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Heat 5 saw UK’s own Rob Frampton, originally just a reserve, take the place of Johannes Arsjo and become part of the last group of 6 athletes vying for qualification to this year’s final.

Rob Frampton
Jason Bergmann
Mikhail Koklyaev
Dave Ostlund
Christian Savoie
Mark Westaby

Speaking of Westaby, he’s the oldest man in the competition at 45, not Nick Best as I stated in my previous blog post. We kick things off with the Medley, where returning Jason Bergmann won the first of 2 races. I have to admit then when I predicted Koklyaev and Ostlund to qualify I forgot all about Bergmann. This is a man who came 9th in 2008 but because of his absence last year he slipped my mind! Terrible when you consider I have no problem recalling the battles between Geoff Capes and Jon Pall Sigmarsson from 25 years ago!

Ostlund wins as Koklyaev fades

In the second race Koklyaev started off very fast and looked like a clear winner, but 2 flips from the end he tired badly, enough to let Ostlund and Westaby pass him. Ostlund’s time was enough to win this first event, while Bermann was beaten into 3rd by 2nd place Bergmann.

Medley Results

In the Squat Lift it was the two Englishmen, Frampton and Westaby, who led the way early on, managing 8 lifts each.

Bergmann destroys the competition

Then came the turn of Jason Bergmann, and with blood streaming from his nose, he achieved an amazing 12 lifts, which was more than anyone had done in all 5 heats. Koklyaev followed Bergmann and stopped at 9 lifts – this was enough to secure 2nd place, as 12 or 13 was obvioulsy just too much for him so there was no point wating energy even trying.

Squat Lift Results

Doe to Ostlund only managing 2 lifts and coming last, Bergmann was clearly out in front with 3 comptitors battling for that elusive second place.

Standingas after the Squat Lift

The Africa Stone proved very diffuclt for some and Koklyaev almost ended his competitrin prematurely when he fell backwards and the huge stne almost landed on him, but lucily he was ok. Westaby and Bergmann were as close as 10cm apart, with Bergmann edging ahead by that snmallest of margins.

Savoie wins, in spite of his bad grip

As can be seen in the photo above, Christian Savoie had the kind of grip that you usually see with people who don’t get very far down the course, so you can imagine my surprise when he went on to win! It really was a remarkable performance, and a show of super-human strength and determination to go that far with no inter-linked fingers.

Africa Stones Results

Noy much changed on the leaderboard, Bergmann was still way out in the lead and Westaby was second, and looking like he may be in with a chance fo qualifying for his first final.

Standings after the Africa Stone

The Metal Block Press was the 4th event and saw Dave Ostlund stand out from the rest of the field as he cleared the first 3 very quickly, but then couldn’t manage the World Record breaking 150 KG 4th block.

Koklyaev struggles with block 4

We then saw Koklyaev beat Ostlund’s time as he lifted the first 3 block with relatrive ease, and it looked like he was going to break the World Record but he just couldn’t lock his arms and almost dropped it on his head! Unfortunately this event is not planned for the final so the World Record will stand for a while longer.

Metal Block Press Results

Koklyaev’s win saw him rise to2nd place and realise some of that championship potential that many of us have been talking about. Poor Mark Westaby suddently found himself in 4th place and a place in the final was slipping away.

Standings after the Metal Block Press

The Deadlift Hold saw Rob Frampton hold up that huge car for 1 minute and 14 seconds which in Heat 4 would have seen him beat Zydrunas Savickas.

Jason 'Superman' Bermann

What we then saw from Jason Bergmann was one of the most amazing feats of strenth that I have ever seen, as he held onto that car for a massive 1 minute and 27 seconds, almost 10 seconds more than his nearest rival Koklyaev, a damn good time in itself.

Deadlift Hold Results

Bergmann had now qualfied for the final and unless Ostlund had a miracle up his sleeve, it looked like Koklyaev was going to join him.

Standings after the Deadlift Hold

So, onto the last event, and to see who would make it through to the final with Jason Bergmann.

Koklyaev v Ostlund

Ostlund won, but Koklyaev came in a very close second place. With Westaby and Savoie alos getting all 4 barrells up this was probably the best performance of any group in the Loading Race of all 5 of these heats.

Loading Race Results

Though Ostlund won the event, it wasn’t enough for him to get 2nd place and Koklyaev still managed to beat him by 2 points and join Bergmann in the final of World’s Strongest Man 2010. Though Westaby and Frampton only came in 4th and 6th respectively, they both gave it everything and proved they deserved to be competing with the World’s elite.

Final Standings

So that’s all the heats over – next stop is the final and we crown the 2010 World’s Strongest Man.

