by Al Myers
We are in for a SPECIAL TREAT this weekend at the 2012 IAWA World Championships. The two best Neck Lifters in the WORLD have agreed to have a duel – a NECK LIFT SHOWDOWN! Last year at the 2011 USAWA Heavy Lift Championships in York, PA, Chad Ullom became the first man to exceed 900 pounds in the Neck Lift with a lift of 900. Then this year at the USAWA Heavy Lift Championships in Bowling Green, OH Eric “ET” Todd broke Chad’s record with a outstanding 905 pound effort. However, ET’s record didn’t last long, as Chad upped it to 915 pounds at a record day in the Dino Gym this summer. Well, that didn’t set well with Eric so this challenge was issued! (ok…in reality I set it all up, but it sounds better this way!!!!). Both of these guys are “on the hunt” to be the first man to break the magical 1000 pound barrier. Maybe this challenge on this big International stage will bring it out in them? This will be a good ole’ fashioned ONE ON ONE DUEL, reminiscent of past circus shows between strongmen.
The greatest Neck Lifter in HISTORY Frank Ciavattone will be on hand to be the head official for this duel. Frank holds the Guinness WORLD RECORD in the Neck Lift at 808# under the strict judging criteria of Guinness. This is the link to Frank’s Guinness World Record: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-4000/heaviest-weight-lifted-by-neck/ . This battle will occur right after the finish of Sunday’s competition, while the meets scores are being tabulated. It is something that you will NOT WANT TO MISS!!