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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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Thanks for the heads up from Chris Hawkes that the full results for Day 2 are up on the official website, and here they are:

Circus Dumbbell Lift
1st Derek Poundstone – 10 points
2nd Zydrunas Savickas – 8.5 points
2nd Travis Ortmayer – 8.5 points
4th Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 7 points
5th Brian Shaw – 6 points
6th Dave Ostlund – 5 points
7th Kostiantyn Ilin – 4 points
8th Phil Pfister – 3 points
9th Nick Best – 1.5 points
9th Brian Siders – 1.5 points

Tire Deadlift
1st Zydrunas Savickas – 10 points
2nd Brian Shaw – 9 points
3rd Derek Poundstone – 8 points
4th Travis Ortmayer – 7 points
5th Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 6 points
6th Nick Best – 5 points
7th Kostiantyn Ilin – 4 points
8th Brian Siders – 3 points
9th Dave Ostlund – 2 points
10th Phil Pfister – 1 point

Timber Carry
1st Derek Poundstone – 10 points
2nd Zydrunas Savickas – 9 points
3rd Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 8 points
4th Travis Ortmayer – 7 points
5th Dave Ostlund – 6 points
6th Phil Pfister – 5 points
7th Brian Shaw – 4 points
8th Kostiantyn Ilin – 3 points
9th Nick Best – 2 points
10th Brian Siders 1 point

Timber Carry (Photo courtesy of arnoldstrongmanclassic.com)

The final standings were as follows:

1st Derek Poundstone – 45 points
2nd Zydrunas Savickas – 41 points
3rd Travis Ortmayer – 37.5 points
4th Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 37 points
5th Brian Shaw – 33 points
6th Dave Ostlund – 22.5 points
7th Phil Pfister – 20.5 points
8th Kostiantyn Ilin – 17 points
9th Nick Best – 13 points
10th Brian Siders – 8.5 points

A great competition for Derek Poundstone and some amount of payback against Zydrunas Savickas and his victory at World’s Strongest Man 2009. Now we can look forward to the World’s Strongest Man 2010 and a titanic battle between these two powerhouses, as well as 5 time World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski and the likes of Travis Ortmayer, Brian Shaw and Terry Hollands.

After winning the Arnold Strongman Classic 2010, this is the moment Derek Poundstone proposed to his girlfriend Kristin Nelson:

She said yes! (Photo courtesy of arnoldstrongmanclassic.com)

Also worth mentioning that Derek Poundstone has also just launched his official website: Poundstone Power

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Ok, my investigatve reporting powers (otherwise known as checking the official website) can confirm the following results from Day 1.

Apollon’s Wheel
1st Zydrunas Savickas – 10 points
2nd Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 9 points
3rd Derek Poundstone – 8 points
4th Travis Ortmayer – 7 points
5th Phil Pfister – 6 points
6th Brian Shaw – 4 points
6th Dave Ostlund – 4 points
6th Kostiantyn Ilin – 4 points
9th Brian Siders – 2 points
10th Nick Best – 1 point

Koklyaev lifts the Appolon's Wheel

Manhood Stones
1st Brian Shaw – 10 points
2nd Derek Poundstone – 9 points
3rd Travis Ortmayer – 8 points
4th Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 7 points
5th Phil Pfister – 5.5 points
5th Dave Ostlund – 5.5 points
7th Zydrunas Savickas – 3.5 points
7th Nick Best – 3.5 points
9th Kostiantyn Ilin – 2 points
10th Brian Siders – 1 point

Ortmayer with the Manhood Stone

It was the disappointing performance with the Manhood Stones that saw Savickas plummet from first place to 5th, and allowed Poundstone to take the lead going into day 2. The full table after Day 1 looks like this:

1st Derek Poundstone – 17 points
2nd Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 16 points
3rd Travis Ortmayer – 15 points
4th Brian Shaw – 14 points
5th Zydrunas Savickas – 13.5 points
6th Phil Pfister – 11 points
7th Dave Ostlund – 9.5 points
8th Kostiantyn Ilin – 6 points
9th Nick Best – 4.5 points
10th Brian Siders – 3 points

Photos courtesy of arnoldstrongmanclassic.com.

More details at the Arnold Sports Festival Website.

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The Arnold Strongman Classic is something I first heard about when WWE wrestler Mark Henry won the inagrual event in 2002 and it was then talked about ad nauseum on WWE programming. I’ve never seen any of the events, I’ve either not seen them advertised or they have not been televised, as is the case with this year’s event. It’s a yearly event which is just of the many sports that make up the Arnold Sports Festival.

