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2022 World’s Strongest Man Results and Leaderboard

The Top 10 competitors have entered the last day of Finals. After three more events, the World’s Strongest Man will be crowned.

The 45th annual World’s Strongest Man (WSM) ran from Tuesday, May 24 through Sunday, May 29, with a one-day break between the Qualifying Stage and the Finals. The biggest event in strength sports was held at the Capitol Mall in Sacramento, CA.

The Top 10 finalists for the 2022 WSM was determined at the end of the Qualifying round on Thursday, May 26 — 2021 WSM champion Tom Stoltman, 2020 WSM champion Oleksii Novikov, 2019 WSM champion Martins Licis, Four-time WSM champion Brian Shaw, Maxime Boudreault, Mitchell Hooper, Trey Mitchell, Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted, Gabriel Rheaume, and Luke Stoltman.

By day’s end, Tom Stoltman rose to victory securing his second consecutive WSM title.

Breaking Muscle kept this results page consistently updated to keep you on top of all the action throughout this year’s contest. There was no livestream of the event, but WSM offered a post-show featuring results and interviews with athletes, hosted by former WSM competitor Terry Hollands.

Editor’s Note: Results were provided by our official reporter in attendance. These results were not considered official until after the World’s Strongest Man Facebook Live show: Backstage Live! Presented by The Beard Struggle, which aired throughout the competition.

2022 WSM Finals Leaderboard

Rank
Name
Points
1
Tom Stoltman — United Kingdom
53.5
2
Martins Licis — USA
43
3
Oleksii Novikov — Ukraine
43
4
Brian Shaw — USA
37.5
5
Maxime Boudreault — Canada
34.5
6
Trey Mitchell — USA
34
7
Luke Stoltman — United Kingdom
30.5
8
Mitchell Hooper — Canada
30
9
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Iceland
13
10
Gabriel Rheaume — Canada
11

2022 WSM Day Five

After the first round of Finals, competitors had a clear idea of where they stood and how much extra focus and determination were needed to secure a win. The final three events, and last opportunities to score points, were classic WSM events — the bus pull, the Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs, and the Atlas Stones.

Bus Pull Results

The bus pull is one of the more visually impressive events in any WSM contest. This year, competitors were harnessed to a Sacramento transit bus, weighing 40,000 pounds, and pulled the vehicle down the length of the 30-meter (98-foot) course as quickly as possible.

Oleksii Novikov — 0:41.51s
Martins Licis — 0:42.18s
Tom Stoltman  — 0:44.50s
Brian Shaw — 0:44.69s
Trey Mitchell — 0:45.72s
Luke Stoltman — 0:47.00s
Maxime Boudreault — 0:47.20s
Mitchell Hooper — 0:49.24s
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 0:51.32s
Gabriel Rheaume — 0:53.22s

Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs

In this grip and lower-body intensive event, competitors lifted three  226-kilogram (500-pound) blocks up three large steps in the shortest time. One block on one step counts as a single rep, for a total of nine potential reps.

Maxime Boudreault — 9 reps in 0:39.07s
Tom Stoltman  — 9 reps in 0:41.04s
Martins Licis — 9 reps in 0:44.50s
Brian Shaw — 8 reps in 1:09.03s
Mitchell Hooper — 7 reps in 0:32.36s
Luke Stoltman — 7 reps in 0:59.47s
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 6 reps in 0:35.78s
Oleksii Novikov — 6 reps in 0:34.20s
Trey Mitchell — 6 reps in 1:10.22s
Gabriel Rheaume — 5 reps in 0:35.78s

Atlas Stones

In one of the quintessential strongman events, contestants loaded increasingly heavier stones onto a platform while racing against the clock.

Tom Stoltman  — 5 reps in 0:25.76s
Maxime Boudreault — 5 reps in 0:28.04s
Trey Mitchell — 5 reps in 0:33.06s
Brian Shaw — 5 reps in 0:39.29s
Martins Licis — 5 reps in 0:45.74s
Luke Stoltman — 4 reps in 0:25.78s
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 4 reps in 0:28.87s
Gabriel Rheaume — 4 reps in 0:33.55s
Mitchell Hooper — 4 reps in 0:33.78s
Oleksii Novikov — 4 reps in 0:36.70s

After the final three events, Tom Stoltman is the 2022 World’s Strongest Man winner, taking his second consecutive title.

2022 WSM Day Four

After a full day’s rest yesterday, the Top 10 competitors entered the first day of Finals with three massive events scheduled. The KNAACK Giant’s Medley tested strength, endurance, and agility. The classic deadlift was a straightforward test of pulling strength. The Flintstone barbell, making a long-awaited return to the WSM contest, tested overhead pressing strength.

