And the winner is…
…Borys Szkodzik from Poland!
The Cigar Smoking World Championship Grand Finale is over, and it took a world class performance for the new champion to beat his opponents.
48 participants from around 30 countries sat down at the Radisson Blu in Split to battle for the title of Slow Smoking World Champion. At third place on this season’s top 20 Szkodzik was one of the favorites, and his time of 3 hours 20 minutes and 3 seconds actually put him on the very top of that list.
At second place Drew Emch continued to surprise everyone. He was one of the upsets of the season when his cigar lasted for 3 hours, 19 minutes and 24 seconds in the US qualification final in Indianapolis. It was only 39 seconds less than Szkodzik’s result in the final. That performance is still the second best of the year as Emch’s result in the final ended up around 3 hours.
Dimitrijs Smirnovs from Latvia took third place with another great performance. He was one of the last people to qualify for the final when he won the Estonian qualifier a couple of weeks prior. 2 hours 52 minutes and 52 seconds was almost one hour longer than his accomplishment in Tallinn.
Borys Szkodzik, Poland: 3:20:03
Drew Emch, USA: 3:00:40
Dimitrijs Smirnovs, Latvia: 2:52:52