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World champion caber tosser Vladislav Tulacek showed again why he is a world class thrower with a clean sweep of trophies at last week’s Arisaig Highland Games.
Tulacek, who won the top world caber title at last month’s Inveraray games, has been breaking heavy event records all season and the Arisaig event, held at Traigh Farm once again, was no exception with his 16’6″ throw in the 56lb weight over the bar breaking his own games record from 2019.
He also took first place in the 16lb and 22lb ball (53’10” and 45′); throwing 16lb hammer (130’7″) and tossing the caber.
The wins saw Tulacek presented with the Arisaig Games Trophy, the Allan MacDonald Trophy and the Creag Mhor Caber Trophy.
He told the Lochaber Times: ‘That was my second time in Arisaig. I really like these games and I’m already looking forward to next year.’
The only athlete to prevent Tulacek coming top in all six open competitions was American thrower Scott Hutchison who pipped Tulacek in the Throwing 28lb Weight for distance category with his effort of 85’9” comfortably beyond the Czech’s best attempt of 79’6”.
Fort William native David Hart, who now lives in Milnathort, put in respectable performances – considering these were his first games of the season and not long after his return to Scotland after several months in India.
Hart took fourth spot in all six events but, showing little in the way of ring rustiness, dominated the restricted locals categories, lifting the Whitehead Trophy after first places in Putting 16lb Ball, Putting 22lb Ball, Throwing 28lb Weight for distance and Throwing 16lb Hammer.
David told the Lochaber Times he was pleased with his performances given his lack of competition.
‘This is my first one since Covid started, since 2019. I’ve been out in India almost from the beginning of this year, so as much as the Highland Games season is already well under way, this is my first games of the season,’ he told the Lochaber Times.
‘It’s going okay, a lot better than I thought it would considering I’ve not had much training on the implements. I’m enjoying it. They’re a good bunch of guys. I have missed it and am glad to be back.
‘I was driving for three-and-a-half hours to get here this morning and I was excited all the way. I’ve missed the camaraderie so it is great to get back into it.
‘I’ve been coming to the games in Arisaig since I was 19, back in 1999. It’s a really picturesque games and when you get a day like today, when it’s dry and warm, it’s a cracking event.’
It looks like the crowd on the day came close to the 2019 record gate, with games spokesperson and treasurer Fraser MacDougall estimating that, going by the full car park and depth of spectators around the arena, the number of spectators probably approached 3,500 across the day.
Over it goes – another massive effort from eventual record-breaker Vladislav Tulacek. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F30 Arisaig Games 06 Vlad
Local athlete David Hart watches as his caber veers disappointingly off track. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F31 Arisaig Games 17 David Hart
Vlad Tulacek of the Czech Republic. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO-F31-Arisaig-Games-heavy-01-Vlad-extra-crop