The 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic will happen on July 9, 2022, on the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. On April 28, 2022, the Giants Live group acquired forward of the sport and launched the schedule of 5 occasions for the esteemed strongman competitors. Here’s what this 12 months’s one-day fixture will characteristic:
2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic Events
- Dumbbell Medley
- The Pillars of Hercules
- Farmer’s Carry for Distance
- Axle Deadlift
- Castle Stones
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2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic Lineup
The 2020 World Strongest’s Man Champion (WSM) and 2022 Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM) Champion, Oleksii Novikov, enters the 2022 Strongman Classic because the reigning winner. Evan Singleton, Chieck “Iron Biby” Sanou, and a bunch of different contenders will attempt to supplant Novikov in London.
Here’s the total listing of anticipated athletes for the competitors:
- Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine) — Defending Champion
- Evan Singleton (United States)
- Paul Smith (United Kingdom)
- Chieck Sanou (Burkina Faso)
- Ken McClelland (United States)
- Konstantine Janashia (Georgia)
- Rob Kearney (United States)
- Andy Black (United Kingdom)
- Mark Felix (United Kingdom)
- Spenser Remick (United States)
- Adam Bishop (United Kingdom)
- Unannounced wild card
2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic Event Rundown
Below is a preview of every occasion for the competitors and what the respective athletes can count on.
The Dumbbell Medley was not an occasion on the 2021 Strongman Classic. That stated, as a lot as the opposite strongman will assuredly put their finest foot ahead, the occasion ought to favor Novikov. The Ukrainian athlete possesses the heavy dumbbell press for reps world document. With 100-kilogram (220-pound) dumbbells, he notched a staggering 11 reps in 75 seconds on the 2020 World Ultimate Strongman “Feats of Strength” sequence.
Novikov was additionally the one competitor to efficiently carry all 5 dumbbells in the course of the Cyr Dumbbell Ladder on the 2021 Rogue Invitational. While there might at all times be a shock from a number of the world’s high energy sports activities athletes, he’s the seemingly main contender for the opening occasion.
The Pillars of Hercules
A basic strongman occasion, the Pillars of Hercules — or the Hercules Hold — asks the athletes to carry an enormous pillar in every hand for so long as doable. Usually, the competing athlete doesn't know the way lengthy they've held the pillars till the ultimate outcome. Though, later athletes do profit from realizing the time they should beat earlier than they’re up.
Since it's an occasion with an upper-body energy and grip focus, Sanou may very well be the massive winner right here.
The present proprietor of the world log carry document with a 229-kilogram press (504.8-pound) from the 2021 Giants Live World Tour Finals, Sanou additionally gained final 12 months’s Hercules Hold when he held the pillars for over 75 seconds.
Mark Felix — who owns the Hercules Hold world document from the 2019 Giants Live World Tour Finals — may be the athlete to overhaul Sanou.
Farmer’s Carry for Distance
The Farmer’s Carry facilities round motion and velocity in carrying staggering weight throughout the end line. Notably, Novikov gained the 2021 Frame Carry, which is a considerably shut mannequin of the Farmer’s Carry.
Last 12 months’s fourth-place finisher, Adam Bishop, will seemingly be the favourite on the Axle Deadlift. The 2020 Britain’s Strongest Man (BSM) winner locked out seven reps at 350 kilograms (771.6 kilos) in the course of the 2021 competitors. Novikov was not far behind (six reps) and will notch the respective victory on this event.
It wouldn’t be a strongman occasion if it didn’t characteristic some variation of the famed Atlas Stones. Last 12 months’s Castle Stones winner, Tom “King of the Stones” Stoltman (5 in 16.97 seconds), just isn't taking part on this 12 months’s competitors.
Stoltman’s absence ought to go away the door open for the ultimate occasion. Novikov, Bishop, and Singleton — who all completed 5 reps inside a second of one another in 2021 — might discover themselves on the rostrum due to an ideal Stones efficiency.
On to London
Given the trials of the one-day competitors, a repeat gained’t be simple for Novikov. Come early July in London, with a roster of stellar strongman abilities throughout the board, who the final word winner shall be is anybody’s finest guess.
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