With just one occasion remaining earlier than the champion of the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) contest in Myrtle Seaside, SC, was topped, all that was left for the ten finalists to do was hoist 5 more and more heavy Atlas Stones weighing 330, 350, 395, 440, and 460 kilos to their respective 50-inch pedestals within the quickest time attainable.
Athletes ran in two-man heats and had a reasonably good concept of how excessive it was attainable for them to rank on the general leaderboard. Take a look at the outcomes under:
2023 World’s Strongest Man Automobile Pull Outcomes
- Tom Stoltman — 5 in 33.26 seconds
- Mitchell Hooper — 5 in 36.96 seconds
- Trey Mitchell — 5 in 45.72 seconds
- Oleksii Novikov — 4 in 27.47 seconds
- Evan Singleton — 4 in 28.16 seconds
- Brian Shaw — 4 in 35.88 seconds
- Pavlo Kordiyaka — 4 in 45.86 seconds
- Luke Stoltman — 4 in 48.49 seconds
- Mathew Ragg — 4 in 49.50 seconds
- Jaco Schoonwinkel — withdrew
Warmth One — Mathew Ragg
With Schoonwinkel withdrawing as a consequence of damage in the course of the Max Dumbbell occasion, Ragg, sitting in second to final place general getting into the occasion, needed to run the opening warmth alone.
With tape and cheesy lined arms, Ragg made swift work of the primary three stones. He was extra cautious together with his fourth stone, which rammed into the pedestal earlier than falling to the ground. His second try was profitable, and he squared off with the fifth stone because the whistle blew earlier than he might try it.
Warmth Two — Luke Stoltman vs. Brian Shaw
Shaw and Luke Stoltman have been out of rivalry for the rostrum getting into the occasion, however the crowd in Myrtle Seaside didn’t care. They roared for the 2 juggernauts of the game as they took the ground. For Shaw, this was the ultimate WSM occasion of his aggressive strongman profession.
Shaw meticulously applied tacky to every of his stones whereas Stoltman waited on his aspect for the warmth to begin. The duo loaded their first stones like a mirror picture. A discover the second stone by Stoltman gave Shaw the lead.
Shaw took his time on the fourth stone however obtained it up efficiently. Shaw held the fifth stone in his lap for a very long time earlier than lifting and crashing it into the pedestal. After a hard-fought battle, the fifth stone fell to the ground, and Shaw waved to conclude his WSM profession. Stoltman didn’t have time to make a second try on the fifth stone, and each males fist-bumped to finish the warmth.
Shaw exited the world to the group’s chants of “Thanks, Brian!”
Warmth Three — Pavlo Kordiyaka vs. Trey Mitchell
Whereas Kordiyaka’s shot on the podium was nonetheless mathematically attainable, his efficient 6-point penalty within the Reign Shield Carry more-or-less stripped him of controlling his destiny within the Atlas Stones. He squared off towards Mitchell, who is without doubt one of the finest stone lifters within the sport.
Kordiyaka was the primary athlete to raise shirtless to supply a better grip when hugging every stone. Each males have been the primary to forego taping their arms, as an alternative opting just for cheesy. Mitchell obtained out to a full-stone lead because it appeared simpler for him to walk with each stone. Mitchell was the primary athlete to finish all 5 stones. Kordiyaka had the fifth stone lapped because the whistle blew.
Warmth 4 — Oleksii Novikov vs. Evan Singleton
Whereas they actually needed to contemplate Mitchell’s stellar time, Singleton and Novikov have been battling within the bronze medal warmth. Except Mitchell’s time leapfrogged him up the leaderboard on the finish of this occasion, whoever gained the Singleton versus Novikov warmth would step onto the rostrum.
A visit up with the cheesy on the opening stone by Singleton let Novikov take an early lead. Singleton closed the hole by the fourth stone. They lifted their respective fifth stones concurrently. Nevertheless, Novikov didn’t have the peak to raise the stone excessive sufficient for the 50-inch pedestal and knew it, he dropped the stone and ventured to Singleton’s aspect. Singleton was about to make a second try on stone 5, however the whistle closed the warmth. Novikov wins bronze.
Warmth 5 — Tom Stoltman vs. Mitchell Hooper
Hooper and Stoltman entered the world shirtless. Hooper knew loading 4 stones in underneath 45 seconds would safe him the WSM title. Stoltman wanted an enormous efficiency and an enormous blunder from Hooper to go away with gold as an alternative of silver. It was Hooper’s contest to lose.
Stoltman’s peak was a transparent benefit on the 50-inch pedestals. Hooper loaded his fourth stone quick sufficient to lock up the WSM title, however he loaded the fifth stone to safe the victory on the spot and have a good time on stage. Mitchell Hooper is the 2023 WSM champion and the primary Canadian ever to assert the title.
Featured picture courtesy of World’sStrongest Man.