PORTLAOISE’S strongest man just keeps going from strength to strength, with more recent successes for Kevin ‘Tank’ Fogarty in a number of national competitions.
Kevin competed in Co Tipperary in the qualifiers for the finals of the Republic of Ireland Strongest Man, which saw him face off against the best in the country. He had to battle through four gruelling events, like picking up a 145kg Husefelt stone and running for the longest distance, pressing a 64kg Thomas Inch dumbbell over his head with one hand for reps, a deadlift and the famous keg toss which involved throwing six kegs up over a 3 metre height.
Kevin was the first to show that all six kegs could be thrown over after several of the guys failed to do so in a time of 24 seconds. In the words of Glenn ‘The Daddy’ Ross, Kevin is “a truly mighty strong man”.
Not stopping there, Kevin also competed in a feat of strength called the Ireland Mighty Mitts Competition 2012, held in Co Down at the weekend. This is a series of grip strength tests ranging from The Rolling Thunder deadlift, a 400lb monkey grip axle deadlift for reps, The Coin Pinch, and The Mighty Mitts Medley, a series of items weighting up to a 78kg dumbbell with a 3-inch handle which has to be picked up with one hand.
These events are planned to test every part of the hand strength and gripping power and The Mighty Mitts is a worldwide event which has gain popularity over the years, especially with Arnold Schwarzenegger who runs it every year in America. Kevin was up against mighty men including current Ireland strongest man Jonathan Kelly, last year winner David Loughman, Ulster junior strongest man Chris McNaughten, Irish arm wrestling champion Adam Johnston and the giant 6ft 11-inch Sean O’Hagan. One of the toughest line ups to date, Kevin placed 5th over all after coming runner up last year.
Kevin would like to thank Glenn Ross and the Irish Strength Association for getting this event signed under the ISA federation and for all the hard work that goes with it. Kevin will be back in the gym hitting the weights hard and heavy to get stronger for the Republic of Ireland Strongest Man 2012 title, on June 16 in Ballincollig, Co. Cork.