On July 6, 2022, the Giants Live group introduced over their Instagram profile that former Britain’s Strongest Man (2020) Adam Bishop has withdrawn from the 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic because of an damage.

The information comes lower than per week earlier than the competition kicks off on July 9, 2022, on the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Gavin Bilton, the 2021 UK’s Strongest Man, was revealed to be Bishop’s substitute, rounding out the 12-person roster.

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Bishop’s withdrawal from the Strongman Classic follows Konstantine Janashia’s mid-June 2022 departure from the competitors. Canada’s Maxime Boudreault took his place. Rising strongman star Mitchell Hooper was named the ultimate Wild Card addition to the competition early final month.

Bishop’s Injury

In a later submit on his Instagram, Bishop revealed that he was withdrawing from the Strongman Classic due to a current, unlucky tear of the medial third of his left triceps tendon throughout coaching. The strongman broke down a few of the particulars within the submit’s caption.

“I am hoping to speak to a specialist tomorrow [Thursday, July 7, 2022] to decide if I have surgery or not,” Bishop writes. “His decision will determine if I will compete in five weeks. Fingers crossed … Injury is a part of the game, so there is no reason to get stressed over it. Just another small bump in the road.”

The competitors Bishop alludes to in his submit is the 2022 Giants Live Open and World Deadlift Championships. Those will happen on August 6, 2022, in Cardiff, Wales. It’s obvious Bishop’s standing for that contest might be extra clear as soon as he has the opinion of a medical skilled.

Bilton’s New Shot

As a seasoned veteran with just a few years of expertise, one other shot on the Strongman Classic might show fruitful for Bilton. In his first look on the contest in 2021, the strongman completed in eighth place. That expertise may equip him for a greater end result this yr. Some of Bilton’s current exploits embody a third-place end result on the 2022 Strongman Champions League Holland and a fourth-place end in Group 4 of the Qualifying Round on the 2022 World’s Strongest Man (WSM).

Among a few of the extra noteworthy names on this yr’s roster, Bilton should beat Oleksii Novikov — the defending Strongman Classic Champion.

Here is the place the present 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic roster stands:

2022 Strongman Classic Roster

  • Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine) — Defending Champion
  • Evan Singleton (United States) — 2021 second place
  • Chieck “Iron Biby” Sanou* (Burkina Faso) — 2021 third place
  • Paul Smith (United Kingdom)
  • Ken McClelland (United States)
  • Maxime Boudreault (Canada)
  • Rob Kearney (United States)
  • Andy Black (United Kingdom)
  • Mark Felix (United Kingdom)
  • Spenser Remick (United States)
  • Gavin Bilton (United Kingdom)
  • Mitchell Hooper (Canada)

*Recent stories present that Sanou has withdrawn from the competitors.

Here are the occasions for this yr’s Strongman Classic:

2022 Strongman Classic Events

  • Dumbbell Medley
  • The Pillars of Hercules
  • Farmer’s Carry for Distance
  • Axle Deadlift
  • Castle Stones

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With the Strongman Classic simply across the nook on July 9, 2022, a victory may very well be doable for anybody in a aggressive area. Novikov will assuredly put his finest foot ahead for a repeat title, however late additions like Bilton might make that mission tough.

Featured picture: @giantslivestrongman on Instagram