World class performance
WOODCHOP: Blackbutt's Mitch Argent has cemented his position as one of the best cutters in the sport by finishing in third place at the Stihl Timbersports Champions Trophy in France.
Argent was the the youngest competitor in the field and showed true Aussie spirit in his first global championship against 12 of the world's most elite athletes.
"I did my best and am happy with today's (Saturday's) result, it's been a huge couple of months and I'm keen to come back next year, better and stronger,” Argent said.
"There was tough competition all round - everywhere I looked there was another Stihl Timbersports legend or national champion, and to be around the same level as some of these blokes is huge.”
Argent said he was looking forward to having another opportunity at the title.
"I wasn't able to get the win this time but I'm glad I had the chance to come out here and compete against these guys, and hopefully take my skills to the next level,” he said.
The event comprised of athletes competing in four disciplines back-to-back in a one man relay, starting with the stocksaw, underhand chop, single buck and finishing with the standing block chop with athletes running from one discipline to the next in a head to head knock-out system.
After placing forth in the time trial Argent set a new personal best time in the quarter final with a time of 58.12 seconds, 0.3 seconds short of the world record.
He then came up against last year's runner up, Stirling Hart from Canada, who would go on to claim the title in the semi final, and after a thrilling heat where each competitor took the lead, Argent clawed back a four hit defective on the final discipline to finish one hit and 0.8 seconds short.
In his final round, Argent took on Martin Komerak from the Czech Republic in the third place play off.
Argent did his country proud to beat Europe's most dominant competitor for the past 10 years and claim third position in the champions trophy.