Pavlo Nakonechnyy is the champion of the 2022 Giants Live World Open. On August 6, 2022, the Ukrainian athlete stood atop the rostrum in Cardiff, Wales, after profitable a battle of elite power in simply his fourth profession strongman contest. 

Joining Nakonechnyy on the rostrum have been Canada’s Mitchell Hooper and one other Ukrainian competitor, Oleksii Novikov, in second and third place, respectively. This was Hooper’s second consecutive podium end after a robust displaying on the Giants Live Strongman Classic in early July. Novikov received that contest. According to Strongman Archives, along with his third-place outcome on the World Open, Novikov has now stood on a podium in 11 straight competitions relationship again to July 2021. 

Here are the ultimate standings from the 2022 Giants Live World Open:

  1. Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 49 factors | 2022 Giants Live World Open Champion
  2. Mitchell Hooper — 47 factors
  3. Oleksii Novikov — 39.5 factors
  4. Graham Hicks — 37.5 factors
  5. Gavin Bilton — 34 factors
  6. Rauno Heinla — 33 factors | 
  7. Andy Black — 20 factors
  8. Shane Flowers — 18 factors
  9. Evan Singleton — 14 factors (Withdrew after Medley)
  10. Ivan Makarov — Eight factors (Withdrew after Max Deadlift)
  11. Pa O’Dwyer — Six factors (Withdrew after Medley)

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The competitors consisted of 5 occasions in someday, together with the Max Deadlift, Medley, Log Lift for Reps, Front Hold, and Atlas Stones. Here’s a brief rundown of how every competitor fared within the particular person occasions. 

Max Deadlift 

The Max Deadlift, which doubled because the 2022 World Deadlift Championships (WDC), began the competition. The set-up was simple — deadlift as a lot weight as potential. The athletes started with 400 kilograms (938.1 kilos) and slowly elevated the load on their barbells. 

While 5 athletes made valiant makes an attempt at pulling 453.6 kilograms (1,000 kilos), Rauno Heinla was the one competitor to efficiently pull at the least that a lot weight. The Estonian strongman ultimately deadlifted 476 kilograms (1,049.4 kilos) for a brand new Master’s World Record and the occasion win

  1. Rauno Heinla — 476 kilograms (1,049.4 kilos)
  2. Graham Hicks — 453.5 kilograms (999.8 kilos)
  3. Mitchell Hooper — 453.5 kilograms (999.8 kilos)
  4. Ivan Makarov — 453.5 kilograms (999.8 kilos)
  5. Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 453.5 kilograms (999.8 kilos)
  6. Gavin Bilton — 425.5 kilograms (938.1 kilos)
  7. Oleksii Novikov — 425.5 kilograms (938.1 kilos)
  8. Evan Singleton — 425.5 kilograms (938.1 kilos)
  9. Shane Flowers — 400 Kilograms (881.9 kilos)
  10. Andy Black — 400 Kilograms (881.9 kilos)
  11. Pa O’Dwyer — 400 Kilograms (881.9 kilos)


After the Max Deadlift concluded, Ivan Makarov withdrew from the competitors; he was solely in Wales for that occasion. During the Medley, the athletes needed to carry out a Farmer’s Walk with 150-kilogram implements for 10 meters. Then, they needed to load a 120-kilogram (264.5-pound) barrel on a podium that was positioned 12 meters from the beginning of the stroll, a 120-kilogram (264.5-pound) sandbag onto a podium 15 meters away, and a 135-kilogram (297.6-pound) tire at 20 meters. 

Nakonechnyy received the Medley and his first occasion of the competition with a stellar time of 37.11 seconds. Hooper (38.23 seconds) carefully adopted in second place at a bit of over a second behind, whereas defending champion Evan Singleton (38.85 seconds) captured a third-place outcome.

  1. Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 37.11 seconds
  2. Mitchell Hooper — 38.23 seconds
  3. Evan Singleton — 38.85 seconds
  4. Oleksii Novikov — 41.75 seconds
  5. Graham Hicks — 49.56 seconds
  6. Gavin Bilton — 49.9 seconds
  7. Andy Black — 51.37 seconds
  8. Pa O’Dwyer — 52.39 seconds
  9. Shane Flowers — 56.3 seconds
  10. Rauno Heinla — Two meters (Farmer’s Walk)

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Log Lift for Reps

During the Log Lift for Reps — the third occasion of the competition — the opponents needed to raise a 150-kilogram (330.7-pound) log overhead as many instances as potential inside a 75-second time restrict. After performing a profitable eight reps, Hooper received his first occasion. Nakonechnyy and Novikov adopted in a tie for second place with seven reps every as they evenly cut up factors for his or her outcomes. 

  1. Mitchell Hooper — Eight reps
  2. Pavlo Nakonechnyy — Seven reps
  3. Oleksii Novikov — Seven reps
  4. Rauno Heinla — Five reps
  5. Gavin Bilton — Four reps
  6. Graham Hicks — Three reps
  7. Andy Black — One rep
  8. Shane Flowers — Did not take part

Note: Singleton and O’Dwyer withdrew after the Medley, leaving an eight-athlete subject by way of the rest of the competition. 

Front Hold

As the Giants Live World Open rounded to a detailed, the Front Hold awaited the remaining subject of athletes. Here, they needed to maintain up a 30-kilogram implement at shoulder top for so long as they may. While each competitor managed to carry it up for at the least 30 seconds, Hooper received a second-straight occasion by sustaining his maintain for 54.45 seconds. Graham Hicks (50.82 seconds) was in second whereas Nakonechnyy (47.38 seconds) tailed simply behind him in third. 

  1. Mitchell Hooper — 54.45 seconds
  2. Graham Hicks — 50.82 seconds
  3. Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 47.38 seconds
  4. Oleksii Novikov — 45.66 seconds
  5. Rauno Heinla — 42.62 seconds
  6. Gavin Bilton — 38.78 seconds
  7. Shane Flowers — 36.17 seconds
  8. Andy Black — 35.83 seconds

Atlas Stones

In strongman custom, the famed Atlas Stones closed this competitors. The 5 Atlas Stones had a weight vary of 100 to 180 kilograms (220.4 to 396.8 kilos). Each of the opponents efficiently positioned all 5 stones on their respective podiums. With a lightning-quick time of 17 seconds, Pavlo Nakonechnyy received the occasion and claimed the 2022 Giants Live World Open title

  1. Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 17.65 seconds
  2. Gavin Bilton — 18.54 seconds
  3. Oleksii Novikov — 19.57 seconds
  4. Shane Flowers — 20.46 seconds
  5. Mitchell Hooper — 21.32 seconds
  6. Graham Hicks — 21.92 seconds
  7. Rauno Heinla — 24.42 seconds
  8. Andy Black — 27.63 seconds

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Worthy Stakes

Typically, the top-three finishers in Giants Live competitions earn computerized qualification to the next 12 months’s World’s Strongest Man (WSM). After the 22-year-old Nakonechnyy’s win on this contest, he might make his WSM debut subsequent spring if he decides to compete. Hooper already has a spot within the 2023 WSM due to his stable efficiency within the Strongman Classic, whereas Novikov has a lifetime invitation by advantage of profitable the 2020 WSM. 

The 2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals are subsequent for a few of these star strongmen. That contest will happen on October 8, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland.

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