Recap: 2019 World’s Strongest Man Arena Tour

Mateusz Kieliszkowski wins for the second-year straight!

Some of the biggest names in strongman competed at the World’s Strongest Man Arena Tour this past weekend in Manchester Arena, England. The finals took place on Saturday, September 7th and for the second year in a row, Mateusz Kieliszkowski took home first place. 

Kieliszkowski competed against 12 of the world’s best strongmen including familiar names like Tom Stoltman, Luke Stoltman, and Robert Oberst, just to name a few.

Check out the full roster of the 13 strongmen who competed over the weekend:

  • Mateusz Kieliszkowski
  • Mark Felix
  • Oleksii Novikov
  • Robert Oberst
  • Adam Bishop
  • Tom Stoltman
  • Luke Stoltman
  • Mikhail Shivlyakov
  • Kevin Faires
  • Evan Singleton
  • Iron Biby
  • Ben Brunning
  • Terry Hollands

The competition included five events including, a 350kg axle deadlift, 100kg dumbbell (steel & stone), a 450kg car walk, the pillars of hercules, and a stone medley. You can catch the full live stream from the 2019 World’s Strongest Man Arena Tour on www.officialstrongman.com.

In the first event, Adam Bishop started things off with a bang, crushing seven reps with the 350kg axle deadlift to snag 12 points and a first place finish. All eyes were then on him after he finished in third place at last year’s competition.

However, things only got more interesting as the events went on, with Kieliskowski dominating the car walk with a crazy 10.0 second sprint. This also beat out Laurence Shahlaie’s previous world record of 11:05 seconds, Giants Live confirmed.

And, of course it wouldn’t be a true strongman competition without some brutal injury masked by strongman grit. Mikhail Shivlyakov tore his hamstring during the axle deadlift, but continued to compete through the final three events despite his injury. 

It all came down to the final event to determine the winner. Entering stones, Iron Biby and Novikov were in first place. At this point, Kieliskowski wasn’t far behind in second.

Kieliskowski ended up regaining the lead by finishing event 5 with 5 stones in 21.15 seconds. 

The final standings looked like this:

  • 1st place: Mateusz Kieliskowski (47.5)
  • 2nd place: Ben Brunning (45)
  • 3rd place: Oleksii Novikov (45

It was an exciting weekend to say the least, and a huge congratulations to Kieliskowski for holding onto his title!

Featured image from @kieliszkowskimateusz Instagram page.

Celia Balf

Celia Balf

Celia is a Staff News Writer at BarBend. At the BarBend office, you can find Celia writing news stories covering the largest strength sport competitions in the world, in-depth features with world record-holders, big lifts, and everything in-between. Celia also orchestrates and helps create content for the BarBend social media pages. She is a former Division 1 soccer player turned content producer and sports journalist.

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