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The yoke requires the strongman to lift and carry a weight as fast as possible. The weight is spread across the athletes back and the height of the yoke can be adjusted to minimise the “pickup”. A trade-off is often made between minimising the pickup and the advantage of a larger pickup that provides greater clearance between the yoke and the ground. The greater the clearance the less likely the yoke is to catch on the ground and throw the strongman off balance.


There are records for the heaviest yoke and the fastest yoke of a certain weight but nothing officially recorded. As such we will leave this section lacking until we find something more authoritative.

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