Meet Tony Dure
Hi Tony, how long have you been armwrestling?
I've been involved in Armwrestling since 1987
How did you get started?
Well, when Sylvester Stallone decided to make the film "Over The Top", he
held a National Armwrestling Competition in most of the major countries in the world, and
the winners were flown over to America, with the chance to appear in the movie.
I'd been powerlifting/kickboxing for a few years and thought I'd be good at this sort
I pulled and was beaten in about one
10th of a second!!!
The event was advertised in one of our biggest National newspapers "The Sun"
I applied and was accepted. In the end there were around 1000 spectators and around 500
armwrestlers, I was in the lightest class 154LB / 70KG class and was in the very first
match called. In front of 1000 people
I couldn't believe it! I asked around for the British Trainer determined that that
would never happen to me again, and was introduced to a man called Clive Myers, within a
year I came in Fourth in the 1987 WAF World Armwresting championships held here in England
What have you done since then?
All achieved without the use of
Well since then I've won 5 National Championships and have competed at the highest
levels of Armwresting throughout the world.
Well what exactly have you won
all over the world?
Well I'll only mention the competitions / awards worth mentioning...here goes
1988 WAF World Championships held in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Sliver medallist 154lb / 70kg
1989 WAF World championships held in Athens, Greece. Bronze medallist 154/70kg class
1989 England vers Germany held in Oberhausen, Germany. Gold medallist 154/70kg class
1990 on the cover of the "Armbender" Magazine (March 1990 vol 14 no1)
armwrestling my rival/friend Jerry Jannings
1990 Gold Medallist in the Five Nations championships (England, Germany, France, Italy
and Switzerland) held in Geneva Switzerland 176/ 80kg class (still weighed 154lbs)
1990 x2 European Championships held in Geneva and Zurich Gold Medals in both
Competitions in the 154lb/70kg class
1991 Put into the WAF hall of champions
1991 Sliver Medallist in the WAF European Championships held in Fredrikstad, Norway in
the 154lb/70kg class.
1991 Sliver Medallist in the world professional Championships held in the Bercy
Stadium, France in the 154lb/70kg class.
1992 Bronze Medallist in the WAC World Championships held in Chiba, Japan in the
165lb/75kg class(still weighed 154lbs).
1992 Winner of the Belgium open Championships held in Roquefort, Belgium 154lb/70kg
1994 Winner of the Canadian Iron man Championships held in Edmonton, Canada 165lb/ 75kg
class (still weighed 154lbs).
1994 Winner of the Virginia State Championships held in Virginia, America in BOTH the
154lb and 165lb classes.
1995 winner of the World Armwrestling championships in Switzerland (not really worth
1996 6th place in the WAF world Championships held in Virginia beach, America in the
These are all the event's I feel are Worth mentioning, I've also competed in around
five other world championships but the one's I've mentioned mean the most to me. The other
thing that Armwrestling has enabled me to do, is meet some pretty awesome people from all
over the globe. I'll mention just a couple; besides David Shead, Steve Stanaway, Grenville
Lloyd, and the British Team you know who you are (Frank Pittel Promoter).
Special People world-wide:
The Stanaway Family, The Bollenli Family, Herman (Gym Owner), Keith Saunders, Jerry
Janning, Andrew (Cobra) Rhodes, Leslie Whimms, Chad Slivers, Joel Christianson (Canada),
Theirry Vinizo, Pascal (Swiss), Jerome (Isreal), Cari Lee (Canada) Anna Pettersson
(Sweden), Charlott Wikstrem (Norway) and lastly Angee Carl (America).
forgive me if your name Isn't listed, if I put everybody down,
the names would go on forever!
Thanks for all the information
Tony! Dave Devoto
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