Talal Al Kuwari
Talal Al Kuwari

Thousands of spectators have flocked to Aspire Zone over the Qatar National Day weekend in a bid to find Qatar’s Strongest Man in the second edition of Aspire Zone’s Qatar’s Strongest Man.

Sixteen competitors in two categories battled it out over five grueling tasks which pushed the men’s physical and mental strength to the absolute limit. In the end, Talal Al Kuwari was crowned Qatar’s Strongest Man in the Qatari national’s category, while the 24-year-old Kenyan Christopher Oketch was declared the winner in the open race for Qatar’s residents.

Al Kuwari said:

I am ecstatic with my win, but it was still a really tough race as the standard this year was exceptionally high. I would like to thank Aspire Zone for putting on an amazing event and the second edition of Qatar’s Strongest Man was definitely one of the standout events during the Qatar National Day weekend.’

Oketch, who is also one of the youngest participants in the second edition of Aspire Zone’s Qatar’s Strongest Man, dominated in each of the five tasks. Speaking about his win, Oketch said:

I am ecstatic with my win and to be crowned Qatar’s Strongest Man. It was a thrilling event and a very close race between all of the contestants, and I look forward to the opportunity to defend my title next year.’

Christopher Oketch
Christopher Oketch

The winners in the ultimate ‘Clash of the Titans’ were recognised during a special ceremony held on 18 and 19 December 2014. Qatar’s Strongest Man was held over two days with an open race for Qatar’s residents held on 18 December and an exclusive Qatari national’s category held on 19 December. The contestants competed in five challenges over the Qatar National Day weekend, including Weight Lifting, Lifting a Fixed Car, Pulling a Truck, Moving a Giant Tire, and Moving an Atlas Stone and Sand Bags.

Second place was awarded to Joseph Iroo Ekadeli from Kenya, and third place went to Meshack Otieno Ogo, also a fellow Kenyan in the open race category. Meanwhile, Fahad Al Haddad was awarded second place and Rashid Al Marri was the third place winner in the exclusive Qatari national’s category. In joint fourth place were Ali Essa Albinali and Abdulla Majid Allaq, fifth place was Abdulla Essa Albinali, sixth place was Salah Abdulrahman Zaenalabdeen, and rounding out the Qatari national’s category was Mohammed Jarlla Almarri in seventh place.

Aspire Zone Events Manager, Abdullah Al Khater, said:

I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to both of the winners in our second edition of Qatar’s Strongest Man, Christopher Oketch and Talal Al Kuwari. Aspire Zone has worked hard to put together a fantastic event for the participants, spectators, and the whole community, and I am thrilled that next year we will be adding a GCC category to this event. Aspire Zone will continue organising fun activities that the community and all families can enjoy.”

Aspire Zone continues to organise exciting events and fun activities as part of its ongoing mission to engage the whole community. The second edition of Qatar’s Strongest Man is its latest offering, and past events have included Runs competitions, the Aquathon and the Doha Jam.

For more information, visit the Life in Aspire website.