Krzysztof Radzikowski led after day of the 2015 MHP SCL finals, with he eye fixed on becoming the 2015 Strongman Champions League World Champion.
MHP Strongman Champions League Final Day One
by Ayrn Lockhart/Strongman Rage
Day one is complete here in Antalya, Turkey and the competition is heating up. Krzyzsztof Radzikowski has his eyes set on becoming the World Champion, but Dainis Zagaris doesn’t plan to let that happen. After a day of sightseeing at the Antalya Aquarium, home of the biggest tunnel aquarium, it was time to get to work. Yesterday, two events were completed with three events scheduled for today.
The first event was the front hold which took place on stage in an open air amphitheater. Bjorn Solvang took an impressive first place with 51.17 seconds. Alex Moonen took second 48.53 sec and Krzysztof Radzikowski 47.64 seconds.
The second event was the 95kg dumbbell for reps. True to form, Matjaz Belsak came in first with an impressive 10 reps. Radzikowski took second with nine reps and JF Caron and Marius Lalas tied for third with 8 reps.Tomorrow will be the ultimate crowning of the MHP Strongman Champions League World Champion. With the truckpull, shot put and loading on the beach front, it’s set to be another amazing day with a battle to the very end.
Here are the standings after yesterday’s events:
1. Krzysztof Radzikowski – 17pts
2. Alex Moonen – 15 pts
3. Bjorn Solvang – 13.5 pts
4. Marius Lalas – 11.5 pts
5. Matjaz Belsak – 11 pts
6/7. JF Caron and Dainis Zagaris – 10.5 pts
8. Andreas Altmann – 8 pts
9. Stojan Todorchev – 7pts
10. Adin Anaut – 5pts
Watch IronMind for the final results.
Zach McCarley and Ben Kelsey prevailed at SCL’s World’s Strongest Man under 90 kg/105 kg, respectively, and Kikki Berli has reported on the contest for IronMind.
Zach McCarley (USA) and Ben Kelsey (UK), new SCL World’s Strongest Man u90 & u105
by Kikki Berli
Last weekend SCL World’s Strongest Man u90 and u105 kg was arranged in Spydeberg, Norway. 52 athletes from 25 nations were qualified for the big competition that Tim Enersen, Norway’s Strongest Man u90 kg, was in charge of.
The qualifier for the finals was held Saturday, with three events on the schedule. The events were Apollon’s Axle for reps (120/130 kg, 60 sec), farmers walk (120/130 kg, 2×20 m) and tyre flip (360/400 kg, 6 flips) The twelve strongest men in each class were qualified for the finals the next day.
At noon the next day 24 very excited men were gathered in Spydeberghallen. The TV crew was getting their cameras and mics ready, the competition crew was getting the arena ready and audience started to fill the tribunes. You could feel the testosterone in the air as the athletes were warming up backstage and the air was vibrating with excitement. First event was Apollons Axle, last man standing. The start weight for the u90 kg class was 130 kg, and then the weight was increased by ten kg for each round. The current world record in the u90 kg class was 160, and Zach McCarley from USA was determined to set a new record during the comp. He did 165 kg easily, sat the axle down, bowed to the audience and decided to go for 180 kg. Zach did a very good try, but missed the lift by an inch (2.5 cm). The two Norwegians, Tim Enersen and Loyd Kaaland, both had a try on the 165 kg lift, but missed, and ended up on 155 kg.
For the u105 kg athletes the start weight was 140 kg, with 10 kg increases here as well. The current world record in this class was 173 kg, and several of the athletes were eager to set a new record. Vladimir Reksha from Ukraine did the first record attempt. He did the 175 kg clean and press very elegantly, followed by Joergen Aukland from Norway, Antanas Ziurauskas from Lituania, Ben Kelsey from the UK and Marcin Sendwicki from Poland. The next attempt was 180 kg, a lift that Reksha, Kelsey and Sendwicki did. Both Sendwicki and Reksha had a try on 185 kg, but didn’t get a good lift. The world record is Reksha’s.
The second event was a medley, consisting of duckwalk (170 kg, 10 m), suitcase loading (100 kg, 7 meter run, loading on to table 115 cm height) and farmer’s walk (2×120 kg, 10 m) Both classes had the same weights in this event. All athletes completed this medley, with Reksha was the fastest in both classes with his 16.69 seconds. After this event Paavo Paaso from Finland pulled out of the competition because of an injury in his shoulder.
