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2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals Results — Mitchell Hooper Starts a Hot Streak


2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals Results — Mitchell Hooper Starts a Hot Streak

Hooper takes home his first Giants Live win and continues an impressive run.

Mitchell Hooper is the winner of the 2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals (GLWTF). During the competition that took place on Oct. 8, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland, the Canadian strongman captured his first victory on the Giants Live circuit. He also made it two consecutive major strongman wins after recently taking first in the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic UK.

The two athletes who joined Hooper on the podium were Aivars Šmaukstelis of Latvia (second place) and the United States’ Kevin Faires (third). According to Strongman Archives, with his runner-up finish at the 2022 GLWTF, Šmaukstelis has now stood on a podium in his last four official competitive appearances. Meanwhile, Faires can now boast his first top-three placing since the 2019 Giants Live North American Open.

Here are the final standings from the 2022 GLWTF:

2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals Standings

Mitchell Hooper (Canada) — 52 points
Aivars Šmaukstelis (Latvia) — 47.5 points
Kevin Faires (United States) — 46 points
Pavlo Nakonechnyy (Ukraine) — 40 points
Pavlo Kordiyaka (Ukraine) — 38 points
Rauno Heinla (Estonia) — 29 points
Paul Smith (United Kingdom) — 28.5 points
Pa O’Dwyer (Ireland) — 27 points
Eddie Williams (Australia) — 23 points
Mark Felix (United Kingdom) — 19 points
Andy Black (United Kingdom) — 19 points
Louis Jack (United Kingdom) — 18 points

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Event Breakdown

Here’s an event-by-event breakdown of the 2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals.

Nicol Stones

During the Nicol Stones segment, the athletes had to walk the two unevenly weighted stones of 114 kilograms (251.3 pounds) and 139 kilograms (306.4 pounds) for a max distance. Current Nicol Stones World Record holder Kevin Faires took the event victory with a distance of 24.61 meters.

Kevin Faires — 24.61 meters
Mitchell Hooper —  24.14 meters
Andy Black — 24.08 meters
Paul Smith — 23.1 meters
Aivars Šmaukstelis — 20 meters
Louis Jack — 19.75 meters
Eddie Williams — 16.58 meters
Mark Felix — 16.37 meters
Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 15.91 meters
Rauno Heinla — 12.75 meters
Pavlo Kordiyaka — 9.4 meters
Pa O’Dwyer — 8.58 meters

Carry & Drag

During the Carry & Drag, the competitors had the task of carrying a 125-kilogram anchor and dragging a 350-kilogram over a 40-meter course. They had a time limit of one minute. Using the athleticism that’s helped him blitz professional strongman lately, Hooper captured his first event win of the contest with a time of 22.16 seconds.

Mitchell Hooper — 22.16 seconds
Pavlo Kordiyaka — 22.96 seconds
Kevin Faires — 23.41 seconds
Pa O’Dwyer — 25.35 seconds
Aivars Šmaukstelis — 26.45 seconds
Paul Smith — 27.30 seconds
Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 27.78 seconds
Rauno Heinla — 28.57 seconds
Louis Jack — 28.84 seconds
Eddie Williams — 30.65 seconds
Andy Black — 37.37 seconds
Mark Felix — 40.40 seconds

Axle Deadlift

The 2022 GLWTF’s Axle Deadlift was about pulling 350 kilograms (771.6 pounds) for a max amount of reps with a one-minute time limit. Pavlo Nakonechnyy came out on top when he successfully finished 11 reps. Nakonechnyy was the only athlete to finish with double-digit reps.

Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 11 reps
Rauno Heinla — Nine reps
Mitchell Hooper — Seven reps
Kevin Faires — Six reps (Tied for fourth)
Aivars Šmaukstelis — Six reps (Tied for fourth)
Mark Felix — Six reps (Tied for fourth)
Pavlo Kordiyaka — Five reps (Tied for seventh)
Pa O’Dwyer — Five reps (Tied for seventh)
Paul Smith — Four reps (Tied for ninth)
Eddie Williams — Four reps (Tied for ninth)
Andy Black — Four reps (Tied for ninth)
Louis Jack — Two reps

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Dumbbell Press

This contest’s iteration of the Dumbbell Press featured a 100-kilogram (220.5-pound) dumbbell. Whoever could clean and press said dumbbell as many times as possible within a minute would win. After a few solid results on earlier events, Šmaukstelis and Pavlo Kordiyaka tied for first in the event with seven reps. 

Aivars Šmaukstelis — Seven reps (Tied for first)
Pavlo Kordiyaka — Seven reps (Tied for first)
Mitchell Hooper — Six reps
Pa O’Dwyer — Five reps (Tied for fourth)
Paul Smith — Five reps (Tied for fourth)
Pavlo Nakonechnyy — Four reps
Kevin Faires — Three reps
Rauno Heinla — Two reps (Tied for eighth)
Eddie Williams — Two reps (Tied for eighth)
Louis Jack — Two reps (Tied for eighth)
Mark Felix — No reps
Andy Black — No reps

Power Stairs

To close the contest, the athletes had to load five implements with weights ranging from 200 to 250 kilograms (440.9 to 551.1 pounds) up three respective stairs. Their final scores were determined by how many of the total 15 steps they climbed within a minute. While he didn’t win the overall competition, Šmaukstelis closed with another event victory (15 steps in 33.02 seconds).

Aivars Šmaukstelis — 15 in 33.02 seconds
Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 15 in 38.81 seconds
Kevin Faires — 15 in 39.50 seconds
Mitchell Hooper — 15 in 42.08 seconds
Pavlo Kordiyaka — 15 in 44.52 seconds
Eddie Williams — 15 in 46.90 seconds
Rauno Heinla — 15 in 51.28 seconds
Mark Felix — 13 in 57.78 seconds
Andy Black — 12 in 50.78 seconds
Pa O’Dwyer — 12 in 59.78 seconds
Louis Jack — Nine in 26.64 seconds
Paul Smith — Nine in 47.54 seconds

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For Hooper, his remarkable debut pro year continues with this victory at the 2022 GLWTF. In addition to his two straight victories and first Giants Live win, Hooper has now finished on the podium in five straight contests dating back to the 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic in early July. The superstar kept his reaction short and sweet in a post on his Instagram.

“My first [Giants Live Strongman] win. Surreal. Let’s keep riding the wave.”

Featured image: @mitchellhooper on Instagram

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