KNAACK Giant’s Medley Results

The competitors were challenged with carrying two separate KNAACK industrial tool storage lockers, each filled with 125 kilograms (276 pounds), on a trip halfway down a 20-meter (66-foot) course and back to the start. They then had to immediately carry a 455-kilogram (1,000-pound) yoke through the full course. As a medley, the entire event is performed to achieve the quickest time.

Mitchell Hooper —0:21.96s
Tom Stoltman — 0:24.75s
Oleksii Novikov — 0:24.84s
Luke Stoltman — 0:28.72s
Martins Licis — 0:30.60s
Brian Shaw — 0:30.78s
Trey Mitchell — 0:32.54s
Gabriel Rheaume — 0:33.87s
Maxime Boudreault — 0:34.11s
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 0:37.61s

Deadlift Results

The finalists are performing arguably the most relatable event for spectators — a 360kg (794-pound) deadlift for maximum reps in 75 seconds.

Oleksii Novikov — 15 reps
Tom Stoltman — 13 reps
Trey Mitchell — 13 reps 
Mitchell Hooper —12 reps
Brian Shaw — 12 reps
Martins Licis — 12 reps
Maxime Boudreault — 10 reps
Luke Stoltman — 9 reps
Gabriel Rheaume — 8 reps
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 8 reps

Flintstone Barbell Results

The Flintstone barbell is an overhead press event, with the competitors needing to lift six progressively heavier bars loaded with primitive stones rather than weight plates. The weights progress 175kg (385 pounds), 190kg (420 pounds), 200kg (440 pounds), 212kg (470 pounds), 221kg (490 pounds), and finally 230kg (510 pounds).

In an unexpected turn of events, organizers needed to add additional rounds to continue challenging the top competitors. Extra rounds with 240kg (530 pounds) followed by 245kg (540 pounds) were needed to determine the decisive winner.

Oleksii Novikov — 8 stones
Tom Stoltman — 7 stones
Martins Licis — 6 stones
Luke Stoltman — 4 stones
Brian Shaw — 4 stones
Trey Mitchell —  4 stones
Maxime Boudreault — 4 stones
Mitchell Hooper — 3 stones
Gabriel Rheaume — 2 stones
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 2 stones

2022 WSM Qualifying Round Leaderboard

Rank
Name
Points
Group 1
1
Tom Stoltman — United Kingdom
25
2
Kevin Faires — USA
24
3
Gabriel Rheaume — Canada
20
4
Aivars Smaukstelis — Latvia
15
5
Andy Black — United Kingdom
12
6
Manuel Angulo — Chile
6
Group 2
1
Mitchell Hooper — Canada
23.5
2
Bobby Thompson — USA
22
3
Brian Shaw — USA
17.5
4
Mark Felix — Canada
15
5
Konstantine Janashia — Georgia
13
6
Gabriel Pena — Mexico
13
Group 3
1
Oleksii Novikov — Ukraine
24.5
2
Trey Mitchell — USA
21.5
3
Adam Bishop — United Kingdom
18
4
Rob Kearney — USA
15
5
Grzegorz Szymanski — Poland
13
6
Mika Törrö — Finland
13
Group 4
1
Martins Licis — USA
25.5
2
Maxime Boudreault — Canada
23
3
Pavlo Kordiyaka — Ukraine
21.5
4
Gavin Bilton — United Kingdom
17
5
Nedžmin Ambešković — Bosnia and Herzegovina
9
6
Shane Flowers — United Kingdom (withdrawn)
6
Group 5
1
Luke Stoltman — United Kingdom
23
2
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Iceland
20
3
Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — France
18
4
Kelvin De Ruiter — Netherlands
116.5
5
Evan Singleton — USA
14.5
6
Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Greenland
11

2022 WSM Day Three Results

Competitors entered the last Qualifying day with only the Wrecking Ball Hold and the Stone Off events as their remaining chances to rack up enough points to secure a spot in this weekend’s Finals.

Wrecking Ball Hold Results

This static strength event made its first appearance in a WSM contest.

In a test of grip strength, as well as total-body endurance, competitors stood on an elevated platform and held a bar supporting a 228kg (500-pound) wrecking ball for as long as possible.

