DIP FIN­ISH

JUSTIN SYSUM WON NORTH­ERN IRE­LAND HAM­MER TI­TLE BUT NOW WOWS AU­DI­ENCES AS A WRESTLER

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Ham­mer thrower finds fame as wrestler

EX-HAM­MER thrower Justin Sysum is mak­ing a name for him­self on the pro wrestling cir­cuit.

The Glouces­ter ath­lete has a ham­mer best of 60.94m, he is a former North­ern Ire­land cham­pion and was coached by former UK ham­mer record­holder Lor­raine Shaw.

But more re­cently he has turned to grap­pling in a ring and be­come one of the big­gest stars on ITV’s WOS Wrestling show.

Orig­i­nally called ‘the Ham­mer’ when he joined the wrestling cir­cuit six years ago, more re­cently he has gained the nick­name ‘Su­per­hu­man’ and a re­cent vic­tory over ri­val wrestler ‘Ram­page’ has been de­scribed as the match of the year.

The WOS Wrestling Show has seen the sport re­turn to ITV for the first time in 30 years.

Back then, wrestling was hugely pop­u­lar with stars like Big Daddy, Gi­ant Haystacks, Mick McManus and Catwea­zle be­com­ing house­hold names.

The lat­est se­ries of shows have not gar­nered the same kind of au­di­ences but tele­vi­sion crit­ics have ap­plauded the class of 2018 and the Guardian called it pos­si­bly “the best soap opera on TV”.

Now, the WOS Wrestling tour is go­ing on the road, too. In the new year Sysum and oth­ers will show their grap­pling skills at var­i­ous na­tions across the coun­try, start­ing in Southamp­ton on Jan­uary 18 and fin­ish­ing at the York Hall Bethnal Green venue in Lon­don on Fe­bru­ary 3.

As well as be­ing a former ham­mer thrower, Sysum has played Amer­i­can foot­ball and has worked as a film stunt­man.

Justin Sysum: demon­strat­ing his ath­leti­cism in the wrestling ring

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