World Strongman Cup Federation

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World Strongman Cup Federation
WSMCLogo.png
Formation 2004
Type Sports federation
Headquarters Salzburg, Austria
Website world-strongmancup.at

The World Strongman Cup Federation ("WSCF") was a worldwide organisation within strength athletics that claimed to be the sport's organising body with the aim of making "the Strongman Sport more popular and accessible for a wide range of the people."[1] Its motto was "be strong". It was also a charity. The Federation organised the World Strongman Cup one of the main competitions in the field of strength athletics boasting participation from some of the foremost strongmen around the globe. It was a separate competition from the World's Strongest Man, the Strongman Super Series (producing a World Champion) and the IFSA World Championship). It has since been replaced by the World Strongman Federation's World Cup.

History[edit]

Until completion of the 2004 World's Strongest Man competition, the IFSA managed the annual World's Strongest Man contest. However, that year saw an acrimonious dividing of the sport with the IFSA forming its own competition and with the World's Strongest Man ("WSM") continuing to be organised by TWI, an IMG Media company. The WSM itself was never a federation, but an event organised commercially. When the IFSA formed their own competition and banned their contracted athletes from competing in the WSM, the World Strongman Cup Federation ("WSCF") filled a void and signed up many of the non-IFSA athletes. At the 2005 WSM finals, two thirds of the athletes were under contract with the WSCF.[1] Since its inception the WSMCF has organised events in many countries including: United States of America, Canada, Germany, Austria, Russia, Serbia, Poland and Spain.[1] Its flagship event was the World Strongman Cup.

Following a financial dispute with the World Strongman Cup Federation Vlad Redkin, one of its chief organisers, left to found the World Strongman Federation. Following Vlad's departure, the WSCF ceased to promote events and effectively disappeared from the strength athletics landscape. In September 2007 an event in Khanty-Mansijsk formerly affiliated to WSMC and featuring its athletes was promoted by Vlad Redkin. This event had its name changed at short notice from WSMC to the Grand Prix of Khanty-Mansijsk (Russia) and in effect was the first WSF event. The reason given after the competition by Redkin was that a combination of financial reasons as well as concerns over WSMCF's stated aim of forming closer ties with the International Federation of Strength Athletes led him to part company with WSMCF. He initially planned to cooperate closely with the World Strongman Super Series in 2008, but in fact set up a new federation called the World Strongman Federation.[2]

World Strongman Cup
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The official logo of World Strongman Cup Federation
Tournament information
Location Varies The cup is won through a series of competitions held throughout the world
Established 2004
Final year 2007
Format A number of Multi-event competitions within an annual tour
Final champion
Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski

World Strongman Cup[edit]

The World Strongman Cup has been run since 2004. It is organised as a tour event with many competitions held throughout the globe. The overall winner is ascertained through the cumulation of points scored across the season.

List of Champions[edit]

Year Athlete Nationality
2004 Raivis Vidzis  Latvia
2005 Raivis Vidzis  Latvia
2006 Mariusz Pudzianowski  Poland
2007 Mariusz Pudzianowski  Poland
Notes
  1. All names from Dave Horne's world of grip

2003[edit]

Event Location & Date Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
Strongmancup - Spain Spain Gran Canaria (28.02.2003)
Strongmancup - Austria Kellerberg Freizeitanlage 15 Austria (03.05.2003)
Strongmancup - Austria (Ernst Ascher Gedächnissteinheben) Austria Bad Häring (24.05.2003)
Strongmancup - Poland Poland Piła (31.05.2003)
Austrian Master's Strongmancup Austria (Donauinselfest)(21.06.2003)
European Master's Strongmancup European Union (Slovakia)(02.08.2003) SlovakiaFrantisek Őszi Ukraine Michael Starov HungaryRichard Danis
Strongmancup - Ukraine Ukraine (13.09.2003)
Strongmancup - Austria Austria Lugner City (08.11.2003)
Overall placings
  • Results from the archive of www.world-strongmancup.at[3]

2004[edit]

Event Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
Strongmancup - Spain Spain[4] Gran Canaria (28.02.2004) Ukraine Michael Starov Latvia Raivis Vidzis Austria Ralf Ber
Strongmancup - Austria Austria[5] Kärtnen (03.04.2004) Northern Ireland Glenn Ross Latvia Raivis Vidzis Austria Ralf Ber
Strongmancup - Germany Germany[6] Immenstadt (22.05.2004) Russia Igor Pedan Northern Ireland Glenn Ross Latvia Raivis Vidzis
Strongmancup - Germany Germany[7] Plattling-Luna Park (26.06.2004) Austria Ralf Ber Ukraine Michael Starov Latvia Raivis Vidzis
Strongmancup - Austria Austria[8] Bad Häring (10.07.2004) Russia Igor Pedan Latvia Raivis Vidzis Northern Ireland Glenn Ross
Strongmancup - Poland Poland[9] Swinoujscie (31.07.2004) Latvia Raivis Vidzis Russia Igor Pedan Austria Ralf Ber
European Master's Strongmancup European Union[10] Subotica (Serbia)(04.09.2004) Northern Ireland Glenn Ross Latvia Raivis Vidzis Austria Ralf Ber
Strongmancup - Russia Russia[11] Moscow (02.10.2004) Ukraine Michael Starov Russia Igor Pedan Latvia Raivis Vidzis
Strongmancup - Canada Canada[12] Edmonton (11.12.2004) United States Dave Ostlund Latvia Raivis Vidzis Austria Ralf Ber
Overall placings Latvia Raivis Vidzis
  • Results from the archive of www.world-strongmancup.at (with the exception of the identification of the overall winner)[3]

