by Al Myers
OK – I promise that this will be the blog that “wraps up” the news from the 2012 World Championships. I know I have said that already a few times. However, I want to HIGHLIGHT a special event that will “go down in history” in several peoples minds that were there to witness it first hand. It was quite a spectacle and one of the most memorable events that I ever remember happening at any lifting event I have ever been at. Chad Ullom and Eric Todd had agreed to a NECK LIFT CHALLENGE to determine “once and for all” who the Worlds best Neck Lifter is. They have been trading the Overall World Record “back and forth” between them over the past couple of years.
Neck Lifter EXTRAORDINAIRE Frank Ciavattone assumed the role of Head Official. It is only appropriate that Frank perform this duty – as his Neck Lifting resume is a mile deep! I took on the roll of the announcer, and I have to admit that I got “caught up in the moment”. The parameters of this Challenge was laid out beforehand to stimulate competitiveness – unlimited attempts with each lifter getting to choose what they wanted to go to next. I made a call of a weight, and then they could decide if they wanted to try it or not. The weight on the bar for THE FIRST warmup was 500 pounds!! It wasn’t that long ago when 500 pounds was considered a world class lift in the Neck Lift. However on this day it was just the first warmup!! It wasn’t long and both lifters were over 700 pounds. At this point – each lifter started using a little strategy to gain an advantage over the other. The Champ went to 800, and got it easily. ET countered with 850, and then Chad went after a NEW WORLD RECORD of 920#, which appeared as a very easy attempt. ET then made the call to go after the BIG 1-0-0-0. At this point things were really heating up. Eric got the 1000 pounds, and became the first lifter to break the 1000 pound barrier in the Neck Lift. However, Chad then moved the bar to 1010 and with a great effort, made a successful lift. TWO LIFTERS over 1000 pounds for the first time, and all happened in under 5 minutes! ET then raised the weight to 1030, which maxed out the Neck Lift bar. He made the lift in a dramatic fashion. Chad countered with 1040, but it was just a little too much for him on this day. After all, he had just completed a 2-day World Meet with many max lifts over the weekend before this monstrous challenge event!
An event like this we could have sold tickets for. It was a climatic ending to a great weekend of lifting by all.
Neck Lift Challenge
Dino Strength Training Center
October 7th, 2012
Officials (3 official system used): Frank Ciavattone, Frank Allen, Denny Habecker
Lift: Neck Lift
1. First Place – Eric Todd: 1030 pounds
Age 37 years, BWT 118 KG
2. Second Place – Chad Ullom: 1010 pounds
Age 40 years, BWT 112.0 KG