Sami Ahola Triumphant at 2022 Imatra Strongman Showdown

Ahola emerged victorious from the dozen elite strongman who competed in Imatra, Finland, on Aug. 26-27, 2022.

The 2022 Imatra Strongman Showdown occurred in Imatra, Finland, on Aug. 26-27, 2022. It featured a dozen elite strongmen competing in eight events across the two-day contest: Deadlift, Log Lift, Front Hold, Conan’s Wheel, Keg Toss, Loading Race, Farmer’s Walk, and Overhead Medley.

Sami Ahola rose to victory with 78 out of a possible 96 points. He edged out runner-up Jordan Osborne by two points and bronze medalist Nathan Goltry by five points. The podium finishers left the rest of the field behind as fourth-place finisher Mika Törrö was 15 points behind Goltry. Here are the final results:

2022 Imatra Strongman Showdown Results

  1. Sami Ahola (Finland) — 78 points
  2. Jordan Osborne (Australia) — 76 points
  3. Nathan Goltry (USA) — 73 points
  4. Mika Törrö (Finland) — 58 points
  5. Justin Kealhofer (USA) — 57 points
  6. Kevin Hazeleger (Netherlands) — 54.5 points
  7. Mikko Annala (Finland) — 52.5 points
  8. Valtter Kortelainen (Finland) — 50 points
  9. Veli-Pekka Kauhanen (Finland) — 30.5 points
  10. Evans Aryee (Belgium) — 26.5 points
  11. Jarkko Mehtälä (Finland) — 26 points
  12. Jarkko Malinen (Finland) — 25 points

Check out the event recaps below.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Deadlift

Athletes had 60 seconds to lift as many deadlifts with a trap bar as possible. Those who chose heavier weights were ranked above those who chose lighter weights regardless of reps. At equivalent weight, reps were the deciding factor.

  1. Nathan Goltry — Five reps | 375 kilograms
  2. Jordan Osborne — Three reps | 375 kilograms
  3. Justin Kealhofer — One rep | 375 kilograms
  4. Sami Ahola — Two reps | 335 kilograms (T-fourth)
  5. Mika Törrö — Two reps | 335 kilograms (T-fourth)
  6. Valtter Kortelainen — Two reps | 335 kilograms (T-fourth)
  7. Kevin Hazeleger — One rep | 335 kilograms
  8. Mikko Annala — No reps
  9. Veli-Pekka Kauhanen No reps
  10. Evans Aryee No reps
  11. Jarkko Mehtälä No reps
  12. Jarkko Malinen No reps

Log Lift

Each strongman was given one minute to lift a 140-kilogram log for as many reps as possible.

  1. Nathan Goltry — Seven reps (T-first)
  2. Justin Kealhofer — Seven reps (T-first)
  3. Sami Ahola — Seven reps (T-first)
  4. Jordan Osborne — Six reps
  5. Mikko Annala — Five reps
  6. Kevin Hazeleger — Four reps (T-sixth)
  7. Jarkko Mehtälä — Four reps (T-sixth)
  8. Mika Törrö — Three reps (T-eighth)
  9. Valtter Kortelainen — Three reps (T-eighth)
  10. Veli-Pekka Kauhanen — Three reps (T-eighth)
  11. Evans Aryee — Two reps (T-11th)
  12. Jarkko Malinen — Two reps (T-11th)

Front Hold

The Front Hold challenged each strongman to hold a 30-kilogram implement for as long as possible.

  1. Veli-Pekka Kauhanen — 31.46 seconds
  2. Sami Ahola — 30.54 seconds
  3. Mikko Annala — 29.49 seconds
  4. Nathan Goltry — 27.74 seconds
  5. Justin Kealhofer — 27.30 seconds
  6. Jarkko Malinen — 26.15 seconds
  7. Jordan Osborne — 24 seconds
  8. Kevin Hazeleger — 23.30 seconds
  9. Jarkko Mehtälä — 23.02 seconds
  10. Mika Törrö — 20.67 seconds
  11. Evans Aryee — 20.24 seconds
  12. Valtter Kortelainen — 8.12 seconds

Conan’s Wheel

Each strongman attempted to rotate the 280-kilogram Conan’s Wheel for the farthest distance possible.

