Mariusz Wins WSMSS Moscow Grand Prix

His victory was never in doubt, but it's official now: Mariusz Pudzianowski won the WSMSS Moscow Grand Prix today, continuing his roll toward the MET-Rx World's Strongest Man contest later this year.

The top six finishers in this two-day contest were:

1. Mariusz Pudzianowski
2. Elbrus Nigmatullin
3. Jessen Paulin
4. Kristin "Boris" Haraldsson
5. Don Pope
6. Odd Haugen

Odd Haugen said that he got off to a disastrous start today, but when the truck pull proved too heavy for most of the competitors, he was able to turn things around, winning the event and pushing himself well up in the final standings. "It helped to be slow and old," Haugen kidded. "Don Pope had a great contest," Haugen added, complimenting the guy who has proven to be a consistently tough performer at the World's Strongest Man contest.

By virtue of their places at this contest, Elbrus Nigmatullin, Jessen Paulin and Boris Haraldsson have qualified for the 2006 MET-Rx World's Strongest Man contest, joining Mariusz Pudzianowski, Jesse Marunde, Terry Hollands and Josh Thigpen - who have already qualified.

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