Qatar’s Strong­est Man pulls crowds at As­pire

Gulf Times - - QATAR - By Joey Aguilar Staff Re­porter

The sixth edi­tion of Qatar’s Strong­est Man (QSM) at­tracted a large num­ber of spec­ta­tors who wit­nessed eight par­tic­i­pants vy­ing for the cov­eted ti­tle with a se­ries of gru­elling chal­lenges yes­ter­day at As­pire Park.

Fans cheered for their con­tenders, pro­vid­ing a boost as they went through the Co­nan’s Wheel (lift­ing and car­ry­ing a 180kg bar on a ro­tat­ing plat­form), sand bag lift­ing (tak­ing sand bags off a box and plac­ing it on high stands), gi­ant wheel tyre flip­ping (120kg tyre down a 25m course), Farmer’s Walk (lift­ing 120kg in each arm and walk for 25m) and truck pulling (6-tonne truck for 25m).

Kenyan par­tic­i­pant and 34-year-old Cristo­pher Ojwang Oketch, who won the strong­est ex­pat ti­tle at QSM 2017, re­turned this year to de­fend his crown. Other par­tic­i­pants were Kenyans Joseph Iroo Ekadeli (37) and Sa­muel Wain­ina (35); Egyp­tians Hus­sam Uldin Rashad (40), Mo­hamed Mah­moud (32), Mo­hamed Dwei­dar (27), and Ah­mad Mah­moud Dawy; and Amer­i­can Jaron Greene (31).

“We have seen how fast and strong Cristo­pher (Oketch) was dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion last year. He is the man to beat but a new­comer like Sa­muel (Wain­ina) has a huge po­ten­tial,” said Pradeep V who has been watch­ing the event’s past two edi­tions.

“We also can­not dis­count Joseph Iroo (Ekadeli) who bagged the se­cond place in 2017 (and 2014 ti­tle holder), and third place Mo­hamed (Dwei­dar) who are de­ter­mined to break records this year,” he stressed.

Or­gan­is­ers noted that the win­ners of this year’s edi­tion will be an­nounced on Sun­day (De­cem­ber 9). The au­di­ence also had the chance to take part in a num­ber of com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties such as bas­ket­ball, foot­ball and volleyball games, es­pe­cially for fam­i­lies and chil­dren, as part of QSM 2018 at As­pire Park.

The an­nual ath­letic event and its side ac­tiv­i­ties aim to en­cour­age res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate in sports and recre­ational en­deav­ours which pro­mote ac­tive and healthy life­style.

Be­sides cof­fee and food stalls of­fer­ing pic­nick­ers at the park with snacks and drinks, or­gan­is­ers also gave vis­i­tors and fans an op­por­tu­nity to en­ter a raf­fle draw to win prizes pre­sented by spon­sors such as Sports Corner, Oore­doo, De Boer and Kidza­nia at the event.

Spec­ta­tors cheer­ing for their con­tenders at the event.

PIC­TURES:

De­fend­ing cham­pion Cristo­pher Ojwang Oketch takes on the Co­nan’s Wheel dur­ing the early stages of Qatar’s Strong­est Man event yes­ter­day at As­pire Park. She­meer Rasheed

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