POZNAN, Poland, November 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
New World Record with Axe and Saw
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship 2015 assembled the world's elite lumberjack athletes in Poland on November 13 and 14. The current title holder Jason Wynyard, New Zealand, won the Single Competition for the seventh time. In the team contest, the kiwis had a thrilling race against Australia. In a neck-and-neck race, the team from Down Under won with a new world record of 47.22 seconds. The extreme sport with axe and saw excited 5,000 spectators in the sold-out arena in Poznan.
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Jason Wynyard just not to be stopped
New Zealander Jason Wynyard demonstrated at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® 2015 World Championship that no-one handles the axe and saw better than him. He took the lead of the twelve-man field at an early stage. "Such a victory is based on extremely hard work. I am glad that work paid off for me today. The flag of New Zealand waves above the winner's place, and I take pride in that", Wynyard said. Christophe Geissler from Switzerland secured silver thanks not least to an excellent cut with the 80hp Hot Saw racing chain saw: "I am very proud to be the best European on the podium; I did not expect that. The more rewarding it is!" 20 year old Australian Rookie Brayden Mayer secured bronze. The field in 2015 was characterized by a large number of upcoming young athletes. In total, all twelve athletes showed top performance: 20 national records were equaled by the athletes from eleven nations. Two world records in the Stock Saw and Underhand Chop disciplines were broken by Germany's Dirk Braun and the Australian Meyer.
Breaking records at the Team Championships
The team from Australia is new and old team champion at STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Series. They turned in an outstanding performance, with the four men smashing four blocks of wood into firewood in 47.22 seconds. Thus, the athletes from Australia set a new world record. The duel in the final round with the arch-rival from New Zealand had an extremely close outcome. The Kiwis only needed 0.77 seconds more in the team competition for the four disciplines. The winning team celebrated its victory enthusiastically: "It is a great feeling to see our team becoming World Champion for the second time in succession." Third place went to the team from the USA. The Europeans were forced to concede the supremacy of the overseas teams, with none of the teams making it to the winners' steps. The hosting team from Poland was eliminated in the quarterfinal, but broke a new European record of 59.96 seconds. The fifth positioned German were the best performing European team.
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