STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® European Trophy 2019

Europe's top choppers secure their places at Champions Trophy 2020

Europe’s top choppers secure their places at STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy 2020 after thrilling European Trophy

Qualifying for the Champions Trophy 2020 by finishing in the top six positions at last weekend's event are Michał Dubicki (Poland), Armin Kugler (Austria), Calle Svadling (Sweden), Robert Ebner (Germany), Martin Komárek (Czech Republic) and Danny Mahr (Germany).

The six European qualifiers will be joined at the Champions Trophy 2020 by a further four athletes selected from Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada, along with two wildcard winners who are still to be nominated.

The Champions Trophy features the 12 highest-ranking TIMBERSPORTS® athletes in this competition format from around the world, who go head-to-head in a series of knockout match-ups. In each match-up, athletes have to complete four disciplines back-to-back: Stock Saw, Underhand Chop, Single Buck, Standing Block Chop. The fastest athlete from each match-up progresses to the next round, culminating in a grand final between the last two remaining competitors.

The European Trophy, which follows the same format as the Champions Trophy, saw the very best woodchoppers and sawers in Europe come together to battle it out for the six places on offer in a thrilling display of speed, power and skill.

Michał Dubicki and Armin Kugler were the men who went all the way in the European Trophy 2019, with Dubicki scoring particularly impressive times throughout the competition, including a new European Record of 1:02:83 in the semi-final. The Pole was ultimately crowned the winner after dominating his final against Kugler and will hope to carry that impressive form into the Champions Trophy next year, having finished fourth in the 2018 edition earlier this year. Also returning to the Champions Trophy are Kugler, Komárek and Ebner, whilst Svadling and Mahr will make their debuts in the demanding format.