Oleksii Novikov is the champion of the 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic. On July 9, 2022, the Ukrainian strongman efficiently made it back-to-back years (2021-2022) because the winner of the energy contest.

Rounding out the rostrum in London, England, Canada’s Mitchell Hooper and the United States’ Evan Singleton completed in second and third place, respectively. Hooper and Singleton earned {qualifications} for the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) with their podium outcomes. Novikov has a perennial invitation because of his 2020 WSM title.

Here are the ultimate standings from this 12 months’s competitors:

2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic Results

  1. Oleksii Novikov — 54 factors | Repeat Champion (2021-2022)
  2. Mitchell Hooper — 42 factors
  3. Evan Singleton — 41.5 factors
  4. Maxime Boudreault — 38.5 factors
  5. Paul Smith — 36 factors
  6. Eddie Williams — 34 factors
  7. Spenser Remick — 32.5 factors
  8. Gavin Bilton — 30.5 factors
  9. Rob Kearney — 28 factors
  10. Mark Felix — 28 factors
  11. Ken McClelland — 20 factors
  12. *Andy Black — One level

*Note: Withdrew after harm

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Event Breakdown

Novikov accomplished his Strongman Classic repeat because of a efficiency the place he gained three of the 5 occasions. He solely completed outdoors of the highest three as soon as. Here’s a brief recap and the outcomes from every of the competition’s particular person occasions:

Dumbbell Medley

In the primary occasion of the Strongman Classic, the 12 athletes had the duty of lifting 5 circus dumbbells starting from 80 to 120 kilograms (176.3 to 264.5 kilos) to an accredited overhead lockout place. Whoever might carry the 5 dumbbells within the quickest time could be the victor.

With a time of 38.38 seconds, Novikov beat second-place finisher Rob Kearney (42.21 seconds) by roughly three seconds. Hooper might solely carry 4 dumbbells in 31.46 seconds, however his effort was sufficient for a third-place outcome.

  1. Oleksii Novikov — Five in 38.38 seconds
  2. Rob Kearney — Five in 42.21 seconds
  3. Mitchell Hooper — Four in 31.46 seconds
  4. Paul Smith — Four in 43.36 seconds
  5. Gavin Bilton — Four in 46.27 seconds
  6. Spenser Remick — Four in 52.70 seconds
  7. Maxime Boudreault — Four in 69.81 seconds
  8. Ken McClelland — Three in 59.3 seconds
  9. Evan Singleton — Two in 13.13 seconds
  10. Eddie Williams — Two in 18.10 seconds
  11. Mark Felix — One in 8.06 seconds
  12. Andy Black — One in 15.08 seconds

Black suffered an undisclosed harm throughout this occasion and withdrew from the remainder of the competition.

Hercules Hold

The Hercules Hold was a problem all about grip energy. During this occasion, the athletes needed to maintain a 160-kilogram (352.7-pound) pillar in every of their arms for so long as potential with their arms stretched extensive whereas sustaining their grip.

Late contest addition Eddie Williams captured the first-place upset when he held the pillars up for 72 seconds. Paul Smith (67.1 seconds) and Mitchell Hooper (64.65 seconds) rounded out the highest three. The Hercules Hold was the one occasion the place Novikov didn’t notch not less than a top-three outcome.

  1. Eddie Williams — 72.01 seconds
  2. Paul Smith — 67.1 seconds
  3. Mitchell Hooper — 64.65 seconds
  4. Evan Singleton — 64.04 seconds
  5. Oleksii Novikov — 58.11 seconds
  6. Mark Felix — 53.59 seconds
  7. Gavin Bilton — 52.34 seconds
  8. Spencer Remick — 52.16 seconds
  9. Maxime Boudreault — 50.21 seconds
  10. Ken McClelland — 47.53 seconds
  11. Rob Kearney — 35.95 seconds

Notably, Mark Felix holds the Hercules Hold World Record of 83.62 seconds from the 2019 Giants Live Wembley. On this event, he completed outdoors the highest 5.

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Farmer’s Walk

The third occasion of the competition noticed the strongmen carry two 150-kilogram (330-pound) implements for max distance with a one-minute time restrict. The winner could be who might cowl the longest distance inside that time-frame. Novikov (63.3 meters) managed to carry off one other promising late addition in Maxime Boudreault (60 meters) to win the Farmer’s Walk. Paul Smith (58 meters) wasn’t far behind his friends in third.

  1. Oleksii Novikov — 63.3 meters
  2. Maxime Boudreault — 60 meters
  3. Paul Smith — 58 meters
  4. Evan Singleton — 55.5 meters
  5. Eddie Williams — 53.25 meters
  6. Mark Felix — 52.35 meters
  7. Spenser Remick — 44.15 meters
  8. Ken McClelland — 41.4 meters
  9. Mitchell Hooper — 29.6 meters
  10. Rob Kearney — 20.5 meters
  11. Gavin Bilton — 15 meters

Axle Deadlift for Reps 

As the competitors began to shut, Novikov started to separate himself from the opposite athletes. In this occasion — the place the opponents needed to axle deadlift 360 kilograms (793.8 kilos) for as many reps as potential in a minute — Novikov was the solely particular person to complete seven reps. Hooper (six reps) and Felix (5) have been the subsequent to flank behind Novikov’s dominant first-place outing.

  1. Oleksii Novikov — Seven reps
  2. Mitchell Hooper — Six reps
  3. Mark Felix — Five reps
  4. Evan Singleton — Four reps
  5. Spenser Remick — Four reps
  6. Rob Kearney — Three reps
  7. Maxime Boudreault — Two reps
  8. Gavin Bilton — Two reps
  9. Paul Smith — One rep
  10. Eddie Williams — One rep
  11. Ken McClelland — One rep

Atlas Stones

As is typical in strongman, the famed Atlas Stones have been the finisher to this 12 months’s Strongman Classic. The one that might carry all 5 stones starting from 120 to 200 kilograms (264 to 440 kilos) into their podiums within the quickest time could be the winner. Boudreault hit the Stones onerous, lifting the 5 stones in 24.03 seconds. Singleton got here in second with 5 stones in 25.59 seconds. In third place, Novikov (25.6 seconds) completed behind Singleton by one-hundredth of a second.

  1. Maxime Boudreault — Five in 24.03 seconds
  2. Evan Singleton — Five in 25.59 seconds
  3. Oleksii Novikov — Five in 25.6 seconds
  4. Gavin Bilton — Five in 27.23 seconds
  5. Eddie Williams — Five in 34.31 seconds
  6. Mitchell Hooper — Five in 35.58 seconds
  7. Spenser Remick — Five in 51.24 seconds
  8. Rob Kearney — Four in 23.21 seconds
  9. Ken McClelland — Four in 23.94 seconds
  10. Paul Smith — Four in 31.78 seconds
  11. Mark Felix — Three in 24.56 seconds

Even nonetheless, Novikov’s Stones outcome was sufficient to cement his repeat Strongman Classic title.

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With the newest Strongman Classic within the rearview mirror, it stays full steam forward for Giants Live competitions this 12 months. The group’s subsequent contest would be the 2022 Giants Live Open and World Deadlift Championships. Those will happen on August 6, 2022, in Cardiff, Wales.

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