Fraserburgh’s Ewan Massie is celebrating after lifting the world’s strongest man under 90kg crown.
Scottish title-holder Massie, 24, travelled to Joensuu, Finland, at the weekend and defeated the international field to better his fourth and third-place finishes in 2017 and 2016.
The full-time Edinburgh-based investment worker, who shared his moment of glory with his family and girlfriend, said: “I think it’s still sinking in.
“I’m really glad I’ve won it and achieved my goal.
“That’s the highest achievement I can get in U90kg strongman.
“I don’t want to move up any weight classes and, because I’ve done it, I’m going to retire from international competitions.
“I’ll still be involved in the sport, training and will coach my friends in the hope of getting a few more world’s strongest men from Scotland.”
Massie’s varied prize for his victory included cash, an iPad, two trophies and a sword, which he said he hoped wouldn’t get stopped at the airport as he travelled back to work in the central belt today.
The under 90kg category is strongman’s lightest, with heavier weight classes of under 105kg and the well-known, televised open class.
In the early stages on Saturday, 23 competitors battled it out over three events – the frame carry, Viking press and box lifting – to decide the 12 finalists for Sunday’s final, with Massie cruising through in second position.
The points from the first day carried into the final, meaning he started in a great position.
Massie said: “The first event (of the final) was a Mercedes van deadlift, for maximum repetitions in 60 seconds.
“I was in the last pair because it goes in reverse order, and I just went all out because I had in my mind I had to win that event to give me a good chance of winning the competition.
“My hands were all torn up, but I just ignored the pain to lift it 17 times and win the event.
“That put me in with a good chance.”
Further performances holding a 25kg plate in front of him for as long as he could – Massie managed 40 seconds for fourth, as well as eighth place in the 280kg, 50-metre tyre drag – meant it all came down to the last event.
In this final section, the sandbag carry, essentially a race to move four sandbags from one end of a track to another, Massie was in the second last pairing.
He said: “I thought I’d maybe thrown my chances for the competition and the pressure was on for the final event – I had to win it to win the competition.
“I was third overall going in, the same as last year. Last year I was a bit conservative because I didn’t want to make a mistake, so this year I zoned out, focused and lifted all the sandbags in the quickest time and won.
“The first and second position pairing, the pressure got to them.”