Australia's Daniel Gurr is the world's best logger sports rookie. Gurr came out on top in a thrilling final on Saturday evening at the TIMBERSPORTS® Rookie World Championship in Marseille. On the shores of the Mediterranean, in front of the city's famous old port, the 21 year-old claimed the title with a strong performance ahead of Italy's Michael Del Pin in second place and Chas Haas from the USA in third.
Daniel Gurr from Australia is the world's best logger sports rookie. Thanks to a perfect combination of technique and precision the man from Down Under came out on top against an international field competing in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Rookie World Championship. Second place went to Italy's Michael Del Pin, who finished the competition with the same number of points as Gurr, while America's Chas Haas rounded out the podium in third. The remaining places in the final classification were filled by athletes from Sweden, Canada, the Czech Republic, France and Great Britain.
Daniel Gurr from Australia wins in Marseille's Vieux Port
It went right down to the wire at this year's STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Rookie World Championship. A very evenly balanced competition concluded with a showdown between Italy's Michael Del Pin and his closest rival Daniel Gurr from Australia. Going into the final discipline the Italian had a three-point lead over the Australian and was therefore the favourite to come out on top in the overall classification. However, Gurr set a new personal best of 17.94 seconds in the Underhand Chop, the fastest time of the day, and surged past Del Pin to claim victory. Gurr had already posted the best performance of the final in the Standing Block Chop (16.20 seconds), while Michael Del Pin was the strongest competitor in the Stock Saw (11.66 seconds). As the competition drew to a close both athletes finished on 23 points, but the title went to Daniel Gurr thanks to his faster cumulative time. "You only have one shot at taking part in the Rookie World Championship, so I made sure I prepared well," commented Daniel Gurr. The Australian was seriously impressed by the location of this year's Rookie World Championship: "It was fantastic to compete in front of such an awesome backdrop and with such incredible fans cheering us on."
Spectacular duels and nerves of steel
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Rookie World Championship showcases the future of extreme sport. Right up until the final discipline, the Underhand Chop, four athletes were all in with a chance of winning the overall title. In the end a breathtaking competition culminated in a fantastic final. As well as the top three competitors the finalists were Emil Hansson from Sweden, Thomas Henderson from Canada, Jan Kamir from the Czech Republic, Lucas Schott from France and Jack Easen from Great Britain. They demonstrated skill, power and precision in the disciplines Stock Saw, Standing Block Chop, Single Buck and Underhand Chop.
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