A number of contenders, like Hooper, appear stronger than others heading into the weekend’s Ultimate.
Day Two of the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) promised fireworks, and it didn’t disappoint in its supply. The second day noticed the athletes work by means of the Conan’s Wheel, Kettlebell Toss, and climactic Stone-Off to find out the ten locations within the 2023 WSM Ultimate.
Right here’s the place the leaderboard stands on the finish of Day Two, together with a brief recap of how every athlete fared on the finish of the Qualifying Spherical.
2023 WSM Qualifying Spherical Leaderboard
|1||Pavlo Kordiyaka — Ukraine — Finalist||25|
|2||Tom Stoltman — United Kingdom — Finalist||20.5|
|3||Bobby Thompson — USA||20|
|4||Konstantine Janashia — Georgia||17.5|
|5||Pa O’Dwyer — Eire||13|
|6||Eddie Williams — Australia||9|
|1||Oleksii Novikov — Ukraine — Finalist||23|
|2||Luke Stoltman — United Kingdom — Finalist||21|
|3||Gavin Bilton — United Kingdom||20|
|4||Thomas Evans — USA||18|
|5||Kristjan Jon Haraldsson — Iceland||15.5|
|6||Fadi El Masri — Lebanon||7.5|
|1||Mitchell Hooper — Canada — Finalist||29|
|2||Mathew Ragg — New Zealand — Finalist||22.5|
|3||Aivars Smaukstelis — Latvia||17.5|
|4||Mateusz Kielszkowski — Poland||14|
|5||Graham Hicks — United Kingdom||11.5|
|6||Spenser Remick — USA||10.5|
|1||Jaco Schoonwinkel — South Africa — Finalist||24|
|2||Brian Shaw — USA — Finalist||23.5|
|3||Rauno Heinla — Estonia||20.5|
|4||Adam Bishop — United Kingdom||14|
|5||Kevin Faires — USA||13.5|
|6||Gabriel Rheaume — Canada||9.5|
|1||Trey Mitchell — USA — Finalist||26|
|2||Evan Singleton — USA — Finalist||24.5|
|3||Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Iceland||22.5|
|4||Mark Felix — United Kingdom||12.5|
|5||Paul Smith — United Kingdom||11|
|6||Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — France||8.5|
2022 World’s Strongest Man Day Two Outcomes
Listed below are the Day Two outcomes from every Qualifying Spherical Group, together with every athlete’s particular person finishes, any related corresponding time, and putting throughout the Conan’s Wheel and Kettlebell Toss. Plus, there’s an general recap of the Stone-Off occasion that includes simply the second and third-place finishers in every group.
Conan’s Wheel Recap
As one of many final occasions of the 2023 WSM Qualifying Spherical, the Conan’s Wheel examined the athletes’ core energy and endurance. They’d the target of holding up a 199.5-kilogram (440-pound) bar within the Zercher place whereas strolling round in a hard and fast circle so far as attainable.
The occasion’s winners would rating probably the most “levels” or loops across the circle. A full loop the size of the circle can be thought-about 360 levels.
Former 2020 WSM champion Oleksii Novikov recorded the utmost distance with 847 levels to turn into the winner in Group 2. Pavlo Kordiyaka, reigning Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM) champion, notched the second-most with 749 levels as Group 1’s winner. Kordiyaka possesses the Conan’s Wheel World File with a rotation size of 1,009 levels from his 2023 ESM victory.
- Pavlo Kordiyaka — 749 levels
- Pa O’Dwyer — 722 levels
- Bobby Thompson — 649 levels
- Konstantine Janashia — 633 levels
- Eddie Williams — 614 levels
- Tom Stoltman — 598 levels
- Oleksii Novikov — 897 levels
- Gavin Bilton — 557 levels
- Luke Stoltman — 545 levels
- Kristjan Jon Haraldsson — 524 levels
- Fadi El Masri — 70 levels
- Thomas Evans — 69 levels
- Mitchell Hooper — 636 levels
- Mathew Ragg — 628 levels
- Aivars Šmaukstelis —575 levels
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski — 538 levels
- Spenser Remick — 470 levels
- Graham Hicks — 425 levels
- Jaco Schoonwinkel — 713 levels
- Kevin Faires — 636 levels
- Gabriel Rhéaume — 476 levels
- Rauno Heinla — 572 levels
- Brian Shaw — 411 levels
- Adam Bishop — 292 levels
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 629 levels
- Evan Singleton — 589 levels
- Trey Mitchell — 523 levels
- Paul Smith — 518 levels
- Mark Felix — 470 levels
- Jean-Stephen Corabeouf — 143 levels
Kettlebell Toss Recap
Some athletes wanted a greater efficiency within the very important Kettlebell Toss than others. In any case, it will partly decide who certified for his or her Group’s Stone Off.
This occasion pushed the rivals’ explosive energy, presenting them with seven kettlebells that step by step elevated in weight. They’d one minute to launch as many weights as they might over a 4.5-meter (15-foot) overhead bar.
Right here was how the weights progressed in dimension: 20.5 kilograms (45 kilos), 21.8 kilograms (48 kilos), 22.7 kilograms (50 kilos), 22.7 kilograms (50 kilos), 24 kilograms (53 kilos), 26.3 kilograms (58 kilos), and eventually 30.8 kilograms (68 kilos).
