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Timber! Lumberjacks have axes to grind at Timbersports Championships

Sweden, Tjoloholm Castle
May 26, 2019 at 03:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Matt Cogar was crowned the STIHL Timbersports Champion 2019 at Tjoloholm Castle near the Swedish city of Gothenburg on Saturday.

The American came out on top in a number of relay challenges, involving wood-cutting, sawing and axing.

After being awarded the gold medal, Cogar described the win as a "great feeling" in an interview.

The runner up was Australian Laurence O'Toole and last year's champion, the Canadian Stirling Hart, finished in third place.

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Matt Cogar was crowned the STIHL Timbersports Champion 2019 at Tjoloholm Castle near the Swedish city of Gothenburg on Saturday.

The American came out on top in a number of relay challenges, involving wood-cutting, sawing and axing.

After being awarded the gold medal, Cogar described the win as a "great feeling" in an interview.

The runner up was Australian Laurence O'Toole and last year's champion, the Canadian Stirling Hart, finished in third place.

W/S Beginning of final round between Matt Cogar and Laurence O'Toole

M/S Cogar cutting with chainsaw

W/S Cogar and O'Toole standing on log and splitting it with axe

M/S Audience member watching

M/S O'Toole striking log with axe and splitting it

W/S Contestants sawing logs

M/S Audience member watching

M/S O'Toole saws log and then runs to axe event

W/S Cogar cuts through log first, winning the game

M/S Cogar puts hands on head and breathes deeply after match

M/S Axe stuck in log

W/S Crowd waving Swedish flags and cheering

W/S Third-placed finisher place being announced

SOT, Stirling Hart, third-placed finisher, "The champions trophy is the hardest event I do all year in timbersports. You know, it really is a champions trophy, and the best guy came through and won today. I was a champion last year, but these guys just keep getting stronger and stronger every year, so I'm happy just to come out with a bronze."

W/S Second-placed finisher being announced

SOT, Laurence O'Toole, "My performance today, you know, is average, it was quite good at times and average at others, but across the board I was definitely happy with how it went. Matt [Cogar] put up a great performance today and that shows with him winning, so I can walk away happy with second for once."

W/S First-place finisher being announced

M/S Cogar receiving medal

SOT Matt Cogar, first-place finisher: "It's something I've been searching for my whole career so far, this is my first gold in timbersports, and it happens to be a champions trophy, and that makes it even better so it's a great feeling."

W/S Winners spraying each other with champagne

W/S Players spraying champagne

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