On July 22, 2022, the Giants Live group introduced that strongman Pa O’Dwyer will be part of the 12-person roster for the 2022 Giants Live World Open and World Deadlift Championships (WDC). That contest will happen on August 6 on the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. 

Before the announcement of O’Dwyer’s addition was made, there have been two open slots — a Wild Card and an area that Adam Bishop vacated after a triceps tear in early July 2022. At the time of this writing, it’s unclear whether or not O’Dwyer is the Wild Card or is changing Bishop. Nonetheless, the Irish athlete’s addition to the roster ought to current him with an excellent alternative in a energy contest. 

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According to Strongman Archives, O’Dwyer most important victory is the 2018 UK’s Strongest Man. He can be a five-time winner of Ireland’s Strongest Man (2016-2019, 2021). In 2022, the athlete has stayed near house for his strongman competitions. In February, on the 2022 Britain’s Strongest Man (BSM), O’Dwyer took house a fifth-place end result. Later, in early April, the Irishman completed in tenth place on the 2022 Europe’s Strongest Man.

O’Dwyer will undoubtedly look to enhance upon his latest outcomes on the Giants Live World and World Deadlift Championships in early August. With his addition official, right here is the confirmed full roster for the competition:

2022 Giants Live World Open & World Deadlift Championships Roster

  • Evan Singleton (United States) — 2021 Giants Live World Open Champion
  • Pa O’Dwyer (Ireland)
  • 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

In his first Giants Live World Open and WDC, O’Dwyer joins a loaded area of top-tier strongmen.

Some names embody defending Giants Live World Open Champion, Evan Singleton. Then comes stellar deadlifter and reigning WDC champ, Ivan Makarov. Rising strongman star Mitchell Hooper can be part of the general fray, as is Peiman Maheripourehir — whose 492-kilogram (1,084-pound) deadlift from March 2021 stands because the fourth-heaviest caught on digital camera.

Throw in former World’s Strongest Man (WSM) Champion (2020), Oleksii Novikov — who additionally received the latest Giants Live Strongman Classic — and this joint competitors may show to be an interesting battle throughout. 

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At the time of this text’s publication, the Giants Live group has not revealed the occasion format or schedule for the World Open portion of the competitors. The solely truth identified considerations the Max Deadlift — which doubles because the 2022 WDC.

Notably, if any of the athletes can deadlift 505 kilograms (1,113 kilos) in the course of the contest, Giants Live will reward them with a $55,000 prize. That mark would surpass the present all-time World Record held by 2018 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion Hafthor Björnsson — who pulled 501 kilograms (1,104.5 kilos) within the World’s Ultimate Strongman “Feats of Strength” collection in May 2020. O’Dwyer did log a 420-kilogram (925.9-pound) deadlift throughout a June 2022 coaching session, however he has work to do earlier than he can problem for that prize. 

Only time will inform whether or not O’Dwyer can reply the bell and topple his friends in his first look at this competitors. If his efficiency across the United Kingdom says something, he’ll undoubtedly be a competitor to regulate. 

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