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Will Millan, 25, from Queens, N.Y., grimaces as pulls a Humvee and driver 65 feet during the Humvee pull, one of five events at the Strongman Competition on Camp Courtney, Okinawa. Millan completed the event in 13.5 seconds. Millan, a Department of Defense employee, won the middle-weight division.

Will Millan, 25, from Queens, N.Y., grimaces as pulls a Humvee and driver 65 feet during the Humvee pull, one of five events at the Strongman Competition on Camp Courtney, Okinawa. Millan completed the event in 13.5 seconds. Millan, a Department of Defense employee, won the middle-weight division. (Cindy Fisher / S&S)

Will Millan, 25, from Queens, N.Y., grimaces as pulls a Humvee and driver 65 feet during the Humvee pull, one of five events at the Strongman Competition on Camp Courtney, Okinawa. Millan completed the event in 13.5 seconds. Millan, a Department of Defense employee, won the middle-weight division.

Will Millan, 25, from Queens, N.Y., grimaces as pulls a Humvee and driver 65 feet during the Humvee pull, one of five events at the Strongman Competition on Camp Courtney, Okinawa. Millan completed the event in 13.5 seconds. Millan, a Department of Defense employee, won the middle-weight division. (Cindy Fisher / S&S)

Cpl. Kasey Nash, 21, from Watertown, S.D., with Marine Corps Base Camp Courtney, Okinawa, strains to keep an 18-pound bar at shoulder level for as long as possible during the Harley pull.

Cpl. Kasey Nash, 21, from Watertown, S.D., with Marine Corps Base Camp Courtney, Okinawa, strains to keep an 18-pound bar at shoulder level for as long as possible during the Harley pull. (Cindy Fisher / S&S)

Millan throws a 45-pound weight 18.5 feet during the weight-disc throw.

Millan throws a 45-pound weight 18.5 feet during the weight-disc throw. (Cindy Fisher / S&S)

Charles Dodd, 28, from Dallas, a trainer at the Risner Gym on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, flips a huge tire from a seven-ton truck during the tire flip. Dodd, who won the heavyweight division last year, flipped the tire 25 times in the one-minute time limit. He won the heavyweight division again this year and was named the overall winner of the competition.

Charles Dodd, 28, from Dallas, a trainer at the Risner Gym on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, flips a huge tire from a seven-ton truck during the tire flip. Dodd, who won the heavyweight division last year, flipped the tire 25 times in the one-minute time limit. He won the heavyweight division again this year and was named the overall winner of the competition. (Cindy Fisher / S&S)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Nate Hug, 28, from Parker, Colo., labors to carry two 130-pound dumbbells as far as he can during the farmer's walk. He carried the weights 114 feet and said he's been training for the competition for four months.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Nate Hug, 28, from Parker, Colo., labors to carry two 130-pound dumbbells as far as he can during the farmer's walk. He carried the weights 114 feet and said he's been training for the competition for four months. (Cindy Fisher / S&S)

CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa — Determination and power were needed for bragging rights to the title of strongest man at Camp Courtney on Sunday.

Billed as the Strongman Competition, it featured nine men competing in five events — the tire flip, farmer’s walk, weight-disc throw, Humvee pull and the Harley hold.

Competitors said the competition is different from power-lifting, because it requires brute strength to handle some of the unwieldy weights involved in the events.

In the tire flip, each competitor had to upend a heavy, hulking tire from a seven-ton truck as many times as he could in one minute.

Will Millan, 25, from Queens, N.Y., a Department of Defense employee, flipped his tire 22 times.

“Makes you feel like you’ve got to throw up at the end,” Millan said.

The farmer’s walk had the men struggling to traverse a 60-foot course as many times as possible, while holding a 130-pound dumbbell in each hand.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Nate Hug, 28, from Parker, Colo., who managed 114 feet, said he really felt the farmer’s walk event in his legs.

In the weight-disc throw, contestants had to toss a 45-pound weight as far as possible, receiving a score from their best two throws.

The Humvee pull was just that — pulling a Humvee and driver 65 feet in the fastest time. And the Harley hold had contestants holding an 18-pound bar at shoulder level for as long as possible.

“I love doing this,” said Roosevelt Moody, 49, from Mount Dora, Fla. “I like competing with the young guys and showing them what an old guy can do.”

Moody, of 18th Operations Support Squadron on Kadena Air Base, did that as he placed second in the heavyweight division.

The big winner of the day was Charles Dodd, 28, from Dallas, a trainer at the Risner Gym on Kadena. He placed first for each event in the heavyweight division and was named the overall winner of Strongman Competition.

“It feels good” to capture the overall title, he said. His goal was to make “a clean sweep” of the competition this year, because even though he won his division last year, he lost one of the events.

Dodd said he’d like to see more people come out to compete next year.

“It makes it better,” he said. “I really like it when a lot of competitors come out; then you know you’re the best.”

Strongman resultsCAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa — Nine men, broken down into three weight divisions, competed in five events at the Strongman Competition at Camp Courtney on Sunday.

The lightweight division was for men 165 pounds or less. Middleweight was men 166 to 199 pounds. Heavyweight was for men 200 pounds and more.

By the numbers, here’s how they placed:

Harley Bar HoldMiddleweight: Kasey NashHeavyweight: Charles Dodd

Farmer’s WalkMiddleweight: Will MillanHeavyweight: Charles Dodd

Weight-Disc Throw Middleweight: Manuel MarquezHeavyweight: Charles Dodd

Tire FlipMiddleweight: Will MillanHeavyweight: Charles Dodd

Humvee PullMiddleweight: Will MillanHeavyweight: Charles Dodd

Only one competitor, Susumu Higa, entered the lightweight division, taking all the events.

The first-place winners by division were:Lightweight: Susumu HigaMiddleweight: Will MillanHeavyweight: Charles DoddOverall winner: Charles Dodd

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