Tom Stoltman is your 2022 World’s Strongest Man Champion! The 27-year-old claimed his second title after a close battle with Ukrainian Oleksii Novikov. Stoltman is the first back-to-back winner since 2016 and is the 10th man to win multiple WSMs. Consistency was the name of the game for Stoltman, who never placed worse than third in any of the six Finals events.
The podium is: Tom Stoltman, Martins Licis, and Oleksii Novikov.
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: Backstage Live! Presented by The Beard Struggle, which airs each day of the competition at noon PST/3:00 p.m. EST
2022 WSM Leaderboard
|1||Tom Stoltman — United Kingdom||53.5|
|2||Martins Licis — USA||43|
|3||Oleksii Novikov — Ukraine||43|
|4||Brian Shaw — USA||37.5|
|5||Maxime Boudreault — Canada||34.5|
|6||Trey Mitchell — USA||34|
|7||Luke Stoltman — United Kingdom||30.5|
|8||Mitchell Hooper — Canada||30|
|9||Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Iceland||13|
|10||Gabriel Rhéaume — Canada||11|
2022 WSM Day Five Results
Day Five was on May 29, 2022. It featured three events — the Bus Pull, Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs, and the Atlas Stones, followed by the award ceremony.
Though they are tied on the leaderboard, Licis beats Novikov as the Atlas Stones are the tiebreaker.
- 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
Athletes had to pull an 18.5-ton 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
Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs
Athletes had to carry three 226-kilogram (500-pound) implements up nine stairs. Here are the full results:
- 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
2022 WSM Day Four Results
KNAACK Giant’s Medley
The 10 finalists were tasked to carry two KNAACK boxes filled with 125 kilograms (275.6 pounds) each halfway down the 20-meter course (back-and-forth twice) and then carry a 455-kilogram (1,000-pound) super yoke the rest of the way.
- Mitchell Hooper — 21.96 seconds
- Tom Stoltman — 24.75 seconds
- Oleksii Novikov — 24.86 seconds
- Luke Stoltman — 28.72 seconds
- Martins Licis — 30.6 seconds
- Brian Shaw — 30.78 seconds
- Trey Mitchell — 32.54 seconds
- Gabriel Rhéaume — 33.87 seconds
- Maxime Boudreault — 34.11 seconds
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 37.61 seconds
The Deadlift was first or max reps of a 360-kilogram (795-pound) Jeep in the 60-second time cap.
- Oleksii Novikov — 15 reps
- Tom Stoltman — 13 reps (T-second)
- Trey Mitchell — 13 reps (T-second)
- Mitchell Hooper — 12 reps (T-fourth)
- Martins Licis — 12 reps (T-fourth)
- Brian Shaw — 12 reps (T-fourth)
- Maxime Boudreault — 10 reps
- Luke Stoltman — Nine reps
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Eight reps (T-ninth)
- Gabriel Rhéaume — Eight reps (T-ninth)
The format for this event was in rounds. Each athlete attempted the opening weight of 175 kilograms (385 pounds). Those who locked out the weight successfully advanced to the next round until a winner was crowned. The weight increments increased to the following weights in order: 190 kilograms (420 pounds), 200 kilograms (440 pounds), 212 kilograms (470 pounds), 221 kilograms (490 pounds), and 230 kilograms (510 pounds).
Unanticipated seventh and eighth rounds were added to the event. The former was 240 kilograms (529 pounds), and the latter was 246 kilograms (542 pounds).
- Oleksii Novikov — Eight rounds — World Record | 246 kilograms (542 pounds)
- Tom Stoltman — Seven rounds
- Martins Licis — Six rounds
- Trey Mitchell — Four rounds (T-fourth)
- Brian Shaw — Four rounds (T-fourth)
- Maxime Boudreault — Four rounds (T-fourth)
- Luke Stoltman — Four rounds (T-fourth)
- Mitchell Hooper — Three rounds
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Two rounds (T-ninth)
- Gabriel Rhéaume — Two rounds (T-ninth)
Novikov utilized a split-jerk technique that outlasted the field and shattered the previous Flintstone Barbell world record of 463 pounds held by Gary Taylor for 27 years by 79 pounds.
2022 WSM Day Three Results
The final day of the Qualifying Stage is a wrap. It’s been an interesting one, folks. ICYMI, here are the notable storylines:
- Mark Felix set a new world record in the Wrecking Ball Hold with an incredible time of 2:20.49.
