African Strongman Championships
EVENT 2: Deadlift for Maximum Reps
Athletes were required to deadlift 250kg (550lb) for as many reps as possible in 75 seconds. A standard powerlifting bar was used and straps were allowed. Gerrit was quite strict on the rules and no bouncing off the ground between reps was permitted. Also, the lockout had to be complete like in a powerlifting contest although riding the bar up the thighs was allowed. Below is a picture of Ettiene fighting his last rep.
The results of the deadlift:
It is very obvious that there was only one man in this competition; Ettiene Smit. He simply demolished the field with an amazing 17 reps. That's slightly over four seconds per rep or a total of 4250kg (9350lb) in 75 seconds. Amazing. When my turn came I tried to give chase but the lungs gave out after 13 reps. There was no way that I could catch him. The one big upset of this event was Malone's low position due to him injuring his hamstring after four strong reps, forcing him to abort. Very bad luck. At least he didn't suffer a major tear and was able to continue with the competition.
Eben, who has established a reputation as a very strong deadlifter came in at 5th position with Rory, Pieter, Ian and Andre all managing 10 reps in 6th position.
The overall point standings after the deadlift looked as follows:
Ettiene's win in this event was sufficient to edge me out of my short-lived lead after event 1. The first three positions were way ahead of the rest at this point with positions 4 to 11 being almost dead equal and the last seven positions tapering off after that. The guys that gained positions during this event were Ettiene, David, Willem, Ian, Andre, Eben and Nico. By far the biggest gain came from Willem, who shot up from 12th position right up into 4th overall. The athlete who lost most positions here was Driko who went down from 8th after the truck pull to 14th after the deadlift. Hennie also lost 4 positions here.
Here's some pictures taken during the deadlift. Clicking on the thumbnails produces the full-sized pictures.
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