2022 World’s Strongest Man: Day One Results & Recap

2022 World's Strongest Man Brian Shaw

2022 World’s Strongest Man results are in for Day 1 with complete breakdown of qualifiers.

The 2022 World’s Strongest Man competition is underway. The scene is set in Sacramento where 30 of the world’s best strongmen will compete from May 24-29 to see who will be crowned this year’s champion.

The qualifiers began on Tuesday and will run through Thursday. There are a total of six events that will be spread out over all three days. The competitors will have a chance to rest on Friday before the finals begin on Saturday. The final day of the event will take place on Sunday.

Today marked the beginning of the competition. All groups competed in the loading race and deadlift ladder. Below, you can find the results as they continue to come in from Sacramento!

2022 World’s Strongest Man: Day One Events

  • Loading Race – All Groups
  • Deadlift Ladder – All Groups

The first day of action is completed in Sacramento. Checkout the full results and current standings from the World’s Strongest Man competition.

2022 World’s Strongest Man Leaderboard

Rank Name Points
Group 1
1 Tom Stoltman 12
2 Kevin Faires 9
3 Aivars Smaukstelis 7
4 Gabriel Rheaume 7
5 Andy Black 5
6 Manuel Angulo 2
Group 2
1 Mitchell Hooper 12
2 Gabriel Pena 8
3 Brian Shaw 7
4 Bobby Thompson 7
5 Konstantine Janashia 4
6 Mark Felix 4
Group 3
1 Oleksii Novikov 12
2 Adam Bishop 10
3 Trey Mitchell 7
4 Mika Torro 6
5 Rob Kearney 5
6 Grzegorz Szymanski 2
Group 4
1 Martins Licis 12
2 Maxime Boudreault 8
3 Gavin Bilton 8
4 Pavlo Kordiyaka 6
5 Shane Flowers 6
6 Nedzmin Ambeskovic 2
Group 5
1 Luke Stoltman 12
2 Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf 8
3 Kelvin De Ruiter 7
4 Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted 7
5 Kim Ujarak 5
6 Evan Singleton WD

2022 World’s Strongest Man: Day One Qualifier Results

The first day of qualifiers featured two events — the loading race and deadlift ladder. This is the first day of three qualifiers where competitors will earn points in hopes of making it through to the finals over the weekend.

Through the first event, there were many familiar names at the top of the standings. Below, you can find a breakdown of each event for all five groups.

Martins Licis

Loading Race

The Loading Race was the first event to kickoff the competition. Athletes had to load five objects of different weights onto a platform. Over the years, this has been a grueling event but the strongmen seemed up for the task. Many were able to get through all objects, making it about speed.

Notably, Tom Stoltman sits at the top of Group 1. The 2021 winner looks ready to defend his title. Oleksii Novikov and Martins Licis are also on top of their group after one event.

Group 1

  1. Tom Stoltman – 5 in 0:38.39s
  2. Kevin Faires – 5 in 0:43.36s
  3. Aivars Smaukstelis – 5 in 0:44.37s
  4. Andy Black – 5 in 0:50.81s
  5. Gabriel Rheaume – 5 in 0:53.39s
  6. Manuel Angulo – 4 in 1:10.64s

Group 2

  1. Mitchell Hooper – 5 in 0:38.31s
  2. Brian Shaw – 5 in 0:45.00s
  3. Gabriel Pena – 5 in 0:45.88s
  4. Konstantine Janashia – 5 in 0:49.47s
  5. Bobby Thompson – 5 in 0:49.70s
  6. Mark Felix – 5 in -0:54.96s

Group 3

  1. Oleksii Novikov – 5 in 0:37.25s
  2. Adam Bishop – 5 in 0:45.85s
  3. Mika Torro – 5 in 0:47.84s
  4. Trey Mitchell – 5 in 0:48.78s
  5. Rob Kearney – 5 in 0:54.62s
  6. Grzegorz Szymański – 4 in 0:29.85s

Group 4

  1. Martins Licis – 5 in 0:37.37
  2. Maxime Boudreault – 5 in 0:40.68s
  3. Pavlo Kordiyaka – 5 in 0:43.70s
  4. Gavin Bilton – 5 in 0:45.76s
  5. Shane Flowers – 5 in 0:48.70s
  6. Nedzmin Ambeskovic – 1 in 0:10.20s

Group 5

  1. Luke Stoltman – 5 in 0:37.95s
  2. Kelvin De Ruiter – 5 in 0:39.18s
  3. Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted – 5 in 0:49.69s
  4. Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf – 5 in 0:52.70s
  5. Evan Singleton – 5 in 1:08.38s
  6. Kim Ujarak – 4 in 0:34.79s

Deadlift Ladder

The deadlift ladder was next on the agenda. The competitors must deadlift five barbells with the weight increasing each lift from 300 kilograms (660 pounds), 320 kilograms (705 pounds), 340 kilograms (750 pounds), 360 kilograms (795 pounds), and 380 kilograms (840 pounds). The competitor that completes all five in the fastest time will win the event.

To this point, it is anybody’s race. Evan Singleton suffered an injury during the loading race and was unable to continue into deadlifts.

Group 1

  1. Tom Stoltman – 5 reps in 0:51.46s
  2. Gabriel Rheaume – 4 reps in 0:39.40s
  3. Kevin Faires – 4 reps in 0:45.89s
  4. Aivars Smaukstelis – 4 reps in 0:55.91s
  5. Andy Black – 4 reps in 1:02.30s
  6. Manuel Angulo – 3 reps in 0:38.62s

Group 2

  1. Mitchell Hooper – 5 reps in 0:31.21s
  2. Bobby Thompson – 5 reps in 0:42.56s
  3. Gabriel Pena – 5 reps in 0:52.53s
  4. Mark Felix – 4 reps in 0:28.64s
  5. Brian Shaw – 4 reps in 0:32.20s
  6. Konstantine Janashia – 3 reps in 0:19.05s

Group 3

  1. Oleksii Novikov – 5 reps in 0:35.64s
  2. Adam Bishop – 5 reps in 0:37.44s
  3. Trey Mitchell – 5 reps in 0:59.00s
  4. Rob Kearney – 4 reps in 0:41.28s
  5. Mika Torro – 2 reps in 0:26.65s
  6. Grzegorz Szymański – 2 reps in 0:26.91s

Group 4

  1. Martins Licis – 5 reps in 0:43.59s
  2. Gavin Bilton – 5 reps in 0:52.28s
  3. Shane Flowers – 4 reps in 0:36.69s
  4. Maxime Boudreault – 3 reps in 0:21.12s
  5. Pavlo Kordiyaka – 3 reps in 0:38.50s
  6. Nedzmin Ambeskovic – 3 reps in 0:45.45s

Group 5

  1. Luke Stoltman – 4 reps in 0:42.87s
  2. Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf – 4 reps in 0:53.87s
  3. Kim Ujarak – 4 reps in 0:56.48s
  4. Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted – 3 reps in 0:40.88s
  5. Kelvin De Ruiter – 3 reps in 0:56.44s

2022 World’s Strongest Man: Event Schedule

Day Two Qualifiers: Wednesday

  • Car Walk
  • Log Lift

Day Three Qualifiers: Thursday

  • Wrecking Ball Hold
  • Stone Off

Day One Finals: Saturday

  • Giant’s Medley
  • Deadlift
  • Flintstone Barbell

Day Two Finals: Sunday

  • Bus Pull
  • Power Stairs
  • Atlas Stones

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