The forty fifth version of the World’s Strongest Man (WSM) started on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. As normal, probably the most prestigious competitors in strongman started with a bang through the first a part of the Qualifying Round on the Capitol Mall in Sacramento, CA. 

In this leg of the competitors, the 30-person roster of athletes needed to sort out the Loading Race and the Deadlift Ladder whereas divided up into their 5 respective qualifying teams. Here’s the place the leaderboard stands after Day One, together with a brief recap of how every athlete fared within the first occasions of the competition. 

2022 WSM Leaderboard — Day One

Rank Name Points
Group 1
1 Tom Stoltman — United Kingdom 12
2 Kevin Faires — USA 9
3 Aivars Smaukstelis — Latvia 7
4 Gabriel Rheaume — Canada 7
5 Andy Black — United Kingdom 5
6 Manuel Angulo — Chile 2
Group 2
1 Mitchell Hooper — Canada 12
2 Bobby Thompson — USA 8
3 Gabriel Pena — Mexico 7
4 Brian Shaw — USA 7
5 Mark Felix — Canada 4
6 Konstantine Janashia — Georgia 4
Group 3
1 Oleksii Novikov — Ukraine 12
2 Adam Bishop — United Kingdom 10
3 Trey Mitchell — USA 7
4 Mika Törrö — Finland 6
5 Rob Kearney — USA 5
6 Grzegorz Szymanski — Poland 2
Group 4
1 Martins Licis — USA 12
2 Gavin Bilton — United Kingdom 8
3 Maxime Boudreault — Canada 8
4 Shane Flowers — United Kingdom 6
5 Pavlo Kordiyaka — Ukraine 6
6 Nedžmin Ambešković — Bosnia and Herzegovina 2
Group 5
1 Luke Stoltman — United Kingdom 12
2 Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — Australia 8
3 Kelvin De Ruiter — Netherlands 7
4 Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Iceland 7
5 Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Greenland 5
6 Evan Singleton — USA (withdrawn) 2

2022 WSM Day One Results

Here are the outcomes from every Group, together with every athlete’s particular person finishes, corresponding time, and inserting inside the Loading Race and Deadlift Ladder occasions. 

Loading Race Recap

The day’s first occasion noticed opponents finishing a loading race the place they needed to journey eight meters whereas carrying 5 separate implements — a 220-pound “cannonball” Atlas Stone, a 265-pound keg, a 275-pound anvil, and two Rogue sandbags weighing just below 300 kilos every. Reigning WSM champion Tom Stoltman received his group, whereas Mitchell Hooper, Oleksii Novikov, Martin Licis, and Luke Stoltman all additionally had robust first-place showings of their respective teams. 

Unfortunately, Evan Singleton suffered an damage through the occasion and needed to withdraw from the competitors, marking the third consecutive yr he was unable to complete the WSM.

Group 1

  1. Tom Stoltman — Five implements, 38.39 seconds
  2. Kevin Faires — Five implements, 43.36 seconds
  3. Aivars Šmaukstelis — Five implements, 44.37 seconds
  4. Andy Black —Five implements, 50.81 seconds
  5. Gabriel Rhéaume — Five implements, 53.39 seconds
  6. Manuel Angulo — Four implements, 70 seconds

Group 2

  1. Mitchell Hooper — Five implements, 38.31 seconds
  2. Brian Shaw — Five implements, 45 seconds
  3. Gabriel Peña — Five implements, 45.88 seconds
  4. Konstantine Janashia — Five implements, 49.47
  5. Bobby Thompson — Five implements, 49.70 seconds
  6. Mark Felix — Five implements, 54.96 seconds

Group 3

  1. Oleksii Novikov — Five implements, 37.25 seconds
  2. Adam Bishop — Five implements, 45.85 seconds
  3. Mika Törrö — Five implements, 47.84 seconds
  4. Trey Mitchell — Five implements, 48.76 seconds
  5. Rob Kearney — Five implements, 54.62 seconds
  6. Grzegorz Szymanski — Four implements, 29.89 seconds

