ONE of the Europe strongest man qualifiers was held on Sunday in the Waterford Institute of Technology and Kilkenny’s champion did well.
Killkenny man James Fennelly, Owens Fennelly gym, Ireland’s strongest man in 2010, 2011 battled for his place against Wales strongest men in this gruelling strongeman event.
James got off to a great start. He won the deadlift event by lifting 330kg (see picture). In the second event, the steel block press, James lifted the second block over 120kg over his head.
Fennelly looked in unbeatable form at this stage.
In the third event, the steel frame carry, he walked 40 metres at his ease to win. At this stage the Kilkenny man looked a safe bet to win outright.
In the fourth event, the stone circle, James lifted three massive sold stones weighing over 150kg. On the fourth lift as he attempted the big 190kg stone lift.
Fennelly lost his footing and fell with the 190kg stone ball on his leg and he was knocking to the ground. James was badly bruised, but nothing was broken.
Fennelly was placed third in the event with two events to finish. He has now decided to rest to recover until his next bit challenge in April.
James Fennelly currently holds the title of Republic of Ireland Strongest Man 2009 and 2010, and All-Ireland Strongest Man 2010!
He began his sporting career in his mid-teens with training partner and former champion power-lifter, Johnny Ryan. He trained consistently in order to compete in power-lifting where he claimed junior titles in the Irish, European and World Championships.