The year 2021 saw two unprecedented and historic matchups in the sport of arm wrestling- the first and second edition of the grand “King of the Table” event, taking place in May and December respectively. Now, the coming year will be kickstarting with the third edition, “King of the Table 3” on 26th March, featuring none other than arm wrestling elites Alex Kurdecha and Vitaly Laletin pulling each other in the undercard of the event.
The main event of both KOTT 1 and 2 featured Devon Larratt, who clashed against Michael Todd and John Brzenk in the main events respectively. The Canadian had won both matchups with dominating performances, defeating Todd and Brzenk by 5-0 and 4-0 margins.
Aside from the Kurdecha vs Laletin matchup, KOTT 3 will also feature a highly competitive matchup between two of the greatest female arm wrestlers of all time, Sarah Backman and Gabi Vasconcelos. The undercard will also feature top arm wrestlers Wagner Bortolato going up against Ermes Gasparini.
While studying aerospace engineering, Alex Kurdecha found his love for arm wresting
An aerospace systems engineering student from Ukraine, Alex Kurdecha found two things he loved when he came to Warsaw Polytechnic Institute- the country of Poland, and the art of pulling. Aside from his studies, Kurdecha found his knack in arm wrestling during his second year at the institute, and got into national championships and eventually won the Polish Championship in 2014. After shifting his likeness to swimming and football, Kurdecha rediscovered his love for the table in 2017 and has not looked back since then.
Currently working at PZM (Polski Związek Motorowy) and part of an American football team in Warsaw, Kurdecha resumed his arm wrestling journey with participations in Polish Cup 2017 and Zloty Tur 2017, in which he won a bronze medal in the +105 kg category. He would go on to take part in Vendetta #49 in Italy, Moldova Cup, as well as shared the limelight with the most powerful pullers of the world in Vendetta All Stars.
Vitaly Laletin- the most feared Russian ready to rock King Of The Table 3
In the European circuit, the name Vitaly Laletin echoes as one of the strongest on the table. The Honored Master of Sports in arm wrestling hails from Russia and he has been crowned as the Russian Champion five times, the European Champion seven times as well as the World Champion seven times. In April 2019, Laletin dominated his fellow Russian puller Dmitry Trubin 6-0, followed by a 5-1 victory over Ievgenii Prudnyk of Ukraine in September.
However in December the same year, Laletin was up against the most feared name in the European circuit- Levan Saginashvili, the “Georgian Hulk” who outclassed Laletin to a 6-0 washout. The two have formed a rivalry since then. He has also pulled the likes of Larry Wheels, Krasimir Kostadinov, Kirill Sarychev, Georgiy Dzeranov, Lyubomir Milanov, Alexandr Getalo, Mitko Petrov and many more top names in the sport.
- Arm wrestling icons Alex Kurdecha and Vitaly Laletin will face off against each other in the King of the Table 3 event on 26th March