  1. Sami Ahola — 74.7 meters
  2. Jordan Osborne — 71.8 meters
  3. Valtter Kortelainen — 68.6 meters
  4. Mikko Annala — 58 meters
  5. Mika Törrö — 57.9 meters
  6. Jarkko Malinen — 50.1 meters
  7. Kevin Hazeleger — 49.3 meters
  8. Justin Kealhofer — 49.2 meters
  9. Evans Aryee — 45.7 meters
  10. Nathan Goltry — 34.3 meters
  11. Jarkko Mehtälä — 33.7 meters
  12. Veli-Pekka Kauhanen — 19.8 meters

Keg Toss

Within a time cap of 60 seconds, strongmen had to toss six implements ranging from 20 to 32 kilograms over a 4.2-meter bar; the fastest time won.

  1. Mika Törrö — Six in 16.87 seconds
  2. Veli-Pekka Kauhanen — Five in 16.53 seconds
  3. Nathan Goltry — Five in 23.03 seconds
  4. Kevin Hazeleger — Five in 30.94 seconds
  5. Jordan Osborne — Four in 25.95 seconds
  6. Mikko Annala — Four in 27.69 seconds
  7. Justin Kealhofer — Four in 28.20 seconds
  8. Sami Ahola — Four in 34.90 seconds
  9. Valtter Kortelainen — Four in 48.48 seconds
  10. Jarkko Mehtälä — Two in 10.17 seconds
  11. Jarkko Malinen — Two in 13.15 seconds
  12. Evans Aryee — Two in 25.29 seconds

Loading Race

The Loading Race was a  blitz involving three implements. Each weighed 80 kilograms, and the course was 20 meters long.

  1. Sami Ahola — Three in 50.57 seconds
  2. Nathan Goltry — Three in 53.99 seconds
  3. Valtter Kortelainen — Three in 57.28 seconds
  4. Jordan Osborne — Three in 62.66 seconds
  5. Kevin Hazeleger — Three in 64.40 seconds
  6. Mika Törrö — Three in 66.85 seconds
  7. Mikko Annala — Three in 72.87 seconds
  8. Evans Aryee — Two in 53.83 seconds
  9. Veli-Pekka Kauhanen — One implement (T-ninth)
  10. Justin Kealhofer — One implement (T-ninth)
  11. Jarkko Mehtälä — One implement (T-ninth)
  12. Jarkko Malinen — One implement (T-ninth)

Farmer’s Walk

Each strongman attempted to carry 10ths 58 kilograms down the 40-meter course in the fastest time possible.

  1. Kevin Hazeleger — 28.85 seconds
  2. Jordan Osborne — 31.37 seconds
  3. Mika Törrö — 36.10 seconds
  4. Evans Aryee — 45.52 seconds
  5. Nathan Goltry — 36 meters
  6. Sami Ahola — 25.7 meters
  7. Valtter Kortelainen — 23.7  meters
  8. Mikko Annala — 20 meters (T-eighth)
  9. Justin Kealhofer — 20 meters (T-eighth)
  10. Jarkko Mehtälä — 18.1 meters
  11. Jarkko Malinen — 1.48 meters
  12. Veli-Pekka Kauhanen — No attempt

Overhead Medley

The Overhead Medley consisted of four implements with a 75-second time limit.

  1. Sami Ahola — Three in 65.01 seconds
  2. Jordan Osborne — Two in 18.93 seconds
  3. Justin Kealhofer — Two in 27.47 seconds
  4. Nathan Goltry — Two in 27.83 seconds
  5. Mikko Annala — Two in 46.83 seconds
  6. Valtter Kortelainen — Two in 71.26 seconds
  7. Mika Törrö — One in 5.24 seconds
  8. Jarkko Mehtälä — One in 5.85 seconds
  9. Evans Aryee — One in 6.58 seconds
  10. Jarkko Malinen — One in 7.93 seconds
  11. Kevin Hazeleger — One in 7.10 seconds
  12. Veli-Pekka Kauhanen — No lift

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