Last weekend I attended the Strongest Man contest in Vroomshoop. Even as a complete outsider, I even think I was the only one there who’s never been to a gym, it was very entertaining. The twelve competitors had to complete seven events, varying from the dead lift to pulling a truck. The local favorite and five-time champion Jarno Hams was injured so he couldn’t defend his title in front of his home crowd. Without him the competition turned out to be a lot more exciting, because all the other athletes were quite evenly matched. Not in size though, one poor fellow couldn’t even reach the highest platform of the stone challenge, while others almost bumped their head on the Hercules hold. Everyone had a weak event, but was also capable of winning the next, so it was very hard to predict the overall winner. The speaker didn’t help much either. He was far too busy with himself than to give updates about the competition. And he when he did announce some scores, he regularly messed up. In between events and attempts the crew took a long time to get everything ready again. A nice break for the athletes, but a bit dull for the crowd, as there was hardly any entertainment. Just a dance cd from a decade ago and a very brave dance crew. We’d expected the event to be completed around 6 pm, but it wasn’t decided until 7.30 pm. We then quickly left during the victory ceremony so we’d be able to get some food on the road.