Brayden Meyer of Team Australia battled his way to the Individual 2019 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® world title tonight in a phenomenal display of strength, power and precision at Industrial Palace, Prague. His win saw Australia complete a STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship double for the second year in a row after the Chopperoos won the Team Relay crown on Friday evening.
Performing in front of a racous, sell-out crowd of over 2,700 fans, Meyer held his nerve in a nail-biting Hot Saw competition to take home the title, as the Czech Rebuplic hosted the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship for the first time.
As the current world record holder in the Underhand Chop discipline, it came as no surprise when the Australian raced into an early lead, one that he then never reliquinshed. Achieving personal bests and wins in no fewer than four of the six disciplines, Canada's Ben Cumberland came closest to challenging his dominance through five events as he recorded a new Single Buck World Record of 12.94 seconds, albeit with the help of a new rule change for the discipline.
As the contest reached its climax though, Meyer showed no sign of letting up, storming to an impressive Springboard win in a time of 36.84 seconds. With just the Hot Saw remaining, Cumberland looked set to take silver after a series of five personal bests, but a disqualification dashed his medal hopes allowing the USA's Cassidy Scheer and New Zealand's Shane Jordan to leapfrog him in the standings. Consistent throughout, the pair were resolute as ever in the Hot Saw, with Meyer then just needing to record a time to win; despite a non-start he remained cool and collected to do just that.
He commented: "I just tried to stay as calm as possible at the end there and it's incredible to come up with the win. To get both golds I couldn't be happier and to be able to follow in Laurence's footsteps makes it all the more special. It's an unreal feeling and really tops off an amazing weekend."
Sharing his praise for the new champion, silver medalist Cassidy Scheer added: "Brayden had a heck of a night and was kind of unstoppable to be honest - he's a great athlete. I'm delighted to be here and want to thank the Czech people for giving us a memorable night tonight."
Rounding out the podium, Shane Jordan also expressed his delight explaining: "I'm really happy to get on the podium. It's an awesome stadium, an awesome competition and it's a pleasure to compete against the best athletes in the world."
Elsewhere, home hope Martin Roušal battled his way through to the last eight much to the delight of the crowd, but was forced to bow out ahead of the Hot Saw showdown to finish an eventual eighth. That left Swiss veteran Christophe Geissler to take home the plaudits of best European on the night.
Next year's championships will be hosted at Gothenburg's Partille Arena on November 7th / November 8th. To find out more and to purchase your ticket visit www.stihl-timbersports.com.