(Editor’s note: We updated the events on May 16 when the events were altered: The second qualifying event was changed from Super Yoke to a Super Yoke/Farmer’s Walk medley and Event 4 in the final round was changed from Deadlift to Deadlift Hold.)
The World’s Strongest Man is coming up next month, and we’ve all been patiently waiting for the list of events to drop. Will we get to see a truck pull? What kind of medleys can we look forward to?
This year’s World’s Strongest Man event runs from Thursday, June 13th until Sunday, June 16th in Bradenton, Florida. Information has been trickling in since the location announcement last month. This is the first time the World’s Strongest Man has taken place in the United States since the 2014 competition was held in Los Angeles.
On Monday, sources at the World’s Strongest Man gave us the list of events, subject to change. There will be five events in the qualification round and five events in the final. Note that all the groups will be doing the same five events, which is different than years in the past. The list we received includes the list of events in the qualification round and the final.
Event 1: Truck Pull
Event 2: Super Yoke and Farmer’s Walk Medley
Event 3: Overhead Press
Event 4: Deadlift
Event 5: Last Man Standing
Event 1: Loading Race (medley)
Event 2: Deadlift Hold
Event 3: Overhead Press (medley)
Event 4: Squat Lift
Event 5: Atlas Stones
The qualifying rounds will take place from Thursday to Saturday (two evens on Thursday and Friday, one on Saturday) with the final event slated for Sunday.
While the list of events and their names are still in the early stages — sources say the overhead press may wind up a dumbbell press, for example — this still gives strongman fans everywhere a lot to get excited about.
Last year, Hafthor Bjornsson took home gold, followed by Mateusz Kieliszkowski winning silver, and Brian Shaw taking home bronze. Since Bjornsson won the 2018 World’s Strongest Man, the question around the strongman community has been can he repeat this year? His chances this year are looking pretty promising. In 2019 he has won the Arnold Classic and set a new elephant bar deadlift world record with 474 kilograms. 2018 wasn’t bad for the guy either: he won World Ultimate Strongman, Europe’s Strongest Man, Iceland’s Strongest Man, the Arnold Strongman Classic, and of course, the 2018 World’s Strongest Man.
Earlier this month, four of the world’s strongest men got together to pull some trucks. It’s almost like they knew some form of truck pulling would be in the works next month. Watch Thor Bjornsson, Eddie Hall, Brian Shaw, and Martins Licis them train the truck pull here. (Seriously, Hall and Shaw pulled a 50,000-pound semi through the streets of New York City.)
While Hall isn’t competing this year, we’re looking forward to the seeing the competition go down in June.
Feature image from @thorbjornsson Instagram page.