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Cigar Smoking World Championship 2017 Split

Alexander Shagai Wins 2017 World Championship, Sets New World Record

Alexander Shagai from Russia has won the 2017 Cigar Smoking World Championship (CSWC). 

Mr. Shagai, a member of the renowned St. Petersburg Horse Power Cigar Club also set a new world record in slow smoking. His Macanudo Inspirado Mareva (5 1/8 x 42 | 130 x 16,7mm) lasted 186 minutes and 15 seconds. Shagai is a CSWC veteran. He has won the prestigious title also in 2013. 

Igor Kovacic from Sweden finished second place only about 15 minutes earlier after 171 minutes and 5 seconds, falling short just four minutes of his own record of 175:27 earlier this year when Mr. Kovacic held the world record for a short period of time. 

Oleg Pedan from St. Petersburg, Russia, world champion of the year 2015 finished third with a time of 166:00 minutes, missing his own former world record of 167:45 just slightly. Oleg Pedan owns a beautiful cigar shop and lounge in St. Petersburg. 

Anastasiia Luzhynska was the slowest female participant at the World Championship and stayed in the „race“ for 90 minutes and 5 seconds. 

More than 190 guests and 107 competitors from two dozen countries have gathered in Split for the 8th Cigar Smoking World Championship, sponsored by Macanudo, CAO, Bespoke Cigars, Havana Club Rum, S.T. Dupont, Cuervo y Sobrinos watches and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. 

Reinhold C. Widmayer

His journalistic career began in 1979 as a freelancer for German-language newspapers in the US, and later for Austrian media including Die Wochenpresse and Das Wirtschaftsblatt. For ten years he also produced programs for over 60 radio stations around the world. In 1994, Reinhold C. Widmayer devoted himself to all things cigar, publishing technical articles in cigar magazines. He began working for Cigar Journal in 2001 and became editor-in-chief in 2005; under his auspices the journal has established itself as the world’s leading cigar magazine.


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