(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Raynald C Rivera I The Peninsula
It was a great time out for hundreds of sports fans who thronged the Aspire Park yesterday to witness eight of the brawniest men of Qatar take on mammoth challenges which demanded extraordinary strength and endurance to be declared Qatar's Strongest Man 2018.
The atmosphere in the packed venue was electric with the deafening cheers from the audience comprising compatriots and fans of the contenders each time their bets faced a challenge and inched closer to victory. 'I have been following this event since its first edition entirely for the excitement of it. It is thrilling to watch how each contender compete and extremely satisfying to see one of them win in the end, said Ahmed, who claims to be a fitness buff.
The competition was an integral part of a year-round series of events hosted by Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) to promote sports activities and encourage healthy lifestyle among community members.
For James, who watched the event for the first time along with his friends, the competition serves as an inspiration for many people in their effort to lead a better and healthier lifestyle.
'More than their performance tonight, it's their determination and months of training to get to that shape and acquire that strength that make the contenders admirable, he said, while praising the organisers for hosting the competition and expressing hope it would continue in the years to come. The contenders included Jaron Greene from the US; Muhammad Mahmoud Al-Sheikh, Mohammed Dweidar, Hussam Uldin Rashad and Ahmad Mahmoud Dawy from Egypt; and Christopher Ojwang Oketch, Samuel Wainina and Joseph Iroo Ekadeli from Kenya.
They impressed the crowd as they lifted and carried a 180kg bar on a rotating platform in the Conan's Wheel challenge; took sand bags off a box and placed them on high stands in the Sand Bag Lifting challenge; flipped a 120kg tyre down a 25m course in the Giant Wheel Tyre Flipping challenge; lifted 120kg in each arm and walked for 25m in Farmer's Walk challenge; and pulled a six-tonne truck for 25m in the Truck Pulling challenge.
Apart from watching the contest, hundreds more including families enjoyed various sports activities organised by AZF on the sidelines of the event. An area where visitors could enjoy playing volleyball, basketball and football was set up adjacent to the venue of the competition.
People also availed of a variety of snacks at a dozen local food stalls. With the cool weather, the Aspire Park saw thousands of visitors who enjoyed spending their time with family and friends.