The return of the two-time World’s Strongman Man (WSM) runner-up Mateusz Kieliszkowski is nearly here. On Sept. 17, the 2021 World’s Ultimate Strongman (WUS) contest will take place in Dubai, UAE. The contest will feature 13 men, highlighted by four-time WSM champion Žydrūnas Savickas, and eight women, including three-time World’s Strongest Woman (WSW) Donna Moore.
The entire 2021 WUS competition will be streamed live for free on CoreSports.world. On Sept. 18, Fight Night 3, headlined by the main event boxing match between 2018 WSM Hafthor “The Mountain” Björnsson and Devon “No Limits” Larratt, is available for $9.99 plus tax, also on CoreSports.world. That pay-per-view price includes nine fights, which also features the bout between CrossFit Games veterans Josh Bridges vs. Jacob Heppner and powerlifter Stefi Cohen‘s return to the ring to box Marcela Nieto.
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The 2021 WUS contest will be the first in the competition’s four-year history to feature a strongwoman competition in addition to the strongman contest. Both divisions will perform the same five events. The Women’s Division is scheduled to compete starting at 7 a.m EST (3 p.m. GST). A 30-minute intermission will follow and then the men will compete. Laurence “Big Loz” Shahlaei will be a commentator at the contest.
Here are the full rosters for both divisions:
2021 Women’s Roster
- Jessica Fithen, USA
- Melissa Peacock, Canada
- Nadia Stowers, USA
- Annabelle Chapman, UK
- Andrea Thompson, UK
- Cori Butler, USA
- Donna Moore, UK
- Sandra Bradley, Germany
2021 Men’s Roster
- Žydrūnas Savickas, Lithuania
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski, Poland
- Aivars Smaukstelis, Latvia
- Bobby Thompson, USA
- Oleksii Novikov, Ukraine
- JF Caron, Canada
- Rauno Heinla, Estonia
- Ervin Toots, Estonia
- Eythor Ingolfsson, Iceland
- Konstantine Janashia, Georgia
- Mikhail Shivlyakov, Russia
- Ramin Farajnezhad, Iran
- Mohamad Ezatpor, Iran
The format for each event is head-to-head. However, since the men’s roster has an uneven number of competitors, one athlete will have to perform each event solo. The five events that both divisions will compete in are as follows:
2021 WUS Event List
- Log Press — For reps
- Men: 180 kilograms | Women: 100 kilograms
- Yoke Walk — Max distance in 60 Seconds
- Men: 450 kilograms | Women: 300 kilograms
- Farmer’s Walk — 30 meters for time
- Men: 180 kilograms | Women 110 kilograms
- Mystery Event*
- Atlas Stones — 10 stones
- Men: 110 kilograms – 200 kilograms | Women: 60 kilograms – 150 kilograms
*The details for the mystery event have not been released. For the 2020 WUS contest, the mystery event was a flag hoist — athletes used a pulley system to raise a weight until a flag touched the top of the pulley.
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The most recent WUS contest was “Strength Island” on March 13, 2021. 2020 WSM champion Oleksii Novikov won that contest. He has since won the 2021 Strongman Classic and claimed bronze at the 2021 Giants Live World Open. He withdrew from the 2021 Shaw Classic to tend to knee pains but will be back in action in Dubai.
Donna Moore has the momentum in the Women’s division heading into the contest as she recently won the 2021 UK’s Strongest Woman contest in Bangor, Northern Ireland on August 21-22, 2021. Chapman also competed in that contest to a fifth-place finish.
The 2021 WUS is a single-day event that will be live-streamed for free on CoreSports.world. Predicting the podium for either division is a tall order — particularly on the men’s side as Kieliszkowski has been out of competition for more than a year due to an injured triceps. Regardless of who claims the top spots, a one-day show with rosters this stacked is likely to result in a contest to remember.
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