Third event was arm over arm, 18 meter, ca. 6000 kg for the u90 kg athletes and 6500 kg for the u105. All the athletes had great technique for pulling, and fastest of them all was Zach McCarley with 14.16 sec in the u90 and Vladimir Reksha with 14.73 sec in the u105.
Fourth event was supposed to be Atlas stones, but because of the tacky it was decided to switch the fourth and fifth event, so car deadlift came fourth. The weight in hand for the u90 kg athletes was 280 kg, and for the u105 it was 310 kg. For the lightest class the weight was set too high, and only 6 of 12 athletes got counting results. Tim Enersen won the event with 3 reps, while Reymond Rabben from Norway was fighting his single rep up extremely slowly.
In the u105 class Ben Kelsey and Marcin Sedwicki were by far the strongest deadlifters. Ben ended up with 11 reps, while Marcin had 10. Maybe it was the front hold in the car deadlift that made this event so difficult for so many of the athletes? I don’t know … I just know it was surprisingly few reps to be counted.
Last event was the signature event of this wonderful sport: the atlas stone series. The stones were to be lifted on to platforms of different heights, with the highest platform being 170 cm. When you know that most of the athletes weren’t very tall, you can imagine the struggles the guys had to go through to get through this event.
For the u90 the stones were 100-120-130-140-160 kg, where the lightest stone should be loaded to the highest platform. Reymond, who just a week earlier had loaded a heavier stone onto a 170 cm high platform, didn’t managed any of the stones, and was left with no reps. Zach won the event with all five stones in an amazing 27.31 seconds. For the heavier guys the series was 120-130-140-160-190 kg, loaded onto the same platform as the lighter guys. All the athletes managed at least three stones, and the winner of the event was Jiri Gronman from Finland.
Because of the switching of the events, the secretary had to go through the scoresheet to set numbers straight, so the athletes had to wait a few minutes for the results. When the results were ready, it showed that Zach McCarley from USA had won his class and for the next year can call himself World’s Strongest Man U90 kg, and Ben Kelsey from England for the next year can call himself World’s Strongest Man U105 kg.
Results : Under 90 Kg
1: Zack McCarley 57 points
2: Tim Enersen 47.5 points
3: Rob Ward 43 points
4: Loyd Kaaland 37.5 points
5: Tero Ranta 35.5 points
6: Aleksey Maltsev 28.5 points
7: Reymond Rabben 24.5 points
7: Stefan Weiermann 24.5 points
9: Tim Kovach 21.5 points
10: Quint Zambone 20.5 points
11: Patrick Castelli 13.5 points
12: Iurii Khimchack 12.5 points
Results : Under 105 kg
1: Ben Kelsey 53 points
2: Vladimir Reksha 48 points
3: Joergen Skaug Aukland 47.5 points
4: Marcin Sendwicki 44 points
4: Jiri Groenman 44 points
6: Antanas Ziuraskas 31 points
7: Adam Lane 30 points
8: Tomasz Rzymkowski 22 points
9: Jiri Tkadlkic 21 points
10: Johnny Wasiczko 20,5 points
11. Oliver Nell 20 points
12: Paavo Paaso 4 points
On behalf of SCL and the crew working during this weekend, I would like to thank both athletes and audience for an awesome weekend.
“The strongest men on the planet will come to Turkey on 5 and 6 December, to fight for the ultimate title, SCL World Champion 2015,” Strongman Champions League Director Marcel Mostert told IronMind today.After 15 stages done world wide in the MHP Strongman Champions League, with the last one done in Martinique in October, the finals will gone happen in Antalya en Kemer, Turkey.
Because of some organizing and weather problems in Malaysia, the SCL board had to find another location very quickly to hold their grand finals and to crown the world champion 2015
It is a pretty big operation to set up the finals in just 2 weeks’ time, but with the help of other good organizations and solid business relationships, SCL did this job remarkably well.
“So, the new world champion 2015 will be crowned at some great venues in Antalya and Kemer, with a total 10 finalists by the SCL ranking competing.
Zydrunas Savickas (surgery last month) and Hafthor Bjornsson (filming duties in another location) couldn’t come, unfortunately, despite the fact that they were in the top 10 ranking list. The other rule in SCL is that there will be only 1 athlete per country in the SCL finals, so these are the finalists for 2015:
KRZYSZTOF RADZIKOWSKI – POLAND
DAINIS ZAGERIS – LATVIA
MATJAZ BELSAK – SLOVENIA
MARIUS LALAS – LITHUNIA
JEAN FRANCOIS CARON – CANADA
ALEX MOONEN – HOLLAND
STOJAN TODORCHEV- BULGARIA
ADIN ARNAUT – BOSNIA
BJORN SOLVANG – NORWAY
ANDREAS ALTMANN – GERMANY
“The complete contest will be broadcast in 95 countries,” said Mostert. “Don’t miss it!”
