29 October 2022 – Australian Brad De Losa became the 2022 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Individual World Champion following up his victory with the Chopperoos in yesterday’s Team World Championship on a dramatic night in front of a packed Partille Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden.
De Losa edged out USA’s Matt Cogar by one point in a thrilling finish to regain the title he first won in 2013. Canada’s Marcel Dupuis claimed the final step on the podium over Germany’s Danny Martin.
Performing in front of an adrenaline fuelled sell-out crowd of over 3,000 fans, De Losa held his nerve in the final nail-biting Hot Saw event to take home the title, as Sweden hosted the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships for the first time.
Four-time runner-up Cogar had the opportunity to win the Individual title for the first time. Stepping up last in the Hot Saw, he required the third fastest time of the round but could only manage enough for the fourth, falling agonisingly short of the gold medal.
Seven Stock Saw personal bests smashed
Cogar stormed out of the blocks taking an early lead in a blistering time of 18.59 seconds in the Underhand Chop. The competition stepped up a gear in the second discipline, with seven athletes setting new personal best times in the Stock Saw including De Losa. Cogar then continued his fine form with another first place in the Standing Block Chop, whilst Swedish sensation Emil Hansson posted the third fastest time in the discipline.
Dupuis sets stunning Single Buck world record
De Losa and nine-time Individual World Champion Jason Wynyard both set personal bests in the Single Buck. However, in one of the standout moments of the night, Canada’s Dupuis raised the roof of the Partille Arena sawing his way to a new world record time of 11.42.
De Losa triumphs in tense final round
Cogar was back on top in the Springboard taking the overall lead heading into the Hot Saw ahead of Dupuis, De Losa and Wynyard who were all tied in second place. De Losa responded with a personal best time of 5.59 to finish second in the event behind top European Danny Martin, securing the top spot on the podium.
Brad De Losa, the 2022 Individual World Champion, commented: “I am over the moon, and it is special to win this title for a second time. It is always great to compete against the best athletes in the world and I am very proud of this victory.
Runner-up Matt Cogar, added: “It was such a thrilling day, there were ups and downs for all of us. We all played to our strengths, and it was a really dramatic finish.”
Marcel Dupuis, who broke the Single Buck world record, said: “It was a great event and everybody on the podium had some good and some bad disciplines. We all battled hard, and I am delighted to finish in third place.”
Speaking after his tenth place finish, 21-year-old home favourite Emil Hansson, said: “It is my first World Championship appearance, and I am the youngest here so I am very happy with my performance.”
World Championship returns to Germany in 2023
With the 2022 World Championships now over, STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® is delighted to confirm that next year the flagship event in the international calendar will be held in Stuttgart, Germany at the iconic Porsche-Arena on 3 and 4 November 2023. Tickets for this event can already be purchased at www.easyticket.de/timbersportseng.
Full results and final standings for the Individual World Championship can be found on the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® database.