Group 1

Kevin Faires — 1:35.18s
Andy Black — 1:26.92s
Gabriel Rhéaume — 1:24.10s
Manuel Angulo — 1:11.66s
Aivars Šmaukstelis — 0:57.44s
Tom Stoltman — 0:04.63s

Group 2

Mark Felix — 2:20.49s
Bobby Thompson — 1:21.33s
Brian Shaw — 1:06.13s
Konstantine Janashia — 1:01.38s
Gabriel Peña — 0:48.27s
Mitchell Hooper — 0:06.40s

Group 3

Trey Mitchell — 2:06.46s
Mika Törrö — 1:53.17s
Grzegorz Szymanski — 1:46.49s
Oleksii Novikov — 1:38.63s
Adam Bishop — 1:31.35s
Rob Kearney — 1:01.95s

Group 4

Maxime Boudreault — 1:33.93s
Pavlo Kordiyaka — 1:31.33s
Martins Licis — 1:25.63s
Nedžmin Ambešković — 1:12.47s
Gavin Bilton — 1:07.15s
Shane Flowers — Withdrawn

Group 5

Kelvin De Ruiter — 1:45.65s
Evan Singleton — 1:40.34s
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 1:03.42s
Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — 1:00.70s
Kim Ujarak — 0:36.24s
Luke Stoltman — No time completed

The top competitor from each group will be advancing to this weekend’s Finals — Tom Stoltman, Mitchell Hooper, Oleksii Novikov, Martins Licis, and Luke Stoltman. While Mark Felix didn’t place well enough to reach the Finals, the grip-strength expert did set a world record with his time of two minutes and 20 seconds.

The second and third place competitors in each group proceeded to challenge each other in the Stone Off event, where the winner from each pairing moved on to Finals.

Stone Off Results

In their last attempt to fight for the title, competitors were challenged by six stones — 150kg (330 pounds), two stones at 160kg (353 pounds), two stones at 180kg (397 pounds), and ending with 200kg (440 pounds). To further test their abilities, the last stone was lifted for as many reps as possible until one competitor failed.

Due to the unique placements coming into this event, the competitor who was second place in their group had the advantage of lifting the stone second. So, if their head-to-head competitor failed their lift, the advantage was an automatic win.

Group 1

Kevin Faires
Gabriel Rheaume — Winner

Group 2

Bobby Thompson
Brian Shaw — Winner

Group 3

Trey Mitchell — Winner
Adam Bishop

Group 4

Maxime Boudreault – Winner
Pavlo Kordiyaka

Group 5

Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted – Winner
Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf

2022 WSM Day Two Results

Sacramento’s weather started off in the high-70s, compared to yesterday’s 100-degree heat, but competitors may not have noticed. They were too focused on the car walk and log lift — two classic WSM events.

Car Walk Results

Competitors stepped into the center of a roofless, hollowed-out car set around a yoke-style bar. They then carried the 430kg (950-pound) vehicle 20 meters (66 feet) as quickly as possible.

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 had to withdraw 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

This time-honored event first appeared in the 1980 WSM contest. In this year’s challenge, competitors lifted the 145kg (320-pound) log from the ground to overhead for as many reps as possible within the 75-second time limit.

With the temperature spiking well-above 100 degrees, the log itself became heated and simply holding the weight for the duration was a challenge for many competitors. Event organizers were keeping the log covered in an attempt to provide shade and make the event a test of strength rather than pain tolerance.

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

2022 WSM Day One Results

With Sacramento temperatures over 100 degrees, heavy weights and fierce competitors weren’t the only obstacles to winning today’s two events — a loading race and a deadlift ladder. Here are the results from each competitive Group, including each athlete’s results, corresponding time, and placing within the event.

Loading Race Results

Competitors completed a loading race traveling eight meters while carrying five separate implements — a 220-pound “cannonball” atlas stone, a 265-pound keg, a 275-pound anvil, and two Rogue sandbags weighing just under 300 pounds each.

Evan Singleton appeared to suffer an injury during the event and initially withdrew from competition, marking the third consecutive year his WSM contest was interrupted (after tearing his biceps in 2020 and catching a stomach virus in ’21). However, he was later cleared to continue competing.

Group 1

Tom Stoltman — Five implements, 38.39 seconds
Kevin Faires — Five implements, 43.36 seconds
Aivars Šmaukstelis — Five implements, 44.37 seconds
Andy Black —Five implements, 50.81 seconds
Gabriel Rhéaume — Five implements, 53.39 seconds
Manuel Angulo — Four implements, 70 seconds

Group 2

Mitchell Hooper — Five implements, 38.31 seconds
Brian Shaw — Five implements, 45 seconds
Gabriel Peña — Five implements, 45.88 seconds
Konstantine Janashia — Five implements, 49.47
Bobby Thompson — Five implements, 49.70 seconds
Mark Felix — Five implements, 54.96 seconds

Group 3

Oleksii Novikov — Five implements, 37.25 seconds
Adam Bishop — Five implements, 45.85 seconds
Mika Törrö — Five implements, 47.84 seconds
Trey Mitchell — Five implements, 48.76 seconds
Rob Kearney — Five implements, 54.62 seconds
Grzegorz Szymanski — Four implements, 29.89 seconds