This promo video shows a few clips from the event and if I’m honest it looks fantastic. The events aren’t a carbon copy of the events you see in World’s Strongest Man and look immense – just look at the sheer size of the Tire Deadlift! No Atlas Stones either but there is an event called the Manhood Stones, which has a name just oozing with testosterone. The official description of this event from the official website is:

Contestants lift round stones weighing approximately 533 pounds (242 kg) and 452 pounds (205 kg) over a bar approximately 49 inches high as many times as possible in 60 seconds. Contestants who can lift the heaviest stone will not have to attempt the lighter stone because one rep of the heavier stone will beat any number of reps of the lighter stone.

The line up for the Arnold Strongman Classic 2010 is incredible and involves 6 of the 10 finalists from the World’s Strongest Man 2009, including the winner Zydrunas Savickas. Speaking of Big Z, he is the man to beat at this event as he won it every year from 2003 to 2008. He didn’t win it in 2009 because he didn’t compete, and the 2009 Arnold Strongman Classic was won by Derek Poundstone. The full list of competitors is as follows:

Nick Best
Kostiantyn Ilin
Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev
Travis Ortmayer
Dave Ostlund
Phil Pfister
Derek Poundstone
Zydrunas Savickas
Brian Siders
Brian Shaw

Of interest to us in the UK is that the first alternate is Mark Felix, who is also competing in the Mighty Mitts contest.

Though I’ve not heard of Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev, the guys who run the Arnold Sports Festival Facebook page tell me he is a force to be reckoned with, and after finishing 2nd and 3rd in 2008 and 2009 respectively, who am I to argue?

I’m just hoping that I’ll be able to see it somehow, maybe via downloadable content or a future DVD release – either way it’s an event, with an awesome line up that I want and need to see. If you too want to see the Arnold Strongman Classic 2010 but don’t have access, then let them know – maybe if there’s enough demand footage will be made available.

The Arnold Strongman Classic runs from 5th – 7th March and all information can be found here.

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The World’s Strongest Man 2009 final was broadcast 4 days ago (in the UK), so now it’s time to look a bit closer at the numbers and see what we can gleam from that. First of all let’s look at the points scored by all competitors across all the events. You can click the image for a bigger, more legible version.

World's Strongest Man 2009 Final Results

One thing that stands out immediately is the 3 event victories by eventual winner Zydrunas Savickas, and when you see that he was runner up in a further 2 it’s clear that he was destined to lift this year’s trophy. If it wasn’t for such a poor performance in the Boat Pull, where he placed 8th, then his lead would have been even more than the 5 points it ended up being.

Of the 4 events that Savickas didn’t win, there were 4 different winners, which just go to show how open the field was this year. While it’s surprising after the last 6 years that Mariusz Pudzianowski was only victorious in 1 event, it’s just as surprising to me, given his form in last year’s final, the Giants Live Tour and his heat, that Derek Poundstone didn’t win any of the 7 events. In fact I’m surprised that Poundstone only finished 4th. Was he performing at his highest level or were the others just that much better on a more consistent basis?

Although he suffered from the flu during the heats, and it’s possible he hadn’t recovered by the time of the final, Travis Ortmayer was so good across all the other events that just one place better in the Giant farmer’s Walk, where he came last, would have seen him overtake Poundstone for 4th place overall. In fact a few more places better and he’d have climbed up to 3rd place and snatched Brian Shaw’s podium place. Speaking of Brian Shaw, what a fantastic performance in his first ever World’s Strongest Man final. The other competitors just have to hope there is no Boat Pull in World’s Strongest Man 2010 or that’s a guaranteed 10 points for Shaw – he’s that good.

The first 6 places are not too far apart, but the gap between Terry Hollands in 6th and Phil Pfister in 7th was a massive 12.5 points. Phil Pfister is no first timer at World’s Strongest Man, if you remember he famously beat Mariusz Pudzianowski in 2007 to become the champion. The level of competition was furiously high for World’s Strongest Man 2009, and Pfister’s points haul is clear evidence of that.

After looking at the numbers I was interested to see how the positions changed from event to event as the final progressed, so I plotted all the numbers into Excel and this is what we get. As before, click the image for a bigger version.

World's Strongest Man 2009 Final Progress

What stands out straight away is that only 2 competitors stayed in the same position throughout the duration of the final; Zydrunas Savickas in 1st, and Louis-Philippe Jean in 10th. In fact there wasn’t a great deal of position changing, most notable is Dave Ostlund’s gradual decline from his 2nd place finish in the Fingal’s Fingers to his eventual 8th place finish.

Travis Ortmayer dropped considerably after coming last in the Giant Farmer’s Walk but you can see how he claws his way back to 5th place after the Overhead Lift, where he stayed until the very end. Looking at the graph, after his disastrous (by his standards) 6th place finish in Fingal’s Fingers, Mariusz Pudzianowski was the most consistent performer. Had he performed better in that first event the whole competition could have gone a very different way, the psychological factor can never be under-estimated in World’s Strongest Man.

