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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Arm wrestlers to battle it out at tournament

ARM wrestlers from across the UK will be getting to grips with each other this weekend when the county hosts the King of Cumbria Arm Wrestling Tournament.

Competitors will be travelling from as far a field as Cambridge and Glasgow to battle it out against each other.

Event organiser Ted Wilson, from Irton, near Eskdale, will be testing his strength when he takes part in the competition.

The four-times British champion said: “It’s going to be a tremendous afternoon.

“I’m looking forward to competing but know that the smart way is not to overdo things.

“Arm wrestling is not just about power – it’s also about applying pressure correctly and each opponent has his own technique.”

The 28-year-old started arm wrestling seven years ago.

He said he got his strength for the sport from the physical work he carried out while growing up on a farm. Mr Wilson first competed at the Royal Show in the Midlands and since then, he has travelled around the world competing in arm wrestling events, even as far as the world championship in South Africa.

It was in 2007 that he won his first medal – bronze – as a professional at the European championship in Sweden.

Mr Wilson said he performed best when he is in front of a strong crowd, as it pumps up his adrenaline.

He is hoping people will pack into the King George IV Inn on Saturday to cheer him along and help him scoop the title.

Endorsed by the British Federation of Arm Wrestling, Saturday’s competition will start at 2pm in the pub at Eskdale.

There will be a number of one-on-one super matches followed by an open competition, where all the arm wrestlers taking part can use both their right and left arms.

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