The second annual Shaw Classic took place on August 27-28 in Estes Park, CO. Promoter and inaugural champion Brian Shaw was hoping to see two successful events in a row capped by a second straight Shaw Classic title. However, fellow American Trey Mitchell spoiled Shaw’s plans and returned to Texas as the second Shaw Classic Champion. The Colorado host finished as the runner-up, and Canadian J.F. Caron rounded out the top three.
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[Related: The 2021 Shaw Classic Roster]
The contest concluded on Saturday, August 28, 2021. The videos for both days of the competition were made available through the contest’s website, the sales of which go back into the athlete’s overall pay. Shaw officially released the result on Sept. 3, 2021, on his YouTube channel (see the video below). In total, the athlete prize pool was $100,000. Below, you’ll find the standing, along with athlete payout and event recaps.
2021 Shaw Classic Results
- Trey Mitchell — $21,000
- Brian Shaw — $15,000*
- J.F. Caron — $12,000
- Kevin Faires — $9,000
- Evan Singleton — $8,000
- Aivars Smaukstelis — $7,000
- Bobby Thompson — $6,500
- Adam Bishop — $6,000
- Maxime Boudreault — $5,500
- Konstantine Janashia — $5,000
- Graham Hicks — $4,500
- Žydrūnas Savickas — $4,000
- Gabriel Rheaume — $3,500
- Gabriel Peña — $3,000
- Jerry Pritchett — $2,500
- Mikhail Shivlyakov — $2,500
*Shaw did not accept his prize money. Instead, the $15,000 he would have won was evenly distributed among the other 15 competitors.
2021 Shaw Classic Day One Events
The contest was split across two days, with each day featuring four events. Shaw and his team aren’t releasing full event info to incentivize fans to buy the stream. Below, you’ll find information on each event.
Max Log Press
The name of the game is simple. Clean the log up, press it overhead to a full lockout, and wait for the down command. Americans Bobby Thompson and Trey Mitchell both were able to press 206.3 kilograms (455 pounds) successfully. Thompson then attempted to set a new American record with a lift of 217.6 kilograms (480 pounds), but he was unsuccessful.
Competitors carried a 506.5-kilogram (1,117-pound) yoke 80 meters for time. Competitors are allowed one drop each, as well as a drop when turning around on the course. Athletes competed in pairs during this event. Evan Singleton was able to breeze through the course and finish in 30.61 seconds.
The men had to toss eight bags, ranging from 50 to 65 pounds, over the 15-foot bar in the fastest time possible. This event saw Canadian Maxime Boudreault toss all eight bags over the bar with ease in 28.25 seconds.
Car Squat with Ford Bronco
The final event of the first day required the competitors to perform squats for reps. Each man had 75 seconds to squat a Ford Bronco. The load came out to about 370.5 kilograms (817 pounds), which made the event a sight to see.
2021 Shaw Classic Day Two Events
Day two featured a deadlift, a dynamic medley. dumbbell for reps, and Atlas stones — a classic strongman event.
Hummer Tire Deadlift
Day two started with the classic Hummer Tire Deadlift, made famous at the Arnold Strongman Classic. Caron set the world record at last year’s Shaw Classic with a lift of 545 kilograms (1,202 pounds). Seven out of the 16 competitors broke the 1,000-pound mark in this event.
The competitors needed to carry two sandbags weighing 136 kilograms (300 pounds) to an already loaded wheelbarrow. They then pushed the 1,088-kilogram load (2,400 pounds) to the finish line. Finally, they had to perform an arm-over-arm pull, lifting a loaded platform to the top of a tower. The fastest time won.
Circus Dumbbell for Reps
Each man’s job is to clean and press the 110-kilogram (242-pound) dumbbell for as many reps as possible in 75 seconds. Singleton managed to win his second straight event by pressing the dumbbell over his head seven times. Mitchell was able to come in second place by achieving six reps. Third place went to Caron, who completed five reps. Points were awarded based on the position of finish instead of reps completed.
A strongman tradition, the 2021 Shaw Classic would be determined by the final event — the Atlas Stones. The men placed all five stones ranging from 158.7 to 204 kilograms (350 to 450 pounds) on their respective podiums as quickly as possible with a 60 second time limit.
Video and Website Issues
The videos of each day of competition were uploaded to the Shaw Strength website 24 hours after that day’s events. Some viewers and supporters reported issues with the video and the timing of each video being available. In an Instagram post on August 30, Shaw acknowledged the website issues and extended the availability of the videos up to seven days. His statement can be seen in the post below.
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In total, athletes competed for over $100,000 — which is double the $53,900 from last year. If and when Shaw releases more specific information about the 2021 Shaw Classic, BarBend will update this article when more information is available.
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