It’s interesting to see that after the Boat Pull the only position changes were that of Lauence Shahlaei overtaking Dave Ostlund for 8th place after the Deadlift, and then Ostlund retaking that 8th position again after the Atlas Stones. Those two aside, the positions for the 8 competitors stayed the same from the after the Boat Pull to the end.

If I can get access to the individual event results from previous competitions then I’d like to analyse those in a similar fashion. If you have those results then please email me or leave a comment. Any feedback, as always, is gratefully appreciated – I hope you enjoyed this different look at the World’s Strongest Man 2009 final, I know I did!

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So here we are, the culmination of 5 gruelling heats and the showdown we’ve all been waiting for. Would Pudzianowski get his 6th title? Would Poundstone go one better than his 2nd place of last year? Would Savickas improve on his three 2nd place finishes? Would Hollands or Shahlaei be the first Brit to win since Gary Taylor in 1993? So many questions, but only one thing was certain – in 60 minutes time we would know who the World’s Strongest Man 2009 champion!

Here are the 10 men in this year’s final, in order of how they qualified:

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

Gone was the Medley as the first event from the heats, and straight into one of the toughest events in World’s Strongest Man – Fingal’s Fingers. What became clear right from the start is that with only an hour of broadcast time, which included advert breaks, we weren’t going to see all the guys compete in every event – in fact in a lot of the events we didn’t see most of the competitors’ efforts.

I had perennial favourites Dave Ostlund, Phil Pfister and Brian Shaw pegged as the front runners in this event and to a certain extent I was right, with Ostlund coming in 2nd and Shaw 3rd. However, up against Savickas, Phil Pfister could only manage 7th place. Savickas blew the field away by coming in first and beating Ostlund’s time in a new world record of 28.69 seconds.

Fingal's Fingers - Savickas v Pfister

The full results looked like this: 1st – Savickas, 2nd – Ostlund, 3rd – Shaw, 4th – Ortmayer, 5th – Poundstone, 6th – Pudzianowski, 7th – Pfister, 8th – Hollands, 9th – Shahlaei & 10th – Jean.

The 2nd event was the Giant Farmer’s Walk which saw some guys struggle quite badly, to the point where I wondered if the huge weights were too much. They were carrying 25 stone in each hand, maybe a drop down to 22 or 23 stone would have seen more people finish in a decent time and make the gaps between their times smaller. Pudzianowski dominated with a time of 25.05 seconds which was over 5 seconds faster than 2nd placed Poundstone. Worth a mention was Shahlaei in 3rd place, which in itself was a fantastic performance.

Giant Farmer's Walk

In the above picture you can see Terry Hollands coming in 2nd in his round of 5 competitors – he was in 1st but about 15 metres from the finish he stopped, allowing Poundstone to overtake. While Hollands did finish, we saw later that his hands has been torn to shreds by the handles of these huge weights.

Full results: 1st – Pudzianowski, 2nd – Poundstone, 3rd – Shahlaei, 4th – Savickas, 5th – Pfister, 6th – Hollands, 7th – Shaw, 8th – Jean, 9th – Ostlund & 10th – Ortmayer.

Points table now looked like this: 1st – Savickas (17), 2nd Poundstone (15), 2nd – Poundstone (15), 4th – Shaw (12), 5th – Ostlund (11), 6th – Shahlaei (10), 6th – Pfister (10), 8th – Hollands (8), 8th – Ortmayer (8) & 10th – Jean (4).

Terry Hollands pulling a plane!

If you had just injured your hands, can you even begin to imagine using the same hands to pull on a massive rope whilst tied to a plane in an attempt to pull that 44 tonne plane? That’s what Terry Hollands did in a time of 38.19 seconds – that was over 2 seconds quicker than Savickas in second which even by fully fit standards is astonishing. Add in the injury factor it’s almost impossible, but Hollands did it.

Full results: 1st – Hollands, 2nd – Savickas, 3rd – Ortmayer, 3rd – Shaw, 5th – Pudzianowski, 6th – Poundstone, 7th – Pfister, 8th – Ostlund, 9th – Shahlaei & 10th – Jean.

Points table now looked like this: 1st – Savickas (26), 2nd – Pudzianowski (21), 3rd – Poundstone (20), 4th – Shaw (19.5), 5th – Hollands (18), 6th – Ortmayer (15.5), 7th – Ostlund (14), 7th – Pfister (14), 9th – Shahlaei (12) & 10th – Jean (5).

The 4th event was the Overhead Lift but the coverage only allowed us 3 brief glimpses of the action and a total of 3 lifts – this event was obviously sacrificed for the necessary time taken up by advert breaks.

Full results: 1st – Savickas, 2nd – Poundstone, 2nd – Pudzianowski, 4th – Ortmayer, 5th – Shaw, 6th – Jean, 6th – Pfister, 8th – Ostlund, 9th – Hollands & 9th Shahlaei.

