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2022 Magnús Ver Magnússon Strongman Classic Results — Rongo Keene Stands on Top

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Rongo Keene is the winner of the 2022 Magnús Ver Magnússon Strongman Classic (MVMSC). During the contest that took place on Nov. 18-20, 2022, in Reykjavík, Iceland, the Australian athlete captured his first victory since the 2016 Australia’s Strongest Man (ASM) contest.

The two competitors who joined Keene on the podium were Canada’s Maxime Boudreault (second) and Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted (third), respectively. For Boudreault, it’s his first podium finish since winning the 2022 Canada’s Strongest Man (CSM) in late August. Meanwhile, Melsted once again finished in the top three at the MVMSC after a second-place result at the 2021 iteration.

Here are the final standings from the 2022 Magnús Ver Magnússon Strongman Classic:

2022 Magnús Ver Magnússon Strongman Classic

Rongo Keene (Australia) — 87.5 points
Maxime Boudreault (Canada) — 81.5 points
Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted (Iceland) — 79 points
Vilius Jokužys (Lithuania) — 72.5 points
Colton Sloan (Canada) — 68.5 points
Stefán Karel Torfason (Iceland) — 65.5 points
Ervin Toots (Estonia) — 65.5 points
Mika Törrö (Finland) — 56.5 points
Jacob Finerty (United States) — 54.5 points
James Jeffers (Canada) — 51.5 points
Kristján Jón Haraldsson (Iceland) — 50 points
Kim Ujarak Lorentzen (Greenland) — 46.5 points
Pierre Motal (France) — 33.5 points
Ryan England (United Kingdom) — 26.5 points

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Here’s an overview of the respective results at each event of the 2022 MVMSC.

Event One — Rock Press

The weight of the six stones during the opening rock press event of the 2022 MVMSC ranged from 100 to 150 kilograms (220.4 to 330.7 pounds). In the end, Keene, Melsted, and the United States’ Jacob Finerty finished in a three-way tie for first place. They all successfully lifted the fifth stone, which weighed 138 kilograms (304.2 pounds).

Rongo Keene — 138 kilograms (304.2 pounds) | Tied-first
Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — 138 kilograms (304.2 pounds) | Tied-first
Jacob Finerty — 138 kilograms (304.2 pounds) | Tied-first
Vilius Jokužys — 122 kilograms (268.9 pounds)
Colton Sloan — 112 kilograms (246.9 pounds) | Tied-third
Stefán Karel Torfason — 112 kilograms (246.9 pounds) | Tied-third
Mika Törrö — 112 kilograms (246.9 pounds) | Tied-third
James Jeffers — 112 kilograms (246.9 pounds) | Tied-third
Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 112 kilograms (246.9 pounds) | Tied-third
Maxime Boudreault — 100 kilograms (220.4 pounds) | Tied-fourth
Ervin Toots — 100 kilograms (220.4 pounds) | Tied-fourth
Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — 100 kilograms (220.4 pounds) | Tied-fourth
Pierre Motal — 100 kilograms (220.4 pounds) | Tied-fourth
Ryan England — 100 kilograms (220.4 pounds) | Tied-fourth

Event Two — Natural Stones

In an event akin to the famed Atlas stones, the respective athletes had to lift four stones ranging from 130 to 185 kilograms (286.6 to 407.8 pounds) in the fastest time possible. Iceland’s Kristján Jón Haraldsson lapped the rest of the field, being the only athlete to finish lifting all four stones in less than 30 seconds en route to the event win.

Kristján Jón Haraldsson — Four stones in 26.73 seconds
Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — Four stones in 32.17 seconds
Maxime Boudreault — Four stones in 33.21 seconds
Ervin Toots — Four stones in 34.13 seconds
James Jeffers — Four stones in 38.79 seconds
Stefán Karel Torfason — Four stones in 45.41 seconds
Vilius Jokužys — Three stones in 16.33 seconds
Rongo Keene — Three stones in 19.39 seconds
Jacob Finerty — Three stones in 21.74 seconds
Mika Törrö — Three stones in 24.97 seconds
Colton Sloan — Three stones in 25.12 seconds
Pierre Motal — Three stones in 25.96 seconds
Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Three stones in 33.68 seconds
Ryan England — Two stones in 19.9 seconds

Event Three — Hammer Throw

The hammer throw event — where the competitors hurl a 21-kilogram (46.3-pound) hammer implement as far as possible — finished the first day of the contest. Iceland’s Stefán Karel Torfason won the event when he threw his hammer 9.9 meters.

Stefán Karel Torfason — 9.9 meters
Vilius Jokužys — 9.22 meters
Maxime Boudreault — 9.14 meters
Ervin Toots — 8.78 meters
Mika Törrö — 8.43 meters
Rongo Keene — 8.32 meters
Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — 8.03 meters
Jacob Finerty — 7.94 meters
James Jeffers — 7.81 meters
Ryan England — 7.55 meters
Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 7.41 meters
Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — 7.19 meters
Colton Sloan — 6.62 meters
Pierre Motal — 6.47 meters

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Event Four — Husafell Stone Carry

To start the second day, the competitors had to carry around the usual Husafell stone weighing 186 kilograms (410 pounds) in a circle for a maximum distance, with one rotation being 35 meters. Lithuania’s Vilius Jokužys ultimately finished on top when he took his stone 83.9 meters.

