Ultimate test of strength

Antony Cosentino will compete in the US in March after winning the inaugural Australian Amateur Strongman Champion under 80kg division. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo d396271
Antony Cosentino will compete in the US in March after winning the inaugural Australian Amateur Strongman Champion under 80kg division. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo d396271

However, this is the first year he has been able to take part in proper competition, with the introduction of an under 80kg weight class giving the diminutive 171cm tall strongman a chance to show his wares.

Mr Cosentino did just that, with his strength landing him the inaugural title of Australian Amateur Strongman Champion in the under 80kg category.

Now he will pack his bags for the US, where he will compete in the Arnold Classic at the World Strongman Fitness Championships.

While he believes he can beat the US competitors in one or two events, Mr Cosentino, who trains in Mt Hawthorn, said making the finals would be a hard task.

‘These guys are deadlifting into the 305kg plus category at 79kg,’ he said.

‘I might be able to beat them in one or two events, but when it comes to the deadlifts, I’ll get the job done but not as fast.

‘In Strongman, if you don’t place in every event, you won’t get to the finals so I’d have to be extremely lucky to get through.’

As for his favourite strongman test, Mr Cosentino said he favours the Super Yoke,.

‘With the Super Yoke, you basically pick up a big metal frame and see how far you can run with it,’ he said.

‘At the Australian Championships, I ran 81 metres in 90 seconds carrying 260kg, and that put me in first place.

‘The problem was I didn’t set the height properly, so for about 40 of the 80 metres I was dragging the frame’