Australia triumphs at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy in Austria: Aussie Brayden Meyer is crowned Champion of Champions in axe and saw
Tyrol, Austria, May 26. The 2016 winner of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy is 20 year old Australian Brayden Meyer. Meyer competed for the first time in what is the toughest competition in the extreme sport of competitive logging. He fought hard throughout the day of gruelling competition against the field of seven other top athletes. Even record world champion, Jason Wynyard had to admit defeat with the Australian taking about 1.08 minutes to cut up four wood blocks with the axe and saw. Second and third place were taken by Jason Wynyard of New Zealand and Marcel Dupuis of Canada.
Around 1,300 spectators followed the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy live on the mountain plateau, 1,700 meters above St. Johann in Tyrol, Austria, when 20 year old Australian Brayden Meyer won the toughest competition in the extreme sport of competitive logging. Meyer outperformed the competition consisting of seven of the world's best TIMBERSPORTS® athletes. He said, "The final was really tough but I got the ring! Jason is an exceptional athlete so I'm thrilled to get the result I did." The loser in the final duel, Jason Wynyard, congratulated Meyer. "Brayden deserved to win. He simply showed more endurance today than me. I was affected by the altitude more than I thought I would".
The best-placed European was Martin Komarek of Czechia who reached the mini-final after a close semi-final. He came fourth after the Canadian Marcel Dupuis and pronounced himself satisfied: "I achieved my aim, to become the best European, and I succeeded to do so". The other participants had to be satisfied with places five to eight: Armin Kugler of Austria followed by Frenchman Pierre Puybaret, Christophe Geissler of Switzerland and Dirk Braun of Germany.
The Champions Trophy competition format: Lose once and you are out
In the Champions Trophy the athletes compete against one another in knock-out rounds in four of the total of six STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines, one after the other without a break.That's what makes the Champions Trophy the toughest contest in logger sports. The seamless transition from one discipline to another requires supreme stamina, precision and tactics and pushes the athletes to their absolute limits of performance.
Upcoming young loggers show what they can do the day before
The previous day the upcoming international young loggers showed their speed and skill in this sport with the axe and saw in the Rookie World Championship. This competition was won by the Canadian Ben Cumberland ahead of the Australian Andrew Kelly and Ben Kniceley from the US.