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It was a quite stunning show that Olena, Vlad and the UFSA organised for the second grand prix of Giants Live 2010. It was right under the 'Friendship' Arch in the heart of Kiev City Center on Sunday afternoon, May 30th. There was a truly stunning crowd, despite the odd flash of thunder and lightning, that turned up to see American Derek Poundstone pull out a stunning comeback to win

It was a quite stunning show that Olena, Vlad and the UFSA organised for the second grand prix of Giants Live 2010. It was right under the "Friendship" Arch in the heart of Kiev City Center on Sunday afternoon, May 30th. There was a truly stunning crowd, despite the odd flash of thunder and lightning, that turned up to see American Derek Poundstone pull out a stunning comeback to win

In fact it was more of a strength festival than a simple strongman show in Kiev with SCL also helping organise an excellent Under 105 contest between Team Ukraine and Team Europe. Team Ukraine won in the end by the tightest of margins - just a few squats. The referees across both were the SCL team of Marcel Mostert and Ilkka Kinnunen who did their usual world class job.

These were the events:

  1. Yoke 410kg 25m for time (pair event)
  2. Arm over arm (pair event)
  3. Viking press 140kg for reps 60sec
  4. Car deadlift 360kg for reps t/l 60sec (pair event)
  5. Conan wheel
  6. Dumbbell 95kg for reps t/l 90sec (pair event)
  7. Atlas stones 120kg 140kg 170kg 180kg 200 (circle) t/l 60sec

Please note the deadlift got jacked up to 360kg in a minute because the line up of pullers was too good.

The Results

 

Yoke

  • Shahlaei 11.11 sec.
  • Poundstone 13.83
  • Klyushev 14.05
  • Arsjo 16.4
  • Frampton 16.68
  • Dymek 17.1

Arm over Arm

  • Arsjo 11.47 meters
  • Dubrovskiy 10.88
  • Ilyn 10.66
  • Shahlaei 10.52
  • Romanchuk 8.68

 

Viking Press

  • Shahlaei, Klyushev, Poundstone, Dymek 18 reps
  • Ilyn 15
  • Brandt 14

Deadlift

  • Shahlaei, Klyushev 14 reps
  • Poundstone 13
  • Kalinichenko 12
  • Arsjo, Frampton 9

 

Dumbbell press

  • Poundstone 9 reps WR
  • Ilyn, Kalinichenko 8
  • Arsjo 5
  • Shahlaei 4
  • Klyushev 3

Conan's Wheel

  • Poundstone 45 meters
  • Arsjo 41.87
  • Ilyn 32.26
  • Shahlaei 28.39
  • Klyushev 25.38
  • Kalinichenko 13.49

 

Standings after six events

  1. Shahlaei 56 pts.
  2. Poundstone 55.5
  3. Arsjo 49.5
  4. Klyushev 49
  5. Ilyn 46
  6. Kalinichenko 33.5

 

Final Standing after Stones

  1. Poundstone 63.5 pts.
  2. Shahlaei 62
  3. Arsjo 56.5
  4. Klyushev 53
  5. Ilyn 51
  6. Kalinichenko 35.5
  7. Dymek 33.5
  8. Frampton 30.5

 

Laurence Shahlaei lead the contest right up until the 7th and final event the stones. It took every bit of fight in Derek to come back from a poorish start that saw him really struggle with a "heaviest of all time" sled pull. Derek said after the sled pull that he had never tried harder than the 60 seconds he pulled on the 410 kilo sled. He then had to pull a WR 9 reps at the 95 kg dumbell (60 seconds) and try and keep his back working in a very hard 360kg side handle deadlift to help bring him back into contention. But to prove that he isnt just a pair of strong legs Shahlaei didn't just win the Yoke but he also took a share in first place in the deadlift and Viking Press too. One of the great sights of the weekend was Derek stepping in to help teach Laurence how to do the dumbell when he couldnt do one in warm up. A classy touch from a man who was a fair few points down at that point.

 

 

So Derek, Laurence and Johannes have all qualified for WSM. The next Giants Live will be at Wembley Arena on June19th - starring none other than the World Strongest Man himself, Big Z. And if that wasnt enough for you then he is going to make an attempt at the 2 inch bar (smooth) appolons Axle WR that Derek owns. It currently stands at 419 pounds from the Mohegan Sun Ironmind Axle contest. I wouldnt wager against the big man taking it up a few pounds.

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