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So this is it, the 5th and final heat which will determine the last 2 competitors who will make it through to the final of The World’s Strongest Man 2009. Shown on Bravo TV in the UK on Monday 1st February and with these 6 guys vying for those 2 qualification places:

Andrus Murumets (Estonia) – 2nd in Europe’s Strongest Man 2007
Christian Savoie (Canada) – Canada’s Strongest Man 2009
Dave Ostlund (America) – 4th in World’s Strongest Man 2008
Florian Trimpl (Germany) – Germany’s Strongest Man 2009
Jarek Dymek (Poland) – Europe’s Strongest Man 2005
Terry Hollands (England) – 3rd in World’s Strongest Man 2007

I have to admit that going into this heat I was a little worried about Terry Hollands. He didn’t do very well in last year’s final and I know he’d been plagued by injury last year – had he overcome that injury and could he compete with the likes of Dave Ostlund? The first event as always was The Medley, which saw Dave Ostlund come 3rd in his mini-heat of 3, and 5th overall – not a great start.

World's Strongest Man Heat 5 - The Medley

In the photo above is Andrus Murumets winning the first event in first ever appearance in World’s Strongest Man – great effort. In second is Terry Hollands who you may notice is walking sideways – I’m almost sure that if he’d have gone backwards like the other guys he would have won. Christian Savoie came in 3rd, Florian Trimpl 4th and Jarek Dymek 6th.

The second event was the Truck Pull and one that Terry Hollands was the favourite for. He didn’t disappoint, finishing the course in just 40.50 seconds which was not only the fastest time in this heat but was fastest time of anyone in any of the heats – a Herculean effort which was proving my doubts unfounded.

Terry Hollands in the Truck Pull

Savoie, Ostlund and Murumets came in 3rd, 4th and 5th and though they were 5 seconds behind Hollands they were only within just over a second of each other. Trimpl came in 5th with a time of 57.43 seconds, leaving Dymek in last having only managed to pull the truck 16.2 meters.

After 2 events Terry Hollands was in first place with 11 points, Murumets and Savoie in 2nd with 9 points, Ostlund trailing in 4th with 6 points, Trimpl in 5th with 5 points and Dymek was in last place with just 2 points.

The 3rd event was the Dead Lift and Terry Hollands had a lot to live up to because the 3 Brits in the previous heats (Mark Felix, Darren Sadler and Laurence Shahlaei) had all won the Dead Lift in their heat.

Terry Hollands wins the Dead Lift

As you can see, Terry Hollands became the 4th Brit in this year’s World’s Strongest Man heats to win the Dead Lift and was the only man in this heat to complete all 7 reps. Murumets, Ostlund and Savoie all managed 6 reps coming in 2nd to 4th respectively, while Dymek and Trimpl managed 5 reps to come in 5th and 6th.

The 4th event saw a straight shootout between Hollands and Ostlund for the top spot, with Ostlund gaining the advantage in his favourite event, and one that he is known for being the best at. While he completed all 5 fingers Hollands stopped at 4 – knowing he was beaten and that the 4 previous guys had all only managed 4 (3 in the case of Savoie) fingers in a slower time than his, Hollands played the smart game. This is something which co-presenter Zoe Salmon put to Terry Hollands in quite a patronising way when she declared You’re quite smart, for a Strongman! I think the least said about that the better! Dymek, Murumets, Trimpl and Savoie made up the places from 3rd to 6th place.

Fingal's Fingers

After 4 events Hollands was way out in 1st place with 22 points, Murumets in 2nd with 17 points, Ostlund in 3rd with 16 points, Savoie in 4th with 15 points and Trimpl and Dymek shared 5th place with 8 points.

The 5th event was the Keg Toss which saw none of the 6 competitors get all 8 kegs over the bar. Dymek came closest with 7, with Hollands, Murumets and Ostlund sharing 2nd place with 6. Trimpl and and Savoie came in 5th and 6th with 5 and 4 kegs respectively.

Jarek Dymek poised to in the Keg Toss

After 5 events Terry Hollands had qualified for the final with Murumets and Ostlund left to fight it out for the second qualifying spot with only the Atlas Stones to go. It was Ostlund who ended up winning, with Murumets, Savoie and Hollands coming 2nd to 4th – all 4 men managed all 5 stones. Trimpl and Dymek could only manage 4 stones to come in 5th and 6th.

Dave Ostlund wins the Atlas Stones

With all 6 events completed the final table looked like this:

World's Strongest Man Heat 5 Standings

Not sure what the tiebreaker was that Ostlund won, it wasn’t shown on TV! They actually said on the broadcast that he won via track back which I assume means that because he won more events he went through. Anyway, another dominant performance from a Brit, as Terry Hollands and Dave Ostlund go through, which leaves the full line up for next week’s World’s Strongest man 2009 final looking like this:

Derek Poundstone
Louis-Philippe Jean
Zydrunas Savickas
Brian Shaw
Mariusz Pudzianowski
Phil Pfister
Laurence Shahleia
Travis Ortmayer
Terry Hollands
Dave Ostlund

That’s a pretty awesome final and there are so many guys in good form. I’d say the winner is between Poundstone, Savickas, Pudzianowski and Hollands – add in an Ortmayer recovered from flu and who knows? Excited about next week’s final? You bet, and then some!

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