- Gabriel Rhéaume made it to the Final through the Stone-Off with the initiative (he lifted first).
- After the Stone-Off, five more men became Finalists. They are: Gabriel Rhéaume, Brian Shaw, Trey Mitchell, Maxime Boudreault, and Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted.
Two athletes — the second- and third-place finishers in each group — needed to hoist six stones, with the last stone being an AMRAP (as many reps as possible). The six stones, in order, weighed: 150 kilograms, 160 kilograms, 160 kilograms, 180 kilograms, 180 kilograms, and 200 kilograms.
Whoever finishes each Group in second place has an advantage in that they lift the stone second. That means if the first athlete fails to lift the stone, they’re automatically eliminated. This advantage is especially important during the AMRAP; even if both men hoist the stone the same number of times, the athlete with the initiative still loses if he fails to lift.
Here are the match-ups, with those who have the advantage listed first. Winners are bolded.
- Group 1: Kevin Faires vs. Gabriel Rhéaume
- Group 2: Bobby Thompson vs. Brian Shaw
- Group 3: Trey Mitchell vs. Adam Bishop
- Group 4: Maxime Boudreault vs. Pavlo Kordiyaka
- Group 5: Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted vs. Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf
Wrecking Ball Hold Results
Each strongman must hold 228 kilograms (500 pounds) for as long as possible. The question of whether or not the strongman who clinched groups would make legitimate attempts or ceremonial ones to secure the requisite points lingered in the crowd. The temperature at the start of the event was in the mid-60s (Fahrenheit).
- Kevin Faires — 1:35.18
- Andy Black — 1:26.92
- Gabriel Rhéaume — 1:24.10
- Manuel Angulo — 1:11.66
- Aivars Šmaukstelis — 0:57.44
- Tom Stoltman — 0:4.63
- Mark Felix — 2:20.49
- Bobby Thompson — 1:21.33
- Brian Shaw — 1:06.13
- Konstantine Janashia — 1:01.38
- Gabriel Peña — 0:48.27
- Mitchell Hooper — 0:06.40
- Trey Mitchell — 2:06.46
- Mika Törrö — 1:53.17
- Grzegorz Szymanski — 1:46.49
- Oleksii Novikov — 1:38.63
- Adam Bishop — 1:31.35
- Rob Kearney — 1:01.95
- Maxime Boudreault — 1:33.93
- Pavlo Kordiyaka — 1:31.33
- Martins Licis — 1:25.63
- Nedžmin Ambešković — 1:12.47
- Gavin Bilton —1:07.15
- Shane Flowers — withdrew
- Kelvin De Ruiter — 1:45.65
- Evan Singleton — 1:40.34
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 1:03.42
- Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — 1:00.70
- Kim Ujarak — 36.24 seconds
- Luke Stoltman — Did not attempt
2022 WSM Day Two Results
Day Two has wrapped. All five Group leaders have mathematically locked their spots in the Final, though it is not yet official. Tom Stoltman, Mitchell Hooper, Martins Licis, Oleksii Novikov, and Luke Stoltman need only to make an attempt in the Wrecking Ball Hold event on Day Three, and they will win their respective groups.
One point is awarded for an attempt, meaning all five men can hold the wrecking ball for one second and still qualify for the Finals. Licis, however, will be awarded two points for an attempt since Shane Flowers has withdrawn.
Log Lift Results
Each athlete attempted to lift 145 kilograms (320 pounds) for as many reps as possible in 75 seconds. Only Maxime Boudreault and Luke Stoltman managed double digits on the log.
- Tom Stoltman — Eight reps
- Kevin Faires — Seven reps
- Gabriel Rhéaume — Six reps
- Aivars Šmaukstelis — Four reps
- Andy Black — Zero reps
- Manuel Angulo — Zero reps
Stoltman made won his third consecutive event, mathematically securing his place in the Final to defend the WSM title.
- Bobby Thompson — Eight reps
- Mitchell Hooper — Seven reps
- Brian Shaw — Seven reps (T-second)
- Konstantine Janashia — Five reps
- Gabriel Peña — One rep
- Mark Felix — Zero reps
Thompson displayed why the Log Lift is his signature event, but the limelight remained on Hooper, who shared second-place points with Shaw. Hooper entered the competition as a dark horse but has emerged as the mathematically-locked winner of Group 2 with an event to spare.
