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The Australian Chopperoos are brimming with pride having made history in Liverpool, England last month, setting a new world record time and beating the USA to win gold. This is their fifth STIHL TIMBERSPORTS. World Championship win, cementing their title as one of the most successful Australian national sports teams of all time. STIHL TIMBERSPORTS is an international extreme sports competition series which sees the world’s best logger sports athletes compete against each other – and the clock – across heart-racing disciplines based on traditional logging skills. The four-man Chopperoos team, led by captain Brad De Losa (NSW), surpassed 21 other countries including their biggest rivals New Zealand, as they competed in a team relay across four axe and saw disciplines. The team were unstoppable with De Losa on the single buck, Brayden Meyer (VIC) on underhand chop, Jamie Head (QLD) on the stock saw, and Glen Gillam (VIC) on standing block chop, revealing his never before seen enormous 10.5 inch axe that annihilated any piece of wood standing in its way. The nail biting semi-final against the Canadians saw the Chopperoos smash the world-record in 45.10 seconds, beating their old record of 46.45 by 1.35 seconds. The team were then victorious against the US in the final, in a time of 46.63 seconds to take gold and reclaim their title, a special moment following their upset at last year’s Championships in Lilehammer, Norway.
Further to their success, the event saw Victorian Laurence O’Toole crowned World Champion, winning gold in the individual competition. O’Toole trumped over fierce competition across competitors from 11 countries, including the US, Canada and New Zealand. The competition was razor sharp with only hundreds of seconds separating the top athletes across the six discipline format. The night started out well for Laurence, placing 2nd and picking up 11 points from a maximum 12 on offer in the first round, the underhand chop. It looked like he’d all but blown his chance in round two with the STIHL stocksaw, where a misalignment on one of his cuts cost him vital seconds and pushed him down the ladder.
He recovered well in round three the standing block chop to claim nine points leaving him tied for 4th place, going into the final double points rounds. It was here Laurence showed his expertise taking 1st place in both the single buck and the springboard to leave him five points in lead of six-time US champion Matt Cogar for the final discipline worth triple points, the hotsaw. Cheered on by his family and Australian fans who had travelled to the packed Echo Arena in Liverpool, Laurence took on Matt Cogar in the final round on the hotsaw, cutting a personal best time of 5.79sec to finish on 69 points, which saw him claim the title of World Champion. FINAL TEAM RANKINGS 1 Australian Chopperoos 2 United States 3 Canada 4 New Zealand FINAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS 1 Laurence O’Toole, AUSTRALIA – 69 points 2 Matthew Cogar, USA – 61 points 3 Martin Komarek, Czech Republic – 57 points 4 Robert Ebner, Germany – 50 points The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series is now in its 33rd year globally and 5th year in Australia with live events held across the country and a hit TV series on 7mate every Saturday at 12:30pm and Sunday at 9:30am (encore). For all the axe-ion, check out STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Australia on Facebook @stihltimbersportsAUS and Instagram @stihltimbersportsau.