Friday, November 1st, 2019
Team Australia have been crowned the 2019 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Champions after an exhillirating Team Relay Event saw the Chopperoos pip New Zealand to the title in Prague. There was no world record this time around, but they continued to raise the bar as they progressed through the rounds, holding their nerve to win back-to-back titles.
Over 2,500 fans from over 20 different countries, a sell out crowd, piled into the iconic Industrial Palace amidst a racous atmosphere, as the Czech Republic hosted the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships for the first time.
The scintillating action saw 20 nations compete in the Team Relay Event, battling against each other in a knockout format across four of the six disciplines: Stock Saw, Single Buck, Underhand Chop and Standing Block Chop.
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
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.
In total more than 100 athletes from over 20 nations compete in teams of four athletes in a relay competition for the world title.
In enthralling duels the teams compete in a knock-out system, where the fastest team will advance to the next round. In the last few years, the teams that made it through to the final turned in some impressive times, smashing four wooden blocks to pieces in under a minute.
The athletes compete in six disciplines handling axes, chainsaws and a two-meter-long cross-cut saw. In the individual competition, the athletes receive points depending on how quickly they complete each discipline. The overall winner is the athlete with the most points after all six disciplines. The competition is divided into three rounds; the first round covers the basic disciplines, the second round the advanced disciplines and the third round the Hot Saw as the pinnacle event. After each round, the competitors with the lowest score are eliminated.
Competing for the Czech Republic will be the winner of the Czech Championship 2019, Martin Roušal.
In 2015 Roušal won the Czech Championship for the first time just by one point ahead of Martin Komárek.
2017 and 2018 were silver years for Martin finishing behind Martin Komárek in the Czech Champs. Martin Roušal was part of the Czech Team at the 2018 World Championship in Liverpool where the team broke the European record.
In 2019 at the Czech Championship, Roušal was able to beat Martin Komárek again, took the gold medal and qualified for the World Championship 2019 in his home country.