Group 4

  1. Martins Licis — Five implements, 37.73 seconds
  2. Maxime Boudreault — Five implements, 40.68 seconds
  3. Pavlo Kordiyaka — Five implements, 43.70 seconds
  4. Gavin Bilton — Five implements, 45.76 seconds
  5. Shane Flowers — Five implements, 48.70 seconds
  6. Nedžmin Ambešković — One implement, 10.2 seconds

Group 5

  1. Luke Stoltman — Five implements, 37.95 seconds
  2. Kelvin De Ruiter — Five implements, 39.18 seconds
  3. Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Five implements, 49.69 seconds
  4. Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — Five implements, 52.70 seconds
  5. Evan Singleton — Five implements, 1:08 (withdrawn)
  6. Kim Ujarak — Four implements, 34.49 seconds

Deadlift Ladder Results

The deadlift ladder exams power, endurance, and can. The respective opponents needed to carry out one deadlift utilizing 5 progressively heavier barbells — 300 kilograms (660 kilos),  320kg (705 kilos), 340kg (750 kilos), 360kg (795 kilos), and 380kg (840 kilos). Tom Stoltman once more got here out on prime in his group, whereas Hooper, Novikov, Licis, and Luke Stoltman all stored a relative tempo by doing the identical. 

Shane Flowers had a forged utilized to his foot and ankle after his closing deadlift try, presumably associated to an damage initiated after the Loading Race occasion earlier within the day.

Group 1

  1. Tom Stoltman — 5 reps in 0:51.46s
  2. Kevin Faires — 4 reps in 0:45.89s
  3. Gabriel Rhéaume — 4 reps in 0:39.40s
  4. Aivars Šmaukstelis — 4 reps in 0:55.91s
  5. Andy Black —4 reps in 1:02.30s
  6. Manuel Angulo — 3 reps in 0:38.62s

Group 2

  1. Mitchell Hooper — 5 reps in 0:31.21s
  2. Bobby Thompson — 5 reps in 0:42.56s
  3. Gabriel Peña — 5 reps in 0:52.53s
  4. Mark Felix — 4 reps in 0:28.64s
  5. Brian Shaw — 4 reps in 0:32.20s
  6. Konstantine Janashia — 3 reps in 0:19.05s

Group 3

  1. Oleksii Novikov — 5 reps in 0:35.64s
  2. Adam Bishop — 5 reps in 0:37.44s
  3. Trey Mitchell — 5 reps in 0:59.00s
  4. Rob Kearney — 4 reps in 0:41.28s
  5. Mika Törrö — 2 reps in 0:26.65s
  6. Grzegorz Szymanski — 2 reps in 0:26.91s

Group 4

  1. Martins Licis — 5 reps in 0:43.59s
  2. Gavin Bilton — 5 reps in 0:52.28s
  3. Shane Flowers — 4 reps in 0:36.69s
  4. Maxime Boudreault — 3 reps in 0:21.12s
  5. Pavlo Kordiyaka — 3 reps in 0:38.50s
  6. Nedžmin Ambešković — 3 reps in 0:45.45s

Group 5

  1. Luke Stoltman — 4 reps in 0:42.87s
  2. Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — 4 reps in 0:53.87s
  3. Kim Ujarak — 4 reps in 0:56.48s
  4. Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 3 reps in 0:40.88s
  5. Kelvin De Ruiter — 3 reps in 0:56.44s
  6. Evan Singleton —  (withdrawn)

Day Two Is Next

This yr’s WSM is barely getting ramped up, and there’s nonetheless a lot to kind via earlier than the weekend’s Finals on Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, May 29, 2022. Wednesday’s Qualifying Round occasions will see the respective athletes strap a Volkswagen Bug to their shoulders through the Car Walk and problem their overhead power with the Log Lift. It ought to undoubtedly be one other tight race to maintain a detailed eye on. 

Featured picture: Joe Martinez/World’s Strongest Man