Group 4

Martins Licis — Five implements, 37.73 seconds
Maxime Boudreault — Five implements, 40.68 seconds
Pavlo Kordiyaka — Five implements, 43.70 seconds
Gavin Bilton — Five implements, 45.76 seconds
Shane Flowers — Five implements, 48.70 seconds
Nedžmin Ambešković — One implement, 10.2 seconds

Group 5

Luke Stoltman — Five implements, 37.95 seconds
Kelvin De Ruiter — Five implements, 39.18 seconds
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — Five implements, 49.69 seconds
Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — Five implements, 52.70 seconds
Evan Singleton — Five implements, 1:08 (withdrawn)
Kim Ujarak — Four implements, 34.49 seconds

Deadlift Ladder Results

The deadlift ladder is a serious test of strength, endurance, and fortitude. The competitors were challenged to perform one deadlift using five progressively heavier barbells — 300 kilograms (660 pounds), 320kg (705 pounds), 340kg (750 pounds), 360kg (795 pounds), and finally 380kg (840 pounds).

Shane Flowers had a bandage applied to his foot and ankle after his final deadlift attempt, possibly related to an injury initiated after the Loading Race event earlier in the day.

Group 1

Tom Stoltman — 5 reps in 0:51.46s
Kevin Faires — 4 reps in 0:45.89s
Gabriel Rhéaume — 4 reps in 0:39.40s
Aivars Šmaukstelis — 4 reps in 0:55.91s
Andy Black —4 reps in 1:02.30s
Manuel Angulo — 3 reps in 0:38.62s

Group 2

Mitchell Hooper — 5 reps in 0:31.21s
Bobby Thompson — 5 reps in 0:42.56s
Gabriel Peña — 5 reps in 0:52.53s
Mark Felix — 4 reps in 0:28.64s
Brian Shaw — 4 reps in 0:32.20s
Konstantine Janashia — 3 reps in 0:19.05s

Group 3

Oleksii Novikov — 5 reps in 0:35.64s
Adam Bishop — 5 reps in 0:37.44s
Trey Mitchell — 5 reps in 0:59.00s
Rob Kearney — 4 reps in 0:41.28s
Mika Törrö — 2 reps in 0:26.65s
Grzegorz Szymanski — 2 reps in 0:26.91s

Group 4

Martins Licis — 5 reps in 0:43.59s
Gavin Bilton — 5 reps in 0:52.28s
Shane Flowers — 4 reps in 0:36.69s
Maxime Boudreault — 3 reps in 0:21.12s
Pavlo Kordiyaka — 3 reps in 0:38.50s
Nedžmin Ambešković — 3 reps in 0:45.45s

Group 5

Luke Stoltman — 4 reps in 0:42.87s
Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — 4 reps in 0:53.87s
Kim Ujarak — 4 reps in 0:56.48s
Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 3 reps in 0:40.88s
Kelvin De Ruiter — 3 reps in 0:56.44s
Evan Singleton —  (withdrawn)

2022 WSM Events

Here’s the complete schedule for the competition, including the three-day Qualifiers and the two-day Final.

Qualifying Round — Day One

Loading Race 
Deadlift Ladder

Qualifying Round — Day Two

Car Walk
Log Lift

Qualifying Round — Day Three

Wrecking Ball Hold
Stone Off

[Rest Day/No Events]

Final — Day One

KNAACK Giant’s Medley
Deadlift
Flintstone Barbell 

Final — Day Two

Bus Pull 
Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs
Atlas Stones

2022 WSM Competitor Withdrawals

While 30 men qualified to enter this year’s WSM, unexpected scenarios can occur. Here’s a list of the competitors who have withdrawn from the contest.

Peiman Maheripourehir: Due to visa issues.
Rauno Heinla: No reason specified, potential injury in training.
Mateusz Kieliszkowski: Leg injury during training.
Pa O’Dwyer: No reason specified.
Shane Flowers: Injury sustained on Day One, withdrew after attempting to continue on Day Two.

How Strongman is Scored

Scoring points in competitive strongman events relates to the overall field of competitors. First place can earn as many points as there are competitors, and points descend accordingly.

In the Qualifying stage, you can earn a maximum of six points because there are six athletes in each group. First place gets six points; second gets five, and so on. In the Finals, there will be 10 competitors in total, so first place earns 10 points; second gets nine; third gets eight; and so on.

In the event of any tied scores, points are split evenly. If two athletes tie for second, you would add up the second and third place points and divide by two. For example, in the WSM Finals, if two athletes tie for second place, they would each earn 8.5 points (nine plus eight divided by two).

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