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1998 Full Strength Challenge Weekend-October 2-4, 1998
Photos and full write-up to come
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Your American Full Strength Challenge Winners: These six men went on to face the international competitors on Sunday
1. Karl Gillingham
2. Douglas Ahr
3 (tie) Chief "IronBear" Collins and Odd Hagen
5 (tie) Chad Coy and Phil "Big Mak" Makdisi
1. Karl Gillingham
2. Douglas Ahr
3. Chief "IronBear" Collins
4. Odd Hagen
5. Chad Coy
6. Phil "Big Mak" Makdisi
7. Wayne Price of South Africa, WSM competitor
8. Uli Schwarz of Germany; he was at the Arnold Classic Strongman Expo
9. Ron van Wamel of Holland
10. Matti Uppa of Finland
1. Bus Pull: An eight ton passenger bus was pulled by the competitors in Marshall Ennis's home made harness. It was a distance of 25 meters. The fastest time won.
The apparatus: This course had a slight upward dip at the end of the course which made for a really difficult ending.
The technique: The key to this event was keeping hips low with a good back arch and constant leg movement. Momentum was crucial. Once the bus stopped rolling that was it.
2. Overhead Lift: An unbalanced tree trunk weighing 220-250 pounds was to be lifted from the ground into an overhead position with arms locked out completely. Both the Chief and Wayne tied with six reps. Most of the competitors completed three reps.
The apparatus: This log was unbalanced on one side and the grips were unusually wide which made for a real challenge.
The technique: Wayne Price and the Chief had the best technique by far. It was a three step process. First was the pull up into the lap, then the long roll up to the chest and finally the overhead press.
3. Super Yoke: A yolk with 650 pounds was used and the furthest possible distance won this event. There was no time limit, but once the race started the yolk could not be put down on the pavement or else time would stop. Ron van Wamel of Holland and Karl Gillingham were the only competitors that made it past 10 feet from the line. Phil Makdisi had a really, really bad time negotiating this event.
The apparatus: The weights were too far apart from one another. The apparatus was too wide. Hardly anyone moved it more than a foot.
The technique: Slow and steady seemed to be to common denominator with those who moved the yolk further than a foot
4. Car Flip: A car weighing about 2000 pound was to be turned 360 degrees back on to the wheels again. Then, the competitor had to sprint to the finishing line. The fastest time won. In this event, Odd Haugen unfortunately severly injured himself. He said that he felt his right bicep tendon come loose and also his left calf was torn. He had to stop competing, but he did not stop cheering for his fellow competitors. What a sportsman. In addition, Karl Gillingham suffered a major shoulder separation in this event. As of 10/06/98, he is not sure if this injury will require surgery, but he says that it will probably not.
The technique: Those who remembered to keep a flat back, pushed with their legs and walked towards the car as they pulled up seemed to do the best.
5. Loading: The competitors would race against one another. There were five objects. Two tires, a 400 pound small in diameter barrel and two 200 pound large and cumbersome barrels had to be loaded on to a truck platform which was 50 inches off the ground. This was a timed event. Despite his shoulder separation, Karl Gillingham attempted this event and made a really guttsy performance.
1998 International Full Strength Challenge Weekend-Finals
1. Wayne Price
2. Phil Makdisi
3. Matti Uppa
4. Chief IronBear Collins
5. Uli Schwarz
6. Doug Ahr
7. Ron Van Wamel
8. Odd Haugen (injured)
9. Karl Gillingham
10. Chad Coy