Points table now looked like this: 1st – Savickas (36), 2nd – Pudzianowski (29.5), 3rd – Poundstone (28.5), 4th – Shaw (25.5), 5th – Ortmayer (22.5), 6th – Hollands (19.5), 7th – Pfister (18.5), 8th – Ostlund (17), 9th – Shahlaei (13.5) & 10th Jean (9.5).

The 5th event was an event that is a bit of a throwback to World’s Strongest Man competitions of old – the Boat Pull. It is what it says – the competitors have to pull a boat up an incline using a very thick rope. Pudzianowski made up some important points here as he gained 2nd place compared to Savickas in 8th. The event was won by Shaw, and very impressively too.

Brian Shaw wins the Boat Pull

Full results: 1st – Shaw, 2nd – Pudzianowski, 3rd – Ortmayer, 4th – Hollands, 5th – Pfister, 6th – Shahlaei, 7th – Poundstone, 8th – Savickas, 9th – Ostlund & 10th – Jean.

Points table now looked like this: 1st – Savickas (39), 2nd – Pudzianowski (38.5), 3rd – Shaw (35.5), 4th – Poundstone (32.5), 5th – Ortmayer (30.5), 6th – Hollands (26.5), 7th – Pfister (24.5), 8th – Ostlund (19), 9th – Shahlaei (18.5) & Jean (10.5).

Savickas beats Pudzianowski

This is not something we are accustomed to seeing – Pudzianowski on his knees, a beaten man. However, that is exactly what happened in the Deadlift as he and Poundstone tied 2nd with 9 lifts, while Savickas grabbed maximum points with 11 lifts. It was looking like the Lithuanian’s title to lose now, with only the Atlas Stones to go.

Full results: 1st – Savickas, 2nd – Pudzianowski, 2nd – Poundstone, 4th – Hollands, 4th – Shaw, 6th – Ortmayer, 7th – Shahlaei, 8th – Ostlund, 9th – Jean & 10th – Pfister.

Points table now looked like this: 1st – Savickas (49), 2nd – Pudzianowski (47), 3rd – Shaw (42), 4th – Poundstone (41), 5th – Ortmayer (35.5), 6th – Hollands (33), 7th – Pfister (24.5), 8th – Shahlaei (22.5), 9th – Ostlund (22) & Jean (12.5).

The last event, as ever, was the Atlas Stones and one in which Savickas could win his first title, or Pudzianowski could win his 6th. With only a point between them, there was also a battle between Shaw and Poundstone for the 3rd podium spot.

Savickas puts down The 5th Stone

The Atlas Stones was won by Travis Ortmayer, as is to be expected, but Savickas got 2nd while Pudzianowski came 5th which meant that for the first time Zydrunas Savickas was the World’s Strongest Man. Shaw coming 4th in this event also meant he kept hold of 3rd place over all. Terry Hollands made an impressive late surge to come 3rd in the Atlas Stones – I truly believe there is a World’s Strongest Man title in this man’s future.

Full results: 1st – Ortmayer, 2nd – Savickas, 3rd – Hollands, 4th – Shaw, 5th – Pudzianowski, 6th – Poundstone, 7th – Pfister, 8th – Ostlund, 9th – Jean, 10th – Shahlaei.

The final standings for the World’s Strongest Man 2009 were as follows:

1st – Zydrunas Savickas – 58 points
2nd – Mariusz Pudzianowski – 53 points
3rd – Brian Shaw – 49 points
4th – Derek Poundstone – 46 points
5th – Travis Ortmayer – 45.5 points
6th – Terry Hollands – 41 points
7th – Phil Pfister – 28.5 points
8th – Dave Ostlund – 25 points
9th – Laurence Shahlaei – 23.5 points
10th – Louis-Philippe Jean – 14.5 points

This was one of the most stacked finals I have ever seen, with a higher level of strength than there has possibly been in any other strongman event before. I was disappointed that we only saw 40 minutes of action thanks to the advert breaks – either increase the length of the broadcast or reduce the number of competitors down to 8 like they used to have. However, if they decide to release a FULL version of the final on DVD, with some footage from the heats, then count me in for a copy.

We never got to see Savickas presented with his trophy, but we did at least see him with it:

Zydrunas Savickas - World's Strongest Man 2009

I’m counting the days until World’s Strongest Man 2010 and I’m looking forward to seeing guys like Poundstone, Ortmayer and Hollands come back and challenge for the title – all are capable of winning.

Now the final has been broadcast I can point you in the direction of a few treats on the official World’s Strongest Man website:

Interview with the World’s Strongest Man 2009 – Zydrunas Savickas
Blog published from Malta during World’s Strongest Man 2009
Photo gallery from World’s Strongest Man 2009

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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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