Imagine competing for a world title and being beaten into third place by just one-tenth of a second.

That was the fate which befell Masterton's Faavae Sefo and Feilding's Warren Riddle when they contested the final of the world double sawing championship at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney over the weekend.

So close was the finish that despite having the benefit of video coverage the judges took about 30 minutes to confirm the result with Sefo and Riddle having to settle for third in an event won by eight-times world champions, Australians Stephen Kirk and Justin Beckett.

"To be honest I was pretty gutted, I thought we had won," Sefo said yesterday.

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"I knew it was desperately close but I had a feeling we had just done enough."

There was some compensation for Sefo though as he won the single saw handicap event after coming off the second to back mark and, with Riddle, was second in the double saw handicap where they were the back markers.