Even whereas mathematically eradicated from the Finals by the point he stepped as much as compete, Mateusz Kieliszkowski fared one of the best within the Kettlebell Toss. The Polish athlete completed all seven throws in a blazing 32.44 seconds in Group 3. Within the course of, he snapped groupmate Mitchell Hooper’s dominant four-event successful streak.
- Pavlo Kordiyaka — Six reps, 18.09 seconds
- Konstantine Janashia — Six reps, 19.93 seconds
- Tom Stoltman — Six reps, 21.99 seconds
- Pa O’Dwyer — Six reps, 31.71 seconds
- Bobby Thompson — Six reps, 35.67 seconds
- Eddie Williams — Six reps, 36.4 seconds
- Gavin Bilton — Six reps, 19.9 seconds
- Luke Stoltman — Six reps, 49.35 seconds
- Kristjan Jon Haraldsson — 5 reps, 15.57 seconds
- Thomas Evans — 5 reps, 28.68 seconds
- Fadi El Masri — 4 reps, 20.61 seconds
- Oleksii Novikov — One rep, 9.56 seconds
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski — Seven reps, 32.44 seconds
- Mitchell Hooper — Six reps, 17.18 seconds
- Mathew Ragg — Six reps, 21.96 seconds
- Aivars Šmaukstelis — Six reps, 25.41 seconds
- Spenser Remick — 5 reps, 24.31 seconds
- Graham Hicks — 4 reps, 20.51 seconds
- Brian Shaw — Seven reps, 48.45 seconds
- Adam Bishop — Six reps, 32.29 seconds
- Kevin Faires — 5 reps, 34.09 seconds
- Jaco Schoonwinkel — Six reps, 47.32 seconds
- Rauno Heinla — 5 reps, 44.31 seconds
- Gabriel Rhéaume — Three reps, 14 seconds
- Trey Mitchell — Seven reps, 34.42 seconds
- Evan Singleton — Six reps, 28.81 seconds
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Six reps, 27.66 seconds
- Mark Felix — 4 reps, 42.66 seconds
- Jean-Stephen Corabeouf — Two reps, 23.65 seconds
- Paul Smith — One rep, 28.62 seconds
Stone Off Recap
Lastly, it was time to find out the opposite half of the 2023 WSM Finals subject. With Novikov, Hooper, Trey Mitchell, first-time WSM Finalist Kordiyaka, and first-time WSM competitor Jaco Schoonwinkel successful their respective teams, the second and third-place finishes squared off head-to-head in an Atlas Stone battle to earn berths for the weekend’s Finals.
The taking part athletes needed to raise step by step heavier Atlas Stones over a bar separating them from their opponents. The weights ranged from 140 kilograms (308 kilos) to 200 kilograms (440 kilos). The final Stone’s weight can be lifted for reps till one of many strongmen couldn’t proceed.
Tom Stoltman, Luke Stoltman, Brian Shaw, Mathew Ragg, and Evan Singleton all earned locations within the 2023 WSM Finals by successful their Stone Off. The 2023 WSM is Ragg’s first look within the contest. 2023 marks Singleton’s first time reaching the Finals in 4 consecutive WSM appearances — his 2020 and 2021 showings had been interrupted by withdrawals on account of harm, whereas he didn’t go the Qualifying Stage in 2022.
- Tom Stoltman — 3 stones — Winner
- Bobby Thompson — 3 stones
- Luke Stoltman — 7 stones — Winner
- Gavin Bilton — 7 stones
- Mathew Ragg — 8 stones — Winner
- Aivars Smaukstelis — 8 stones
- Brian Shaw — 11 stones — Winner
- Rauno Heinla — 11 stones
- Evan Singleton — 8 stones — Winner
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 8 stones
2023 World’s Strongest Man Ultimate Athletes
Listed below are the ten confirmed athletes within the 2023 WSM Finals:
- Pavlo Kordiyaka (Ukraine)
- Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine)
- Mitchell Hooper (Canada)
- Jaco Schoonwinkel (South Africa)
- Trey Mitchell (United States)
- Tom Stoltman (United Kingdom)
- Luke Stoltman (United Kingdom)
- Mathew Ragg (New Zealand)
- Brian Shaw (United States)
- Evan Singleton (United States)
A number of the extra notable achievements in qualifying for the 2023 WSM Ultimate embrace two-time defending champion Tom Stoltman surviving his Stone Off. The Scottish athlete will formally have the chance for a three-peat victory over the weekend. In the meantime, after blitzing the 2022 WSM for a shock Finals berth, Mitchell Hooper might look like a bona fide favourite heading into the weekend and the individual that would possibly unseat Stoltman from his throne.
From a longer-term perspective, the legendary Brian Shaw prolonged his streak of WSM Ultimate appearances to fifteen. In his final WSM earlier than a strongman retirement later this summer season, the four-time champion (2011, 2013, 2015-2016) can have formally made it 15 of 16 appearances within the Finals over his illustrious profession. The one occasion Shaw of ever lacking the Finals was his WSM debut in 2008.
A Ultimate Showdown
The ten finalists within the 2023 WSM now get to take pleasure in a relaxation day on Friday earlier than returning to compete within the Finals on Saturday, Apr. 22, and Sunday, Apr. 23, 2023. Whereas many eyes may be on Stoltman in his repeat quest, on Hooper in attempting to complete his meteoric climb up strongman’s summit, and on Shaw in his final WSM, it might be anybody’s contest to win.
Really, till that final Atlas Stone is lifted onto its platform on Sunday, all bets are off for the 2023 WSM.
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