- Oleksii Novikov — Nine reps
- Trey Mitchell — Nine reps (T-first)
- Adam Bishop — Seven reps
- Rob Kearney — Six reps
- Grzegorz Szymanski — Three reps
- Mika Törrö — Two reps
Novikov is using the 2022 WSM to make up for his missed Final in 2021. He’s earned enough points to secure the Group win with the Wrecking Ball Hold still to come.
- Maxime Boudreault — 10 reps
- Pavlo Kordiyaka — Nine reps
- Martins Licis — Nine reps (T-second)
- Gavin Bilton — Seven reps
- Nedžmin Ambešković — Two reps
- Shane Flowers — withdrew
Boudreault put on arguably the most impressive performance of in the Log Lift event. He power cleaned nearly half his reps. It shot him back into contention for a spot in the Stone-Off. It would be a shock if Licis does not ultimately win this group.
- Luke Stoltman — 10 reps
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Eight reps
- Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — Seven reps
- Kim Ujarak — Six reps
- Kelvin De Ruiter — One rep
- Evan Singleton — One rep (T-fifth)
Luke Stoltman’s performance in the Log Lift was any other day at the office. Another event win under his belt secures his place in the Final with the Wrecking Ball Event still to come.
Car Walk Results
Athletes had to carry a red Volkswagen Bug that weighs 430 kilograms (950 pounds) down a 20-meter course as fast as possible.
The big story in this event was Evan Singleton scoring the only sub-10-second time, after being hospitalized with anaphylactic shock. He missed the Deadlift Ladder and then returned, cleared by the WSM medical team, to win his heat with a 9.86-second carry.
Notably, Rob Kearney and Hooper logged the second and third fastest times, respectively, finishing just 1/110th of a second apart (11.63 vs. 11.64).
- Tom Stoltman — 14.65 seconds
- Gabriel Rhéaume — 16.44 seconds
- Kevin Faires — 19.32 seconds
- Aivars Šmaukstelis — 19.91 seconds
- Andy Black — 32.71 seconds
- Manuel Angulo — 60 seconds
- Mitchell Hooper — 11.64 seconds
- Mark Felix — 13.96 seconds
- Bobby Thompson — 16.05 seconds
- Konstantine Janashia — 18.16 seconds
- Brian Shaw — 19.97 seconds
- Gabriel Peña — did not finish
- Rob Kearney — 11.63 seconds
- Grzegorz Szymanski — 14.26 seconds
- Oleksii Novikov — 15.23 seconds
- Trey Mitchell — 19.24 seconds
- Adam Bishop — 23.38 seconds
- Mika Törrö — did not finish
- Pavlo Kordiyaka — 12.92 seconds
- Martins Licis — 18.93 seconds
- Gavin Bilton — 23.67 seconds
- Maxime Boudreault — 49.28 seconds
- Nedžmin Ambešković — did not finish
- Shane Flowers — withdrew
- Evan Singleton —9.86 seconds
- Luke Stoltman — 16.65 seconds
- Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf —
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 29.07 seconds
- Kelvin De Ruiter — 60 seconds
- Kim Ujarak — did not finish (11.4 meters)
2022 WSM Day One Results
Athletes and fans can expect a high of 101 degrees Fahrenheit in Sacramento — a little intense for a day full of deadlifts and a loading medley.
So far, the big stories are Canada’s Mitchell Hooper — a relatively late replacement — winning the Loading Race in Group 2 with the fourth fastest time overall. The 26-year-old beat out Brian Shaw and Bobby Thompson.
Also, Evan Singleton was forced to withdraw after an undisclosed injury. It’s not clear when he sustained the injury. Hollands announced the news on the WSM Backstage Live! show.
Deadlift Ladder Results
The Deadlift Ladder will kicked off at 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST.
Each athlete is tasked to deadlift five barbells of ascending weight: 300 kilograms (660 pounds), 320 kilograms (705 pounds), 340 kilograms (750 pounds), 360 kilograms (795 pounds), and 380 kilograms (840 pounds).
