The 2022 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) contest is complete. Tom Stoltman of Scotland earned his second WSM title in as many years on the back of a stellar performance in the Final, where he never finished lower than third across six events.
- Tom Stoltman — 53.5 points
- Martins Licis — 43 points
- Oleksii Novikov — 43 points
- Brian Shaw — 37.5 points
- Maxime Boudreault — 34.5 points
- Trey Mitchell — 34 points
- Luke Stoltman — 30.5 points
- Mitchell Hooper — 30 points
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 13 points
- Gabriel Rhéaume — 11 points
Note: Novikov and Licis tied on 43 points, but Licis had the better tiebreaker (Atlas Stones time). Therefore, Novikov ranks third overall and Licis ranks second.
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Athletes were tasked to pull an 18.5-ton tour bus down a 30-meter course in the fastest time possible.
- Oleksii Novikov — 41.51 seconds
- Martins Licis — 42.18 seconds
- Tom Stoltman — 44.5 seconds
- Brian Shaw — 44.69 seconds
- Trey Mitchell — 45.72 seconds
- Luke Stoltman — 47 seconds
- Maxime Boudreault — 47.2 seconds
- Mitchell Hooper — 49.24 seconds
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 51.32 seconds
- Gabriel Rhéaume — 53.22 seconds
Novikov earned his third event win of the Final in the Bus Pull. He appeared inspired and willing to leave everything he had in the field of play for a second title. Following this event, he held a 1.5-point lead over Tom Stoltman. They were far enough ahead of Licis that it appeared to be a two-person race for the title with two events to go.
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Athletes had to carry three 226-kilogram (500-pound) implements up nine stairs.
- Maxime Boudreault — Nine stairs, 39.07 seconds
- Tom Stoltman — Nine stairs, 41.04 seconds
- Martins Licis — Nine stairs, 44.56 seconds
- Brian Shaw — Eight stairs, 1:09.03
- Mitchell Hooper — Seven stairs, 32.36 seconds
- Luke Stoltman — Seven stairs, 59.47 seconds
- Oleksii Novikov — Six stairs, 34.20 seconds
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Six stairs, 35.78
- Trey Mitchell — Six stairs, 1:10.22
- Gabriel Rhéaume — Five stairs, 35.78 seconds
This was the most influential event of the Final when determining the contest’s outcome. Tom Stoltman scored another second-place finish, continuing his remarkably consistent performance atop the leaderboard. However, Novikov stumbled in this event, ranking seventh and allowing Stoltman to take a 1.5-point lead heading into the Atlas Stones. Stoltman’s title defense was now his to lose, as a second-place finish or better in the Atlas Stones would clinch his title defense.
The Atlas Stone event challenged athletes to lift five stones of ascending weight in the fastest time possible: 140 kilograms (310 pounds), 150 kilograms (330 pounds), 160 kilograms (355 pounds), 180 kilograms (400 pounds), and 200 kilograms (440 pounds).
- Tom Stoltman — Five stones, 25.76 seconds
- Maxime Boudreault — Five stones, 28.04 seconds
- Trey Mitchell — Five stones, 33.06 seconds
- Brian Shaw — Five stones, 39.29 seconds
- Martins Licis — Five stones, 45.74 seconds
- Luke Stoltman — Four stones, 25.78 seconds
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Four stones, 28.87 seconds
- Gabriel Rhéaume — Four stones, 33.55 seconds
- Mitchell Hooper — Four stones, 33.78 seconds
- Oleksii Novikov — Four stones, 36.7 seconds
Stoltman and Novikov went head-to-head in the final heat of the event — a repeat scenario for Stoltman who was in this exact position against Shaw in 2021. Stoltman pulled out the event-winning time to win his only event of the Final and claim his second world title.
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Tom Stoltman remains the WSM champion. He is the 10th strongman in history to earn at least two WSM titles and the first to go back-to-back since Brian Shaw earned his fourth WSM title in 2016.
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