Brayden Meyer in action on Saturday at Glenelg Beach, Adelaide.

BROADFORD’S Brayden Meyer was stripped of the STIHL Timbersports Australian Trophy on Saturday due to a safety fault.

Judges deemed Meyer’s removal of his ear muffs as a safety issue because as he threw them to the floor, they shot off sideways into the path of his competitor in the grand final.

Meyer had finished one second ahead of eventual winner Brad De Losa, of New South Wales, and had initially celebrated a win.

However, judges took a long time to review video footage and deemed the ear muff removal as a ‘slip hazard’, before crowning De Losa the winner.

The pair were neck and neck the entire final during the trophy event at Glenelg Beach, Adelaide.

They had progressed to the grand final after going axe-to-axe with 10 other male athletes in knock-out rounds, which included rookies and emerging young talent challenging older athletes.

Last year’s trophy winner Mitch Argent was forced to pull out of this year’s competition due to a knee injury, leaving the top podium spot up for contention.

STIHL Timbersports .Saturday March,5,2022.Picture Mark Brake STIHL Timbersports

De Losa said he was pleased with his performance, finishing with a time of 1:27:83, but was disappointed at the way he earned the trophy.

“It is disappointing to win like this but with only a second between us and going through four knockout rounds, I’m really proud of the effort I put in today. It was a good day. It’s not getting easier as I get older but I’m happy with my performance,” he said.

“Brayden is one of the best young talents in the world. Being able to go against the young ones and still give them a run for their money is a pretty great feeling.”

STIHL Timbersports event director Renee Kitto said it had been six years since the event was last in South Australia, with the excited crowd bringing the energy.

“It was great to see so many people packing out Jimmy Melrose Park today and witness an exciting end to a gruelling day,” she said.

“We’ve got some of the best Timbersports athletes in the world so it’s excellent to have the support of an Australian crowd.”

De Losa will now progress to the World Trophy in May, competing against qualifiers from Europe, USA, Canada and New Zealand.

1 COMMENT

  1. What a joke. Typical of the way things are in this country now. Heaven help us if we get invaded.

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