With Brian Shaw’s run seemingly coming to an finish, Mitchell Hooper seems to be to cement himself as strongman’s king.
Simply at some point stays within the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM). Someday to find out who has the privilege to grow to be final strongman royalty. Someday to search out out who will get to take a seat on prime of what may be energy sports activities’ most prestigious throne in Myrtle Seashore, SC.
Because the second climactic half of the Finals looms on Sunday, right here’s the place the 2023 WSM Finals leaderboard stands on the finish of Day Three, together with a recap of how every athlete fared within the first half of the Finals.
Editor’s Word: Outcomes are supplied by our official reporter in attendance. These outcomes usually are not thought of official till after they’re confirmed on the World’s Strongest Man homepage.
2023 WSM Finals Leaderboard
|1||Mitchell Hooper — Canada||25|
|2||Oleksii Novikov — Ukraine||24.5|
|3||Tom Stoltman — United Kingdom||24|
|4||Trey Mitchell — USA||22.5|
|5||Evan Singleton — USA||15|
|6||Brian Shaw — USA||14.5|
|7||Pavlo Kordiyaka — Ukraine||14|
|8||Mathew Ragg — New Zealand||11.5|
|9||Luke Stoltman — United Kingdom||8|
|10||Jaco Schoonwinkel — South Africa||5.5|
2023 World’s Strongest Man Day 3 Outcomes
Listed here are the Day 3 outcomes from the primary a part of the 2023 WSM Finals, together with every athlete’s particular person finishes, any related corresponding instances and distances, and tasked weights on the Reign Complete Physique Gas Defend Carry, the KNAACK Deadlift, and the Fingal’s Fingers. On account of a two-hour inclement climate delay, all of the occasion begin instances had been pushed again accordingly. In a scheduling shift, the Fingal’s Fingers grew to become the final occasion of the day, whereas the Reign Complete Physique Gas Defend Carry started the Finals.
Reign Complete Physique Gas Defend Carry Recap
The Reign Complete Physique Gas Defend Carry tasked the rivals with carrying a 196-kilogram (432-pound) defend for optimum distance. Rivals moved forwards and backwards alongside a 20-meter (65.6-foot) course for as a lot as they might.
In unlucky circumstances, controversy could have outlined the Reign Complete Physique Gas Defend Carry. Ukraine’s Pavlo Kordiyaka, who had a professional shot on the 2023 WSM podium (and maybe even extra) getting into the primary day of the Finals, could have misplaced his alternative on a debatable penalty for failing to completely cross a boundary line earlier than persevering with one lap of his carry. Kordiyaka would lose a whopping 5 factors and be penalized 19.8 meters of distance from his carry, leading to a rating of 46.59 meters. If not for the penalty, Kordiyaka would’ve had the overwhelming greatest distance of all collaborating finalists. The competitor would depart the stage in obvious disgust after the penalty ruling.
As a substitute, the possible rising WSM favourite, Mitchell Hooper, completed with one of the best carry of 64.8 meters in Warmth 3.
- Brian Shaw — 39.1 meters
- Mathew Ragg — 37.65 meters
- Mitchell Hooper — 64.8 meters
- Tom Stoltman — 63.15 meters
- Trey Mitchell — 50.83 meters
- Pavlo Kordiyaka — 46.59 meters (contains 19.8-meter penalty)
- Oleksii Novikov — 55.87 meters
- Jaco Schoonwinkel — 15.92 meters
KNAACK Deadlift Recap
The KNAACK Deadlift didn’t reinvent the wheel for the athletes. It was a conventional deadlift for optimum repetitions with 355 kilograms (782.6 kilos) as rain fell on Myrtle Seashore. Hooper claimed one other occasion victory by being the one strongman to complete eight repetitions. 4 athletes tied for second on the KNAACK deadlift with seven profitable repetitions, together with Oleksii Novikov, Trey Mitchell, Brian Shaw, and Mathew Ragg.
- Mitchell Hooper — 8 reps
- Oleksii Novikov — 7 reps
- Trey Mitchell — 7 reps
- Brian Shaw — 7 reps
- Mathew Ragg — 7 reps
- Tom Stoltman — 6 reps
- Evan Singleton — 5 reps
- Jaco Schoonwinkel — 5 reps
- Pavlo Kordiyaka — 4 reps
- Luke Stoltman — 3 reps
Fingal’s Fingers Recap
The top of the primary half of the 2023 WSM Finals was a becoming spectacle, because it featured the Fingal’s Fingers. The occasion had not been part of a WSM Finals spherical since 2009, marking a decade-plus absence as a decision-making race. The strongmen had the target of flipping 5 successive “fingers” in a single minute. The beams had the approximate dimension of phone poles and ranged in these weights as they progressed by means of the course: 145 kilograms (320 kilos), 154 kilograms (340 kilos), 159 kilograms (350 kilos), 163 kilograms (360 kilos), and 172 kilograms (380 kilos).
Two-time defending WSM champion Tom Stoltman paced forward of the remainder of the rivals — finishing all 5 fingers practically three full seconds earlier than his closest competitor — placing himself in nice place for the second half of the Finals on Sunday afternoon.
- Tom Stoltman — 5 reps, 39.36 seconds
- Oleksii Novikov — 5 reps, 42.26 seconds
- Trey Mitchell — 5 reps, 48.46 seconds
- Pavlo Kordiyaka — 5 reps, 48.69 seconds
- Evan Singleton — 5 reps, 49.85 seconds
- Mitchell Hooper — 5 reps, 49.89 seconds
- Brian Shaw — 4 reps, 26.61 seconds
- Luke Stoltman — 4 reps, 32.54 seconds
- Mathew Ragg — 4 reps, 35.03 seconds
- Jaco Schoonwinkel — 1 rep, 40.76 seconds
A Sunday of Energy
Any variety of storylines and questions might outline the ultimate day of the 2023 WSM.
Only one 12 months after stunning the elite strongman subject in his WSM debut, Mitchell Hooper may lead the fray. The Canadian strongman is arguably within the strongest place to win the title and will culminate one of many extra meteoric rises over an approximate 12 months that the game has ever seen.
Then there’s Brian Shaw. On the final day of his WSM profession, Shaw might, theoretically, win all three of the final occasions to seize a legendary fifth title and cap one of many best ever runs in strongman. Technically, two-time defending champion Tom Stoltman continues to be able to complete a uncommon and legendary “three-peat,” too.
Lastly, because the mud settles, it stays to be seen how Kordiyaka’s controversial penalty will outline the remainder of the competition. It’d take a Herculean effort to overshadow a ruling which will have price an athlete a professional alternative at strongman’s best title.
To some, the suspense may be horrible on the final day of the 2023 WSM. To those elite strongmen, they possible hope it lasts.
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