“Two athletes of the Professional Strongman League of Ukraine (PSLU) will compete in the Arnold Amateur [strongman world championships] and before their departure we organized a record show in Kiev,” PSLU Vice President Alexander Glyvynskyy told IronMind today.
World’s Strongest Man winner and president of the Professional Strongman League of Ukraine Vasyl Virastyuk leads everyone in a song. That’s Sergiy Konyushok to the left of Virastyuk. Photo courtesy of PSLU.
“Remembering about previous discussions, we invited head of the national ‘Records Book of Ukraine,’ [and this] event was observed and results was confirmed by this official gentleman.”
Ukrainian Strongmen Beat Records
by Alexander Glyvynskyy
Vice President, PLSU
Preparing for the Arnold Amateur World Strongman Championships, which will be hold during Arnold Sports Festival on the 3-6 of March in Columbus (Ohio, USA), Ukrainian strongmen Sergiy Konyushok and Oleksandr Lashyn have put their names to the national “Record book of Ukraine.” Both athletes of the Professional Strongman League of Ukraine achieved best results in the country with different equipment but with the same weight.
Konuyshok made 3 reps with 145-kg log in 30 seconds and Lashyn 4 reps in 60 seconds lifted 145 kg on an axle. This weight and equipment were chosen by PLSU according the Arnold Strongman Amateur tournament program that includes Log Lift and Ironmind Axle with almost the same weight.
Sergiy Konyushok and Oleksandr Lashyn have achieved the national records that was confirmed by referee Vasyl Virastyuk (president of the Professional Strongman League of Ukraine) and head of the national “Record book of Ukraine” Igor Pidchibiy. Athletes competed “without records” in 350 kg Side Handle Deadlift. Lashyn made 14 reps in 60 seconds and Konyushok made 15 reps, with the time enough left make more reps.
30 mass-media representatives covered this event that has become the record show and open training session that took place in the fitness-centre “Konyushok Sport” in Kiev, Ukraine.
In conclusion of the sport evening president of the Professional Strongman League of Ukraine Vasyl Virastyuk performed an anthem of the League song Only We Are, together with athletes.
After that, World Strongest Man winner wished to Konuyshok and Lashyn to make good sport performance at the Arnold tournament and gave them some advice:
“I have never thought of victory while performing on the tournament, I have come to the tournament to fight. We are the warriors and we have to prove ourselves, to our fans and to Ukraine that we are real men and we are real athletes. You have to show your character and you fight conditions. Only in this case you can come back home with the feeling that you have done everything you could.”
19.02.2011, Kiev, Fitness centre “Konyushok sport”
Event: Log Lift (145 kg for maximum reps. Time limit: 60 seconds). Athlete: Sergiy Konyushok
Result: 3 reps in 30 second (record of Ukraine). Referee: Vasyl Virastyuk. Confirmed by head of the National Record Book of Ukraine, Igor Pidchibiy.
Event: Axle (145 kg for maximum reps. Time limit: 60 seconds). Athlete: Oleksandr Lashyn. Result: 4 reps in 58.06 second (record of Ukraine). Referee: Vasyl Virastyuk. Confirmed by head of the National Record book of Ukraine Igor Pidchibiy.