2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic Results — Oleksii Novikov Goes Back-to-Back
Novikov won three of five events and only finished outside the top three once in a dominant performance.
Oleksii Novikov is the champion of the 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic. On July 9, 2022, the Ukrainian strongman successfully made it back-to-back years (2021-2022) as the winner of the strength contest.
Rounding out the podium in London, England, Canada’s Mitchell Hooper and the United States’ Evan Singleton finished in second and third place, respectively. Hooper and Singleton earned qualifications for the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) with their podium results. Novikov has a perennial invitation thanks to his 2020 WSM title.
Here are the final standings from this year’s competition:
2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic Results
Oleksii Novikov — 54 points | Repeat Champion (2021-2022)
Mitchell Hooper — 42 points
Evan Singleton — 41.5 points
Maxime Boudreault — 38.5 points
Paul Smith — 36 points
Eddie Williams — 34 points
Spenser Remick — 32.5 points
Gavin Bilton — 30.5 points
Rob Kearney — 28 points
Mark Felix — 28 points
Ken McClelland — 20 points
*Andy Black — One point
*Note: Withdrew after injury
Novikov completed his Strongman Classic repeat thanks to a performance where he won three of the five events. He only finished outside of the top three once. Here’s a short recap and the results from each of the contest’s individual events:
In the first event of the Strongman Classic, the 12 athletes had the task of lifting five circus dumbbells ranging from 80 to 120 kilograms (176.3 to 264.5 pounds) to an approved overhead lockout position. Whoever could lift the five dumbbells in the fastest time would be the victor.
With a time of 38.38 seconds, Novikov beat second-place finisher Rob Kearney (42.21 seconds) by roughly three seconds. Hooper could only lift four dumbbells in 31.46 seconds, but his effort was enough for a third-place result.
Oleksii Novikov — Five in 38.38 seconds
Rob Kearney — Five in 42.21 seconds
Mitchell Hooper — Four in 31.46 seconds
Paul Smith — Four in 43.36 seconds
Gavin Bilton — Four in 46.27 seconds
Spenser Remick — Four in 52.70 seconds
Maxime Boudreault — Four in 69.81 seconds
Ken McClelland — Three in 59.3 seconds
Evan Singleton — Two in 13.13 seconds
Eddie Williams — Two in 18.10 seconds
Mark Felix — One in 8.06 seconds
Andy Black — One in 15.08 seconds
Black suffered an undisclosed injury during this event and withdrew from the rest of the contest.
The Hercules Hold was a challenge all about grip strength. During this event, the athletes had to hold a 160-kilogram (352.7-pound) pillar in each of their hands for as long as possible with their arms stretched wide while maintaining their grip.
Late contest addition Eddie Williams captured the first-place upset when he held the pillars up for 72 seconds. Paul Smith (67.1 seconds) and Mitchell Hooper (64.65 seconds) rounded out the top three. The Hercules Hold was the only event where Novikov did not notch at least a top-three result.
Eddie Williams — 72.01 seconds
Paul Smith — 67.1 seconds
Mitchell Hooper — 64.65 seconds
Evan Singleton — 64.04 seconds
Oleksii Novikov — 58.11 seconds
Mark Felix — 53.59 seconds
Gavin Bilton — 52.34 seconds
Spencer Remick — 52.16 seconds
Maxime Boudreault — 50.21 seconds
Ken McClelland — 47.53 seconds
Rob Kearney — 35.95 seconds
Notably, Mark Felix holds the Hercules Hold World Record of 83.62 seconds from the 2019 Giants Live Wembley. On this occasion, he finished outside the top five.
The third event of the contest saw the strongmen carry two 150-kilogram (330-pound) implements for max distance with a one-minute time limit. The winner would be who could cover the longest distance within that time frame. Novikov (63.3 meters) managed to hold off another promising late addition in Maxime Boudreault (60 meters) to win the Farmer’s Walk. Paul Smith (58 meters) wasn’t far behind his peers in third.
Oleksii Novikov — 63.3 meters
Maxime Boudreault — 60 meters
Paul Smith — 58 meters
Evan Singleton — 55.5 meters
Eddie Williams — 53.25 meters
Mark Felix — 52.35 meters
Spenser Remick — 44.15 meters
Ken McClelland — 41.4 meters
Mitchell Hooper — 29.6 meters
Rob Kearney — 20.5 meters
Gavin Bilton — 15 meters
Axle Deadlift for Reps
As the competition started to close, Novikov began to separate himself from the other athletes. In this event — where the competitors had to axle deadlift 360 kilograms (793.8 pounds) for as many reps as possible in a minute — Novikov was the only person to finish seven reps. Hooper (six reps) and Felix (five) were the next to flank behind Novikov’s dominant first-place outing.
Oleksii Novikov — Seven reps
Mitchell Hooper — Six reps
Mark Felix — Five reps
Evan Singleton — Four reps
Spenser Remick — Four reps
Rob Kearney — Three reps
Maxime Boudreault — Two reps
Gavin Bilton — Two reps
Paul Smith — One rep
Eddie Williams — One rep
Ken McClelland — One rep
As is typical in strongman, the famed Atlas Stones were the finisher to this year’s Strongman Classic. The person who could lift all five stones ranging from 120 to 200 kilograms (264 to 440 pounds) into their podiums in the fastest time would be the winner. Boudreault hit the Stones hard, lifting the five stones in 24.03 seconds. Singleton came in second with five stones in 25.59 seconds. In third place, Novikov (25.6 seconds) finished behind Singleton by one-hundredth of a second.
Maxime Boudreault — Five in 24.03 seconds
Evan Singleton — Five in 25.59 seconds
Oleksii Novikov — Five in 25.6 seconds
Gavin Bilton — Five in 27.23 seconds
Eddie Williams — Five in 34.31 seconds
Mitchell Hooper — Five in 35.58 seconds
Spenser Remick — Five in 51.24 seconds
Rob Kearney — Four in 23.21 seconds
Ken McClelland — Four in 23.94 seconds
Paul Smith — Four in 31.78 seconds
Mark Felix — Three in 24.56 seconds
Even still, Novikov’s Stones result was enough to cement his repeat Strongman Classic title.
With the latest Strongman Classic in the rearview mirror, it remains full steam ahead for Giants Live competitions this year. The organization’s next contest will be the 2022 Giants Live Open and World Deadlift Championships. Those will occur on August 6, 2022, in Cardiff, Wales.
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