In Bradenton, Florida, the World’s Strongest Man has wrapped Day 2 of its four-day competition and it’s clear that this year’s event is a real nailbiter.
After winning last year’s event with a phenomenal lead of 6.5 points, many expected that Hafthor Bjornsson would repeat and dominate the competition. But expectations were shaken up when he tore his plantar fascia, the muscle that connects the heel and the toes, during the Farmer’s Walk/Yoke Walk medley on Day 1.
That’s a tough injury to work around and while many athletes would call it a day, Bjornsson announced this morning that he would continue with the competition.
2019 World’s Strongest Man Qualifying Events 2 and 3 Results
These are the events from today and their winners, according to Kalle Beck at Starting Strongman. Note that due to both athletes tearing their Achilles tendons, Sigfus Fossdal (Group 2) and Laurence Shahlaei (Group 4) withdrew from the competition.
Results include those as reported by Mattis Bjorheim; we will update for any scoring adjustments as they become available.
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Event 3: Deadlift (Reps)
This event was a 375kg car deadlift for reps.
Group 1 Winner: Hafthor Bjornsson, 7 reps
Group 2 Winner: Adam Bishop, 11 reps
Group 3 Winner: Martins Licis, 9 reps
Group 4 Winner: Jean-François Caron, 7 reps
Group 5 Winner: Brian Shaw, 11 reps
Event 4: Overhead Press (Reps)
Groups 1, 3, and 5 performed this event using a 155kg log. Groups 4 and 5 used a 100 dumbbell.
Group 1 Winner: Rob Kearney, 9 reps
Group 2 Winner: Robert Oberst, 6 reps
Group 3 Winner: Martins Licis, 6 reps
Group 4 Winner: Mateusz Kieliszkowski, 5 reps
Group 5 Winner: Brian Shaw, 10 reps
World’s Strongest Man Points Total
Note that these points totals are unofficial and taken from available sources, including StartingStrongman.com and Mattis Bjorheim.
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson (Iceland) – 16 points
Rob Kearney (USA) – 15 points
Luke Stoltman (Great Britain) – 13 points
Raffael Gordzielik (Germany) – 11 points
Zake Muluzi (Great Britain) – 4 points
Konstantine Janashia (Georgia) – 17 points
Robert Oberst (USA) – 14 points
Adam Bishop (Great Britain) – 14 points
Andreas Stahlberg (Sweden) – 11 points
Martins Licis (USA) – 19 points
Aivars Smaukstelis (Latvia) – 12 points
Tom Stoltman (Great Britain) – 11.5 points
Mikhail Shivlyakov (Russia) – 9.5 points
Eddie Williams (Australia) – 8 points
Mateusz Kieliszkowski (Poland) – 18.5 points
Jean-François Caron (Canada) – 17 points
Kevin Faires (USA) – 12.5 points
Ole Martin Kristiansen (Norway) – 7 points
Brian Shaw (USA) – 19 points
Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine) – 17 points
Trey Mitchell (USA) – 10 points
Mark Felix (Great Britain) – 6 points
Gerhard van Staden (South Africa) – 5 points
Heading Into Day 3
Tomorrow there’s the final qualifying event: Last Man Standing, wherein the athletes perform progressively heavier lifts until nobody can lift any heavier. We’re unsure as to what the lift is, but we’re looking forward to seeing who comes out on top.
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