Alexey Tyukalov (Russia) won the 2018 Rolling Thunder World Championships, along with the Apollon’s Axle Deadlift, the CoC Silver Bullet Hold and Saxon Bar Deadlift, sweeping his way to victory at the Odd Haugen/Armlifting USA grip contest held at the Los Angeles FitExpo.
The Rolling Thunder one-hand deadlift is the cornerstone of armlifting and this success with 117.5 kg, along with being the lightest man, gave Alexey Tyukalov (Russia) the win in Odd Haugen’s grip contest at the Los Angeles FitExpo. IronMind® | ©Randall J. Strossen photo
The Rolling Thunder one-hand deadlift, the cornerstone of armlifting, saw three men—Alexey Tyukalov, Josh Thigpen (USA) and Carl Myerscough (UK)—hit 117.5 kg, and Tyukalov won by being the lightest.
Tyukalov and Myerscough tied at 210 kg on the Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift, so once again the tie was broken on bodyweight and Tyukalov got the nod.
On the CoC Silver Bullet Hold, Tyukalov got the victory via a 15.78-second hold with a Captains of Crush No. 4 gripper. Riccardo Magni (competing in the 220-lb. class) had the top time with a Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper: 19.88 seconds.
Myerscough won the Saxon Bar Deadlift, with a lift of 121 kg.
Tyukalov's performance earned him first place overall in the men’s +220 lb. class, followed by Carl Myerscough and Clay Edgin.
Eric Roussin (Canada) handily won the men’s 220 lb. class, with a performance that included 100 kg on the Rolling Thunder, and Nadia Solis won the women’s category.
Armlifting USA is bringing its grip contests around the US this year, as it travels with the FitExpo to Philadelphia, Chicago, San Jose, Anaheim and San Diego.
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