Komarek left a 'saw' loser as Dubicki snatches virtual European Timbersports title

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VIDEO SHOWS: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE VIRTUAL EUROPEAN TIMBERSPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP

SHOWS: VARIOUS LOCATIONS ACROSS EUROPE (DECEMBER 27, 2020) (STIHL TIMBERSPORTS / SMARAGD MEDIA - ACCESS ALL)

1. MONTAGE OF COMPETITORS DURING THE EVENT (18 SHOTS)

2. MICHAL DUBICKI (LEFT) AND MARTIN KOMAREK IN THE FIRST DISCIPLINE, THE UNDERHAND CHOP, DUBICKI CLOCKING THE FASTEST TIME OF 15.08 SECONDS

3. SLOW MOTION REPLAY OF DUBICKI IN ACTION

4. KOEN MARTENS (LEFT) AND MARTIN KOMAREK IN THE SECOND DISCIPLINE, THE STOCK SAW, WON BY MARTENS IN 9.95 SECONDS TO TAKE THE OVERALL LEAD

5. SLOW MOTION REPLAY OF MARTENS IN ACTION

6. FERRY SVAN OF SWEDEN (RIGHT) AND PIERRE PUYBARET OF FRANCE IN THE THIRD DISCIPLINE, THE STANDING BLOCK CHOP. SVAN FINISHED SECOND IN THE DISCIPLINE WITH 16.27 SECONDS TO GO TOP OF THE OVERALL STANDINGS

7. MICHAL DUBICKI AND FERRY SVAN IN THE FOURTH DISCIPLINE, THE SINGLE BUCK, WITH SVAN UNABLE TO COMPLETE A CLEAN CUT, ALLOWING DUBICKI WITH 12.73 SECONDS TO FINISH THIRD IN THE DISCIPLINE AND GO EQUAL TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD WITH DANNY MAHR OF GERMANY

8. REPLAY OF SVAN HAVING PROBLEM WITH THE SAW

9. MARTIN KOMAREK AND PIERRE PUYBARET IN THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE, THE SPRINGBOARD, KOMAREK WINS THE DISCIPLINE WITH 45.65 SECONDS TO TAKE THE OVERALL LEAD

10. REPLAY OF KOMAREK CELEBRATING

11. MICHAL DUBICKI COMPLETING THE FINAL DISCIPLINE, THE HOT SAW, IN 8.46 SECONDS

12. REPLAY OF DUBICKI IN ACTION

13. MARTIN KOMAREK'S CHAIN BREAKS DURING THE HOT SAW, MEANING HE IS UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE TASK, SCORING HIM ZERO POINTS AND GIVING THE TITLE TO DUBICKI

14. REPLAY OF THE CHAIN BREAKING

15. KOMAREK HOLDING THE BROKEN CHAIN

16. MICHAL DUBICKI RECEIVES THE VIRTUAL EUROPEAN TIMBERSPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS TROPHY

STORY: Michal Dubicki of Poland was declared the winner of the first virtual European Timbersports Championship on Sunday (December 27) when Czech Martin Komarek's saw broke in the final discipline while leading the competition.

The chain came off Komarek's saw during the Hot Saw discipline, allowing Dubicki to top the leaderboard with 59 points, two ahead of Belgian Koen Martens, with Komarek six points behind in third.

Fourteen competitors from around Europe competed in their home venues individually between November 30 and December 10, although none of them knew the outcome until all the elements were streamed "as-Live" in a special broadcast on Sunday.

The event included six disciplines - Underhand Chop, Stock Saw, Standing Block Chop, Single Buck, Springboard and Hot Saw, with the highest combined score deciding the winner.

Dubicki opened the competition by winning the underhand chop but the lead changed hands several times, until Komarek won the penultimate event, the springboard, to give himself a three-point lead over Dubicki. It was not to be for the Czech, with his chain snapping in the hot saw leaving him unable to score, allowing Dubicki to take the title with the nine points he scored for taking fourth spot in the discipline.

The virtual event replaced the Individual World Championship which was cancelled because of health restrictions.

(Production: Mike Brock)

Video Transcript

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- Both of these guys--

- 3, 2, 1, go!

--well matched against each other. I love how Martin Komarek has taken to heart also, trying to get that ax moving as quickly as possible. Dubicki moves to the other side of his block, just a stroke ahead of Komarek. And Komarek is now doing a great job as Dubicki finally breaks it open at 15.08 Komarek and 16.34 Two fantastic times from a couple of warriors.

- Go.

- Very, very nice start from both of them. Koen Martens with a faster downstroke. Is he going to be able to keep that pace? He is, and a 9.95 for Koen martens. Had a bit of an angle on the way up, and it's 11.40 for Martin Komarek.

- 3, 2, 1, go.

- That log is shaking from the huge hits that Puybaret is giving it. Then, on the other side, Ferry Svan has moved over already. Puybaret joining him though, and Ferry Svan is looking good, he's got that one down, and a good time, 16.27 Puybaret and 17.97. The two other fast times on the day, below the 20 mark. Fantastic job by both.

- 2, 1, go.

- And Ferry Svan opting for a really quick, stocky strokes right off the hop. Dubicki doing the same thing. Dubicki's got a lot of power, but Ferry Svan is now opening up to the longer strokes. Oh no! He's cut off the cookie too early. That means he's got to go back and cut the remainder of it. And that is disappointment for Ferry Svan because he was looking very, very good, like he was going to win that heat.

And Puybaret has to go back in with the ax just to do some cleaning. And Komarek is already getting his second pocket set. And that one looks like a-- I don't know if it was four, five hits there. I wasn't quite sure about that because I was paying attention to what Puybaret was doing. But Komarek is on top with a good angle on his board in a solid position.

Oh no, Puybaret has a little bit of a sag on his board. You could really see that board sagging under his weight. And now he's going to have to use his arms and shoulders more than he would be able to use with his legs in the mix as well. And his hips putting some power into it. And Komarek definitely has the advantage here. Just no holds barred, started working that top block in.

- 3, 2, 1, go.

- All right, an 8.46. A lot of hesitation in each of those cuts.

- [INAUDIBLE]. 3, 2, 1, go.

- Oh no. And it happened again. An odd angle cut, and the chain came off the saw. It looks like it actually broke out completely. Maybe a different view of it here, we can see what actually happened. Yeah, he got stuck in there, a little bit too much pressure, and the chain just broke off. And that was that for Martin Komarek. Too bad.

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