2006 World's Strongest Man


2006 World's Strongest Man

The 2006 Met-Rx World's Strongest Man was the 29th edition of World's Strongest Man and was won by Phil Pfister, the first American to win the competition since Bill Kazmaier in 1982. The contest took place between the 14th and 23rd of September 2006, in Sanya, China.

The 25 competitors in the World's Strongest Man qualified through the World's Strongest Man Super Series. The Super Series consist of exclusive Grand Prix events produced all over the world. [https://www.super-series.com Official Super Series site]

Format

The 25 competitors were split into five separate heats, each consisting of six events. After each event each competitor was given points, from 5 for first to 1 for last. Half points occurred if more than one competitor has the same result, and no points were scored if a competitor did not take part in an event. The points were tallied after the six events and the two competitors with the most points from each heat progressed to the final. The final consisted of seven events and the champion was the competitor with the most points after all of the events.

The Head referee was Colin Bryce, assisted by Svend Karlsen (the 2001 World's Strongest Man). Jouko Ahola, World's Strongest Man winner from 1997 and 1999, was the equipment manager.

Events

There were a total of 11 different events used in the competition:
* Farmer's Walk
* Keg Toss
* Car Dead Lift
* Car Walk
* Overhead Stone Lift
* Barrel Loading Race
* Cannonball Carry & Sledge Drag
* Fingal Fingers [ [http://www.theworldsstrongestman.com/de/wsm/events/fingals_fingers.html Description of Fingal FIngers on Official Website] ]
* Power Stairs
* Bus Pull
* Atlas Stones [ [http://www.theworldsstrongestman.com/de/wsm/events/atlas_stone.html Description of Atlas Stones on Official Website] ]

Heats [ [http://www.theworldsstrongestman.com/wsm/2006/results.html Heats result tables] ]

Heat 1

Heat 4

Pfister dramatically closed the gap to Pudzianowski in the 2 events on day 2 of the final as he won both of them. Pudzianowski struggled to 6th in the Fingal Fingers, while Pfister set a world record time of 5 fingers in 31.92 second and in the bus pull Pfister managed to pull his bus just 12 centimetres further than Pudzianowski to leave himself 1.5 points behind the leader.The top 5 after the second day of the final was:Despite having won 3 events in a row, many people expected Pfister to struggle in the Car Walk [ [http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/morenews.php?id=1743 WSM: Pfister Wins 4th Event in a Row!] ] and he needed something special once Pudzianowski had set a time of 27.4 seconds and amazingly Pfister beat it by just over half a second, meaning the 2006 WSM would go right down to the wire in the Atlas Stones, with just half a point separating them. The Atlas Stones proved to be extremely tight but Pfister just edged Pudzianowski and let out a great celebratory roar as a devastated Pudzianowski let his 5th stone roll off the platform. Don Pope recovered well to finish 3rd having come last in the first event.The final results: [ [http://www.theworldsstrongestman.com/wsm/2006/results2.html Results table for Final (Bottom of Page)] ]

References and descriptions

External links

* [http://www.theworldsstrongestman.com Official site]
* [http://www.super-series.com Official World's Strongest Man Super Series site]


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