For so many years there has been an argument about if it is fair to lay against someone during the competition or not. ()
Usually this argument happens after the Zloty Tur events and first time I started this subject to be discussed was after 2004 Zloty Tur event that Alexey Voevoda won.
For sure that is a sensitive subject. For sure it was not 2004 Zloty Event that I first time saw people laying to stronger competitor. I have been pulling since 1993 internationally and many times my opponents laid when they knew that they had no chance against me in my prime years. I remember Rustam’s 2008 WAF win in Canada where almost everyone laid against him since they all targeted silver medal after him.
Many of the North Americans considered armwrestlers to lay against Voevoda was unfair in 2004 Zloty event and they thought Voevoda won because of this while I disagree that Alexey won because of this. Alexey was clearly the best on that day but we can discuss if it is fair or not subject. I don’t believe that some pullers laid to Alexey because they wanted to cheat but it was most likely to save the energy for a realistic target to place higher and make more Money. Even at National or even state level you can see people laying to obviously stronger opponents especially if they are training partners from same team.
For example if I would go to an event and met Pushkar in the overalls I would not pull him, not because I would want to give him favor. My main intention would not be even saving myself for the next round but to not to get injured. Why would I risqué my arm by experiencing such a powerful hit? I know enough about the sport and the things that I can possibly do and can not do.