A record crowd of 13,000 witnessed the return of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship to Stuttgart last weekend at the Porsche Arena. Here, too, measurement was all things considered when it came to knocking off foreign nations’ games: Australia secured its fourth consecutive title by winning the Team World Championship on Friday. On Saturday, Jamie Head completed an Australian double and was named the world’s best lumberjack.
They’re unstoppable: Team Australia, also known as the “Sopperoos”, battled back with confidence through Friday evening’s team competition. On the way to the final, Austria and the mighty Poland had to concede defeat to the Australian relay team. And co-favourites New Zealand couldn’t stop the Australians in the semi-finals either. Just like last year, USA and Australia clashed in the final. But even the American boys couldn’t stop the success of Down Under’s athletes. “It’s a great honour. Our team is doing great. We know it’s going to be an incredible atmosphere here. But we love competing in such an environment and it’s great to get the win,” Laurence O’Toole concluded the evening radiantly together.
After 2022, the USA will take silver again, and the Czech Republic will be the best European team
After a series of strong performances, the Americans once again had to settle for silver. American athlete Matt Slingerland summed up the competition: “We came here to win and it’s a shame it didn’t work out. But we set two personal bests and I hope we did our country proud.” In the battle for third place, Canada won bronze against New Zealand. The Czech Republic finished as the best European team in 5th place. Germany conceded defeat after a brave performance in the Round of 16.
Jamie Head is the best individual sports lumberjack
After the group competition, the World Championship reached its climax on Saturday. In the individual competition, exceptional athletes from twelve countries battled for the title of world’s best lumberjack. Here Jamie Head once again demonstrated Australia’s exceptional class and claimed the title of World’s Best Sports Lumberjack. The Australian had never competed in the individual world championships before. After the awards ceremony, the 37-year-old became emotional: “I can’t believe I’m standing up here. This is the best arena I’ve ever been in. Thank you to the whole audience, the Australians. And all the other fans. That’s what makes it so special for all of us!”
Danny Martin won a historic medal for Germany
Swede Emil Hansen and German local hero Danny Martin also caused some big surprises, finishing on the podium in second and third place respectively. It was the first medals at the individual world championships for the two Europeans. Martin’s bronze medal in particular caused euphoria and gave fans a long-awaited victory for Germany at their home World Cup. “It feels incredibly good, simply indescribable. The match went almost perfectly and I was able to perform. The audience put me in a tunnel and really gave me electricity. I took advantage of that today,” Danny Martin said after the match.
All the results of the World Championship can be found on STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® database Must read.
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