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May 25, 2022
The Scottsman, Tom Stoltman wins the World's Strongest Man as he's just won his second title back to back!
The pinnacle of strongman events arrived on May 24th as the 2022 World’s Strongest Man kicked off. This year’s WSM is held from May 24-29th in Sacramento, California.
30 strongmen from countries around the world are vying for the coveted title of World's Strongest Man. There are three days of qualifying rounds with two events each day. The top athletes will move on to the finals where they will compete in 3 events for a chance to win it all.
SET FOR SET will keep you posted on updates throughout the competition, so check back for results as they come in.
In typical WSM fashion, the event isn’t live-streamed anywhere, but former strongman Terry Hollands is hosting a show Backstage Live! Presented by The Beard Struggle recapping each day’s events.
Tom Stoltman defended his title and won the event by being the most consistent big man throughout the week.
The first day of the 2022 World’s Strongest Man began on May 24th, and it consisted of 30 strongmen from around the world split into 5 groups of 6 athletes.
This year is the first time all the athletes will compete in the same events in all 5 groups during the qualifying rounds.
Below are the final standings with the total points each athlete has accrued.
Let’s breakdown the action of each day below:
The last day of the 2022 WSM saw the athletes compete in three events; the Bus Pull, Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs and the Atlas Stones.
The strongmen had to pull a bus weighing 18.5 tons through a 30 meter course for the fastest time.
With this event, the athletes had to carry three implements weighing 500 lb (226 kg) each up a total of nine stairs for the fastest time.
With this strongman classic the athletes had to hoist 5 atlas stones onto raised platforms for time.
The first day of the 2022 WSM saw the athletes compete in three different events; the KNAACK Giant’s Medley, Car Deadlift, and the Flintstone Barbell. Let’s look at how the first half of the finals played out.
The athletes had to carry two KNAACK boxes weighing 275 lb (125 kg) each to a halfway point on a 20 meter course length. They had to complete two laps of back and forth on the course then they carried a super yoke that weighed 1,001 lb (455 kg) super yoke to finish out the course for the best time
The second event of the finals saw the strongmen tasked with deadlifting a Jeep that weighed 795 lb (360 kg) for max reps during a 60 seconds time cap.
For the last event of the day the athletes had to lift the prehistoric-looking barbell in various rounds as the weight increased steadily. If the athlete could lock out the weight they would move on to the next round until they could no longer get it done.
The starting weight was 385 lb (175 kg). The weights jumped from there each round to 418 lb (190 kg), 440 lb (200 kg), 466 lb (212 kg), 486 lb (221 kg), 506 lb (230 kg), 528 lb (240 kg) and 541 lb (246 kg).
Check out the recap of the first day presented by Backstage Live below:
Day three of the 2022 WSM was filled with excitement as Mark Felix set a new world record on the Wrecking Ball Hold with a time of 2:20.49. Then we saw the giants go neck and neck during the Stone-Off to secure their place in the finals.
This event is the ultimate test of grip strength where each athlete had to hold the 500 lb (228 kg) load for as long as possible.
The athletes that found themselves in second or third place had to hoist six stones weighing 330 lb (150 kg), 352 lb (160 kg), 352 lb (160 kg), 396 lb (180 kg), 396 lb (180 kg) and 440 lb (200 kg) back and forth to each other over a raised bar with the last stone being as many reps as possible.
The five winners in bold below made it through to the finals.
Watch Backstage Live for the recap of Day 3 2022 WSM below:
Day two of the qualifying rounds at the 2022 WSM just came to a close on May 25th. The top spots in each group have guaranteed themselves a spot in the Finals with their point totals thus far. Tome Stoltman, Mitchell Hooper, Martins Licis, Oleksii Novikov and Luke Stoltman have commanding leads in their respective groups.
Let’s look at how the day two events of the log lift and car walk played out for the strongmen.
The athletes had to attempt to lift a 320 lb (145 kg) log overhead for as many reps as possible within a time cap of 75 seconds. The most impressive athletes across all groups were Luke Stoltman and Maxime Boudreault who made it into the double digits.
The strongmen had to carry a Volkswagen Bug weighing in at 950 lb (430 kg) on a 20 meter long course for the fastest time. Evan Singleton who had come back from a hospitalization was the only man to hit a time under 10 seconds. Rob Kearney and the sleeper pick Mitch Hooper clocked the next fastest times.
Watch Backstage Live for the recap of Day 2 2022 WSM below:
The first day of the competition played out in the blistering California heat. It was full of surprises, with a last-minute replacement athlete Mitchell Hooper of Canada, doing better than most expected, leading his group.
We also saw strongman Evan Singleton withdraw due to an injury but has since been cleared to return the action.
The strongmen have to deadlift five different ascending weights from 660 lb (300 kg), 705 lb (320 kg), 750 lb (340 kg), 795 lb (360 kg), and 840 lb for the best time.
This event saw the big men race to load 5 implements, including a 275 lb anvil, atlas stone, two sandbags, and a keg that weighed 265 lb each for time.
At the end of day one, the leaders of each group were Tom Stoltman, Mitchell Hooper, Oleksii Novikov, Martins Licis, and Luke Stoltman.
Day 2 of the qualifying rounds will consist of two events; the car walk and log lift.
Check out the full event list of 2022 WSM if you need a refresher.
Below you can watch the WSM Backstage live for a full recap.
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