The 2022 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) is ready to happen on May 24-29, 2022, in Sacramento, CA. The premier occasion within the strongman sphere will but once more see a few of the world’s high power sports activities athletes vie for the legendary Barry Frank Trophy. On April 27, 2022, the WSM group revealed this yr’s competitors’s respective occasion format.

2022 World’s Strongest Man Event Schedule

Here is the total lineup and schedule of occasions, together with the Qualifying Stage and a two-day Finals:

Qualifying Round, Day 1 Tuesday, May twenty fourth, 2022

  • Loading Race 
  • Deadlift Ladder

Qualifying Round, Day 2 Wednesday, May twenty fifth, 2022

Qualifying Round, Day 3 Thursday, May twenty sixth, 2022

  • Wrecking Ball Hold
  • Stone Off

Final, Day 1 Saturday, May twenty eighth, 2022

Final, Day 2 Sunday, May twenty ninth, 2022

  • Bus Pull 
  • Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs
  • Atlas Stones

At the time of this writing, WSM has not introduced which athletes shall be of their particular Qualifying Groups. Notably, the 2021 WSM noticed totally different, random attracts for the varied occasions. This yr, each Qualifying Group will tackle the identical occasions.

The 2022 WSM format will consist of 5 teams with six athletes every. The respective winner of every group advances to the Final, whereas the second and third-place finishers will conflict in a Stone Off to notch a spot within the Final. The fourth, fifth, and sixth-place athletes will go away the competitors.

In the Stone Off, the onus is on the third-place finisher — who has the primary crack at lifting the stones and dangers elimination in the event that they fail to finish a raise. That end result will maintain even when they elevate the identical variety of stones as their competitor. The 5 respective winners of the Stone Off will take the remaining spots within the Final.

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2022 WSM Event Breakdown

Here are extra specifics on the occasions that the rivals can count on in Sacramento.

Loading Race

One of strongman’s customary occasions, the Loading Race will make one other look on the 2022 WSM. It was an occasion that each Qualifying Group took half in in the course of the 2021 WSM.

The 2021 respective Loading Race winners are reigning WSM Champion Tom Stoltman, Maxime Boudreault, Konstantine Janashia, Kevin Faires, and Robert Oberst. Each of those rivals has a spot within the 2022 lineup save for Oberst.

Deadlift Ladder

Meanwhile, the Deadlift Ladder occasion makes its debut in the course of the 2022 WSM. Competitors will begin their deadlifts with 650-pound barbells and ultimately work their manner as much as 750 kilos. The athletes have an additional incentive to complete their pulls rapidly, which can reward them with extra factors.

Car Walk

Another occasion making a return after an absence, the Car Walk will see the athletes strap a Volkswagen Bug to their shoulders as they try to stroll it down a 25-meter path. 2019 WSM Champion Martin Licis is a competitor to observe right here.

Licis sometimes excels with the Yoke Walk — which has similarities to the Car Walk, albeit with the automobile being extra unwieldy. The strongman crushed a Yoke Walk in the course of the 2021 Rogue Invitational when he carried a 455-kilogram yoke (1,000-pound) 50 ft in simply over 44 seconds. That mark was sufficient to have Licis lap the following greatest competitor by nearly six seconds and garner a second-place end to Mateusz Kieliszkowski (41.74 seconds) — who lately withdrew from the 2022 WSM competitors.

Log Lift

The Log Lift must be a spectacle to observe. Many of the featured athletes fare fairly effectively with their overhead power.

Bobby Thompson particularly shall be below the microscope as he holds the American log raise file with a 217.5-kilogram press (479.5 kilos) from the 2021 Clash on the Coast. The 2021 Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM) Luke Stoltman must also be somebody to control. Stoltman holds the British log raise file with a 221-kilogram press (487-pound) from the World Ultimate Strongman’s “Feat of Strength” sequence.

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Wrecking Ball Hold

The Wrecking Ball Hold is making its first-ever look on the WSM competitors. Athletes could have the duty of lifting an enormous wrecking ball and holding it for so long as potential.

