Finnish gripsters continued their tradition of grip-strength excellence at the 2019 Finnish Grip Nationals and produced a world record on the IronMind Hub: Harri Tolonen recaptured his position at the top of the ladder by hitting 44.80 kg on this classic test of pinch grip strength.
Finnish gripster Harri Tolonen recaptured the world record on the IronMind Hub with this lift of 44.80 kg. IronMind® | ©heavyevents
2019 Finnish Grip Nationals
by Jyrki Rantanen, WHEA
The 2019 Finnish Grip Nationals were held on February 10 at the Turku Fairs Centre. The 5-event show went smoothly in 3 hours and along with finding our the champions of the year, we got a new world record as Harri Tolonen took back his IronMind Hub record with the result of 44.80 kg. He also tried to break 100-lb. barrier, but that was a little too much this time.
Along with the world record, we saw very decent results such as 5 men going 80 kg or more with the Little Big Horn and good overall level on the CoC Silver Bullet, including two times with with the Captains of Crushj No. 4 gripper (Tolonen 19.47 sec and Mähönen 5.19, along with 6 other guys going to 10-30 second range with the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper.
Along with good results, we welcomed some newcomers from strongman to grip competitions, too, and surely the tough Finnish level will be spread around more after these guys get a little more event training under their belts.
In the women’s class we had bad luck with the flu season as Jaana Tanner and a few others needed to stay home for the competition day due health issues.
The top name comeback was to see Timo Lauttamus in Nationals after a long time—he came tight 2nd in -100kg class and produced excellent results like 95-kg Rolling Thunder lift etc.
The competition was judged excellently by Lucas Lindberg and his assistants.
Follow this link to Harri Tolonen's 44.80-kg world record on the IronMind Hub.
The national champions 2019 are as follows:
Overall Men: Harri Tolonen
Men -70kg: Henri Kärkkäinen, -85kg Fenne Muhonen, -100kg Niko Junnilainen, 100kg+ Harri Tolonen and masters 40+ Jyrki Rantanen
Women -65kg and overall Milla Kaikkonen
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