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, 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 350-kilogram 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

Adam Bishop started things off with a bang in the first event, 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 Kieliszkowski 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. Despite his injury, Mikhail Shivlyakov tore his hamstring during the axle deadlift but continued to compete through the final three events. 

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Всем привет! Немного о выступлении на Giant Live WSM Tour Finals в Манчестере. Не всегда идет все гладко. В этот раз намеченным планам не суждено было осуществиться. . В первом упражнении (тяга) частично надорвал бицепс бедра, но продолжил выступать. На гантели, некоторых даже выиграл. Дальше травма не позволила выступать на коромысле и камнях. В общем и такое бывает… . Поздравляю призеров @kieliszkowskimateusz , @novikov_strong , @ben_badger_brunning . . Надеюсь успею восстановиться к Барселоне!) Всем огромное спасибо за поддержку! Не сдаемся и работаем дальше! . Hello! A little bit about performing at the Giant Live WSM Tour Finals in Manchester. Things don't always go smoothly. This time the plans were not to be realized. . In the first exercise (deadlift) partially tore the bicep of the thigh, but continued to perform. On dumbbells, some even won. Further trauma not allowed to dissent on yoke and stones. In General, it happens… . Congratulations to the winners @kieliszkowskimateusz , @novikov_strong , @ben_badger_brunning . . I hope to have time to recover to Barcelona!) Thank you all so much for your support! Do not give up and work on! . #россия#сибирь#омск#стбохрана#СиловойЭкстрим#powerlifting#SiberianForce#MikhailShivlyakov#Шивляков#Strongman#становаятяга#deadlift#sbdapparel#sbdrussia#manchester#giantslive

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

Kieliszkowski ended up regaining the lead by finishing event five with five stones in 21.15 seconds. 

The final standings looked like this:

  1. Mateusz Kieliszkowski — 47.5 points
  2. Ben Brunning — 45 points
  3. Oleksii Novikov — 45 points

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

Featured image from @kieliszkowskimateusz Instagram page.