On April 14, 2022, the Giants Stay group revealed its roster of opponents for the 2022 Strongman Traditional. The occasion will happen on July 9, 2022, on the Royal Albert Corridor in London, England. The Giants Stay Strongman Traditional is a comparatively new competitors — solely relationship again to 2020 — however is nonetheless a high quality showcase of a number of the world’s stellar strength-sports athletes.
This yr’s occasion has locked in 11 of its 12 opponents, whereas a still-undetermined “wild card” holds the ultimate slot. Giants Stay will reveal the wild card at a later date.
2022 Giants Stay Strongman Traditional Lineup
Listed here are the confirmed opponents for London in early July:
- Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine) — Defending Champion
- Evan Singleton (United States)
- Paul Smith (United Kingdom)
- Chieck Sanou (Burkina Faso)
- Ken McClelland (United States)
- Konstantine Janashia (Georgia)
- Rob Kearney (United States)
- Andy Black (United Kingdom)
- Mark Felix (United Kingdom)
- Spenser Remick (United States)
- Adam Bishop (United Kingdom)
- Unannounced wild card
The 2021 Giants Stay Strongman Traditional Champion, Oleksii Novikov, is again to defend his title. After a disappointing end on the 2021 World’s Strongest Man (WSM), the Ukrainian athlete got here in sturdy and beat Evan Singleton by a 1.5-point margin. Chieck “Iron Biby” Sanou rounded out the rostrum with a third-place outcome.
Of the 5 occasions — together with the Axle Press, Hercules Maintain, Axle Deadlift, Body Carry, and Fort Stones — Novikov was solely the athlete to notch a top-three end in 4 of the 5 occasions, serving to him to his eventual victory.
There are two notable absences from this yr’s competitors — the Stoltman Brothers.
The 2021 WSM reigning champion, Tom Stoltman, additionally didn’t take part within the 2022 Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM). He seems to be focusing his present power on defending his title on the 2022 WSM, which is able to happen on Could 24-29, 2022, in Sacramento, CA.
In the meantime, Luke Stoltman tried to defend his 2021 ESM championship on the 2022 ESM earlier than coming in second place to Novikov.
Even with out these two elite athletes within the fold, listed below are a number of names to look at — outdoors of Novikov — for this yr’s competitors. Notice: Giants Stay has not confirmed the 2022 Strongman Traditional occasions.
Whereas he didn’t win, Sanou’s total efficiency on the 2021 Strongman Traditional was nonetheless noteworthy. He received two of the 5 occasions outright — the Hercules Maintain and Axle Press. On the latter, Sanou notched the present axle press world report of 217 kilograms (478.4 kilos). He additionally possesses the present log raise world report with a 229-kilogram press (504 kilos) set on the 2021 Giants Stay World Tour Finals.
Sanou doesn’t usually compete in full competitions, normally choosing singular world-record lifts. If anybody can seize first place and break a report alongside the way in which, it may be him.
The 2021 Arnold UK was Singleton’s final formal competitors. A victory there bookended a profitable late 2021 run the place Singleton had at the least a podium end in 4 of his last 5 competitions — together with the 2021 Strongman Traditional. Seeing as how Singleton fell quick by the slimmest of margins final time round, search for him to attempt to fill within the hole with one other alternative.
Bishop may be extra of a darkish horse, however his opponents shouldn’t take him frivolously. In late February 2022, the British athlete most not too long ago completed in third place within the 2022 Britain’s Strongest Man (BSM). An total fourth-place outcome finally yr’s Strongman Traditional — the place Bishop received the Axle Deadlift occasion and got here in second on the Body Carry — may be a harbinger of issues to come back.
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