Set in Hungary’s LikeFest, the 2012 IHGF World Highland Games Strength Challenge Championships came down to the last event—Ireland’s Jonathan Kelly prevailed and took the title.
Ireland’s Jonathan Kelly won the IHGF World Highland Games Strength Challenge Championships, along with the IHGF World Amateur Caber Tossing Championships. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Francis Brebner.
Mike Miller (Canada) won the Braemar Stone with a put of 37’ 1/2”, with Janne Hartinkainen (Finland) coming in second and Csaba Meszaros (Hungary) getting third place.
Next was the 105-kg Mill Stone Press: Jonathan Kelly won by doing 5 reps within the 90-second time limit; Alexander Cortean was second and Csaba Meszaros was third.
Tossing the 16’ 6”, 105-lb. caber was the next challenge and Kelly repeated as the winner (also earning the 2012 IHGF World Amateur Caber Tossing Championships title in the process). Michael Wohlrab (Australia) was second and Casaba Meszaros was third.
An Atlas Stone Carry wrapped up the first day’s competition and Janne Hartikainen “dominated this event with an incredible performance,” Francis Brebner reported to IronMind. Tibor Kiss (Hungary) was second and Csaba Meszaros was third.
Day two opened with the 56-lb. weight for height, which was won by Csaba Meszaros (15’ 1-1/4”), with Kelly getting second place and Wohlrab third.
In the 13-kg Hungarian Hammer it was very close between the top thHungary's Csaba Meszroas won the 13-kg Hungarian Hammer with a distance of 74' 8". Kelly was second and Hartikainen was third.
Kelly won the Loading Medley (with Hartikainen second and Meszaros third) and then Miller won the 28-lb. for distance (Hartikainen second, Kelly third)—setting up a battle coming into the final event, lifting an Atlas Stones over a four-foot bar for reps, as Meszaros led Kelly by 1/2 point (with Hartikainen 5 points back).
Kelly won the final event, and thus the contest.
Here are the official scores.
|1.||Jonathan Kelly (Ireland)||84.0|
|2.||Csaba Meszaros (Hungary)||80.0|
|3.||Janne Hartikainen (Finland)||79.5|
|4.||Tibor Kiss (Hungary)||65.5|
|5.||Mike Miller (Canada)||49.5|
|6.||Michael Wohlrab (Austria)||49.0|
|7.||Javier Melfor (Holland)||48.5|
|8.||Adam Daruzs (Hungary)||40.0|
|9.||Alexander Cortean (Romania)||38.5|
|10.||Marco Trax (Estonia)||37.5|
|11.||Roni Kecskes (Siberia)
The IHGF’s Francis Brebner told IronMind that organizer Adam Darazs did an outstanding job and the support of Hungarian politicians George Shemonka and Gyula Budai was instrumental to the competition’s success:
“In all, the IHGF World Highland Games Strength Championships was a huge success—the athletes put up a great show which was filmed by Heni Oxygen Media Ltd and will aired in Europe within the next month.”
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