2022 Global’s Most powerful Guy Occasions Launched — Automobile Stroll, Flintstone Barbell Go back

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The 2022 Global’s Most powerful Guy (WSM) is about to happen on Might 24-29, 2022, in Sacramento, CA. The premier match within the strongman sphere will all over again see one of the international’s most sensible power sports activities athletes vie for the mythical Barry Frank Trophy. On April 27, 2022, the WSM group printed this yr’s pageant’s respective match layout.

2022 Global’s Most powerful Guy Tournament Agenda

This is the total lineup and agenda of occasions, together with the Qualifying Degree and a two-day Finals:

Qualifying Spherical, Day 1 Tuesday, Might twenty fourth, 2022

  • Loading Race 
  • Deadlift Ladder

Qualifying Spherical, Day 2 Wednesday, Might twenty fifth, 2022

Qualifying Spherical, Day 3 Thursday, Might twenty sixth, 2022

  • Wrecking Ball Hang
  • Stone Off

Ultimate, Day 1 Saturday, Might twenty eighth, 2022

Ultimate, Day 2 Sunday, Might twenty ninth, 2022

  • Bus Pull 
  • Reign Overall Frame Gas Energy Stairs
  • Atlas Stones

On the time of this writing, WSM has now not introduced which athletes might be of their explicit Qualifying Teams. Significantly, the 2021 WSM noticed other, random attracts for the more than a few occasions. This yr, each Qualifying Crew will take at the identical occasions.

The 2022 WSM layout will consist of 5 teams with six athletes each and every. The respective winner of each and every team advances to the Ultimate, whilst the second one and third-place finishers will conflict in a Stone Off to notch a place within the Ultimate. The fourth, 5th, and sixth-place athletes will depart the contest.

Within the Stone Off, the onus is at the third-place finisher — who has the primary crack at lifting the stones and dangers removing in the event that they fail to finish a boost. That end result will grasp even supposing they lift the similar collection of stones as their competitor. The 5 respective winners of the Stone Off will take the rest spots within the Ultimate.

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2022 WSM Tournament Breakdown

Listed below are extra specifics at the occasions that the competition can be expecting in Sacramento.

Loading Race

One in all strongman’s normal occasions, the Loading Race will make some other look on the 2022 WSM. It was once an match that each Qualifying Crew took section in all through 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 and every of those competition has a spot within the 2022 lineup save for Oberst.

Deadlift Ladder

In the meantime, the Deadlift Ladder match makes its debut all through the 2022 WSM. Competition will get started their deadlifts with 650-pound barbells and ultimately paintings their manner as much as 750 kilos. The athletes have an additional incentive to complete their pulls briefly, which is able to praise them with extra issues.

Automobile Stroll

Some other match coming round again after a lack, the Automobile Stroll will see the athletes strap a Volkswagen Worm to their shoulders as they try to stroll it down a 25-meter trail. 2019 WSM Champion Martin Licis is a competitor to observe right here.

Licis in most cases excels with the Yoke Stroll — which has similarities to the Automobile Stroll, albeit with the automobile being extra unwieldy. The strongman beaten a Yoke Stroll all through the 2021 Rogue Invitational when he carried a 455-kilogram yoke (1,000-pound) 50 toes in simply over 44 seconds. That mark was once sufficient to have Licis lap the following easiest competitor through nearly six seconds and garner a second-place end to Mateusz Kieliszkowski (41.74 seconds) — who lately withdrew from the 2022 WSM pageant.

Log Raise

The Log Raise must be a spectacle to observe. Lots of the featured athletes fare beautiful smartly with their overhead power.

Bobby Thompson specifically might be underneath the microscope as he holds the American log raise file with a 217.5-kilogram press (479.5 kilos) from the 2021 Conflict at the Coast. The 2021 Europe’s Most powerful Guy (ESM) Luke Stoltman must even be somebody to keep watch over. Stoltman holds the British log raise file with a 221-kilogram press (487-pound) from the Global Final Strongman’s “Feat of Energy” collection.

[Related: Watch Strongman Trey Mitchell Crush A 405-Pound Behind-The-Neck Press For 3 Reps]

Wrecking Ball Hang

The Wrecking Ball Hang is making its first-ever look on the WSM pageant. Athletes can have the duty of lifting a large wrecking ball and retaining it for so long as conceivable.

Stone Off

The Stone Off might be no marvel to the competition who’re in detail conversant in the famed Atlas Stones. Tom “King of the Stones” Stoltman may well be the favourite. He gained the general Atlas Stones match (5 lifts in 20.21 seconds) all through the 2021 WSM — a significant component in his eventual victory.

Two of the athletes, Trey Mitchell and 2022 ESM Champion Oleksii Novikov, must additionally make simple paintings of the stones. The 2 strongmen had a Stone Off for the ages all through the 2019 WSM when Mitchell’s 14 a success staggering reps beat Novikov’s 13.

Together with his fresh ESM victory, Novikov has certified for the rostrum in 13 of his remaining 14 sanctioned competitions. He’s usually searching for redemption after now not advancing from the 2021 Qualifying Spherical.

Giants Medley

The KNAACK® Giants Medley is analogous to the Loading Race, save for a construction that includes a field raise and tremendous Yoke.


On the time of writing, the WSM group hasn’t showed whether or not the deadlift match is for a one-rep max or for reps. After tying for first (10 reps each and every) all through the 2021 WSM, Mitchell and Adam Bishop are the reigning winners. Mitchell simply slightly overlooked out on an eleventh rep ahead of time expired.

Flintstone Barbell

But some other match coming round again, the strongmen will raise a couple of giants stone on each and every arm sleeve in what’s functionally a behind-the-neck press. They’re going to take turns making an attempt to raise the similar weights, with that quantity successively expanding in each and every spherical.

Bus Pull

The Bus Pull will see the athletes pull a Sacramento Regional Transit bus that weighs more or less 40,000 kilos in a race in opposition to the clock. The bottom’s floor and the tires’ traction must for sure play a job for the eventual victor.

Energy Stairs

The Energy Stairs asks the athletes to hold an anvil-esque put into effect up a flight of stairs as speedy as they may be able to.

This match was once the wheelhouse for five-time WSM Champion Mariusz Pudzianowski — who partially gained his 5th WSM identify in 2008 at the power of a stellar Energy Stairs efficiency.

Atlas Stones

As is the custom, the contest will shut with the Atlas Stones. Whilst Tom Stoltman might be appreciated, a lot of the opposite athletes like Licis, Mitchell, Novikov, and Brian Shaw proportion a identical talent with the Atlas Stones. Because of this, the development would possibly as soon as much more likely come to a decision this yr’s champion.

2022 Global’s Most powerful Guy Lineup

Right here’s the present checklist of athletes set to compete all through this yr’s match:

  1. Tom Stoltman (United Kingdom) — Reigning WSM Champion
  2. Brian Shaw (United States) — 2021 WSM 2d position
  3. Maxime Boudreault (Canada) — 2021 WSM third position
  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 (Eire)
  12. Shane Vegetation (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)

A number of attainable storylines lie in look forward to this yr’s pageant. Whilst Tom Stoltman is looking for a repeat, it might be the yr of an upstart who surprises and takes house the hallowed WSM identify.

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