Final Lists of Athletes and Events Released for 2019 World’s Strongest Man

The event will be held in Florida between June 13 and 16th.

Editor’s note: This list was amended after Jimmy Paquet dropped out due to a hamstring injury and was replaced by Gerhard van Staden.

With just over a week until the event kicks off in Florida on Thursday June 13th, sources at the World’s Strongest Man have revealed their complete list of twenty-five competitors who will be taking part in the event. One of these men will be crowned World’s Strongest Man™ when the event wraps up on Sunday the 16th.

Take a look at them all below, arranged by the groups in which they’ll be competing.

2019 World’s Strongest Man Athletes

Group 1

Hafthor Julius Bjornsson (Iceland)
Raffael Gordzielik (Germany)
Rob Kearney (USA)
Zake Muluzi (Great Britain)
Luke Stoltman (Great Britain)

Group 2

Adam Bishop (Great Britain)
Sigfus Fossdal (Iceland)
Konstantine Janashia (Georgia)
Robert Oberst (USA)
Andreas Stahlberg (Sweden)

Group 3

Martins Licis (USA)
Mikhail Shivlyakov (Russia)
Aivars Smaukstelis (Latvia)
Tom Stoltman (Great Britain)
Eddie Williams (Australia)

Group 4

Jean-François Caron (Canada)
Kevin Faires (USA)
Mateusz Kieliszkowski (Poland)
Ole Martin Kristiansen (Norway)
Laurence Shahlaei (Great Britain)

Group 5

Mark Felix (Great Britain)
Trey Mitchell (USA)
Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine)
Brian Shaw (USA)
Gerhard van Staden (South Africa)

[Read how Martins Licis, Rob Kearney, and Mikhail Shivlayakov are mentally preparing for the competition!]

2019 World’s Strongest Man Events

There’s also been a slight tweak to the events since we posted them last month: it’s been confirmed there will not be max lifts. Originally there were three events named Deadlift, Overhead Press, and Squat Lift, which may have been max lifts; those events have now been confirmed to be for max reps. The truck pull is also now a monster truck pull.

Qualification Rounds (Thursday til Saturday)

Event 1: Monster Truck Pull
Event 2: Super Yoke & Farmer’s Walk Medley
Event 3: Deadlift (Reps)
Event 4: Overhead Press (Reps)
Event 5: Last Man Standing

Final Round

Event 1: Loading Race
Event 2: Deadlift Hold
Event 3: Overhead Press Medley
Event 4: Squat Lift (Reps)
Event 5: Atlas Stones

Getting Ready

Of course, many are wondering if last year’s champion Thor Bjornsson will repeat, but there’s a lot of hype behind Mateusz Kieliszkowski. (And we’re quietly wondering if this is the year that Martins Licis makes it to the podium.)

We’re looking forward to reporting from the event next week.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article said this is the first time since 2008 that Zydrunas Savickas hasn’t competed. He in fact took off 2016 due to injuries.

Featured image via @shawstrength and @kieliszkowskimateusz on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. At BarBend his writing 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.

8 thoughts on “Final Lists of Athletes and Events Released for 2019 World’s Strongest Man”

  1. So there are 5 qualifier events that they will cover over 3 days? Any idea how those will be divided up? The truck pull is the first event on day 1?

  2. As a HUGE FAN will the locals be able to watch these events??? PLEASE SAY Will Be Able.💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. Actually Big Z did not compete in 2016 because of injuries so this would be the second time since 2008 he did not compete.

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