Stone Off

The Stone Off shall be no shock to the rivals who’re intimately accustomed to the famed Atlas Stones. Tom “King of the Stones” Stoltman could be the favourite. He gained the ultimate Atlas Stones occasion (5 lifts in 20.21 seconds) in the course of the 2021 WSM — a significant factor in his eventual victory.

Two of the athletes, Trey Mitchell and 2022 ESM Champion Oleksii Novikov, must also make straightforward work of the stones. The two strongmen had a Stone Off for the ages in the course of the 2019 WSM when Mitchell’s 14 profitable staggering reps beat Novikov’s 13.

Including his current ESM victory, Novikov has certified for the rostrum in 13 of his final 14 sanctioned competitions. He is assuredly searching for redemption after not advancing from the 2021 Qualifying Round.

Giants Medley

The KNAACK® Giants Medley is similar to the Loading Race, save for a construction that contains a field carry and tremendous Yoke.


At the time of writing, the WSM group hasn’t confirmed whether or not the deadlift occasion is for a one-rep max or for reps. After tying for first (10 reps every) in the course of the 2021 WSM, Mitchell and Adam Bishop are the reigning winners. Mitchell simply barely missed out on an eleventh rep earlier than time expired.

Flintstone Barbell

Yet one other occasion making a comeback, the strongmen will raise a pair of giants stone on every arm sleeve in what’s functionally a behind-the-neck press. They will take turns making an attempt to raise the identical weights, with that quantity successively growing in every spherical.

Bus Pull

The Bus Pull will see the athletes pull a Sacramento Regional Transit bus that weighs roughly 40,000 kilos in a race in opposition to the clock. The floor’s floor and the tires’ traction ought to undoubtedly play a task for the eventual victor.

Power Stairs

The Power Stairs asks the athletes to hold an anvil-esque implement up a flight of stairs as quick as they’ll.

This occasion was the wheelhouse for five-time WSM Champion Mariusz Pudzianowski — who partly gained his fifth WSM title in 2008 on the power of a stellar Power Stairs efficiency.

Atlas Stones

As is the custom, the competitors will shut with the Atlas Stones. While Tom Stoltman shall be favored, quite a lot of the opposite athletes like Licis, Mitchell, Novikov, and Brian Shaw share an analogous proficiency with the Atlas Stones. As a end result, the occasion could as soon as extra probably resolve this yr’s champion.

2022 World’s Strongest Man Lineup

Here’s the present listing of athletes set to compete throughout this yr’s occasion:

  1. Tom Stoltman (United Kingdom) — Reigning WSM Champion
  2. Brian Shaw (United States) — 2021 WSM 2nd place
  3. Maxime Boudreault (Canada) — 2021 WSM third place
  4. Mitchell Hooper (Canada)
  5. Pavlo Kordiyaka (Ukraine)
  6. Rob Kearney (United States)
  7. Gabriel Peña (Mexico)
  8. Kelvin de Ruiter (Netherlands)
  9. Kim Ujarak (Greenland)
  10. Mark Felix (United Kingdom)
  11. Pa O’Dwyer (Ireland)
  12. Shane Flowers (United Kingdom)
  13. Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf (Australia)
  14. Bobby Thompson (United States)
  15. Aivars Smaukstelis (Latvia)
  16. Adam Bishop (United Kingdom)
  17. Evan Singleton (United States)
  18. Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted (Iceland)
  19. Konstantine Janashia (Georgia)
  20. Charles “Trey” Mitchell (United States)
  21. Mika Törrö (Finland)
  22. Peiman Maheripourehir (Iran)
  23. Luke Stoltman (United Kingdom)
  24. Bobby Thompson (United States)
  25. Kevin Faires (United States)
  26. Nedžmin Ambešković (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  27. Gabriel Rheaume (Canada)
  28. Martins Licis (United States)
  29. Gavin Bilton (United Kingdom)
  30. Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine)

Several potential storylines lie in look forward to this yr’s competitors. While Tom Stoltman is searching for a repeat, it might be the yr of an upstart who surprises and takes house the hallowed WSM title.

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