West Australian strongman aims to be the best

Source: The West Australian

Daniel Macri, said to be WA’s strongest man, was just getting warmed up yesterday when he pulled a 10-tonne truck behind him in preparation for the Perth final of Australia’s strongest man competition this weekend.

In the heavyweight division on Saturday, another 10 tonnes will be added when a trailer is hooked on to the truck.

Macri, 23, a 170kg, 186cm man-mountain, has to haul it 20m.

He will be pitted against three men in five other events, including the yoke carry, where competitors carry a 425kg frame for 25m.

In the log press, they have to lift a 310kg metal log above their heads as many times as they can in one minute. They will carry two metal suitcases, each weighing 140kg, for 50m in the farmer’s walk.

Despite tearing a muscle at the end of last year, Macri, of Alfred Cove, is favourite to win. If he does, he will head to the national final in NSW next month. Macri came fourth last year.

He said his interest in the sport was sparked when he watched the World’s Strongest Man competition on TV when he was 14.

Macri encouraged others to get into the sport.

“I just love the feeling of beating my personal best and striving to do things that no one else can do,” he said.

The event starts at 10am at Muscle Worx in Currambine.


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