- Tom Stoltman — Five reps in 51.46 seconds
- Kevin Faires — Four reps in 45.89 seconds
- Aivars Šmaukstelis — Four reps in 55.91 seconds
- Andy Black — Four reps in 1:02
- Gabriel Rhéaume — Four reps in 1:09.50
- Manuel Angulo — Three reps in 38.62 seconds
- Mitchell Hooper — Five reps in 31.21 seconds
- Bobby Thompson — Five reps in 42.56 seconds
- Gabriel Peña — Five reps in 52.53 seconds
- Mark Felix — Four reps in 28.64 seconds
- Brian Shaw — Four reps in 32.36 seconds
- Konstantine Janashia — Three reps in 19.05 seconds
- Oleksii Novikov — Five reps in 35.64 seconds
- Adam Bishop — Five reps in 37.44 seconds
- Trey Mitchell — Five reps in 59 seconds
- Rob Kearney — Four reps in 41.28 seconds
- Mika Törrö — Two reps in 26.65 seconds
- Grzegorz Szymanski — Two reps in 26.91 seconds
- Martins Licis — Five reps in 43.51 seconds
- Gavin Bilton — Five reps in 52.28 seconds
- Shane Flowers — Four reps in 36.39 seconds
- Maxime Boudreault — Three reps in 21.12 seconds
- Pavlo Kordiyaka — Three reps in 38.50 seconds
- Nedžmin Ambešković — Three reps in 45.45 seconds
- Luke Stoltman — Four reps in 42.87 seconds
- Kelvin De Ruiter — Three reps in 56.44 seconds
- Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — Four reps in 53.87 seconds
- Kim Ujarak — Four reps in 56.48 seconds
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Three reps in 40.88 seconds
Hooper, Licis, Novikov, and both Stoltmans reran their success in event two and stand atop their respective leaderboards at the end of Day One.
Loading Race Results
The Loading Race has just wrapped. Athletes were tasked with loading five implements — an atlas stone, a 275-pound anvil, and then two sandbags and a keg, all weighing 265 pounds.
Mitchell Hooper of Canada shocked the competition by winning Group 2 with a time of 38.31 — the fourth fastest overall. He beat out runner-up, four-time WSM winner Brian Shaw by seven seconds. Hooper, who was a last-minute replacement, is making his WSM debut. What a way to show up!
Other notable mentions: Tom Stoltman unsurprisingly won his heat, Oleksii Novikov logged the fastest time overall (37.25), and 2019 WSM Martins Licis was close behind with a time of 37.73 to win Group 4.
Though nothing is confirmed, Manuel Angulo either injured his right leg or aggravated an existing injury (it was heavily wrapped before the event).
- Tom Stoltman — Five implements, 38.39 seconds
- Kevin Faires — Five implements, 43.36 seconds
- Aivars Šmaukstelis — Five implements, 44.37 seconds
- Andy Black —Five implements, 50.81 seconds
- Gabriel Rhéaume — Five implements, 53.39 seconds
- Manuel Angulo — Four implements, 70 seconds
- Mitchell Hooper — Five implements, 38.31 seconds
- Brian Shaw — Five implements, 45 seconds
- Gabriel Peña — Five implements, 45.88 seconds
- Konstantine Janashia — Five implements, 49.47
- Bobby Thompson — Five implements, 49.70 seconds
- Mark Felix — Five implements, 54.96 seconds
- Oleksii Novikov — Five implements, 37.25 seconds
- Adam Bishop — Five implements, 45.85 seconds
- Mika Törrö — Five implements, 47.84 seconds
- Trey Mitchell — Five implements, 48.76 seconds
- Rob Kearney — Five implements, 54.62 seconds
- Grzegorz Szymanski — Four implements, 29.89 seconds
- Martins Licis — Five implements, 37.73 seconds
- Maxime Boudreault — Five implements, 40.68 seconds
- Pavlo Kordiyaka — Five implements, 43.70 seconds
- Gavin Bilton — Five implements, 45.76 seconds
- Shane Flowers — Five implements, 48.70 seconds
- Nedžmin Ambešković — One implement, 10.2 seconds
- Luke Stoltman — Five implements, 37.95 seconds
- Kelvin De Ruiter — Five implements, 39.18 seconds
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Five implements, 49.69 seconds
- Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — Five implements, 52.70 seconds
- Evan Singleton — Five implements, 1:08
- Kim Ujarak — Four implements, 34.49 seconds
2022 WSM Group Stage Leaderboard
|1||Tom Stoltman — United Kingdom||25|
|2||Kevin Faires — USA||24|
|3||Gabriel Rhéaume — Canada||20|
|4||Aivars Smaukstelis — Latvia||14|
|5||Andy Black — United Kingdom||12|
|6||Manuel Angulo — Chile||6|
