Thursday, August 18, 2022

NZ farmer wins world wood-chopping title

Jack Jordan claimed the 2022 Timbersports World Trophy title in Austria on May 28.

How much wood could a Kiwi cut if a Kiwi could cut wood?

A lot – if Taumarunui sheep and beef farmer Jack Jordan and Tokoroa’s Cleveland Cherry’s performances at the Timbersports World Trophy event on Saturday in Vienna, Austria, is anything to go by.

However, it was Jordan who came out tops after taking on national champs, many of whom are lumberjacks from around the world, for the coveted title. 

The competition, which is organised by Stihl France, sees 16 competitors take metal to wood as they face off using a variety of chopping tools to out chop each other – whoever chops the most wood in the least amount of time wins.

The competition, which returned after a two-year hiatus, drew a 3000-strong crowd who cheered the rival countries as they split logs in a series of knock-out events.

But it was Jordan who took the podium to lift the trophy after defeating Individual World Champion Jason Lentz, from the US, by 10 seconds. Australia’s Brad De Losa came in third.

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“It is awesome, I never thought I could win something as big as this against the best athletes in the world,” Jordan said after his win.

Fellow Kiwi Cherry placed fourth in the Timbersports Rookie World Champs.

Watch Jordan’s winning performance below.

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