Here Are Your 2018 World’s Strongest Man Finalists

Meanwhile in Manila, Philippines…

The strongest athletes in the world have been facing off over the last few days battling it out event by event to make it to the 2018 World’s Strongest Man finals. Earlier today, it was announced who has qualified and made it to the finals. The qualifying rounds were held April 28th-May 1st, and the finals will be held over the course of two days May 5th and May 6th.

Many of the names that have made it into the finals were somewhat expected, and these athletes points from the qualifying rounds reflect that. Many thanks to -105kg strongman athlete Mattis Bjornheim and Starting Strongman editor Kalle Beck for helping to compile this info online, as now we have the full roster for the finals.

[Interested in watching the World’s Strongest Man on television? Christmas came early this year and it’s being aired earlier than 2017, here’s the schedule!]

Check out Starting Strongman’s Instagram post below.

[Here’s how five of the top athletes at the 2018 World’s Strongest Man prepped for competition this year. Four of these five athletes made it to finals!]

Over the course of May 5th and 6th, the athletes above will face off in a series of events. If you’re interested in seeing the final events and what they entail, we’ve listed them below, along with what dates the athletes will compete in them.

Finals Events

  • Frame Carry – May 5th
  • Loading Race – May 5th
  • Truck Pull – May 5th
  • Car Deadlift – May 6th
  • Max Overhead – May 6th
  • Atlas Stones – May 6th

To say these final two days are going to be rigorous would be an understatement.

2018 World's Strongest Man Finalists
2018 World’s Strongest Man Finalists

Now the question remains, will Hafthor Bjornsson continue on his 2018 warpath, or will we see past winners such as Brian Shaw and Zydrunas Savickas come out on top? Maybe we’ll see an upset. One writer speculated that we could be due for an upset in 2018.

Regardless what we speculate only time will tell what the future holds for this year’s World’s Strongest Man!

Image above and feature image from @thorbjornsson, @savickas_bigz, @belsakstrongman, and @martinslicis Instagram pages.


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.