Suffolk strong: Jake Allen targets World’s Strongest Man title
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When Jake Allen first started going to the gym four years ago to ‘get a bit bigger’, he soon realised he was naturally strong.
Now he hopes his natural gift could carry him all the way to one of the most prestigious titles in sport – that of World’s Strongest Man.
Trimley St Martin’s Allen, 25, has just returned from America, where he placed 11th in the under 90kg category in his first appearance at the famous event, having qualified through Britain’s and Europe’s Strongest Man contests.
And he believes one day he could be going head-to-head with the biggest superstars of the sport – the likes of Brian Shaw, Zydrunas Savickas and Game of Thrones star Hafthor Julius Bjornsson.
“This year I just went for the experience,” said Allen, whose sponsor Whip Street Motors funded his trip to Indianapolis.
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“In a couple of the events I was doing better than I thought and I realised that I could really compete.
“But I got injured and it cost me a few points – having said that, it was my first year, so I was chuffed!”
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It is perhaps no surprise that Allen would excel athletically – his father is renowned strongman Pacer Allen, while his brother Arnold is one of the best young mixed martial arts fighters in the world.
“My dad did strong man and fighting, so I guess we both took something from him,” said Allen, whose deadlift PB is a staggering 310kg (48.8 stones).
“Arnie’s doing well with the fighting and I’d been doing the strongman more for fun, at first, but then I noticed I was getting better and better.
“Dad still trains with me and Arnie – he loves being involved, I don’t think he wants me to get stronger than him!”
Allen trains up to four times a week, tackling the likes of log-lifts, truck pulls and tyre flips, and lists the deadlift and Atlas Stones as his favourite events.
“I want to get to the top and be on TV on those Christmas shows,” he said.
“The potential is definitely there – I’ve got room to grow and get bigger.
“I just want to go as far as I can.”