They tied on final points as well as first place finishes, but Dainis Zageris had more second place finishes than did Krzysztof Radzikowski so Zageris picked up the win at SCL Romania, the second of his career.
Dainis Zageris Wins SCL Romania
by Marcel Mostert / Director, Strongman Champions League (SCL)
In a two day hard battle in Romania, Dainis Zageris turned out to be the strongest last weekend in the MHP Strongman Champions League 2015.
It was really a hard fight over 7 events with 12 athletes at the start. The top four were very close, and changed after each event, which was very exciting.
Dainis Zageris ended with same points as Krzysztof Radzikowski, 60 in total, and both had won one event, but Dainis had more second places, so he won in Romania on countback. Alex Moonen finished in third place, at 59.5 points, just a half point missing from the leaders, but one point ahead of Stojan Todorchev from Bulgaria.
Lauri Nami ripped off the tendon of his Achilles completely in the wheel flip. But he won the wheel flip as well in the fastest time—only his last flip went awry. How bizarre.
Also Stojan had a little tear in his chest so couldn’t do the last 2 events at full power. Everything was in this competition: Action, drama, great performances and at the end a very happy winner, who won his second SCL ever in his career so far. Newcomer Mark Jeanes, Strongest man of Wales, had a great first day, standing 4th after 4 events, but lost is all in the second day. But he did fight until the end, so give him a hand.
Martin Wildauer finished 5th overall. Very good results, seeing that he was still scared in the truck pull and took it easy in that event. He won the deadlift for reps together with Krzysztof and Jarno Kirsela from Finland – 6 reps for them with a 380 kg deadlift cars.
Top 10 Final Results
1) Dainis Zageris Latvia 60 Points
2) Krzysztof Radzikowski Poland 60
3) Alex Moonen Holland 59,5
4) Stojan Todorchev Bulgaria 58
5) Martin Wildauer Austria 50.5
6) Jarno Kirsela Finland 48.5
7) Daniel Gracia Gibraltar 47
8) Lauri Nami Estonia 40
9) Mark Jeanes Wales 40
10) Claudiu Holelev Romania 25.5
Tomorrow, Thursday, 24 September, at 22.45 will be the first broadcast of the MHP Strongman Champions League Poland on Eurosport.
Meantime, we will prepare for the coming World Championships Log Lifting in Lithuania on 4 October.
Watch for more news to come soon.
A first stop in Austria, the comeback of Martin Wildauer, and his first SCL victory for Marius Lalas—SCL Austria broke fresh ground on multiple fronts, and Aryn Lockhart gives IronMind an insider’s view.
Marius Lalas Wins His First Strongman Champions League in Austria
by Aryn Lockhart/Strongman Rage
Sometimes what goes on behind the scenes is as much of a story as what goes on in front of the cameras. This weekend marked the first time the MHP Strongman Champions League came to Austria. For the 9th stage of the SCL series, Martin Wildauer organized the contest and competed before over a thousand screaming fans.
Wildauer, who was the 2014 SCL World Champion, marked his comeback in his hometown of Kufstein, Austria. After sustaining two major injuries in less than a year, Wildauer impressively placed 4th for the day. At the Malaysian finals, despite snapping his Achilles tendon, he accumulated enough points to become the overall SCL World Champion. He then returned in April at the FIBO only to injure his bicep and need further recovery time.
In the meantime, instead of rest and recovery, Wildauer set out to establish a new strongman federation in Austria (www.strongman-austria.at) with his goal of bringing SCL to his hometown.
“It’s been crazy and stressful with many late nights, but I’m excited to have the Austrian Strongman Federation established and proud that we were able to bring SCL to my home,” Wildauer stated.
The competition did not disappoint. The fans were outstanding, providing unbelievable support to all of the athletes in a very heavy competition. The energy and excitement rocked the hall located at the bottom of the beautiful alpine mountains of Tirol.
The day started with the extremely heavy 18 ton truck arm over arm. Matjaž Belšak won the event with 37.28 seconds. Marius Lalas took second with 38.73 seconds.
Event two was the 400kg (880lbs) yoke for 20 meters. Marius Lalas flew down his lane in only 12.14 seconds with Krzysztof Radzikowski behind him by over a second with 13.37 seconds.
