SAWO Open Grip Competition

Finnish record holder in Rolling Thunder, Tomi Tuomi is shown competing on the CoC Silver Bullet Hold at the WHEA Finnish Grip Nationals earlier this year. Tuomi is part of the top drawer field competing at the Savco Open Grip Competition next month. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of WHEA Finnish record holder in Rolling Thunder, Tomi Tuomi is shown competing on the CoC Silver Bullet Hold at the WHEA Finnish Grip Nationals earlier this year. Tuomi is part of the top drawer field competing at the SAWO Open Grip Competition next month. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of WHEA

Ace Finnish gripster Jouni Mähönen is hosting the SAWO Open Grip Competition in Iisalmi, Finland on August 12, and given the athletes on board it’s likely to put pressure on some world records.

“Even though this competition is a warm-up to US World Grip Championships 2017, we are expecting top results in a tough competition as the athlete list is awesome—containing most of the top lifters in Finland, along with a few newcomers.

"And they are challenged by Thomas Larsen from Norway,” Mähönen told IronMind. 

Larsen is the current world record holder on the IronMind Blockbuster Pinch Grip Block and Mahonen, by the way, is a past world record holder on the IronMind Hub, plus he is always considered a threat on the CoC Silver Bullet.

Here is the official start list:

Tomi Tuomi
Harri Tolonen (current world recorder holder, IronMind Hub)
Jesse Pynnönen
Jaakko Nikkilä
Arto Joronen
Petri Tapaninaho
Thomas Larsen, NOR (current world record holder, IronMind Blockbuster Pinch Grip Block
Pekka Lähderinne
Tuomo Kärkkäinen
Miika Lappalainne
Niko Junnilainen
Fenne Muhonen
Jouni Mähönen (past world record holder, IronMind Hub)

 
And the events leave no room to hide as they feature benchmarks in the grip strength world:

Rolling Thunder
• IronMind Hub
• IronMind Blockbuster Pinch Grip Block
• Axle deadlift
IronMind Little Big Horn
• CoC Silver Bullet Hold (Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper)

This event is sanctioned by WHEA.

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