After an exhilarating, aggressive Qualifying Round of the 2022 World’s Strongest Man (WSM), there are 10 athletes left standing. 

Entering Thursday, May 26, 2022, a few of the respective high contenders, like defending champion Tom Stoltman and former WSM Champion Oleksii Novikov (2020), already had a spot within the Finals. The debut of the Wrecking Ball Hold and the extreme Stone Off would decide the opposite half of the remaining subject on Day Three. 

Here’s the place the general leaderboard stands after the conclusion of the Qualifying Round, a brief recap of Thursday’s occasions, and an outline of the ten finalists for the 2022 WSM Finals this weekend. 

2022 WSM Leaderboard — Day Three/End of Qualifying

Rank Name Points
Group 1
1 Tom Stoltman — United Kingdom 25
2 Kevin Faires — USA 24
3 Gabriel Rheaume — Canada 20
4 Aivars Smaukstelis — Latvia 15
5 Andy Black — United Kingdom 12
6 Manuel Angulo — Chile 6
Group 2
1 Mitchell Hooper — Canada 23.5
2 Bobby Thompson — USA 22
3 Brian Shaw — USA 17.5
4 Mark Felix — Canada 15
5 Konstantine Janashia — Georgia 13
6 Gabriel Pena — Mexico 13
Group 3
1 Oleksii Novikov — Ukraine 24.5
2 Trey Mitchell — USA 21.5
3 Adam Bishop — United Kingdom 18
4 Rob Kearney — USA 15
5 Grzegorz Szymanski — Poland 13
6 Mika Törrö — Finland 13
Group 4
1 Martins Licis — USA 25.5
2 Maxime Boudreault — Canada 23
3 Pavlo Kordiyaka — Ukraine 21.5
4 Gavin Bilton — United Kingdom 17
5 Nedžmin Ambešković — Bosnia and Herzegovina 9
6 Shane Flowers — United Kingdom (withdrawn) 6
Group 5
1 Luke Stoltman — United Kingdom 23
2 Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Iceland 20
3 Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — France 18
4 Kelvin De Ruiter — Netherlands 116.5
5 Evan Singleton — USA 14.5
6 Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Greenland 11

2022 WSM Day Three Results

As famous, a few of the opponents entered the third day of the competitors already having locked up a spot within the Finals. That meant Day Three’s occasions have been extra about the remainder of the sphere looking for factors to safe their spots. The Wrecking Ball Hold and Stone Off stood of their manner. 

Wrecking Ball Hold

This static power occasion made its first look in a WSM competitors. It’s a take a look at of grip power, in addition to total-body endurance. The athletes needed to maintain a 228-kilogram (500-pound) naked wrecking ball for so long as they may. 

Group 1

  1. Kevin Faires — 1:35.18s
  2. Andy Black — 1:26.92s
  3. Gabriel Rhéaume — 1:24.10s
  4. Manuel Angulo — 1:11.66s
  5. Aivars Šmaukstelis — 0:57.44s
  6. Tom Stoltman — 0:04.63s

Group 2

  1. Mark Felix — 2:20.49s
  2. Bobby Thompson — 1:21.33s
  3. Brian Shaw — 1:06.13s
  4. Konstantine Janashia — 1:01.38s
  5. Gabriel Peña — 0:48.27s
  6. Mitchell Hooper — 0:06.40s

Group 3

  1. Trey Mitchell — 2:06.46s
  2. Mika Törrö — 1:53.17s
  3. Grzegorz Szymanski — 1:46.49s
  4. Oleksii Novikov — 1:38.63s
  5. Adam Bishop — 1:31.35s
  6. Rob Kearney — 1:01.95s

Group 4

  1. Maxime Boudreault — 1:33.93s
  2. Pavlo Kordiyaka — 1:31.33s
  3. Martins Licis — 1:25.63s
  4. Nedžmin Ambešković — 1:12.47s
  5. Gavin Bilton — 1:07.15s
  6. Shane Flowers — Withdrawn

Group 5

  1. Kelvin De Ruiter — 1:45.65s
  2. Evan Singleton — 1:40.34s
  3. Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 1:03.42s
  4. Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — 1:00.70s
  5. Kim Ujarak — 0:36.24s
  6. Luke Stoltman — No time accomplished

Notably, Mark Felix set a world file when he held the ball for two:20.49. Trey Mitchell pitched in a more-than-solid 2:06.46.

Stone Off

In their final probability to clinch a spot within the Finals, the opponents went head-to-head with somebody from their Qualifying Group within the Stone Off. They lifted six stones — 150 kilograms (330 kilos), two stones at 160 kilograms (353 kilos), two stones at 180 kilograms (397 kilos), and ended with 200 kilograms (440 kilos). To full the problem, the final stone was lifted for as many reps as potential till one competitor failed.

One of the extra distinctive conditions getting into the Stone Off was Brian Shaw, who wanted to win so as to qualify for a record-setting 14th WSM Finals and attain for a record-setting fifth title. Shaw ended up defeating Bobby Thompson and moved ahead to potential historical past. Gabriel Rheaume, Maxime Boudreault, Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted, and Mitchell rounded out the opposite winners who certified for the Finals due to their Stone Off efficiency. 

Group 1

  • Kevin Faires
  • Gabriel Rheaume — Winner

Group 2

  • Bobby Thompson
  • Brian Shaw — Winner

Group 3

  • Trey Mitchell — Winner
  • Adam Bishop

Group 4

  • Maxime Boudreault — Winner
  • Pavlo Kordiyaka

Group 5

  • Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted – Winner
  • Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf

The Finals Lie Ahead

Now that the Qualifying Round is over, the entire checklist of finalists for the 2022 WSM is: 2021 WSM Champion Tom Stoltman, 2020 WSM Champion Oleksii Novikov, 2019 WSM champion Martins Licis, four-time WSM champion Brian Shaw (2011, 2013, 2015-2016), Maxime Boudreault, Mitchell Hooper, Trey Mitchell, Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted, Gabriel Rheaume, and Luke Stoltman.

Friday will current a great break for the opponents earlier than beginning the latter half of the competitors. The first spherical of the Finals will happen on Saturday, May 28, 2022. It options the KNAACK Giant’s Medley, which is analogous to the Loading Race, the Deadlift, and the Flintstone barbell, the place the athletes will press a barbell loaded with large stones.

Soon sufficient, the strongest man on the planet will probably be topped.

Featured picture: Joe Martinez/World’s Strongest Man