Event three was the car deadlift of 350kg (770lbs). Impressively, Belšak completed 15 reps edging out both Wildauer and Radzikowski who finished with 14 reps.
Halfway through the day, results were looking interesting. The next event was the extremely heavy 155kg famer’s walk for 40m. Even for some of the strongest men on earth, this was extremely heavy. Only Wildauer and Razikowski finished the entire course with Krzysztof taking first with 41.89 seconds and Martin a much slower 70.89 seconds.
The fifth event was the 95kg (209lbs) dumbbell. With no surprises, Belšak went to business doing what he does best and knocking out an unbelievable 10 reps. He quickly found his rhythm and there was no stopping him. Right behind him was Radzikowski with 9 reps.
The final event of the day was loading four 100kg (220lbs) kegs onto a platform. The athletes raced in pairs and it was Marius Lalas that took first with 26.61 seconds. Matjaž Belšak took second with 29.66 seconds.
When it was all said and done, Lala’s lightening fast loading propelled him into the lead sealing his first ever Strongman Champions League win. He just barely won in front of Radzikowski by a mere half a point.
“I could not believe I won,” said Lalas with a big smile. “I was lucky there were a lot running events. The yoke was definitely my favorite.”
Wildauer was pleased with the outcome of the entire day. He said, “It was extremely hard to balance my full time work, my training and the organization of the event, but I’m glad it turned out so great. I loved seeing fans come from all around to see their super heroes live.” The athletes were thrilled with the competition and its organization. Wildauer continued, “As an athlete myself, I really wanted to organize an event I would want to attend.”
After the midnight oil was burned, the competition complete, it’s back to business as usual. Martin will compete in SCL Romania this weekend, which is the fourth consecutive weekend for SCL. Stay tuned as we’re just a little over half way to the world championships in Malaysia.
1.Marius Lalas – 74 points
2. Krzysztof Radzikowski – 73.5 points
3. Matjaž Belšak – 72 points
4. Martin Wildauer – 65 points
5. Dainis Zageris – 58.5 points
6. Andreas Altmann – 49 points
7. Akos Nagy – 42 points
8. Lauri Nami – 41.5 points
9. Bjorn Andre Solvang – 41 points
10. Nemo Tasic – 35 points
11. Manuel Comper – 27 points
12. Marcos Ferrari – 24 points
13. Oliver Hanscheck – 13 points
14. Rob Frampton – 7 points (Injury
“With a top field and spectacular events last weekend in Poland, the strong Pole Grzegorz Szymański took his second win in the MHP Strongman Champions League in 2015,” SCL Director Marcel Mostert reported to IronMind.
“After winning in Holland and beating Zydrunas there, in Poland he beat the runner up in the SCL rankings, Dainis Zageri, and the SCL Leader and his countryman, Krzyzsztof Radzikowski.
“Although it must be said that Krzysztof came just back from the SCL Croatia, where he caught the flu, it cannot be denies that Grzegorz did a great job and won three out of six events.
The last event, Power Stairs, was very impressive: Grzegorz crushed the field with 3 blocks of 220/250/280 kg in a spectacular time of 30.28 seconds and finished just before Stojan Tidorchev (35.75 sec) and Krzystof Radzikowski( 36.71), while the rest of the field finished in 40 seconds or more.
Here are the results:
Points SCL ranking Points
1) Grzegorz Szymański (Poland) 65 25
2) Dainis Zageris (Latvia) 57 18
3) Krzysztof Radzikowski (Poland) 51 15
4) Cestmir Sina (czech Republic) 50 12
5) Rafał Kobylarz (Poland) 48,5 10
6)Vidas Blekaitis ( Lithuania) 43 8
7)Mateusz Baron (Poland) 39,5 6
8) Matjaz Belsak ( Slovenia) 39 5
9) Johan Espeukrona (Sweden) 37 4
10) Stoyan Todorchev (Bugaria) 35 3
11)Antti Maurujarvi (Finland ) 34 2
12) Lauri Nami (Estonia) 29 1
13) Akos Nagy (Hungary) 18 0
“Krzysztof is still leading the MHP Strongman Champions League with 134 points after 8 stages, but we are just halfway. Dainis Zageris is second with 90 points and the mighty Icelander Haftor Julius Bjornsson is third with 87 points, so anything can still happen.
