We had already announced it in the IMG_6748 vlad caber samediblog: Vlad TULACEK , this week-end's superstar was clearly the favourite of the IHGF European Pro Championship.

And he did get a lanslide victory after a fantastic competition where the spectators in the majestic Bressuire castle were delighted by the show

Not only did Vlad become the European champion for caber-tossing , but also he grabbed the IHGF European Pro title.

With only 13 points after the 8 events of the IHGF European Pro Championship, he is clearly ahead of Lorne COLTHART, Scotland (20 points) and Sebastian WENTA from Poland (28 points).

His march to victory was exceptionnal. Vlad, indeed, won 6 of the eight events of the competition.

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Hans LOLKEMA from Holland won the light weight for distance and Lorne COLTHART from Scotland the heavy weight

Vlad's achievements in Bressuire

- 6 heavy events: open stone and Braemar stone, light and heavy hammer, weight for height and caber-tossing.

- 1 victory in cork-throw, a local event

- 2 field records:

* light stone (16,90 mètres after 16,69 m by Scott RIDER in 2015)

* weight over bar (5m11 after 5m10 by Dan Mc KIM in 2015)

IMG_0082And you know what?

He even tried to break the world record at 5.59m. And of course, Francis BREBNER and the crowd were eager to see that.

IMG_0078Even if he failed, Vlad was right to try it.

He was very confident because on Saturday he had broken a new record in Bressuire in one of the local events called keg over bar. And he did it with 5,45 m instead of 5,11 m by Dan McKIM in 2015.

That had been the highlight of Day one!

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Vlad and the new generation

We had never seen in Bressuire such a domination in spite of a fantastic line-up with the best European throwers.

Congrats to Lorne COLTHART for his victory in the heavy weight for distance (Vlad finished third)!

And a big pat on Hans LOLKEMA's back. At 46, he brilliantly won the light weight for distance and Vlad only finished fourth!

But this competition clearly showsthat the time has come for the new generation.

And, definitely, Vlad TULACEK is the new leader and, maybe, the next world champion...

Alain CADU

Photos: Louis Fradin and the blogger

 

The standings: IHGF European Pro Championship:

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1- Vlad TULACEK, Czech Republic 13 points

2- Lorne COLTHART, Scotland 20 points

3- Sebastian WENTA, Poland 28 points

4- Hans LOLKEMA, Holland 31,5 points

5- Daniel DOROW, Germany 41,5 points

6- Rafal KOBYLARZ, Poland 50 points

7- Raynor WORTEL, Holland 53,5 points

8- Jamie GUNN, Scotland 56,5 points

9- Svavar SIGUNSSTEINSSON, Iceland 66 points

The standings: caber

1- Vladislav TULACEK

2- Rafal KIBYLARZ

3- Hans LOLKEMA

4- Sebastien WENTA

5- Lorne COLTHART

6- Raynor WORTEL

Have more:

World records and field records in Bressuire (update)

Odds and profiles before the Games