Vilius Jokužys — 83.9 meters
Maxime Boudreault — 80 meters
Colton Sloan — 75.3 meters
Stefán Karel Torfason — 70.9 meters
Ervin Toots — 67.2 meters
Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 58.9 meters
Rongo Keene — 51.4 meters
James Jeffers — 51.2 meters
Mika Törrö — 49.6 meters
Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — 48.9 meters
Pierre Motal — 48.7 meters
Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — 45.4 meters
Jacob Finerty — 36 meters
Ryan England — 35.9 meters

Event Five — Stone-to-Shoulder Medley

In the stone-to-shoulder medley, the athletes had to lift four successive stones weighing from 100 to 145 kilograms (220.4 to 319.6 pounds) to their shoulders as fast as they could. Keene had the best result, lifting all four stones in 34.16 seconds, more than two full seconds faster than the next-best competitor.

Rongo Keene — Four stones in 34.16 seconds
Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — Four stones in 36.2 seconds
Maxime Boudreault — Four stones in 36.91 seconds
Colton Sloan — Four stones in 52.07 seconds
Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Four stones in 54.77 seconds
Ervin Toots — Four stones in 1:01.89 seconds
Vilius Jokužys — Three stones in 22.69 seconds
James Jeffers — Three stones in 22.73 seconds
Kristján Jón Haraldsson — Three stones in 26.69 seconds
Jacob Finerty — Three stones in 30.02 seconds
Pierre Motal — Three stones in 31.35 seconds
Ryan England — Three stones in 35.66 seconds
Mika Törrö — Three stones in 38.91 seconds
Stefán Karel Torfason — Two stones in 12.39 seconds

Event Six — Farmer’s Walk

In a slight shift from the usual farmer’s walk structure where equally weighted handles are carried, the competitors had to carry two differently weighted implements (137 kilograms/302 pounds and 142 kilograms/313 pounds) in each hand for the farthest distance. Finland’s Mika Törrö took his respective weights 35.88 meters for the win.

Mika Törrö — 35.88 meters
Rongo Keene — 34.77 meters
Stefán Karel Torfason — 29.4 meters
Maxime Boudreault — 27.95 meters
Vilius Jokužys — 25.44 meters
Colton Sloan — 18.6 meters
Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 15.42 meters
Ervin Toots — 15.3 meters
Jacob Finerty — 13.78 meters
Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — 10.1 meters
Pierre Motal — 8.21 meters
James Jeffers — 5.53 meters
Ryan England — 4.55 meters
Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — 1.13 meters

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Event Seven — Axle Deadlift for Reps

To kick off festivities on the final day of the 2022 MVMSC, the athletes had to complete as many reps of a 325-kilogram (716.5-pound) axle deadlift as possible within a 75-second time limit. Melsted paced ahead of the field by pulling seven reps.

Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — Seven reps
Rongo Keene — Five reps | Tied-second
Colton Sloan — Five reps | Tied-second
Pierre Motal — Five reps | Tied-second)
Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Five reps | Tied-second
Jacob Finerty — Four reps | Tied-third
James Jeffers — Four reps | Tied-third
Mika Törrö — Three reps | Tied-fourth
Stefán Karel Torfason — Three reps | Tied-fourth
Maxime Boudreault — Two reps | Tied-fifth
Ervin Toots — Two reps | Tied-fifth
Vilius Jokužys — One rep | Tied-sixth
Ryan England — One rep | Tied-sixth
Kristján Jón Haraldsson — N/A

Event Eight — Log Press Medley

The final event of the competition featured the log press medley, where everyone had to successfully press four logs with weights ranging from 110 and 165 kilograms (242.5 and 363.7 pounds) in the fastest time. Famed for his shoulder press strength, Boudreault was able to coast to the event victory and cement his overall second-place finish.

Maxime Boudreault — Four logs in 30.63 seconds
Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — Four logs in 38.28 seconds
Rongo Keene — Three logs in 24.09 seconds
Colton Sloan — Three logs in 30.63 seconds
Ervin Toots — Three logs in 31.97 seconds
Ryan England — Three logs in 32.36 seconds
Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Three logs in 36.37 seconds
Jacob Finerty — Three logs in 1:00.86 seconds
Vilius Jokužys — Two logs in 14.72 seconds
Mika Törrö — Two logs in 17.54 seconds
Stefán Karel Torfason — Two logs in 19.46 seconds
Pierre Motal — Two logs in 19.8 seconds
James Jeffers — Two logs in 20.86 seconds
Kristján Jón Haraldsson — Two logs in 29.58 seconds

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The 2022 calendar year has been productive for Keene. With this victory in the 2022 MVMSC, the Australian athlete has now notched three podium finishes in five 2022 contests. Capturing a victory in one of the bigger strongman competitions might be the perfect cherry on top.

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