Three full days of Qualifying rounds and a much-needed relaxation day have led to Day 4 of the 2022 WSM contest and Day One in every of Finals on Saturday, Could 28.
The Prime 10 opponents are a extremely aggressive subject together with 2021 champion Tom Stoltman, three former champions — Oleksii Novikov, Martins Licis, and Brian Shaw — Maxime Boudreault, Luke Stoltman, Trey Mitchell, Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted, with Mitchell Hooper and Gabriel Rheaume each making their WSM debuts.
Right here’s the place the sphere stands after three huge occasions.
2022 WSM Finals Leaderboard
|1||Oleksii Novikov — Ukraine||28|
|2||Tom Stoltman — United Kingdom||26.5|
|3||Martins Licis — USA||20|
|4||Mitchell Hooper — Canada||19|
|5||Trey Mitchell — USA||18|
|6||Brian Shaw — USA||16.5|
|7||Luke Stoltman — United Kingdom||15.5|
|8||Maxime Boudreault — Canada||11.5|
|9||Gabriel Rheaume — Canada||6|
|10||Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Iceland||4|
2022 WSM Day 4 Outcomes
Opponents entered the primary day of Finals of their probability to safe a grasp on the title. Whereas every Qualifying spherical examined two occasions per day, the Finals will push the opponents more durable with three occasions every day, starting with the KNAACK Large’s Medley, Deadlift, and Flintstone Barbell.
KNAACK Large’s Medley Outcomes
The opponents had been challenged with carrying two separate KNAACK-sponsored industrial device storage lockers, every stuffed with 125 kilograms (276 kilos), on a visit midway down a 20-meter (66-foot) course and again to the beginning. Opponents then needed to instantly carry a 455kg (1,000-pound) yoke by way of the total course. As a medley, the whole occasion was carried out to realize the quickest time.
After the occasion, Brian Shaw was heard joking that the 1,000-pound yoke was “too gentle” — one thing solely a four-time WSM champ might say.
- Mitchell Hooper — 0:21.96s
- Tom Stoltman — 0:24.75s
- Oleksii Novikov — 0:24.84s
- Luke Stoltman — 0:28.72s
- Martins Licis — 0:30.60s
- Brian Shaw — 0:30.78s
- Trey Mitchell — 0:32.54s
- Gabriel Rheaume — 0:33.87s
- Maxime Boudreault — 0:34.11s
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 0:37.61s
The finalists carried out arguably probably the most relatable occasion for spectators — a 360kg (794-pound) deadlift for optimum reps in 75 seconds.
Oleksii Novikov put up a commanding efficiency, ignoring a easy nosebleed, to win the occasion with a stable 15 reps.
- Oleksii Novikov — 15 reps
- Tom Stoltman — 13 reps
- Trey Mitchell — 13 reps
- Mitchell Hooper —12 reps
- Brian Shaw — 12 reps
- Martins Licis — 12 reps
- Maxime Boudreault — 10 reps
- Luke Stoltman — 9 reps
- Gabriel Rheaume — 8 reps
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 8 reps
For the primary time in years, the Flintstone barbell made its return to the WSM contest. Lifters pressed more and more heavier bars loaded with primitive stones somewhat than weight plates. The weights progressed 175kg (385 kilos), 190kg (420 kilos), 200kg (440 kilos), 212kg (470 kilos), 221kg (490 kilos), and at last 230kg (510 kilos).
Lifters had the choice of urgent behind the neck or from the entrance rack place. Luke Stoltman set a world report as the primary lifter to carry out a 212kg (470 pound) Flintstone barbell press, breaking the 210kg (463 pound) report set by Gary Taylor within the 1995 WSM contest. Data continued to fall because the occasion proceeded.
In an surprising flip of occasions, organizers wanted so as to add further rounds to proceed testing opponents. A 240kg (530-pound) bar was added , adopted by a 245kg (540 pound) bar to find out the winner. Oleksii Novikov put up one other dominant efficiency for the day, displaying his willpower to drive in the direction of the title.
- Oleksii Novikov — 8 stones
- Tom Stoltman — 7 stones
- Martins Licis — 6 stones
- Luke Stoltman — 4 stones
- Brian Shaw — 4 stones
- Trey Mitchell — 4 stones
- Maxime Boudreault — 4 stones
- Mitchell Hooper — 3 stones
- Gabriel Rheaume — 2 stones
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 2 stones
The Finals Proceed
With solely in the future remaining, the opponents’ alternatives to push ahead are narrowing. Tomorrow’s occasions are WSM staples — the Bus Pull, the Reign Complete Physique Gas Stairs, and the epic Atlas stones. As soon as they’re accomplished, the World’s Strongest Man will take the title.
Featured picture: Joe Martinez/World’s Strongest Man