African Strongman Championships
EVENT 7: The Yoke Walk
The yoke consisted of two steel drums loaded up with weights for a total of 380kg (836lb) that had to be carried on the shoulders over a distance of 20 meters for the fastest time. The signal was given with the yoke still on the floor meaning that the lifting of the apparatus also counted as part of the final time. Let me tell you this: this was one tough and very heavy event! Only four guys managed to complete the full distance. Below is Ettiene on the starting line.
The results of this event were as follows:
Dave once again had a brilliant run, taking only 14.75 seconds to complete the course. He was almost running! However, Ettiene did extremely well and, was it not for the fact that he stumbled a few meters from the finish line, the result would have been very close. Malone and myself both had to stop once but completed the course without drama. Of the other guys, Andre came closest to going full distance at 16.17 meters.
Going into the final event of this competition the leaderboard looked like this:
Although Ettiene was still leading comfortably, Dave's very good comeback over the last few events meant that he was now within range going into the last event. If Ettiene slipped up badly on the atlas stones Dave could still make it. Nobody gained or relinquished positions on the yoke walk although positions 5 through 9 were close enough together to make things interesting after this penultimate event.
The pictures of the yoke walk didn't come out very well...
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