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by Christopher Annino
Several weeks ago Strongmen Athletes from throughout the world come to battle feats of strength such as the Giant Timber Frame Carry 700lbs, Car Deadlift, and the Atlas Stones – which weigh 285 lbs to 420lbs – at Mohegan Sun Arena. Those who competed in World’s Strongest Man Qualifier were: Mark Felix, Brian Shaw, Derek Poundstone, Terry Hollands, Stoyan Todorchev, and Louis-Phillipe Jean.
Just coming off wining the Arnold Classic Strongman event for the 2nd time in a row and placing fourth in the World’s Strongest Man Championships in Multa, Waterbury police officer Derek Poundstone carved a reputation for himself in the strongest man competitions for being consecutive. “World’s strongest man is not about how strong an individual is, there is a great deal of technique, stamina, agility, and speed required in these events,” said Derek. At the Qualifier he had gathered another consecutive victory just barely winning over fellow athlete Brian Shaw.