Californian Rusty Price has been chalking up victories on the Scottish Highland Games circuit this summer and he just added the prestigious Braemar title to his collection, in front Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, along with a crowd of 20,000 spectators.
Rusty Price (left) won the overall title at the Braemar Highland Games, and Scott Rider (right) won the Royal Braemar Caber. IronMind® | Courtesy of Rusty Price.
2012 Royal Braemar Games
by Francis Brebner
America’s Rusty Price ended his two-month stint on the Scottish Highland Games Circuit on a high note, winning the Royal Braemar Highland Games. The very strong lineup of heavy athletes included Price, Scott Rider, Gregor Edmunds, Stephen King, Bruce Robb, Lucas Wenta, Lorne Colthart, and John MacLeod, who battled it out before the Royal Braemar party which included Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and a crowd of over 20,000 packed to capacity.
In the opening event, 16-lb. open stone, Poland’s Wenta, who has been in good form this season with stone putting, took the first win of the competition with a sensational put of 57’ 11”. Rider placed second with 56’ 10” and Price third with 51’ 4”.
The 28-lb. weight-for-distance was won by Rider, former Olympic bobsleigher and Commonwealth Games shot putter from England, who stole the show with an awesome throw of 86’ 6” and established a new ground record. Second went to Robb at 79’ 10” and third to Price at 79’ 9”. The real shocker in this event was Scotland’s Gregor Edmunds placing seventh with a well under par throw of 74’ 6-1/2”.
Price won the 16-lb. hammer with a distance of 125’ 7”, followed by Wenta at 123’ 2” and Rider at 122’ 9”. The 22-lb. hammer proved to be a double whammy for Price, who once again nailed the victory with his throw of 106’ 7-1/2”. Second was King at 105’ 10” and third, Wenta 105’ 1”.
The 26-lb. Braemar standing put was a very close competition between Wenta and Price, with Wenta marginally taking the win with 38’ 11-1/2”, leaving Price in second at 38’ 8”. Third place went to Rider at 36’ 5-1/2”.
The open competition caber was 20’ 1” and 121 lb., and it ended in a tie between Robb and Colthart, both tossing a perfect 12:00. Price was third with 12:05.
One of the highlights of the competition was tossing the Royal Braemar caber. Slightly heavier than the open caber at 19’ 9” and 132 lb., it was tossed for the win by Rider at 12:05. Robb was second at 12:15 and Colthart third at 12:20.
The 56-lb. weight-over-the-bar ended in a tie between Wenta and Price at a height of 16’; second equal were Rider and Colthart at 15’ 6”.