The Giants Live World Open appears to have already turn into a tentpole competitors in strongman. This yr, it should happen on August 6, 2022, on the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. Like final yr’s occasion, the 2022 World Deadlift Championships (WDC) may even be part of it because the opponents try to assert the title of high deadlifter on the earth.
On May 5, 2022, the Giants Live group revealed the 12-person lineup for this summer time’s competitors over their Instagram web page. From the defending champion to various worthy comers, right here’s the present lineup because it stands.
2022 Giants Live Open & World Deadlift Championships Lineup
Here’s who will make their method to Wales in early August:
- Evan Singleton (United States) — Defending Champion
- Adam Bishop (United Kingdom) — 2021 Runner-up
- Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine) — 2021 Third place
- Mitchell Hooper (Canada)
- Ivan Makarov (Russia) — 2021 WDC Champion
- Gabriel Peña (Mexico)
- Rauno Heinla (Estonia)
- Gavin Bilton (United Kingdom)
- Asko Karu (Estonia)
- Pavlo Nakonechnyy (Ukraine)
- Peiman Maheripourehir (Iran)
- Wild card — Announced at a later date
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What to Expect
At the time of this writing, there is no such thing as a affirmation of the format for this yr’s competitors. That mentioned, the Giants Live World Open often duties the athletes to compete in 5 separate occasions.
The 2021 competitors featured the Carry & Drag, Viking Press, Hammer Hold, Castle Stones, and naturally — the Max Deadlift. The top-three finishers additionally usually earn automated qualification for the next yr’s World’s Strongest Man (WSM). In this case, that might be the 2023 WSM.
Evan “T-Rex” Singleton is the reigning champion of the Giants Live World Open. Powered by first-place performances within the Carry & Drag, the place Singleton dragged 160-kilogram anchors in every hand in 27.38 seconds, together with the Viking Press, the place he pressed 160 kilograms for 12 reps — the American athlete clinched the victory.
However, Adam Bishop and Oleksii Novikov weren’t far behind in second and third place, respectively. Bishop received the famed Castle Stones when he loaded 5 stones starting from 100 to 180 kilograms in 18.81 seconds. He additionally garnered no less than a top-three end in 4 of the 5 occasions. Meanwhile, Novikov completed within the high three in three of the 5 occasions, most notably tying for second on the Max Deadlift with a pull of 453.5 kilograms (999.8 kilos)
With higher outcomes and strokes of luck this yr, maybe both of the 2 males can supplant Singleton.
As for the Max Deadlift — which once more doubles because the WDC — Ivan Makarov returns to defend his title. The Russian athlete pulled 475 kilograms (1047.2 kilos) throughout the 2021 WDC — virtually 10 kilograms greater than the subsequent greatest opponents. He will undoubtedly be a favourite to take house the title of high deadlifter once more. The second-place deadlift featured a six-way tie with six successive pulls of 453.5 kilograms (999.8 kilos). Five of these athletes — Singleton, Bishop, Novikov, Gabriel Peña, and Pavlo Nakonechnyy — return this yr.
One of them might find yourself closing the hole on Makarov.
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A High Bar
The Giants Live group has issued a wager to the athletes.
If anybody manages to deadlift the world report of 505 kilograms (1,113.3 kilos) throughout the WDC, they’ll obtain $55,000. 2018 WSM champion Hafthor Björnsson holds the present world report with a pull of 501 kilograms (1,104.5 kilos) from the 2020 World’s Ultimate Strongman “Feats of Strength” sequence.
Krzysztof Wierzbicki (110KG) did pull 502.5 kilograms (1,107 kilos) in April 2022 — the heaviest filmed deadlift in historical past. Though, even when the pull occurred throughout a sanctioned competitors, that deadlift wouldn’t depend in strongman as a result of Wierzbicki used a sumo stance. It additionally wouldn’t depend in powerlifting as a result of he used straps.
As far as different potential opponents for the WDC, Nick Best has petitioned Giants Live to let powerlifter Jamal Browner (110KG) take part. At the time of publishing, there is no such thing as a phrase on the standing of that request.
Whether anybody can break the highest deadlift mark with a referee watching in early August is up within the air, however it definitely isn’t unattainable.
The 2022 Giants Live World Open and World Deadlift Championships will happen on August 6, 2022, in Cardiff, Wales.
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