Over 200 spectators looked on in awe at a Motherwell gym as super strong contestant Dhanni Moar lifted almost four times his own bodyweight off the ground.
Moar, of the Shetland Islands, left crowd members at Hostile Strength and Conditioning open mouthed as he raised a Scottish record 410kg – two buckets worth of 20kg weights – into the air when winning the overall Lanarkshire’s Strongest Man contest.
Event organiser Martin Lennox, owner of Hostile Strength and Conditioning, said: “I was over the moon for Dhanni that he broke the Scottish record.
“Dhanni is renowned for having the strongest shoulders in Scotland – probably Britain – and he never, ever disappoints.
“He is tireless when it comes to competing and he always demonstrates pure commitment by travelling all the way from the Shetlands to the central belt of Scotland.
“It was really special to see Dhanni’s all round performance, which was phenomenal.
“The atmosphere at the whole event was brilliant and it got particularly loud when Dhanni produced the performance of the day.
“Everybody was really up for it and they were screaming and shouting at Dhanni’s successful attempt.”
Dhanni won six of the eight rounds contested – Andy McCulloch won the other two – on a day which saw hundreds of pounds raised for the Army Benevolent Fund.
The sensational efforts of Dhanni – who lifted the 410kg of weights in the Silver Dollar Dead Lift category – were enough to earn him top prize of the Paterson’s Trophy Supplies Claymore. This was presented to him by Scottish strongman John Pollock.
Martin said that lifting attempts in the dead lift class had only been considered ‘legal’ at the point when the competitor managed to achieve a straight body when lifting their buckets off the ground.
Martin stressed that all the strongmen competed at such events purely for the love of it, as they were amateurs and therefore ineligible to receive prize money.
“The overall event went great,” Martin said.
“It is always nice when you see Scottish records being broken. It is not every day you see that.
“I’ve staged four competitions this year and that’s now a total of four Scottish records that have been broken at them.
“For Dhanni to lift almost four times his bodyweight was just fantastic. He is in the top four strongmen in Scotland and is very consistent.”
Martin said that the Lanarkshire Championships, on Sunday, September 27, had proved a popular watch for people of various generations; many families had turned up to watch it.
The outstanding performance of Dhanni was unsurprising, given his credentials.
The Shetlands man, who finished 10th in the 105kg class at last year’s World Strongman Championships in Helsinki, also broke the Scottish overhead log press record back in June.
Strongmen of all ability levels meet at Hostile Strength and Conditioning, in Flemington Industrial Estate, every Saturday morning from 9am to noon.