Thirty-year-old Grenadian Marcus Alexander placed 1st in his category and became the overall champion in the annual Oregon Feats of Strength Competition held March 18th, 2017 in Oregon, USA.
Alexander won with the fastest time of 18.43 seconds in the stone-lifting event, smashing the previous record of 30 seconds among competitors from all over the world, in the largest competition in the West Coast of the United States.
Marcus “Grizzly” Alexander, a student of St. George’s University represented Grenada in 2016 and became the first black participant ever to compete as well as first from the Caribbean and placed 4th in the heavyweight category out of 20 participants and 5th overall of a total of 93 participants.
Alexander was once again invited to participate together with his gym colleague Dominic Pierre aka Shark. They both participated in the Novice Heavyweight category. His colleague, ‘Shark’, placed 2nd and they are already looking forward to next years’ competition.
In an interview with the Grenada Informer, the champ said his preparation for the competition was a bit easy for him because he had known what the events were and had used similar apparatuses to train.
He told the paper that he previously competed in numerous competitions from 2013 to present locally, regionally and now internationally.
Marcus explained that his greatest challenge was striking a balance between getting ready for the competition and his studies.
He said that he is very elated at being the overall winner and representing his country and of all the other titles he has won in the past; this one is the most prestigious.
Mr Alexander was sponsored by over twenty entities including the National LotteriesAuthority, St.George’s University, Courts, Spice Mobile and the Grenville Credit Union among others.
As it relates to his future, Marcus said he is very passionate about being part of strong man competitions as it “keeps him alive”.He gets an abundance of support from his family and friends and will continue to further his studies toward his master’s degree.
There was a total of five events in the competition. They included the Atlas stones, Axle tire deadlift, wheelbarrow/rickshaw, monster dumbbell and Husafell carry. Trophies were awarded to the top three in each division.