Swedish athlete Ferry Svan dominated from start to finish, recording no fewer than four personal bests on route to winning the 2020 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Four Nations Cup at Bavaria Film Studios, Munich.
Bringing together the best athletes from France, Sweden, Austria & Switzerland, for many of the athletes involved it was an opportunity to fight for their ticket to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Individual World Championship qualification event coming up in November 2020, six disciplines lying in wake to book their place.
From the off, decorated veterans of the sport, Austria's Armin Kugler and Switzerland's Christophe Geissler laid down strong markers in the Underhand Chop discipline, but nestled among the pair at the top of the standings after round one, it was Sweden's Ferry Svan that then proceeded to light up the competition.
Svan the Man – Ferry Svan takes control
Taking maximum points in the Stock Saw discipline, the first of his four personal bests, he never looked back, racing into an early lead as the likes of Geissler, Kugler and France's Pierre Puybaret looked to cling on to his coat tails.
Geissler‘s form was a little erratic through the rounds, while a huge performance from Puybaret in the Single Buck helped the Frenchman claw his way back to in sight of the lead. That was before Svan again responded, roaring with delight on the top step as he executed a winning, personal best performance in the hotly anticipated Springboard discipline.
With just the unpredictable Hot Saw discipline to negotiate to be crowned winner, Svan held his nerve at the death to achieve yet another personal best, and at that securing top three finishes across all six disciplines.
Nine points behind him, it was Austria's Kugler that pulled out two massive performances in the latter stages to pip France's Pierre Puybaret to the silver medal, and the pair booked their tickets to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Individual World Championship qualification event in completing the podium.
The night belonged to Svan though, who was clearly delighted with his competition: "I'm really, really happy – next time I'll make it six personal bests!" he exclaimed.
"The set-up was brilliant and I had so much fun out there. I felt so smooth throughout and generally speaking it was just great to be back out there competing."
All smiles on the podium, he added: "I enjoyed every second of it – it's the most fun competition I've done and it was a perfect competition for me – a really amazing feeling to win."
While Svan will hope he can replicate tonight's form next month at the Nordic Championship to book his place at November's STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Individual World Championship qualification, Switzerland's Geissler was the other athlete to book his place on the night through a fifth place finish. The complete results can be found on the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Database.
Due to the global pandemic, the competition was delivered through a new live broadcast concept, an experienced commentary team acting to provide fans with a high-quality viewing experience from the comfort of their own home.