Ilkka Kinunnen is set to roll out the Masku Strongman National Series next week, “a four-competition national tour in Finland where the plan is to pick the athletes for the rest of the year’s SCL events and also the top three for Giants Live–Finland, [which is a] World’s Strongest Man qualifier.”
Antti Mourujärvi, shown in last year's Volvo Strongman Cup competition, will be competing the Masku Strongman National Series. IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL.
Giants Live–Finland is on August 13, Kinnunen said, and “It is the last Giants Live event before the World’s Strongest Man,” which means it is the final opportunity to qualify for this World’s Strongest Man 2011.
“The series has collected all the top Finnish strongman athletes,” Kinnunen told IronMind, “so we are going to see some great battles.
“The first competition is starting Friday May 13 in the city of Pori. The week after, on Saturday May 21, we are close to Turku, in Masku. On Wednesday, May 25, the location is in the middle of Finland in a city called Jyväskylä, and the last one is Friday, June 3, in Oulu.
“The event list will be changing a little bit during the series," Kinnunen said, but here are the events for the first competition, in Pori:
• Deadlift for reps
• Log for reps
• Truck pull (harness and rope)
• Farmer’s walk
This is official athlete start list for Masku Strongman National Series:
1. Timo Laine
2. Jarno Kirselä
3. Juha Matti Järvi
4. Topi Frifeldt
5. Jonne Illikainen
6. Harri Peltomaa
7. Tomi Lotta
8. Kai Pasanen
9. Janne Aimasmäki
10. Pedro Karlsson
11. Antti Mourujärvi
12. Henri Peiponen
13. Janne Rahikainen
14. Veli-Pekka Kauhanen
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