2005[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
Minsk, Belarus Belarus Latvia Raivis Vidzis Austria Ralf Ber Lithuania Antanas Abrutis
Wexford, Ireland Republic of Ireland Lithuania Antanas Abrutis Estonia Tarmo Mitt Northern Ireland Glenn Ross
Yorkshire, England England Northern Ireland Glenn Ross Northern Ireland Brian Irwin United States Jesse Marunde
Denver, USA United States Latvia Raivis Vidzis Northern Ireland Glenn Ross Austria Ralf Ber
Bad Haring, Austria Austria Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Ukraine Michael Starov Austria Ralf Ber
Ladysmith, Canada Canada Latvia Raivis Vidzis Austria Ralf Ber Canada Ed Brost
Nuremberg, Germany Germany Germany Franz Beil Austria Ralf Ber Ukraine Michael Starov
Khanty Mansiysk, Russia Russia Latvia Raivis Vidzis United States Jesse Marunde Russia Elbrus Nigmatullin
Overall placings Latvia Raivis Vidzis Austria Ralf Ber Estonia Tarmo Mitt

2006[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
Riga, Latvia Latvia Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Latvia Raivis Vidzis Russia Elbrus Nigmatullin
Armagh, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Austria Ralf Ber Northern Ireland Glenn Ross Estonia Tarmo Mitt
Minsk, Belarus Belarus Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Latvia Raivis Vidzis Russia Elbrus Nigmatullin
Furstenfeldbruch, Germany Germany Poland Jarek Dymek Ukraine Michael Starov Estonia Tarmo Mitt
Moscow, Russia Russia Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Finland Janne Virtanen Russia Elbrus Nigmatullin
Vienna, Austria Austria Bulgaria Stoyan Todorchev Ukraine Vasyl Virastiuk Serbia Ervin Katona
Grodzisk Maz, Poland Poland Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Poland Sebastian Wenta Bulgaria Stoyan Todorchev
Podolsk, Russia Russia Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Russia Elbrus Nigmatullin Bulgaria Stoyan Todorchev
Overall placings Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Estonia Tarmo Mitt Russia Elbrus Nigmatullin

2007[edit]

Location Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
Riga, Latvia Latvia Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Latvia Raivis Vidzis Estonia Tarmo Mitt
Moscow, Russia Russia Finland Janne Virtanen Bulgaria Stoyan Todorchev Australia Derek Boyer
London, England England Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Bulgaria Stoyan Todorchev United Kingdom Terry Hollands
Overall placings Poland Mariusz Pudzianowski Bulgaria Stoyan Todorchev Latvia Raivis Vidzis

Grand Prix of Khanty-Mansijsk[edit]

Originally, another event in Khanty-Mansijsk in September 2007 was affiliated to WSMC and featured its athletes. However, the promoter of the event, Vlad Redkin, changed the name from WSMC to the Grand Prix of Khanty-Mansijsk (Russia). The reason given was that after the competition Redkin was parting company with WSMC due to his concerns over WSMC wanting closer ties with the International Federation of Strength Athletes. He also cited that he had lost money with WSMC. He initially planned to cooperate closely with the World Strongman Super Series in 2008, but in fact set up a new federation called the World Strongman Federation.[13]

Date: 8 September 2007

Position Name Country Points
1. Stojan Todorchev Bulgaria 49
2. Tarmo Mitt Estonia 47,5
3. Elbrus Nigmatullin Russia 42
4. Raivis Vidzis Latvia 36,5
5. René Minkwitz Denmark 33
6. Brian Shaw United States 30,5
7. Christian Savoie Canada 24
8. Glenn Ross Northern Ireland 20
9. Mojtaba Maleki Iran 17
10. Karim Taleshi Iran 17
11. Igor Torlak Russia 9,5

Charity[edit]

The charity aims to reduce and tackle obesity in children by helping more children to take part in sporting activities. It is the charity's belief that "As these children become more interested in and able to enjoy sports of their choosing, their physical and emotional conditions show significant improvement. This provides a strong foundation for improved self-confidence and happiness for all participants."[1] The federation believes that their athletes can act as positive examples.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d World Strongman Cup Federation official site
  2. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2007/Sep/Vlad_Redkin_Leaves_WSMC____Stoyan_Todorchev_Wins_Contest_in_Russia.html
  3. ^ a b archive - www.world-strongmancup.at
  4. ^ 2004 Spain results from archive of www.world-strongmancup.at
  5. ^ 2004 Villach results from archive of www.world-strongmancup.at
  6. ^ 2004 Immenstadt results from archive of www.world-strongmancup.at
  7. ^ 2004 Plattling results from archive of www.world-strongmancup.at
  8. ^ 2004 Bad Häring results from archive of www.world-strongmancup.at[dead link]
  9. ^ 2004 Swinoujscie results from archive of www.world-strongmancup.at
  10. ^ 2004 Serbia results from archive of www.world-strongmancup.at
  11. ^ 2004 Moscow results from archive of www.world-strongmancup.at
  12. ^ 2004 Edmonton results from archive of www.world-strongmancup.at[dead link]
  13. ^ http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2007/Sep/Vlad_Redkin_Leaves_WSMC____Stoyan_Todorchev_Wins_Contest_in_Russia.html

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