After an exhilarating, aggressive Qualifying Spherical of the 2022 World’s Strongest Man (WSM), there are 10 athletes left standing.
Coming into Thursday, Might 26, 2022, a number of the respective high contenders, like defending champion Tom Stoltman and former WSM Champion Oleksii Novikov (2020), already had a spot within the Finals. The debut of the Wrecking Ball Maintain and the extreme Stone Off would decide the opposite half of the remaining area on Day Three.
Right here’s the place the general leaderboard stands after the conclusion of the Qualifying Spherical, a brief recap of Thursday’s occasions, and an summary of the ten finalists for the 2022 WSM Finals this weekend.
2022 WSM Leaderboard — Day Three/Finish of Qualifying
|1||Tom Stoltman — United Kingdom||25|
|2||Kevin Faires — USA||24|
|3||Gabriel Rheaume — Canada||20|
|4||Aivars Smaukstelis — Latvia||15|
|5||Andy Black — United Kingdom||12|
|6||Manuel Angulo — Chile||6|
|1||Mitchell Hooper — Canada||23.5|
|2||Bobby Thompson — USA||22|
|3||Brian Shaw — USA||17.5|
|4||Mark Felix — Canada||15|
|5||Konstantine Janashia — Georgia||13|
|6||Gabriel Pena — Mexico||13|
|1||Oleksii Novikov — Ukraine||24.5|
|2||Trey Mitchell — USA||21.5|
|3||Adam Bishop — United Kingdom||18|
|4||Rob Kearney — USA||15|
|5||Grzegorz Szymanski — Poland||13|
|6||Mika Törrö — Finland||13|
|1||Martins Licis — USA||25.5|
|2||Maxime Boudreault — Canada||23|
|3||Pavlo Kordiyaka — Ukraine||21.5|
|4||Gavin Bilton — United Kingdom||17|
|5||Nedžmin Ambešković — Bosnia and Herzegovina||9|
|6||Shane Flowers — United Kingdom (withdrawn)||6|
|1||Luke Stoltman — United Kingdom||23|
|2||Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Iceland||20|
|3||Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — France||18|
|4||Kelvin De Ruiter — Netherlands||116.5|
|5||Evan Singleton — USA||14.5|
|6||Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Greenland||11|
2022 WSM Day Three Outcomes
As famous, a number of the rivals entered the third day of the competitors already having locked up a spot within the Finals. That meant Day Three’s occasions have been extra about the remainder of the sector looking for factors to safe their spots. The Wrecking Ball Maintain and Stone Off stood of their manner.
Wrecking Ball Maintain
This static energy occasion made its first look in a WSM competitors. It’s a take a look at of grip energy, in addition to total-body endurance. The athletes needed to maintain a 228-kilogram (500-pound) naked wrecking ball for so long as they may.
- Kevin Faires — 1:35.18s
- Andy Black — 1:26.92s
- Gabriel Rhéaume — 1:24.10s
- Manuel Angulo — 1:11.66s
- Aivars Šmaukstelis — 0:57.44s
- Tom Stoltman — 0:04.63s
- Mark Felix — 2:20.49s
- Bobby Thompson — 1:21.33s
- Brian Shaw — 1:06.13s
- Konstantine Janashia — 1:01.38s
- Gabriel Peña — 0:48.27s
- Mitchell Hooper — 0:06.40s
- Trey Mitchell — 2:06.46s
- Mika Törrö — 1:53.17s
- Grzegorz Szymanski — 1:46.49s
- Oleksii Novikov — 1:38.63s
- Adam Bishop — 1:31.35s
- Rob Kearney — 1:01.95s
- Maxime Boudreault — 1:33.93s
- Pavlo Kordiyaka — 1:31.33s
- Martins Licis — 1:25.63s
- Nedžmin Ambešković — 1:12.47s
- Gavin Bilton — 1:07.15s
- Shane Flowers — Withdrawn
- Kelvin De Ruiter — 1:45.65s
- Evan Singleton — 1:40.34s
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 1:03.42s
- Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — 1:00.70s
- Kim Ujarak — 0:36.24s
- Luke Stoltman — No time accomplished
Notably, Mark Felix set a world report when he held the ball for two:20.49. Trey Mitchell pitched in a more-than-solid 2:06.46.
Of their final probability to clinch a spot within the Finals, the rivals went head-to-head with somebody from their Qualifying Group within the Stone Off. They lifted six stones — 150 kilograms (330 kilos), two stones at 160 kilograms (353 kilos), two stones at 180 kilograms (397 kilos), and ended with 200 kilograms (440 kilos). To finish the problem, the final stone was lifted for as many reps as doable till one competitor failed.
One of many extra distinctive conditions coming into the Stone Off was Brian Shaw, who wanted to win so as to qualify for a record-setting 14th WSM Finals and attain for a record-setting fifth title. Shaw ended up defeating Bobby Thompson and moved ahead to potential historical past. Gabriel Rheaume, Maxime Boudreault, Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted, and Mitchell rounded out the opposite winners who certified for the Finals because of their Stone Off efficiency.
- Kevin Faires
- Gabriel Rheaume — Winner
- Bobby Thompson
- Brian Shaw — Winner
- Trey Mitchell — Winner
- Adam Bishop
- Maxime Boudreault — Winner
- Pavlo Kordiyaka
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted – Winner
- Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf
The Finals Lie Forward
Now that the Qualifying Spherical is over, the entire checklist of finalists for the 2022 WSM is: 2021 WSM Champion Tom Stoltman, 2020 WSM Champion Oleksii Novikov, 2019 WSM champion Martins Licis, four-time WSM champion Brian Shaw (2011, 2013, 2015-2016), Maxime Boudreault, Mitchell Hooper, Trey Mitchell, Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted, Gabriel Rheaume, and Luke Stoltman.
Friday will current a great break for the rivals earlier than beginning the latter half of the competitors. The primary spherical of the Finals will happen on Saturday, Might 28, 2022. It options the KNAACK Large’s Medley, which is analogous to the Loading Race, the Deadlift, and the Flintstone barbell, the place the athletes will press a barbell loaded with big stones.
Quickly sufficient, the strongest man on the planet can be topped.
Featured picture: Joe Martinez/World’s Strongest Man