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MATJAZ BELSAK IS THE NEW WORLD CHAMPION OF MLO STRONGMAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2017

Watching Matjaz Belsak’s winning quest throughout the year, it was very difficult to image how he could be stopped on his way to the ultimate championship title in 2017. Fierce hard worker, always striving for improvement and further progress, this Slovenian power athlete arrived to the World Finals in Mexico with one single purpose. The rest is history.

Belsak dominated in almost every discipline in the event, except “Car Deadlift” (won by J.F Caron with 10 repetitions), “Front Hold” (first place for Luke Herrick) and “One-Arm Kettlebell Throw” (where Dennis Kohlruss registered 5.10m with 26kg weight). Matjaz was absolutely unbelievable in the dumbbell discipline and as a result he set a new world record – 14 repetition for 60 seconds with 95kg weight. In addition Belsak was ahead of everyone in “Carry and Drag”, “Bus Pull” and “The Medley”.

The champion for 2016 Dainis Zageris tried to catch up with the tempo, but in the end he finished the competition 3th with 71.5 pts. After he almost made it to the Top 3 podium last year, in 2017’s World Finals the mighty J.R Caron from Canada at last took his well-deserved silved medal.

MLO would like to express deep gratitude to our partners from Strongman Champions League and to all the strongman athletes, involved in season 2017. It’s been a pleasure and privilege to work with such professionalists and genuinely great guys as you!

RESULTS MLO SCL WORLD FINALS MEXICO:

  1. Matjaz Belsak, Slovenia – 83.5 pts
  2. Jean-Francois Caron, Canada – 76.5 pts
  3. Dainis Zageris, Latvia – 71.5 pts
  4. Alex Moonen, Holland – 62 pts
  5. Dennis Kohlruss, Germany – 58.5 pts
  6. Aivars Smaukstelis, Latvia – 57.5 pts
  7. Krzysztof Radzikowski, Poland – 54 pts
  8. Luke Herrick, USA – 49.5 pts
  9. Sean O’Hagan, Ireland – 42.5 pts
  10. Will Baggott, England – 33.5 pts
  11. О. Chavez, Mexico – 20.5 pts
  12. Juan Ballesteros, Mexico – 13.5 pts

DAINIS ZAGERIS WINS IN CURACAO, SILVER AND BRONZE FOR KEVIN FAIRES AND LUKE HERRICK

BACK ON TOP – DAINIS ZAGERIS WINS IN CURACAO, SILVER AND BRONZE FOR KEVIN FAIRES AND LUKE HERRICK

DATE: 13 / 10 / 2017

With only two months left till the grand final in MLO Strongman Champions League, you can bet that from now on every stage of these series will be more than crucial.

In the latest Curacao event, the title-holder in 2016 – Dainis Zageris, again showed beyond doubt how when it is not troubled by traumas, his body is unstoppable. True to the strategy he has been following in most of his victorious contests, Zageris won his crown discipline Car Deadlift, where he literally blew away his rivals, and in the other rounds managed to qualify between second and forth place. That’s how “The Titan” overall final result pumped up to 53 points, making him the Strongman conquer of sunny Curacao.

A lot could be said also about Kevin Faires, who finished second. After his richly decorated career in 105 kg League, from 2017 Kevin is competing side by side with the leaders in SLC and he indeed gives them a really hard time. Positively, Fairis was the most pleasant surprise in Curacao and his performance on Mambo Beach will long be praised and talked about. Meanwhile, Kevin’s fellow American Luke Herrick added to his records another well-deserved bronze medal, just like he did earlier this year in MLO SCL Norway.

Honorable mentions as well for Jimmy Paquet – winner in the discipline Front Hold and Tiago Aparecido from Brasil with his outstanding mastery in what turned out to be the ultimately spectacular event in Curacao – Team Rope Pull On Sand.

The next stage of MLO SCL is Jordan Worlchampionships Truckpull, on 20 October

FINAL RESULTS FROM MLO SCL CURACAO 2017:

  1. Dainis Zageris, Latvia – 53 pts
  2. Kevin Faires, USA – 47 pts
  3. Luke Herrick, USA – 45 pts
  4. Tiago Aparecido, Brasil – 42.5 pts
  5. Jimmy Paquet, Canada – 40.5 pts
  6. Alex Moonen, Holland – 40 pts
  7. Marcos Ferrari, Brasil – 35 pts
  8. Niko Vesterinen, Finland – 35 pts
  9. Enzo Tauro, Holland – 34.5 pts
  10. Sean O’Hagan, Ireland – 32 pts

AIVARS SMAUKSTELIS LANDED HIS FIRST VICTORY THIS SEASON IN MLO SCL ROMANIA

AIVARS SMAUKSTELIS LANDED HIS FIRST VICTORY THIS SEASON IN MLO SCL ROMANIA

DATE: 19 / 09 / 2017

Situated in the very heart of the Carpathian Mountains, Sibiu is a Romanian town, where you can really enjoy the perfect mix of nature, history and urban beauty. As a bonus, the climate here is pleasantly mild, offering some of the best weather conditions for a strongman event around Europe. All this, without doubt, set the mood for the high results and showtime vibes in Stage 11 of Strongman Champions League.

The competition in Sibiu was organized in six different disciplines. The first one – Car Hold, was dominated by Sucman Rodion, who managed to take an early lead against his main opponents and with few strategic moves later in the game, he succeeded in winning the 3th place.

However, the focal point in the event was the discipline Atlas Stones. Throughout the whole tournament Aivars Smaukstelis showed steady scores that kept him in the front line of the ranking, but it was in Atlas Stones where his first big victory in MLO SCL was forged. The Latvian strongman and Alex Moonen from Holland both put on display their amazing strength and spirit, once they faced the heaviest rounded weights. Still, the advantage this day was on Smaukstelis’ side and his victory in the discipline crowned him as the winner of MLO SCL Romania 2017.

The silver went to Phil Roberts from England, who this time made his way to the top 3, after he finished 4th in MLO SCL Serbia earlier this year.

The next round of MLO SCL will take place in Curacao, on 8 October

FINAL RESULTS FROM MLO SCL ROMANIA 2017:

  1. Aivars Smaukstelis, Latvia – 48.5 pts
  2. Phil Roberts, England – 42.5 pts
  3. Sucman Rodion, Moldova – 41.5 pts
  4. Alex Moonen, Holland – 39.5 pts
  5. Krzysztof Radzikowski, Poland – 37.5 pts
  6. Daniel Gracia, UK – 37.5 pts
  7. Mika Torro, Finland – 34.5 pts
  8. Vladimir Comorovschi, Romania – 32.5 pts
  9. Dennis Kohlruss, Germany – 28.5 pts
  10. Erik Karácsondi, Hungary – 23.5 pts