THE STRONGMAN Champion’s League made a stop in Bratislava this year. The strongest men from all over the world competed on the afternoon of October 10 on the Danube Promenade near the Eurovea shopping mall. This prestigious Champion’s League event featured many of the world’s strongest men: Englishman Terry Hollands, weighing in at a hefty 186 kilograms; American Matt Wannat; Ukrainian Konstantin Ilyin; Serbian Ervin Katona and several others. Only Lithuanian Zydrunas Savickas, several times named the world’s strongest man, was missing from the programme as he had been injured at a previous competition.
Slovakia was represented by three contestants, Braňo Golier and brothers Igor and Michal Petríks, the TASR newswire was informed by the mayor of Ružinov, Slavomír Drozd. He added that this was the second time that Bratislava had hosted the competition; the first time it was held at the Dzurilla ice hockey stadium in Ružinov. Individual competitions this year included lifting a log weighing 140 kilograms, pulling a truck weighing 14 tonnes, carrying a fence weighing 340 kilograms, dragging a tractor weighing 7.5 tonnes and lifting concrete balls weighing up to 190 kilograms.
The public gathered to witness the competitions, for which the contestants received a certain number of points for each good placement, adding also to each individual’s world ranking. Katona lifted his way to his third victory of the year, followed by Hollands and Ilyin. Braňo Golier was the best Slovak contestant, placing fourth.
1. Nov 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská