The second occasion of Day Two on the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) contest was the “Kettlebell Toss.” The historical past of this occasion lately loomed massive on the athletes within the subject as four-time WSM champion Brian Shaw and reigning two-time WSM champion Tom Stoltman traded the world report on this occasion’s equal (the Keg Toss) a number of occasions on the 2022 WSM in Sacramento, CA. In the end, Shaw left California with the report, however Stoltman defended his throne.
For the Kettlebell Toss occasion, every of the 30 athletes tried to toss seven kettlebells over a 15-foot bar within the quickest time doable inside the 60-second time cap. The weights of the kettlebells are 45, 48, 50, 50, 53, 58, and 68 kilos.
2023 World’s Strongest Man Kettlebell Toss Outcomes
Beneath are the outcomes for every of the teams:
- Pavlo Kordiyaka — six in 18.09 — General Group Winner
- Konstantine Janashia — six in 19.93 seconds
- Tom Stoltman — six in 21.99 seconds
- Pa O’Dwyer — six in 31.71 seconds
- Bobby Thompson — six in 35.67 seconds
- Eddie Williams — six in 36.40 seconds
Williams opened the fifth occasion with a heater. After getting acclimated by way of the primary kettlebell, they flew one after the opposite to “ooo’s” and “ahh’s” from the rising crowd on the beach. The fourth bell clipped the bar. The ultimate kettlebell was too heavy, and his two makes an attempt failed.
O’Dwyer was second to the sand. Three kettlebells went over clear earlier than the fourth bought blocked by the bar. He flung it over in his second try, adopted by a positive roll from the sixth kettlebell. In a bout of showmanship, the Irish strongman ripped off his shirt, ran across the enviornment to throw excessive fives, and chugged an energy drink like pro wrestler Stone Chilly Steve Austin would a beer.
Janashia was third to the stage. The primary 4 kettlebells cleared with room to spare. Kettlebells 4, 5, and 6 had narrower clearance however touched floor on the opposite facet of the bar. Two makes an attempt on the ultimate kettlebell had been unsuccessful.
Tom Stoltman wanted an enormous end after a last-place end on Conan’s Wheel. With the strain on, Stoltman flung the primary 5 bells over with out concern. The sixth was stopped twice, however Stoltman didn’t let up. After a failed try on the ultimate bell, he waved it off.
With Janashia’s time forward of Stoltman’s, Thompson took to the sand with some breathing room on the leaderboard if he might blitz by way of six bells. After establishing too far ahead, the fifth bell was blocked. It was profitable on try two, however the sixth bell was blocked. He finally maneuvered the sixth over the bar however slower than Stoltman.
Kordiyaka was final to toss, figuring out the group was his to lose. The primary bell stung the bar however made it over. After blazing by way of the sixth kettlebell, he made an try at a seventh however waved off after a miss. Kordiyaka’s time secured him the group win and a spot within the Last.
Stoltman could have the benefit in opposition to Thompson within the Stone-Off.
- Gavin Bilton — six in 19.9 seconds
- Luke Stoltman — six in 49.35 seconds
- Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 5 in 15.57 seconds
- Thomas Evans — 5 in 28.68
- Fadi El Masri — 4 in 20.61 seconds
- Oleksii Novikov — one in — General Group Winner
El Masri opened most occasions for Group Two, and the Kettlebell Toss was no completely different. Loud grunts enabled 4 kettlebells to clear the bar. The fifth was stopped 4 occasions earlier than the whistle blew.
Haraldsson ventured onto the sand second. A variety of area from the bar with the primary 4 bells. The fifth was narrowly blocked. The second try was arduous stopped by the bar. The third try was an identical to the second; the fourth an identical to the third.
Bilton was third to the stage, eyeing a spot within the Stone-Off by way of an enormous end. The second kettlebell practically broke the bar. The sixth clipped the bar however cleared it. Bilton’s try on the ultimate bell was the closest any strongman had gotten but to clearing, nevertheless it was to not be on this present day.
Evans was fourth to toss. Novikov had a good grip on first total, so Evans wanted to remain near or beat Bilton’s time. All of the bells flung barely to Evans’ left, suggesting he had a stronger drive by way of his right leg. A block on the third bell slowed him down, however Evans recovered to transform 5 bells. The sixth didn’t discover its manner over in two makes an attempt. It locked Bilton into the Stone-Off and left Evans’ destiny in Luke Stoltman’s hands.
Stoltman stepped as much as the stage figuring out six bells would lock him right into a Stone-Off in opposition to Bilton. The primary 5 bells had been enterprise as regular. The sixth was blocked on the primary try. An extended pause earlier than a second try earlier than the sixth bell rolled over the bar and booked Stoltman’s spot within the Stone-Off.
Novikov locked the general group win earlier than his toss try. He threw the primary kettlebell over and waved to the gang.
Stoltman could have the benefit in opposition to Bilton within the Stone-Off.
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski — seven in 32.44 seconds
- Mitchell Hooper — six in 17.18 seconds — General Group Winner
- Mathew Ragg — six in 21.96 seconds
- Aivars Šmaukstelis — six in 25.41 seconds
- Spenser Remick — 5 in 24.31 seconds
- Graham Hicks — 4 in 20.51 seconds
Kieliszkowski entered first to toss, although he was already successfully eradicated from the competitors with solely eight factors. He cruised by way of six kettlebells. He eyed the seventh, sized up the gap, and was the primary strongman to transform all seven bells.
Equally to Kieliszkowski, Remick was drawing lifeless with 8.5 factors getting into the occasion. He cleared 5 bells with the second and fifth tapping the highest of the bar. The sixth bell was stopped twice in an an identical vogue. After a 3rd missed try, he waved off.
Hicks wanted a miracle end mixed with a blunder from Šmaukstelis to say an entry to the Stone-Off in opposition to Ragg. Hicks took large swings to construct momentum by way of the primary 4 bells. The fifth was blocked, and with it his possibilities of making the Last, he gave it two extra makes an attempt earlier than waving off.
Ragg and Šmaukstelis had been confirmed to face one another within the Stone-Off. Nonetheless, with an insurmountable run by Kieliszkowski — solely the third strongman ever to transform all seven (the primary two had been Shaw and Mikhail Shivlyakov) — it was seemingly that Ragg would preserve the benefit heading into the Stone-Off. Šmaukstelis threw 5 bells over clear. He tapped the sixth bell over the bar and didn’t try the seventh.
Ragg had the very best place he might get earlier than getting into the stage. Nonetheless, he moved by way of the occasion with gusto. Six bells went over simpler than anybody earlier than him, except for Kieliszkowski. Ragg missed two makes an attempt on the second bell and waved off. Hooper determined to assault the occasion and cleared six kettlebells in underneath 18 seconds.
Ragg could have the benefit in opposition to Šmaukstelis within the Stone-Off.
- Brian Shaw — seven in 48.45 seconds
- Jaco Schoonwinkel — six in 47.32 seconds — General Group Winner
- Adam Bishop — six in 32.29 seconds
- Kevin Faires — 5 in 34.09 seconds
- Rauno Heinla — 5 in 44.51 seconds
- Gabriel Rhéaume — three in 14 seconds
With solely 8.5 factors, Rhéaume’s toss makes an attempt had been ceremonial. He cleared the primary three unscathed earlier than 4 failed makes an attempt on the fourth bell closed his 2023 WSM.
Bishop and Faires had 9 and 10.5 factors, respectively, that means they, too, had been each drawing lifeless earlier than their toss makes an attempt. Bishop was to the sand first — large swings transformed 5 bells clear. Bell six toggled the highest of the bar earlier than rolling over. A failed try on the seventh kettlebell closed Bishop’s contest. Faires strolled in because the third to toss; each bell caressed the bar earlier than the bar determined 5 was a lot.
Shaw was fourth to throw and nonetheless in vary of successful the group — he wanted to rerun historical past as one in all three males to ever convert all seven bells. After all, six bells cleared, no drawback. His first try on the ultimate bell was blocked by the bar. His second try rolled excessive as the gang chanted, “USA!”
Heinla needed to beat Shaw’s rating to win the group. A brick on the primary try slowed Heinla down. Two wild misses on the second bell price him much more. After a number of drops with the sixth bell, Heinla shrugged off in disappointment as he knew he’d should elevate first within the Stone-Off.
Schoonwinkel wanted to attain third or higher to win the group — that means he wanted to hit six bells. Sweeping swings transformed 5 bells clear. The sixth was blocked on the primary try, however the second try stamped his ticket to his WSM Last debut.
Shaw could have the benefit within the Stone-Off in opposition to Heinla.
- Trey Mitchell — seven in 34.42 seconds — General Group Winner
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — six in 27.66 seconds
- Evan Singleton — six in 28.81 seconds
- Mark Felix — 4 in 42.66 seconds
- Jean-Stephan Coraboeuf — two in 23.65 seconds
- Paul Smith — one in 28.62 seconds
Coraboeuf was first to the sand for Group 5 for his ceremonial try on the seven kettlebells. The second bell tapped the highest of the bar and dropped unfavorably again to the mat. After clearing it, he juggled the third bell till the whistle blew.
Felix walked onto the sand for the ultimate occasion of his strongman profession, as there was no path for him to achieve the Stone-Off. The primary bell cleared, however the second didn’t till his second try. Bells three and 4 cleared on their first makes an attempt. Two misses on the fifth bell and Felix’s profession got here to a triumphant finish.
Smith was third to the sand for his ceremonial try. The third try on the primary bell was the appeal. He chucked the second bell into the bar till the whistle blew.
Ingolfsson Melsted ventured onto the sand, figuring out he was locked in for a Stone-Off in opposition to a to-be-determined opponent. His first six tosses held excessive arcs that impressed the gang. Two misses on the ultimate bell and he waved off.
Mitchell was fifth to the sand amidst his bout with Singleton for the general group win. Singleton held solely a half-point lead, that means whoever bested the opposite on this occasion would advance to the Last. Mitchell clearly improved his toss in training as he cleared all seven bells every in a single try. He’s the fourth strongman ever to clear all seven bells on this occasion.
Singleton wanted to develop into the fifth strongman ever to clear all seven kettlebells and in a quicker time than Mitchell to win the group. A drop on the fifth bell price him that point, and he must Stone-Off his solution to the Last.
Singleton could have the benefit in opposition to Ingolfsson Melsted within the Stone-Off.
Extra from the 2023 WSM
The Stone-Off this afternoon will decide which 10 athletes proceed to the Finals, slated for April 22-23 after a relaxation day for all athletes on Friday, April 21. Keep tuned to BarBend‘s protection for outcomes, recaps, and breaking updates all through the competitors.
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