|Thursday, first day of qualifying|
|Virtanen won both events in his heat today, Ahola started with a win
and a 2nd place. Both are headed strong for the finals scheduled for next
Ahola had Carry & Drag as his first event - a 100kg stone, iron cross equally heavy and a sack had to be carried to a sled, then the sled pulled to the finish line. Rene Minkfitz from Denmark (who is this guy?) won!
170kg Husafel stone (carrying a triangular stone in your lap as far as possible) was the next challenge. Ahola carried it nearly 70 meters which was enough to win. Minkfitz came second.
Virtanen had to carry two 100kg sacks to a Maltese boat, then pull the boat 25 meters as fast as possible. Jalo won again, though nobody even finished it, which happened also in Ahola's first event.
Virtanen carried his Husafel stone nearly as far as Ahola and got his second event win. Svend Karlsen and Jorma Paananen (SWE) followed. Good to hear Svend is back! Hopefully he'll make to the finals.
Tomorrow the heats will continue with one event. Ahola has loading stones. Virtanen will load a sack, anchor, log, chain and a barrell.
(Two best from each group advance to the finals)
It's raining there, that's why the Finns are doing so strong!
Also Whit Baskin won both event in his heat! Especially impressive was his performance in the truck pull, where a bigger belly and taller figure would help.
Results as reported on Ironmind news:
Top places in the carry and
Top results from the truck pull were as follows
|Friday, second day of qualifying|
|It starts to seem that either Badenhorst or Karlsen will get dropped
from the finals, as Virtanen just won third event in row! This is actually
bad news (about Badenhorst), because the other heats have less favorites.
Last two years the organizers handpicked the events and athletes, what
did they do this year - draw lots?! Haha.
Ahola and Virtanen both won their events and both lead their heats. Ahola loaded stones - the event was a bit different than usually; the stones had to be carried from further away and they had to be lifted a bit higher. The largest stone still weighed 167kg! Ahola used 41 seconds and was happy.
All heats counted, Fekete (HUN) was the only other to get all stones on their places. Ahola was faster.
Virtanen won his loading (described yesterday) and Samuelsson was the only other to get all objects, although the defending champion was slower this time.
Tomorrow Ahola will have Crucifix, which measures shoulder strength. Virtanen has Hercules Hold, which is about grip strength. Surprisingly neither of these events aren't seen in the finals. The reason to that is Ahola has long been unbeatable in both?
From Ironmind news:
WSM Day 2: Cumulative Scores
|Saturday, third day of qualifying (of four)|
|Virtanen still going strong. Having now won all four events in his
heat by far, only an injury or Charlotte Brigel can prevent him from reaching
the finals. Charlotte dropped him last year, for she thought others would
have a better chance that way? Janne, giver her your best smile and apologize
rising such a noise from her decision last year...
Even though Ahola competes with guys never heard of (Minkfitz, Minkqvist, Minkwist?), he lost again - in Crucifix! He claims to have been concentrating on only beating Mr M's time and after that he supposedly let those weights drop. I haven't heard who won then, but Veoga and Mr M placed after Jouko.
Ahola mentioned Mr M, Girard and Samuelsson as other probable finalists (besides him and Virtanen).
Qualifying will continue on Sunday with:
Cumulative totals by Ironmind
Results deducted from previous totals:
I haven't heard how other competitors are doing.
|Sunday, fourth day of rain?|
|sami-i'm whit baskin's mom and
just wanted to tell you how much i enjoy your web
page. we've talked to whit during the qualifying rounds.....but i've gotten more of an 'inside scoop' from reading your page. way to go!!........patty
I try to keep my ears open but because I don't intend to call Jouko during the competition, I must rely only on local newspapers and some web pages.
If you have heard something more, maybe I could put that on my "news" too?
Hopefully Whit gets to the finals (that would indeed be a surprise for many as he's a newcomer), but it seems very very close. Just a matter of an hour or two and then we'll know.
sami-thanks for writing back. brady(whit's
bro) called this morning and said that whit finished first in his heat
in the car hold. said he really blew everyone away. this put
whit in second..ahead of fekete. we just got a call and whit said
he finished last in the medley , which moved him down to third.......so
guess we won't be going to malta!! rats!!!!
Qualifying Heats: Final Scores
|The locals did indeed notice there's a competition going on: www.maltamag.com
(after I mailed them... or?) Thanks for the pics!
I hear Janne Virtanen came only 5th in log press, but medley was again his show. Janne won 5 of total 6 qualifying events in his heat.
Which makes me even happier is that SVEND also made it to the finals from same heat!
Ahola was third in deadlift hold, but won the medley as Janne did (380kg tire 2 flips... 100kg stone 10 meters... 100kg iron cross 10 meters... 100kg anchor 10 meters... 240kg anchor chain 10 meters - feeling tired already??).
Samuelsson won both events in his heat today!
Now there's a two day break. There will be photo shoots, interviews and doping tests. I hear they also have some free time program arranged, at least a boat trip on sea.
The guys aren't going to do any workouts before Wednesday, at least not Ahola: "It's no worth, 6 qualifying events in four days is enough."
On Wednesday the ten finalists will measure their strength with super yoke and deadlift.
... I received a mail today from Johan Hansson, Sweden. He whined about me being a whiner sometimes. Like when Ahola loses, I seem to think everything was "fixed" against him beforehand or at least he had a cold.
Haha, don't take everything I write so seriously, maybe I just can't stand to lose. At least the guys won't make excuses as you well point out later (but I will dig the reasons out, also to avoid making the same mistakes again... and there are always those who want to speculate and know WHY):
"Whatever happens during this years WSM, Ahola and Samuelsson must both be regarded as two of the absolutely strongest men in the world for the moment.
I don't think either Ahola or Samuelsson make (or will make) excuses
You have a great web-page. Keep up the good work!"
Readers competition: Who can recognize all three? Who's the guy in white?
|Actually I do have another excuse ready, haha. Ahola said
in today's paper that he doesn't like the Maltese food really. His stomach
has been upset for two days now and he has been a bit worried. It hasn't
affected strength though. "I must say the food is bad and I miss Finnish
food. I'm glad there is some coming on Tuesday. My friends will bring a
cool box full of snack with them when they come to see the finals"
Ok, no excuses from now on... (was rather a 'strict maybe') See you all after a couple of days!!
Super Yoke - Valletta, 10.00
Deadlift for maximum weight (probably from the end of a car) - Hagar Qim, 15.00