These Are Your World’s Strongest Man Finalists

If you want to glimpse some of the mightiest battles taking place in sports today, check out the images posted this week of the qualifying rounds of the World’s Strongest Man on Instagram.

The qualifiers have been transpiring in Gaborone, Botswana, and have included events like truck pulls, log lifts, the bullion toss, and load and drags. Check out the looks on the spectators’ faces during Slovenian strongman Matjaž Belšak’s log lift event. (That’s a 158kg (348lb) log.)

Unfortunately for him, it wasn’t enough to take him to the finals, which will be held this weekend. The names of the 2017 World’s Strongest Man finalists have just been released, and you can see all ten of them below.

We’re glad to see some of the sport’s most highly regarded names (and our predictions for the top spots) like Brian Shaw, Hafthor Bjornsson, and Eddie Hall make it to the finals, and we confess we’re pleasantly surprised to see that Zydrunas “Big Z” Savickas made it this far, too. At 41 years old and coming off of a superyoke injury from February that left him with a  disconnected deltoid, there was uncertainty as to whether or not he’d have to hold back this year.

Big Z is actually the second oldest athlete to make it to the finals after Nick Best, who is 48 years old.

The events have also been released; here’s what you can look forward to.

Talk about a test of endurance.

Our predictions? If Eddie Hall was ever going to win a WSM contest, 2017 is the year to do it. We’re not confident that he’ll be able to dominate cardio-heavy events like the Flip and Drag, though he might make up for it in points with events like the squat lift and deadlift.

We think it’s going to come down to Bjornsson, Shaw, and Hall. Shaw being the only one of the three to have actually won the title before (four times, in fact) doesn’t hurt his chances, but while Bjornsson will probably fall behind in the deadlift, he’s a master at Atlas Stones, vehicle pulls, and pressing.

It’s going to be close, that much we know.

Featured image via @theworldsstrongestman on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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