“This coming weekend will be the 9th stage of the MHP Strongman Champions League and for the first time, SCL is coming to Austria, plus this will mark the comeback of Martin Wildauer. So, SCL Austria promises to be a great fight between the current SCL World Champion (Martin Wildauer) and the 2013 World Champion as well as current leader of the overall ranking (Krzysztof Radzikowski). Added to that, let’s not forget that in a field with 14 competitors, over 6 events, anything can happen so it will for sure be a battlefield again.
May the strongest win,” said Mostert.
Dainis Zageris Wins his First SCL Ever!
by Marcel Mostert
Co-Founder, Strongman Champions League (SCL)
On a beautiful 25-degree (C) day in a stadium filled with 5000 people, the Latvian hero Dainis Zageris won his first MHP Strongman Champions League ever and you can believe he was very happy about that as he beat Krzysztof Radzikowski, the SCL leader at the moment, as well as the complete field of 12 athletes.
Although Krzysztof set a new world record in Latvia (Viking Press for 12 reps with 170 kg), but it didn’t help him take the overall victory.
Also the other Latvian strongman did really well here, so it shows that the level is going up again in Latvia, where it all began with former strongman Raimunds Bergmanis—who is now a politician in the government in his country.
The show went great and the public support was fantastic. Also, Ervin Katona made his first appearance as a referee in the MHP Strongman Champions League. “It was not easy. It’s a very different thing to be a referee, but all went very well,” Katona said.
We look forward to the airing of this show and many thanks to Andris Bojars and his perfect oerganization. We will be back in Latvia next year.
Final Results SCL LATVIA 2015
1 Dainis Zageris – Latvia 68.5
2 Oskars Martuzans – Latvia 59
3 Krzysztof Radzikowski – Poland 52.5
4 Didzis Zarins – Latvia 50
5 Aivar Smaukstelis – Latvia 49.5
6 Lauri Nami – Estonia 35
7 Ole Martin Hansen – Norway 31.5
8 Vidas Blekaitis – Lithuania 29.5
9 Alex Moonen -Holland 24
10 Akos Nagy – Hungary 21.5
11 Antti Mourujärvi – Finland 21
12 Simon Sulaiman – Syria OUT
To watch the world record of Krzsysztof Radzikowski, click here.
And tonight on Eurosport at 00.30 there will be the first broadcast of the SCL Holland 2015, featuring Zydrunas Savickas and Grzegorz Shymanski in a real exciting fight you won’t want to miss.
Strongman Champions League (SCL) co-founder Marcel Mostert (left) interviews Dainis Zageris (right), who won SCL Latvia. IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL
“With a temperature of 25 degrees (C) and a crowd of 5000 people, the stage was set and ready for a great strongman show in Bulgaria,” Marcel Mostert reported to IronMind.
“The Mountain from Iceland [Hafthor Julius Bjornsson], the MHP/SCL leader Krszystof Radzikowski and the local hero Stojan Todorchev were a few of the ingredients that would make this a show to remember,” said Mostert.
“Log lift, deadlift , farmer’s walk, yoke race, Conan wheel and the Atlas stones ending at 195 kg , were the other ingredients—classic strongman events that test the strength of these powerful athletes and are enjoyed by the fans.
“It was a close battle between these 3 athletes and before the last event, the Atlas Stones, Hafthor Bjornsson and Krzsysztof Radzikowski were tied for the lead, Radzikowski felt a little pain in his right biceps and decided not to go for the maximum effort and he left the 195-kg stone sitting on the floor.
“Hafthor was ready for showtime and slammed all 5 stones in 31.03 seconds for the leading time and enough to win the SCL title in Bulgaria.
“It was a great show with a lot of fans who enjoyed the contest from start to finish.
“Ervin Katona made his own history here as well. He did his last strongman show ever in his career. He stops after more than 250 competitions.
Unfortunately he had torn his biceps during this last show with the yoke race.
“However, Ervin Katona will not be out of the picture in Strongman world. He returns coming weekend already in the MHP Strongman Champions League Latvia as the new official referee in SCL.
“We are all looking forward to his new job in Strongman and this represents another expansion the MHP Strongman Champions League team,” said Mostert.
Here are the top-8 results, officially, for SCL-Bulgaria 2015:
1) Hafthor Bjornsson Iceland 56
2) Krzysztof Radzikowski Poland 53
3) Stojan Todorchev Bulgaria 48.5
4) Matjaz Belsak Slovenia 45
5) Velizar Mitov Bulgaria 26
6) Ervin Katona Serbia 19.5
7) Silviu Urdea Romania 18
8) Simon Sulaiman Syria 13
Facing a field of top professional strongman competitors that included Zydrunas Savickas and Hafthor Julius Björnsson proved to be no problem for Krzysztof Radzikowski in Merikarvia, Finland for what was the fourth stage of the MHP SCL series.
