WORLD CHAMPION: Mitch Argent proved the fastest in the standing block chop, working his way through the log in 10.24sec, the fastest in the competition’s 11 years of running.
WORLD CHAMPION: Mitch Argent proved the fastest in the standing block chop, working his way through the log in 10.24sec, the fastest in the competition’s 11 years of running. Contributed

Australia proves to be a cut above New Zealand

A WORLD record performance by Blackbutt's Mitch Argent proved Australia was a cut above trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand.

To avenge the All Blacks win in the Rugby World Cup, woodchopper Argent amended Australia's status in world sport at the 2015 STIHL Timbersports World Championship.

On last Friday and Saturday in Poznan, Poland, Argent helped Australia chop through 20 other nations to leave New Zealand in second and the USA in third.

Australia collected a world record score of 42.77 points.

Axeman Argent collected another world record in the standing block chop which had him smash through the block in 10.24sec in just 11 hits, three less than the previous best of 14.

"(It) was amazing to win," Argent said.

In an arena with hundreds of spectators, Argent said there was a great atmosphere which helped him put in his world record performance.

"I knew I had to give everything," he said.

"The comp was massive, the biggest in the world.

"Luckily enough it came off when I wanted it to.

"It's a dream."

"Was the best feeling and to have all my mates there was the best."

Argent was part of five-man team made of the nation's best lumberjacks - Brayden Meyer, Brad De Losa, Laurence O'Toole and Queensland's Jaime Head.

Australia has now won the competition twice in consecutive years.

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