Canadian Stirling Hart Wins Champions Trophy in Marseille

Wins first Gold medal in history for Canada in the sport

Hart wins

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy 2018

Canadian Stirling Hart Wins Champions Trophy in Marseille

Marseille, 26 May 2018. The Champions Trophy of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series, the world's leading logger sports competition was held in Marseille today. The international elite went head-to-head in front of the MuCEM museum complex next to the city's beautiful harbour. After a gruelling competition, it all came down to the reigning world champion Jason Wynard from New Zealand and Stirling Hart from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy saw the world's best logger sports athletes race with razor-sharp axes and saws in a series of disciplines requiring power, precision and endurance. Only the best had qualified for what is regarded as the sport's toughest competition. These international elite athletes went head-to-head in four consecutive disciplines held in a knockout format - Stock Saw, Underhand Chop, Single Buck and Standing Block Chop.

After finishing in first place in the qualifiers yesterday with a time of 1:05, Stirling Hart won a spot directly in the quarter finals. In the quarter finals, Hart battled against the hometown hero in France, Pierre Puybaret and won the heat with a time of 1:03 sending him to the semi-finals. There he met Australia's Mitchell Argent, and in a close heat, Hart came out on top with a time of 1:00. After Jason Wynard from New Zealand beat Czech's Martin Komarek, Wynard won the spot to compete against the Canadian in the final heat. Dubbed the heat of "The Legend" verus the " tarted out as a close race, but Hart took the lead after the Underhand Chop , and won the event with a time of 1:03.

Hart says `` What an amazing setting for this to happen. It is a real honour to finally win this, I was so close last year. It was a shame for it to finish like that, anybody that knows

Jason (Wynard) knows he was going through a lot of pain, and for him to finish like that was amazing, so everything goes to him``

About Stihl TIMBERSPORTS®

Stihl TIMBERSPORTS® is an international extreme sports competition series. Its roots lie in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, where workers in the timber industry would hold competitions to determine who was the fastest in a range of wood chopping and sawing disciplines that closely simulated their everyday work. These logging disciplines evolved with time into a series of sporting disciplines that require tremendous athleticism, strength, precision and power. Today the world's best athletes compete in national and international events featuring three axe disciplines and three sawing disciplines. Springboard, Underhand Chop and Standing Block Chop are the classic axe disciplines; Single Buck (single-man cross-cut saw), Stock Saw (standard chainsaw) and Hot Saw (tuned, customized chainsaw with up to 80 horsepower) are the sawing disciplines. Athletes compete against each other and the clock. For more information visit: www.stihl-timbersports.com

 

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