As part of the opening events of the first driverless subway of the European Side, M7 Mecidiyeköy - Mahmutbey Metro Line; "Strongman Challenge Train Drawing Competition" will be held on 24 October. The Metro Istanbul team that pulls the 33,5 ton train to the farthest will be rewarded. In the event, a train pulling race for demonstration will be held between national athlete Cenk Koçak and professional strongman athletes Bora Güner, Efe Kömek, Mirza Toptaş and Oktay Akay.
Within the scope of the opening celebrations of the M28 Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey Metro Line, the first of the European Side and the second driverless metro of Istanbul, which will be opened on 7 October with the participation of CHP President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğlu, will be held.
Tekstilkent Metro Station on Saturday October 24 will be held between 12.00:16.30 to XNUMX:XNUMX hours "Subway Train Pulling Istanbul Strongman Challenge Competition", also carries a first in Turkey.
Traditionally planned to be held every year; A train drawing competition will be held between 5 teams of 8 people each, consisting of Metro Istanbul employees, a subsidiary of IMM. In the competition where trains will be drawn with human power; The team that pulled the 2 ton Rotem train the longest in 33,5 minutes will be awarded the first place. In addition, all participants will be given awards in memory of the day.
After the competition, a train race will be held between National Sportsman Cenk Koçak and professional strongman athletes Bora Güner, Efe Kömek, Mirza Toptaş and Oktay Akay. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, event participation will be limited to competitors.
What is Strongman?
From past to present, athletes have been practicing strongman sports by doing movements such as "Bent Press" (lifting the weight on the body by leaning), "Log Press" (lifting a thick slab on its head). They lift high weights, as well as steel bars bending, chain breaking, etc. they performed various shows by applying movements. These lifts required large amounts of wrist, hand, and tendon force, as well as an extraordinary central nervous system strength. In the late 20th century the term "Strongman" evolved to describe the people competing in this branch.
More modern power competitions, which athletes perform with exercises such as pulling trucks, turning big tires, squatting with high weights, continue to be organized today. The most important of these competitions are; The Strongest Man in the World is the Arnold Strongman Classic and Giants Live Tour. However, many countries also organize competitions at national level. In recent years, interest in grassroots sport has grown rapidly and competitions at local level are being held around the world.
Who is Cenk Koçak?
2016 consecutive years between 2020-5 Turkey Cenk Powerlifting Champion Kocak, was the IPF World Champion in the competition held in Sweden in 2019. Koçak also holds the title of 2019 IPF World Weight Record Holder. The University held in France in 2020, the champion in International Powerlifting Competition Cenk Kocak, Turkey deadlifts with 400 kilos (weight lifting hospitalized) is the front-runner.