MHP SCL: Krzysztof Radzikowski Takes the 4th Stage
by Ilkka Kinnunen
Co-founder, Strongman Champions League
The competition was a two-day event, with a total of six disciplines. The first day opened with the athletes doing a heavy Bus Pull, uphill, with a harness and rope. The best time was turned in by Hafthor Julius Björnsson, 32.89 seconds. Zydrunas Savickas was second, 34.35 seconds and Dainis Zageris came in third (42.96 seconds).
Next was the Overhead Medley for time: 150-kg Log, 100-kg Giant Dumbbell, and 175-kg Log. The winner, of course, was Zydrunas Savickas with a very fast time 16.03 seconds. Second was Krzyzsztof Radzikowski (18.48 seconds) and third was Rauno Heinla (21.49 seconds).
The last event of the first day was the House Carry: 452 kg with a distance of 25 m. The winner Krzysztof Radzikowski (14.43 seconds). Chris Gearing was second (16.56 seconds and Zydrunas Savickas was third (16.61 seconds).
Zydrunas Savickas lead after the first day (with 33 points), followed by Krzysztof Radzikowski (31points) and Hafthor Julius Björnsson (27 points).
Heavy rain with a cold, hard wind made the conditions very challenging. However, these are the strongest men, the real Vikings who don’t care about the weather—they are ready even in snow. Sack Loading was the first battle, with five sacks weighing 110 kg and a loading distance of 7 meters each. The best time belonged to Hafthor Julius Björnsson (29.86 seconds), with Rauno Heinla second (30.47 seconds) and Krzysztof Radzikowski thirs (31.75 seconds). Next up was the Front Hold with 25-kg cylinders and a back support. The winner Krzysztof Radzikowski (56.88 seconds). Alex Moonen was second (55.41 seconds) and Rauno Heinla was third (55.06 seconds).
The last event in competition Frame Walk (330 kg) and Yoke (430 kg) Medley, with a total distance of 40 m. This was an extremely great battle between Krzysztof Radzikowski and Zydrunas Savickas, and Krzysztof beat Savickas by 3 hundredths of a second, with time of 26.47 seconds. Rauno Heinla was third (26.93 seconds).
1. Krzysztof Radzikowski 65 points
2. Zydrunas Savickas 60
3. Rauno Heinla 56
4. Hafthor Julius Björnsson 50
5. Dainis Zageris 45
6. Alex Moonen 37
7. Chris Gearing 36
8. Juha Matti Järvi 32 ( injured)
9. Antti Mourujärvi 28
10. Aleksandr Kurak 23
11. Marcos Ferrari 19
12. Ben Rucksthul 15 (injured)
SCL Finland Organization thanks for all athletes, officials, event assistants, sponsors, the City of Merikarvia, SCL TV crew and all the others who made the competition happen.
Next year, SCL Finland goes back to Vaasa.
Grzegorz Szymanski wins over Big Z at SCL Holland
by Aryn Lockhart – Strongman Rage
While the seven most powerful countries were gathering for the G7 conference in Germany, Holland was hosting 12 different countries with 14 of the strongest men in the world for the second stage of the MHP Strongman Champions League. After a night of heavy storms, the weather cleared with 25 degrees for the perfect battlefield in the quaint town of Ulft.
Six events were center stage. Krzysztof Radzikowski was competing in his nationals in Poland, which meant J-F Caron was wearing the MHP leader shirt.
Without any hesitation, the day started off big with the log lift for max. As each athlete worked their way up, Grzegorz Szymanski trailed behind Zydrunas Savickas with 190 kg. After the second lift, Savickas was in the lead with an easy 210-kg lift. The rumor was Big Z wanted to try for another world record. He had just successfully completed his last world record in Brazil only a week prior for 228 kg. With the log locked and loaded, Big Z took his position. As he pulled it to his chest, it just was not meant to be. The record would have to wait for another day. The event completed with Savickas winning the event at 210 kg, Szymanski at 190 kg and Ervin Katona and Dainis Zagaris tied for third with 185 kg.
The second event was an 18 ton truck pull for 24meters. The course had a slight incline in the last 8-10 meters which left a lot of athletes giving maximum effort and leaving them completely worn out after the event. Despite his massive size, Savickas won this event with Szymanski in second and Alex Moonen taking third.
