The battle of strongmen in the Tatra Mountains (PHOTOS)

19 August 2014 10:46  10076877 077773
The battle of strongmen in the Tatra Mountains (PHOTOS)

June 16, in the Slovak city of Liptovsky Mikulas, there was the second stage of the Cup of Central Europe for strongmen. The competition was attended by representatives of four countries: the strongest man of Poland in 2014 Grzegorz Szymanski, the strongest Slovak in 2014 Igor Petrik, six-time champion of Slovakia Branislav Holyer, multiple winner of the European tournaments Czech Jirka Zaludek and athletes of the "Carpathian League of Strong Men" - "Strongman of the year 2009" and multiple winner of the European and world competitions Konstantin Ilyin, six-time winner of the international tournament "Carpathian bear" Ivan Grigorovsky and young hope of Transcarpathian strongmen Volodymyr Tsyfra for whom it was the fifth tournament in the last six weeks.

Strongmen were dragging a heavy 7 ton tractor, carrying 150 kg suitcases, lifting cars, tipping a 150 kg ball and a 400 kg wheel. After five exercises, the winner was Szymanski, the Pole, Konstantin Ilyin took the second place and  Slovak Igor Petrik ranked the third.


The Cup of Central Europe was founded on the initiative of the "Slovak Association of Strong Men" in 2012. The founding members are Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine represented by the "Carpathian League of Strong Men." In 2014, they were joined by Slovenia and Austria. In 2012 and 2013, the winner of the "Central European Cup" was Konstantin Ilyin from Chernivtsi. Ukrainian stages of the Cup took place in Chernivtsi (2012) and Kolomyia (2013). This year, due to the difficult situation in Ukraine, organizers were forced to abandon the tournament.

On August 24, in Uzhgorod, the eleventh traditional tournament "Carpathian bear" will take place. Perhaps it will be attended by a special guest Konstantin Ilyin. 

The "Carpathian League of Strong Men" invites everyone to witness the competition of the strongest men of our region, as well as invited athletes from other regions of the country, which will be held on Sunday August 24 at 14:00, near the Regional Philharmonic.

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