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2022 World’s Strongest Man Day Two Recap and Results

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2022 World’s Strongest Man Day Two Recap and Results

On Day Two, it was another strong showing for Mitchell Hooper while Tom Stoltman continued an impressive title defense.

Amidst ongoing triple-digit temperatures in Sacramento, CA, the competitive heat of the 2022 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) continues to charge along. 

On Day One, the 30-person roster of elite strongmen attempted the Loading Race and Deadlift Ladder during the Qualifying Round. On Wednesday, May 25, 2022 — during the second day of the Qualifying Round — the remaining competitors had the task of pulling a Volkswagen Bug in the Car Walk and using their overhead strength to try and thrive in the Log Lift

The ensuing results were terrific to watch as the competition builds toward the weekend’s Finals. Here’s where the overall leaderboard stands after Day Two of the 2022 WSM, along with a short recap of the athletes’ performances in both events. 

2022 WSM Leaderboard — Day Two

Rank
Name
Points
Group 1
1
Tom Stoltman — United Kingdom
24
2
Kevin Faires — USA
18
3
Gabriel Rheaume — Canada
16
4
Aivars Smaukstelis — Latvia
13
5
Andy Black — United Kingdom
7
6
Manuel Angulo — Chile
3
Group 2
1
Mitchell Hooper — Canada
22.5
2
Bobby Thompson — USA
17
3
Brian Shaw — USA
13.5
4
Gabriel Pena — Mexico
11
5
Konstantine Janashia — Georgia
10
6
Mark Felix — Canada
9
Group 3
1
Oleksii Novikov — Ukraine
21.5
2
Adam Bishop — United Kingdom
16
3
Trey Mitchell — USA
15.5
4
Rob Kearney — USA
14
5
Grzegorz Szymanski — Poland
9
6
Mika Törrö — Finland
8
Group 4
1
Martins Licis — USA
21.5
2
Maxime Boudreault — Canada
17
3
Pavlo Kordiyaka — Ukraine
16.5
4
Gavin Bilton — United Kingdom
15
5
Nedžmin Ambešković — Bosnia and Herzegovina
6
6
Shane Flowers — United Kingdom (withdrawn)
6
Group 5
1
Luke Stoltman — United Kingdom
23
2
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Iceland
16
3
Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — France
15
4
Kelvin De Ruiter — Netherlands
11
5
Evan Singleton — USA
9.5
6
Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Greenland
9

2022 WSM Day Two

Wednesday was the perfect time to unveil the Car Walk and Log Lift — two classic WSM events. Here’s how the competitors fared, and what it might mean for some of them moving forward. 

Car Walk Results

The athletes stepped inside a roofless, hollowed-out car constructed around a Yoke bar. For this event, they had to carry the 430-kilogram (950-pound) vehicle 20 meters (66 feet) as fast as they could. 

With a 9.86-second run, Evan Singleton had the fastest time of all competitors on the Car Walk. Meanwhile, Rob Kearney turned in a blazing 11.63-second finish, and newcomer Mitchell Hooper blitzed the event in 11.64 seconds to continue his fantastic WSM debut. 

Note: Unfortunately, Shane Flowers withdrew due to an apparent foot or ankle injury sustained during the Loading Race on Day One. While he showed the grit of a champion in completing yesterday’s Deadlift Ladder as well, he was unable to continue competing on Day Two and has withdrawn from his first appearance at the WSM.

Group 1

Tom Stoltman — 0:14.65s
Gabriel Rhéaume — 0:16.44s
Kevin Faires — 0:19.32s
Aivars Šmaukstelis — 0:19.91s
Andy Black — 0:32.71s
Manuel Angulo — 1:00.00s

Group 2

Mitchell Hooper — 0:11.64s
Mark Felix — 0:13.96s
Bobby Thompson — 0:16.05s
Konstantine Janashia — 0:18.16s
Brian Shaw — 0:19.97s
Gabriel Peña — 18.90m (Did not finish course)

Group 3

Rob Kearney — 0:11.63s
Grzegorz Szymanski — 0:14.26s
Oleksii Novikov — 0:15.23s
Trey Mitchell — 0:19.24s
Adam Bishop — 0:23.38s
Mika Törrö — 9.50m (Did not finish course)

Group 4

Pavlo Kordiyaka — 0:12.92s
Martins Licis — 0:18.93s
Gavin Bilton — 0:23.67s
Maxime Boudreault — 0:49.28s
Nedžmin Ambešković — 13.60m (Did not finish course)
Shane Flowers — Withdrawn

Group 5

Evan Singleton — 0:09.86s
Luke Stoltman — 0:16.65s
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 0:29.07s
Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — 0:41.34s
Kelvin De Ruiter — 1:00.00s
Kim Ujarak — 11.40m (Did not finish course)

Log Lift Results

The Log Lift made its first appearance during the 1980 WSM contest. In this year’s event, competitors had to lift the 145-kilogram (320-pound) log from the ground to an overhead position for as many reps as possible within a 75-second time limit.

As the temperature got to 100-plus degrees, the log itself took on heat. It is here where holding the weight for the duration was a challenge for many of the competitors. Event organizers had been keeping the log covered in an attempt to provide shade and make the event the usual test of strength rather than pain tolerance.

Maxime Boudreault and Luke Stoltman tied for the best finish on the Log Lift by pressing 10 reps. Oleksii Novikov, Trey Mitchell, Martin Licis, and Pavlo Kordiyaka weren’t far behind with nine reps each. 

Group 1

Tom Stoltman — 8 reps
Kevin Faires — 7 reps
Gabriel Rhéaume — 6 rep
Aivars Šmaukstelis — 4 reps
Andy Black — No reps
Manuel Angulo — No reps

Group 2

Bobby Thompson — 8 reps
Mitchell Hooper — 7 reps
Brian Shaw — 7 reps
Konstantine Janashia — 5 reps
Gabriel Peña — 1 rep
Mark Felix — No reps

Group 3

Oleksii Novikov — 9 reps
Trey Mitchell — 9 reps
Adam Bishop — 7 reps
Rob Kearney — 6 reps
Grzegorz Szymanski — 3 reps
Mika Törrö — 2 reps

Group 4

Maxime Boudreault — 10 reps
Martins Licis — 9 reps
Pavlo Kordiyaka — 9 reps
Gavin Bilton — 7 reps
Nedžmin Ambešković — 2 reps
Shane Flowers — Withdrawn

Group 5

Luke Stoltman — 10 reps
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 8 reps
Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — 7 reps
Kim Ujarak — 6 reps
Kelvin De Ruiter — 1 rep
Evan Singleton — 1 rep

Day Three Is Next

As the competition inches closer to the weekend’s Finals, the intensity will likely only increase. With clarity in some groups already carved out, the final day of qualifying on Thursday should make for a tight finish. Those on the borderline still trying to qualify will need every point they can get.

On Day Three, all of the athletes will have to hold a wrecking ball as long as possible in the Wrecking Ball Hold. Then, this year’s WSM will see the first appearance of the Atlas Stones in the Stone-Off as the athletes battle for the last spots in the Finals. 

A clutch performance or two from some of the sport’s top contenders potentially awaits. 

Featured image: Joe Martinez/World’s Strongest Man

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