Event three was the tire flip. Each athlete was required to flip the 420-kg tire seven times. Bjorn Solvang had perfect rhythm for this event and took an impressive third. Savickas and Szymanski battled head to head. Each flip occurred simultaneously. It was only in the last fraction of a second that Savickas’ tire fell to the ground first.
The fourth event was the conan’s wheel with the weight of 330 kg. Athletes took their position and immediately the weight crushed upon them limiting their breathing as they made each rotation. Szymanski won this event with Dainis Zagaris taking second. “This was my favorite event,” Szymanski stated at the end of the day.
Event five was the 430-kg yoke for 20 meters. Szymanski won this event ahead of Savickas and J-F Caron who took third.
The final event of the day was the stones. Szymanski went into the event with a slight lead over Savickas. The balls weighing from 120-180 kg varied in weight and were loaded at different heights. The winner would be determined by the results of this event. Szymanski won the event solidifying his win for the day with Zagaris taking second and Caron third. Savickas ran out of tacky by the final ball and it slipped several times before he was able to complete the course.
J-F Caron was thrilled to have the leader shirt and after the day with his fourth place finish, he acquired enough points to be the current SCL Leader. “I competed well, but I was disappointed in the stones at the end. I am too slow. I must go faster,” Caron stated.
Szymanski took hist first SCL win in Holland. Last year he placed second. When I asked if he thought he could win, his response, “No. I didn’t expect to be able to win. I am very surprised.” He went on to thank the organizers stating that on every level the competition was great.
Jarno Hams and Ervin Katona were also honored as they competed in their last SCL Holland. Hams was the top Holland athlete for the day and is preparing for his nationals where he hopes to take the 8th title as Holland’s strongest man.
Next week the drama continues for the MHP Strongman Champions League in Finland. Undoubtedly this will be an intense battle for two days with Savickas, Thor Bjornsson, and Kzysztof Radzikowski returning to the field. The season is just warming up.
Coming Friday you can see already the MHP Strongman champions League Germany (FIBO) 12 June At 23.15 hours – Eurosport
1. Grzegorz Szymanski – 80
2. Zydrunas Savickas – 71
3. Dainis Zagaris – 61
4. J-F Caron – 61
5. Ervin Katona – 50
6. Lauri Nami – 48
7. Jarno Hams – 44.5
8. Luke Stoltman – 40.5
9. Bjorn Solvang – 39.5
10. Fouad Hsaini – 37
11. Alex Moonen – 36.5
12. Marcos Ferrari – 28.5
13. Antti Mourujärvi – 22.5
14. Niels Gordijn – injury
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson just won the World’s Strongest Viking in spectacular fashion, which included carrying this 650-kg log. Next on his list is winning the World’s Strongest Man contest. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Ilkka Kinnunen
“Hafthor Julius Bjornsson made history today in the World’s Strongest Viking competition,” Ilkka Kinnnen reported to IronMind, “breaking a record that has been part of history for 1000 years.”
“The record has been described in Icelandic Saga book,” said Kinnunen. “The legend of the Icelander Orm Storulfsson says that he walked three steps with this MONSTER WOODEN LOG which weighed over 650kg and was 10 m long! It took 50 mere mortals to help him placing it on his back! After he took his third step, his back broke under the enormous pressure and he was never the same after that!
“Thor carried the 650kg and 10m log for 5 steps. The result was unbelievable and puts Hafthor Julius Bjornsson’s name in Viking history books,” said Kinnunen.
“Well, today my friends, I made history!,” said Bjornsson. “As well as winning the title of The World’s Strongest Viking for the second time in a row, I carried this MONSTER LOG 5 steps! My back held up fine!
“I’m on my way to my ultimate goal, to win The World’s Strongest Man! NOTHING CAN STOP ME!! NOTHING CAN BREAK ME!!,” said Bjornsson.
Infernal Productions (Lillehammer, Norway) was on site to catch Hafthor Julius Bjornsson’s historic walk with a 650-kg log at the World’s Strongest Viking contest yesterday. IronMind® | Photo by Liv Maren Mæhre Vold/Infernal Productions
Liv Maren Mæhre Vold of Infernal Productions, reported to IronMind, “We made a video of Hafthór carrying the 650 kilo log at Fefor yesterday. Feel free to post it to your pages. :)”
The video is by Bernt Andreassen/Infernal Productions and here’s thelink.
SCL Norway aka The World’s Strongest Viking
by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2015 IronMind
So cold, so hard and so much fun: SCL is coming to Norway, to crown “The World’s Strongest Viking.”