|1||Mitchell Hooper — Canada||23.5|
|2||Bobby Thompson — USA||22|
|3||Brian Shaw — USA||17.5|
|4||Mark Felix — United Kingdom||11|
|5||Konstantine Janashia — Georgia||13|
|6||Gabriel Peña — Mexico||13|
|1||Oleksii Novikov — Ukraine||24.5|
|2||Trey Mitchell — USA||21.5|
|3||Adam Bishop — United Kingdom||18|
|4||Rob Kearney — USA||15|
|5||Grzegorz Szymanski — Poland||13|
|6||Mika Törrö — Finland||13|
|1||Martins Licis — USA||25.5|
|2||Maxime Boudreault — Canada||23|
|3||Pavlo Kordiyaka — Ukraine||21.5|
|4||Gavin Bilton — United Kingdom||17|
|5||Nedžmin Ambešković — Bosnia and Herzegovina||9|
|6||Shane Flowers (withdrawn)||6|
|1||Luke Stoltman — United Kingdom||23|
|2||Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Iceland||20|
|3||Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — France||18|
|4||Kelvin De Ruiter — Netherlands||16.5|
|5||Evan Singleton — USA||14.5|
|6||Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Greenland||11|
2022 WSM Events
Here is the full event lineup for all three days of the Qualifying stage as well as the two-day Final:
Qualifying Round – Day One
- Loading Race
- Deadlift Ladder
Qualifying Round – Day Two
Qualifying Round – Day Three
- Wrecking Ball Hold
- Stone Off
Final – Day One
- KNAACK Giant’s Medley
- Flintstone Barbell
Final – Day Two
WSM Backstage Live!
On each day of the competition, WSM presents a live results show, hosted by Terry Hollands, at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST. We’ll update this section with the most up to date embed each day.
2022 WSM Drop Outs
Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for strongmen to drop out of contests — either before the event starts or during. Here’s a list of competitors who have already withdrawn.
- Peiman Maheripourehir (visa issues)
- Rauno Heinla (reason unknown)
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski (ongoing leg injury)
- Pa O’Dwyer (reason unknown)
- Evan Singleton (anaphylactic shock. However, since he withdrew, medical staff has cleared him to return to competition.)
- Shane Flowers (apparent injury)
What to Know About the 2022 WSM
If you’re not a die-hard strongman fan, you can (and will) still enjoy the thrill of the competition. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s show to keep up with your local gym bros.
- Tom Stoltman is the returning champion. Last year, he defeated four-time WSM winner Brian Shaw in an epic Atlas Stone showdown to claim the coveted Barry Frank Trophy and become the first Scotsman to win the event. He won by three points — 45.5 to 42.5.
- This is the show’s second year in Sacramento and ninth time in California. In 2021, WSM inked a deal with the Visit Sacramento Sports Commission (VSSC). As a part of the deal, Sac-Town hosted the show in 2021, 2022, and will for a third year (date TBD).
- This is the first year that WSM is hosting a Fan Festival. It’ll be free and open to the public at the Capitol Mall and include food trucks, local vendors, special events, giveaways, and a general admission viewing area for fans to watch the action live.
- The Flintstone Barbell event is making a return after 17 years. The movement is a behind-the-neck press, except it eschews weight plates for giant rocks. At the 1995 WSM contest, strongman Gary Taylor successfully locked out 463 pounds. Brian Shaw, in training, hit a 445-pound behind-the-neck press with a standard barbell.
How Strongman is Scored
Strongman scoring is pretty straightforward. First place can earn as many points as there are competitors. In the Qualifying stage, you can earn a maximum of six points (since there are six athletes in each group). First place gets six points; second gets five, and so on. In the Finals, where there will be 10 competitors in total, first place gets 10 points; second gets nine, third gets eight, and so on.
In the event of a tie, points are split. If two athletes tie for second, you would add up the second and third place points and divide by two. So, in the WSM Finals, two athletes who tie for second earn 8.5 points each (nine plus eight divided by two).
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