The Giant’s Medley event is in the books, and it featured a stellar showing by the 2020 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) runner-up Tom Stoltman, who scored a first-place finish. No doubt he aimed to carry that momentum into the second event of the 2021 WSM Finals — Titan’s Turntable. All 10 finalists were tasked with rotating a 30-ton train around a gigantic wooden turntable.
The strongmen assumed a prowler push position and placed their upper chest against a horizontal bar to rotate the J.W. Bowker locomotive built in 1875. Each man’s score was the time it took to turn the table 30 meters. There was a time cap of 75 seconds. The temperature at the time of the event was 95 degrees.
Editor’s Note: Results are from BarBend‘s reporter in Sacramento. These results should not be considered final until after the World’s Strongest Man Facebook Live show, World’s Strongest Man: BACKSTAGE LIVE, airs around 4:00 p.m. PST each day.
2021 World’s Strongest Man Titan’s Turntable Results
- Tom Stoltman — 46.89 seconds
- Trey Mitchell — 52.34 seconds
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 52.83 seconds
- Maxime Boudreault — 55.16 seconds
- Luke Stoltman — 55.94 seconds
- Brian Shaw — 56.73 seconds
- Adam Bishop — 57.78 seconds
- JF Caron — 57.84 seconds
- Konstantine Janashia — 60.15 seconds
- Bobby Thompson — 62.31 seconds
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Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted
The Icelandic strongman, Ingolfsson Melsted, was in last place coming into the event and was the first to tackle the Titan’s Turntable. He was the only athlete unable to finish the Giant’s Medley. Unlike all the previous events, there were not any spectators due to the location of the locomotive. Moving the train counterclockwise, Ingolfsson Melsted appeared to have a strong drive at the starting whistle and built a decent amount of momentum. His breathing was audible from across the turntable. Melsted’s official score was 52.83 seconds.
Trey Mitchell was second to the turntable. Unlike Ingolfsson Melsted before him, Mitchell used his hands immediately alongside his shoulders to build momentum. He cruised around the table with a time of 52.34 seconds and was immediately given an oxygen mask from the medical team as a precaution.
Boudreault was third to the table. It was certainly an advantage to be on the later end of the turn to know the time to beat. Boudreault shouldered the bar, and Head Judge Magnus ver Magnusson blew the starting whistle. The Canadian strongman seemed to struggle a bit more than his previous counterparts to build early momentum, but he was off to the races once he did. His official time was 55.16 seconds.
In his WSM Final debut, Thompson was fourth to take on the turntable. The locomotive began the move the moment Thompson leaned into the bar. His pace was steady until the end of the run where he appeared a bit gassed out. His official time was 62.31.
Once the locomotive was reset, the 2020 Britain’s Strongest Man champion strolled onto the turntable. He notably did not wear a lifting belt as all men prior had. He kept his chest to the bar much longer to build momentum before changing to a fast-footed prowler position (arms extended). He struggled towards the end of the run and clocked an official score of 57.78 seconds.
The other Canadian strongman in the Finals was sixth to compete in the event. Caron appeared relaxed as he assumed the starting position, let out a loud grunt, and drove into the bar. It appeared as though he almost lifted the turntable out of its frame. Caron sped through the event with Aivars Smaukstelis cheering him on nearby. His official time was 57.84 seconds.
In seventh position for the turntable was the older Stoltman brother. Fired up in his shades, Luke Stoltman was all business as he got into position. Powerful early strides got the locomotive chugging along, and audible roars from the Scotsman were heard as he sped to the finish line. He scored a time of 55.94 seconds.
Four-time WSM champion Brian Shaw strutted to the turntable for his attempt, toweled the sweat off his head, and got into position. The bar was met with a big slam as Shaw crashed into it. His long strides converted a time of 56.73 seconds. Shaw let out a loud roar after he heard the official time, presumably displeased with his finish.
The “Georgian Bull” was the second to last strongman to the turntable. The 2020 WSM Oleksii Novikov was by his side at the start of the event, and Mikhail Shivlyakov slapped Janashia’s shoulders to pump him up. Janashia assumed the prowler push position with extended arms from the starting whistle. He crossed the finish line with a screaming Shivlyakov in his ear in 60.15 seconds.
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The final athlete to challenge in the ring of the turntable was the competition leader coming into the event — Tom Stoltman. 2017 WSM champion Eddie Hall hopped in to help reset the locomotive and put his cardio on display as he flew through it (no time was clocked).
Tom Stoltman got into the starting position with his brother by his side for support. He sunk his collar bone into the bar and raced around the table in a blistering time of 46.89 seconds to win his second event in a row. This win thrusts him seven points into the lead after just two events.
Four Events Left
There are still four events left in the Finals. The remaining event on Day One is the REIGN keg toss. Here are the events scheduled for Day Two of the Finals:
Final — Day Two (June 20, 2021)
- Log Lift
- KNAACK Deadlift
- Atlas Stones
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