, so we loved to work with them and we will be back there for sure next year!
 
Final Results
 
1.   Krzysztof Radzikowski - Poland              53
2.   Ervin Katona - Serbia                              50
3.   Martin Wildauer – Austria                     50
4.   Marius Lalas – Lithuania                         48.5
5.   Matjaz Belsak – Slovenia                        46.5
6.   Dainis Zageris - Latvia                             42.5
7.   Alex Moonen - Holland                         32.5
8.   Lauri Nami – Estonia                              25
9.   Vladimir Comorovschi – Romania         19
10. Alex Argentinau- Romania                     12
          
The next stage of the MHP Strongman Champions League is in Vilnius, Lithuania, October 4 and 5.”

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Saying he “was inspired by seeing Paul Knight bend an IronMind Red Nail,” Juha Lehtimäki has officially done likewise and his name added to the Red Nail Roster.

25-year old Juha Lehtimäki is the latest man to be certified on the IronMind Red nail. He is 190 cm (about 6’ 3”) tall and weighs 93 kg (about 205 lb.). IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Juha Lehtimäki
25-year old Juha Lehtimäki is the latest man to be certified on the IronMind Red nail. He is 190 cm (about 6’ 3”) tall and weighs 93 kg (about 205 lb.). IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Juha Lehtimäki


He began bending steel “about six months ago,” so we’re confident that Paul Knight would be proud of these results. How’s he train? Juha told IronMind, “I warm up shoulders and wrist, then I bend different pieces of steel from easy ones to the IronMind Red nail or harder.

“I'm the father of three children and they inspire me every day. My main social goal is to make grip-sport and steel bending popular in Finland. My main social goal is to make grip-sport and steel bending popular in Finland. My next goal after the Red Nail is certification on the Captains of Crush No. 3 [gripper].”

Congratulations, Juha, and many thanks to Jyrki Rantanen for refereeing Juha’s official attempt.

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Incheon, South Korea—For a while, it looked a Kazakh not named Ilya Ilin was going to win the 94-kg class in weightlifting at the Asian Games tonight, but on the last attempt of the class, Liu Hao (China) snatched (cleaned and jerked?) victory from Almas Uteshov (Kazakhstan).



He had been celebrating each lift all night, but when he sank the putt on the final clean and jerk of the 94-kg class Liu Hao could celebrate for real—he’d just won the gold medal. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
He had been celebrating each lift all night, but when he sank the putt on the final clean and jerk of the 94-kg class Liu Hao could celebrate for real—he’d just won the gold medal. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Liu, who was the heavier lifter, edged Uteshov by one kilo: He did 173/221 for a 394-kg total, compared to Uteshov’s 175/218 for a 393-kg total. Lee Changho (South Korea) got the bronze medal via 160/207 for a 367-kg total.

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Incheon, South Korea—He had the last attempt in the 85-kg class and Tian Tao (China) didn’t waste it: he hammered a 218-kg clean and jerk for all the marbles in weightlifting at the Asian Games tonight.

Tian Tao pulls himself under 218 kg for the gold medal. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Tian Tao pulls himself under 218 kg for the gold medal. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo




Tian got off to a rocky start in the snatches as he only made his opener, 163 kg, before sending 168 kg up and over his head on his second and third attempts. At the other end of the spectrum, Sa Jaehyouk (South Korea) managed to save his 165-kg first attempt even though his toes were coming off the platform as he fought for control. Jumping to 171 kg on his second attempt, he had make a similar adjustment but not as dramatic, and with all that good fortune, he passed on his third attempt. Kianoush Rostami (Iran) missed 166 kg on his opener, made it on his second attempt, and then hit 172 kg on his final attempt.

The wheels came off the car for Sa Jaehhyouk in the clean and jerk as the made strong cleans with 207 kg (twice) and 210 kg, but missed the jerk each time. Rostami made an easy 208 kg on his first attempt but then missed the jerk twice with 212 kg, after strong cleans.

Meanwhile Tian, who had made 205 kg and then missed 211 kg, was waiting in the wings—the way he handled the winning 218 kg, it looked as if he could break the world record in the clean and jerk any time he wanted to. 


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Incheon, South Korea—It was expected to be a cakewalk for Lyu Xiaojun (China) in the 77-kg category of weightlifting at the Asian Games, but that’s not how things turned out.

Gold medal lift: after missing the jerk twice with 200 kg, Lyu Xiaojun showed his grit by making a good lift with the weight on his third attempt. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Gold medal lift: after missing the jerk twice with 200 kg, Lyu Xiaojun showed his grit by making a good lift with the weight on his third attempt. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Lyu’s opening snatch, 165 kg, looked like a warmup for the superstar, and so did 170 kg on his second attempt. Lyu called for 175 kg on his third attempt, just one kilo below his world record, and made the lift with such command that if he another attempt and called for 180 kg, it might not have been smart to bet against him making it.

In the clean and jerk, Lyu opened with 200 kg and cleaned as if he were an express elevator. He punched up the jerk, squatted for what looked like an easy attempt, but then he lost the jerk as he was starting to recover—a big surprise, to say the least, and when his second attempt was a repeat of this pattern, the crowd gasped.

Visibly concerned, Lyu came out for his third attempt, gave his usual quick bow to the audience before walking onto the platform, and it was apparent that he was going to micromanage the attempt: another strong clean, the squat jerk, the bar overhead for the third time, staying in the squat once again before starting up. Grimacing as he recovered, there was a sense that Lyu was willing the bar to stay fixed, and he did.

He looked like a champion in the snatch and by coming through under extreme pressure in the clean and jerk, Lyu Xiaojun proved that he was. 

Not to be overlooked, Kim Kwangsong (North Korea), who had snatched 168 kg, called for 207 kg on his third attempt in the clean and jerk, in a bid to overtake Lyu: he racked the weight, struggled to recover and then dumped the bar after he managed to stand up.

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

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


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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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




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



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

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

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

New to mas wrestling? Here are the rules.

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

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


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

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

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



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




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

                                                  

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final Scores
1.  Dan McKim   8795

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

6.  Jeff Kaste  7845

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

11.  Jimmy Van De Walle 7425 

12. Dan Williams        6218

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

    

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

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

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




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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

                                                  

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Nicole Geissler is the Strongest Woman of Germany
by Aryn Lockhart

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final results:

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

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

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

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


World Arm Lifting Association: 2014 Moscow Competition
by Juha Harju

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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




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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 


Start List

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

Events
- Log Lift medley

- Tractor pull

- Shield carry

- Deadlift

- Fingers+tire flip
- Medley

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

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



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


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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Following are some highlights from the official announcement.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Overall placings

1. Krzysztof Radzikowski
2. Martin Wildauer

3. Vidas Bleikatis

4. Grzegorz Szymański

5. Dainis Zageris

6. Rauno Heinla

7. Robert Cyrwus

8. Alex Moonen

9. Ole Martin Hansen

10. Antti Mourujärvi

11. Rob Frampton

12. Simon Johnston

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

as well as:

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


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

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


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

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

For more details, please visit the official Facebook page.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

               

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To see more images from Croatia click here.


Final results:

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

3.   Krzysztof Radzikowski         Poland        48.5  

4.   Matjaž Belšak        Slovenia    47      

5.   Dainis Zageris         Latvia        42.5   

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

8.   Simon Johnston        Wales        27.5      

9.   Milan Dotlic        Croatia        16   

10. Adin Arnaut        Bosnia        11     

11. Michael Vrilic        Australia    8 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Here are the athletes already confirmed to compete:

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

Jürgen Garschall - Austria

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