Mateusz Kieliszkowski Withdraws from 2020 World’s Strongest Man Due to Injury

He was a favorite but will not compete.

The lineup for the 2020 World’s Strongest Man contest has seen another top level competitor remove himself from the field. 2019 World’s Ultimate Strongman Champion Mateusz Kieliszkowski has withdrawn from the contest in Florida due to a triceps injury. He made the announcement himself on November 1st via his Instagram account.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Some bad news this time .. Unfortunately, i will not compete in this year @theworldsstrongestman (WSM) During the last stretch of the triceps, which had been a problem for me since the previous operation. Planned, re-treatment after the competition and everything was corrected, But it got complicated too fast. I was on painkillers all through my periods and still got great results. I consider this year really unlucky. I struggled with health problems during lot of performances, but despite everything, I always managed to participate in them. In fact, now I think someone just got a great gift from me .. 1st place .. I’ll try fix this and I’ll be back next year. I apologize to those who believed in me. Those who helped took an active part in the preparations. Now I keep my fingers crossed for my friend @jfcaronstrongman , I believe you will succeed. Give 100 percent of yourself!🥇🏆 Thank you sponsors : @sbdapparel @roguefitness @real_pharm_nutrition @kindafitkindafat_apparel @synthagenlaboratories

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“Some bad news this time .. Unfortunately, i will not compete in this year @theworldsstrongestman (WSM)
During the last stretch of the triceps, which had been a problem for me since the previous operation. Planned, re-treatment after the competition and everything was corrected, But it got complicated too fast. I was on painkillers all through my periods and still got great results. I consider this year really unlucky. I struggled with health problems during lot of performances, but despite everything, I always managed to participate in them.”

Kieliszkowski clearly expresses regret for withdrawing but also displays confidence in himself as well as support for a fellow competitor in the conclusion of his post.

“In fact, now I think someone just got a great gift from me…1st place. I’ll try fix this and I’ll be back next year. I apologize to those who believed in me. Those who helped took an active part in the preparations. Now I keep my fingers crossed for my friend @jfcaronstrongman , I believe you will succeed. Give 100 percent of yourself!”

Kieliszkowski was considered by many to be the favorite to take the title this year. Aside from his second place finish to Martins Licis last year, he had also placed second at the 2020 Arnold Strongman Classic to champion Hafthor Bjornsson.

He has placed as high as 2nd in the World’s Strongest Man. In 2019, he was runner-up to Licis. Licis is working on recovering from his own injuries, so he won’t be in this year’s contest either. In 2018, he was on the podium with Bjornsson taking the title. He will also not compete since he retired earlier this year.

This leaves four-time World’s Strongest Man champion Brian Shaw as the favorite in the eyes of many experts and fans to leave the contest with trophy number five. If he does, he will join

Mariusz Pudzianowski as the only five-time champion in the contest’s history.

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