With its 16-competition schedule for 2105, the MHP Strongman Champions League is busy bringing strongman to more places and different places, so why not give everyone chills watching top strongman action in nice and cold Norway later this month. IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of SCL
SCL Norway: The World’s Strongest Viking 2015
by Kikki Berli-Johnson.
Those who have followed the world of strongman the last 20 years will almost instantly as the word competition is mentioned, picture palm trees and sun.
Well … for the second year in a row, that picture is a very different one now. World Strongest Viking is probably the worst thing that ever happened to a strongman, next to the rash they get from their thighs rubbing against each other. Why? Here are three reasons: 20 degrees (C) below, snow and mountain. It will be also the first MHP Strongman Champions League contest ever held in Norway.
I wonder what went on in the head of the promotor when the venue for the first MHP Strongman Champions League Norway, so called “World Strongest Viking” was chosen. “Ahh, let’s find the coldest, windiest and most solitary spot on the planet that has got electricity for our cameras … and let’s choose the most awful events to do when it’s cold… It will be sooooo fun!”
Rumour has it that even Hafthor cried when he arrived last year. The placing of this competition is unique: 930 meters above sea level, next to a beautiful lake, with miles and miles of snowy plateaus, perfect for hours of skiing. The buildings are typical Norwegian with timber frame construction, some of them several hundred years old. Both kings and poets has used Fefor Mountain Hotel as their hideaway in the earlier days, and when you see it, you understand why. At Fefor you’ll find rest for your soul, but the last weekend of January 2015, 30 and 31to be exact, there will be no rest for the twelve strong men that will compete for the title “World Strongest Viking 2015.”
The brave men are:
– Hafthor Julius Björnsson (Iceland)
– Krysztof Radzikowski (Poland)
– Ervin Katona (Serbia)
– Alex Moonen (Holland)
– Swedish (not decided yet)
– JF Caron (Canada)
– Ole Martin Hansen (Norway)
– Bjorn Andre Solvang (Norway)
– Espen Aune (Norway)
– Lauri Nami (Estonia)
– Mariusz Lalas (Lithuania)
– Antti Mourujärvi (Finland)
The athletes will compete in six grueling events:
– Front hold (with Viking Sword)
– Boat pull (They will actually pull a Viking ship)
– Yoke (carrying a big log on the shoulders the viking way)
– Hercules Hold (Giant timber logs)
– Viking press
– Loading natural stones up to 180 kg onto platform.
And the coolest part of it all is that the average temperature for January is 20 degrees below (C), and the competition is being held outside. The athletes will do every single event outside, no matter how cold it is or how hard it is snowing. In Norway they say that there are no such thing as bad weather—there is only bad clothes. Well, the athletes better listen to this saying and bring their warmest clothes to the mountains.
What would a competition called “World Strongest Viking” be without Vikings? Don’t be afraid; there will be Vikings. There will be Viking tents and Viking long boats. There will be handcrafted Viking pottery, jewelery, swords and clothes to buy, there will be Viking food and there might be mead. There will be a “Viking blot” (a Viking feast) in the evening and there will be Viking games. Last, but not least, there will be food. Plenty of amazing food.
And, as noted, this contest will be the first MHP Strongman Champions Leaguestage out of again a series of 16 throughout this year which is broadcast in 92 countries all over the world. If you’re going to see just one strongman competition this year, this is the competition you can’t miss.
MHP Strongman Champions League has launched its new website today and a key element is the 2015 calendar for what is the world’s largest professional strongman tour.
With pride and happiness, the MHP Strongman Champions League presents its new calendar 2015 on its new website 2015,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind today. IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL
Again we have 16 SCL stages, all over the world, and some extra competitions as well,” said Marcel Mostert, co-founder of SCL.
“For the 8th year in a row, we present another 16 great competitions whereas the champions of their countries will be invited.
“The best of the best will compete against each other for a whole year to crown the world champion 2015 in November. Broadcasting in 93 countries for sure and more to come.
“But we also present other news: We have a new website, with new layout, also for mobile phones compatible, complete with Facebo, etc.
“And our main sponsor, MHP, the world’s leading supplement company for all power sports at the moment, will continue as well for the third year now as the main title sponsor in the MHP Strongman Champions League.
“Together with SPX – POWER TEAM hydraulic systems, Strongman Rage and Protekton as these sponsors will continue as well because their exposure was fantastic and absolutely phenomenal in 2014. We are very happy to have them on board, they are the pillars under our construction for sure.
“So, don’t miss anything in the future about the World Strongest League and check out now already our new website and calendar 2015 atwww.strongmancl.com.”