THE STRONGEST MAN ALIVE – AFTER A PERFECT SEASON, MATJAZ BELSAK IS THE NEW WORLD CHAMPION OF THE 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:
- Matjaz Belsak, Slovenia – 83.5 pts
- Jean-Francois Caron, Canada – 76.5 pts
- Dainis Zageris, Latvia – 71.5 pts
- Alex Moonen, Holland – 62 pts
- Dennis Kohlruss, Germany – 58.5 pts
- Aivars Smaukstelis, Latvia – 57.5 pts
- Krzysztof Radzikowski, Poland – 54 pts
- Luke Herrick, USA – 49.5 pts
- Sean O’Hagan, Ireland – 42.5 pts
- Will Baggott, England – 33.5 pts
- О. Chavez, Mexico – 20.5 pts
- Juan Ballesteros, Mexico – 13.5 pts
DAINIS “THE TITAN” ZAGERIS SCORES A LAST-MINUTE VICTORY IN MLO SCL GREECE
In the land, considered by many, as the ancient cradle of sports, an epic strongman battle decided the fate of the finalists in the “World Series”. With their excellent results Dainis Zageris, Krzysztof Radzikowski, Dennis Kohlruss, Luke Herrick and Sean O’Hagan qualified for the last stage of MLO SCL in Mexico, where we will find out who is going to be the 2017’s champion of the strongest league.
Last Saturday in Corinth more that 5000 people witnessed one of the best-organized competitions in the calendar of SCL. The local hosts demontrated real olympic traditions in event management, allowing the athletes to enjoy to the fullest Greece’s beauty, nature and delicious food. And thank God the winners had indeed big arms so that they were able to hold their several trophies, appompanied by the traditional for this country laurel wreath.
The show started with the discipline Truck Pull, which was probably the hardest for the athletes since the terrain was quite slippery and the “weight” – a 15 tons brand new Volvo truck. Then the time came for some Log Lifts, with Dainis Zageris and Krzysztof Radzikowski both making the top result of 6 reps. In the Car Deadlift as usual Zageris was without competition, leaving his opponents way behind his back. Dennis Kohlruss and his stunning performance in the team discipline Conan’s wheel pushed him among the Top 3 and during the final event (Loading ) he faced Dainis Zageris in the duel for the first place. Here the Latvian titan displayed amazing speed and carrying techniques that fortified his champion status.
The final stage of MLO SCL “World Series” will be held in Chetumal, Mexico on 24/25/26 November.
MLO SCL GREECE 2017 FINAL RESULTS:
- Dainis Zageris, Latvia – 52.5 pts
- Krzysztof Radzikowski, Poland – 44.5 pts
- Dennis Kohlruss, Germany – 43.5 pts
- Oleksii Novikov, Ukraine – 37.5 pts
- Phil Roberts, England – 37.5 pts
- Luke Herrick, USA – 37 pts
- Jarno Kirselä, Finland – 33.5 pts
- Sean O’Hagan, Ireland – 27.5 pts
- Enzo Tauro, Holland – 26.5 pts
- Will Baggott, England – 26 pts
- Rich DeStefani, USA – 19 pts
- Aurelien Le Jeune, France –
BACK ON TOP – DAINIS ZAGERIS WINS IN CURACAO, SILVER AND BRONZE FOR KEVIN FAIRES AND LUKE HERRICK
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:
- Dainis Zageris, Latvia – 53 pts
- Kevin Faires, USA – 47 pts
- Luke Herrick, USA – 45 pts
- Tiago Aparecido, Brasil – 42.5 pts
- Jimmy Paquet, Canada – 40.5 pts
- Alex Moonen, Holland – 40 pts
- Marcos Ferrari, Brasil – 35 pts
- Niko Vesterinen, Finland – 35 pts
- Enzo Tauro, Holland – 34.5 pts
- Sean O’Hagan, Ireland – 32 pts
AIVARS SMAUKSTELIS LANDED HIS FIRST VICTORY THIS SEASON IN MLO SCL ROMANIA
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:
- Aivars Smaukstelis, Latvia – 48.5 pts
- Phil Roberts, England – 42.5 pts
- Sucman Rodion, Moldova – 41.5 pts
- Alex Moonen, Holland – 39.5 pts
- Krzysztof Radzikowski, Poland – 37.5 pts
- Daniel Gracia, UK – 37.5 pts
- Mika Torro, Finland – 34.5 pts
- Vladimir Comorovschi, Romania – 32.5 pts
- Dennis Kohlruss, Germany – 28.5 pts
- Erik Karácsondi, Hungary – 23.5 pts
4 AND STILL COUNTING – MATJAZ BELSAK SCORES ANOTHER CRUSHING VICTORY IN SCL FINLAND
21 August 2017 -By MLO Nutrition
This season is going pretty much flawless for Matjaz Belsak, who last weekend managed to extend his gold medal collection with one more trophy. The event in Vaasa quicky became a real test for the athletes due to the harsh weather conditions. The chilly temperature and pouring rain on Day 1 raised the level of difficulty in every single discipline, allowing the participants to show what a true strongman is made of – uncompromising determination, fierce self-control and huge heart.
Matjaz Belsak, and this goes without saying, displayed again an array of great skills and techniques. His energy throughout the competition kept him on top of the ranking and his final result of 80.5 points – 11 more than the second Dainis Zageris (69.5), represented well the actual ratio of forces in Finland.
