Japan’s Kengo Kubota won the Andoy International Masters Highland Games in Nordland, Norway last weekend; and providing a full plate of challenges, a stone carry, tug of war and closing Captains of Crush grippers were also part of the program.
Kengo Kubota (Japan), winner of the Andoy International Masters Highland Games, throwing the hammer. IronMind® | ©Francis Brebner photo.
2013 Andoy International Masters Highland Games
by Francis Brebner
The Andoy International Masters Highland Games were held in Nordland, Norway this past weekend, organized by Sveinung Tangstad, president of the Norwegian Highland Games Federation. A great turnout of spectators enjoyed watching the Highland Games for the very first time in that part of the country.
The international field of masters athletes included Kengo Kubota, Japan; Franklin Brent Abbott, USA; Gert Stegeman, Holland; Wiebe Zeilstra, Friesland; Harry “Opa” Bergsma, Friesland; and Sveinung Tangstad, Norway.
Winners of the events were as follows:
• Kubota: 22-lb. hammer 84’ 9”; 16-lb. hammer 108’ 2-1/2”; 22-lb. Braemar stone 34’ 4”
• Abbott: 28-lb. weight for distance 54’ 1”
• Kubota and Abbot: 42-lb. weight-over-bar 13’ 7”
• Stegeman: caber toss (130 lb. in weight, 18’ long) 80 degrees
|1.||Kengo Kubota (Japan)||10|
|2.||Franklin Brent Abbott (USA)||11|
|3.||Gert Stegeman (Holland)||16|
|4.||Wiebe Zeilsra (Friesland)||27|
|5.||Harry "Opa" Bergsma (Friesland)||27|
|6.||Sveinung Tangstad (Norway)||34|
180-kg Stor-Johan Stone Carry
1. Sveinung Tangstad 36’ 7”
2. Harry “Opa” Bergsma 30’ 8”
3. Gert Stegeman 29’ 4”
4. Viljar Tangstad 18’ 1”
Captains of Crush Gripper Competition
It was a big competition for the Captains of Crush grippers which had about 15 entrants: It was an elimination which started with the CoC No, 1 then the CoC No. 1.5, followed by the CoC No. 2 and then the CoC No. 2.5, which was the highest that anybody did. Tord Jensen won the Highland Games Masters Captains of Crush competition by succeeding with the CoC No. 2.5 gripper.
Tug o’ War
1. Torsdagsklubben Øksnes (coached by the mayor of Øksnes)
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