Ameren Illinois lineman's rodeo

Kent Diekemper (from left), of Centralia; Jason Novak, of Marion; and Kevin Koester, of Effingham, pose for a photo after winning third place in the Journeyman Speed Climb.

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A three-man team of Ameren Illinois linemen brought home some hardware from the 34th annual International Lineman's Rodeo on Oct. 14 in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

(From left, in the photo). Kent Diekemper, of Centralia; Jason Novak, of Marion; and Kevin Koester, of Effingham, won third place in the Journeyman Speed Climb with a time of 44.23 seconds. A crew from California finished first with a time of 39.96 seconds.

The Lineman’s Rodeo attracts the best linemen from around the world to compete in events based on traditional lineman tasks and skills. "We like to refer to it as the Olympics for linemen – the best of the best from around the country safely competing for bragging rights," said Craig Gilson, senior directors of Division Operations North for Ameren Illinois.

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