Zageris, the champion of MLC SCL 2016, made a great comeback after he had to miss a couple of strongman events this year in order to recover properly from a health ailment. In Vaasa The Latvian Titan seemed more than satisfied to redeem his place amongst the top three athletes and beat with just half a point Krzysztof Radzikowski (69) in the battle for the silver medal.
FINAL RESULTS FROM MLO SCL FINLAND 2017:
- Matjaz Belsak, Slovenia – 80.5 pts
- Dainis Zageris, Latvia – 69.5 pts
- Krzysztof Radzikowski, Poland – 69 pts
- Gunnar Gimbutas, Estonia – 60.5 pts
- Antti Mourujarvi, Finland – 59 pts
- Rich DeStefani, USA – 50 pts
- Alex Moonen, Holland – 48 pts
- Dennis Kohlruss, Germany – 48 pts
- Sean O’Hagan, Ireland – 46 pts
- Daniel Gracia, UK – 36.5 pts
JF CARON VICTORIOUS ON HOME SOIL, BELSAK EXTENDS OVERALL LEAD
28 July -2017 by MLO Nutrition:
Canada’s Strongest Man Jean-Francois Caron celebrates his debut in MLO SCL Canada with remarkable victory over 2017 MLO Strongman Champions League leader Matjaz Belsak. In fact, this was Caron`s second win from two starts! Success in Canada shuttles him to 4th place in 2017 MLO SCL overall standings with 50 points.
Matjaz Belsak who saw his fragile lead after Day 1 diminished by Caron, wasn`t very upset in the end, because the second place extended his overall advantage to 41 pts. ahead of his closest rival, Graham Hicks of England, after first 6 stages of this year`s MLO Strongman Champions League.
Belsak literally made home crowd wild, after setting new World Record in 102,5 kg. Dumbbell One Arm Press with 9 repetitions in 60 seconds! This however, wasn`t enough to stay on top of the field after decisive wins of JF Caron in Overhead keg throw and Farmer`s walk. The second best Canadian, Jimmy Paquet, show strong display in all events to finish 3rd on podium, just 1.5 points behind of Belsak.
Now MLO SCL Tour returns in Europe, with the next round in Vaasa, Finland to be held on 19/20 August.
FINAL RESULTS FROM 2017 MLO SCL CANADA:
- Jean-Francois Caron, Canada – 75 pts.
- Matjaz Belsak, Slovenia – 69 pts.
- Jimmy Paquet, Canada – 67.5 pts.
- Sean O’Hagan, Ireland – 56 pts.
- Stefan Solvi Petursson, Iceland – 52.5 pts.
- Lucain Herrick, USA – 42.5 pts.
- Spenser Remick, USA – 40.5 pts.
- Terry Hollands, England – 39.5 pts.
- Will Baggott, England – 32 pts.
- Aurelien Le Jeune, France – 17pts.
- Alex Moonen, Holland – 8.5 pts. (Injury)
MATJAZ BELSAK SCORES HIS THIRD VICTORY : MLO SCL SERBIA 2017
22July 2017 – By MLO Nutrition
“After a few years of competing in the MLO Strongman Champions League, Matjaz Belsak seens to have his body in control now as he won his second SCL stage ever, the SCL Holland 2017,” SCL director Marcel Mostert told IronMindThis is is Belsaak’s second SCL victory on the 2017 tour, as he won the SCL Fibo in Germany earlier this year.
“It is always a very tough competition in Holland and this year we created a new event, the Chain Pull, and Matjaz did a fantastic job to win it,” said Mostert. Grzegorz Szymanski was second and Alex Moonen was third.
“The contest was very exiting until the last moment, with Graham Hicks in the lead, but he dropped down to fifth place overall during the last event: Loading Medley. And moving the opposite direction, Alex Moonen went from fifth to third because of his strong performance in this event.
“Dennis Kohlruss from Germany got 4th place overall again, same as in previous stage, SCL Lithuania.
“Eric Dawson was a bit disappointing as title defender from last year, he became 7th this year, but the new Finn, Mika Torro, had a great debut in his first SCL ever as the 207 cm high ‘El Toro’ finished 9th place overall and he was very happy with that.Great event overall, exciting and a big crowd as usual—next year a new chance, with Matjaz as title defender.
|1. Matjaz Belsak||Slovenia||60.5|
|2. Grzegorz Szymanski||Poland||57|
|3. Alex Moonen||Holland||55|
|4. Dennis Kohlruss||Germany||53|
|5. Graham Hicks||England||52.5|
|6. Aivars Smaukstelis||Latvia||52|
|7. Eric Dawson||U.S.A.||46|
|8. Enzo Tauro||Holland||40|
|9. Mika Torro||Finland||36|
|10. Sean O’Hagan||Ireland||35|
|11. Lauri Nami||Estonia||27||Eliminated after 5 events|
|12. Jorgen Auckland||Norway||21||Eliminated after 5 events|
|13. Randolf Pander||Holland||10||Eliminated after 3 events|
|14. Marionchello Soleana||Curacao||9||Eliminated after 3 events|
“The next and 5th stage of the MLO strongman Champions League will be at 22 July in Serbia.
See you there,” said Mostert.