AN INTERNATIONAL competition of the strongest European men took place in Dunajská Streda on April 26, at which eight pairs of strongmen from seven countries showed off their physical strength.

The competition featured six disciplines: pulling a 17-tonne truck in pairs, lifting 240-kilogram logs, carrying 550-kilogram frames as well as an Icelandic cross weighing 130 kilograms, dead-lifting 320 kilograms and lifting three concrete ‘Atlas’ balls on a pedestal, the TASR newswire wrote.

Two pairs of men were from Slovakia, with one pair each from Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Croatia, Sweden and Georgia. The SCITEC Strongest Team Challenge has six rounds, one of which was the event in Dunajská Streda. The competition’s finals will be held at the Arnold Classic event in Madrid, Igor Svítok of the Slovak Book of Records, informed TASR.

The contest in Dunajská Streda was won by the Polish team, Mateusz Baron and Rafal Kobylarz; Slovaks František Piros and Péter Puszer placed second, while Swedes David Nystrom and Joachim Gustafson came in third. The second Slovak team, Igor Petrík and Dávid Nagy, placed sixth.

3. Police found casino robber who tried to apologise with chocolate

POLICE solved an attempted robbery case that took place in Šaštín-Stráže, in the Záhorie region in western Slovakia, in early March. A Czech-speaking perpetrator entered a local casino and pointed a gun at the staff, demanding cash. A bartender told the would-be robber that the casino was being monitored by cameras, after which the perpetrator fled, the TASR newswire wrote.

But he came back a few days later, this time to apologise for his behaviour, and offered some chocolate as a gift of reconciliation. His apology was not accepted, however, as someone wrote down his car license plate number and sent it to the police. Slovak police managed to identify the perpetrator as a 28-year-old Czech national, whose name has not been released.

The man was charged with attempted robbery and, if found guilty, could face seven to 12 years in jail. Due to the European Agreement on Mutual Co-operation in Criminal Affairs, he is being prosecuted by Czech authorities.