The qualifier groups for 2022 World’s Strongest Man has finally been announced just one day before the event kicks off.
With just one day left before the event starts, the 2022 World’s Strongest Man qualifier groups have been revealed. Typically, the two biggest mysteries going into the World’s Strongest Man are which events will be scheduled and what the qualifier group match ups will be. These two factors have a big affect on how the event will play out. Now we finally have a clear picture before tomorrow’s qualifying round begins. The 2022 World’s Strongest Man is set to run from May 24-29, 2022 in Sacramento, CA.
The qualifying rounds will run from Tuesday May 24 through to Thursday May 26th. Friday will be a rest day before the finals begin on the weekend (May 28-29). The qualifying round will be broken into five groups – with each fighting to earn their place in the finals and a chance to be the 2022 World’s Strongest Man.
The groups were revealed by Liz and Laurence Shahlaei in a video published to their YouTube channel over the weekend. You can watch the full video below:
Let’s break down each of the groups and what we can expect in this exciting week of the best Strongman athletes facing off for the ultimate title.
2022 World’s Strongest Man Qualifier Groups
The 2022 WSM event is broken down into five groups – each group has the athletes listed in alphabetical order. The top two in each group will move on into the finals. So let’s start with group one.
- Manuel Angulo
- Kevin Faires
- Pa O’Dwyer
- Gabriel Rheaume
- Aivars Smaukstelis
- Tom Stoltman
The most notable note about group one is that it features last year’s World’s Strongest Man champion – Tom Stoltman. Stoltman doesn’t necessarily have an easy group going into WSM, but his biggest threats will not cross paths with him during the qualifying round. Stoltman faces off against some veterans and some rising stars – making this a great showcase to see who can stand out against the likes of Stoltman.
It’s likely that Stoltman will earn a top spot to qualify for the finals. But this still leaves a second spot wide open for the rest of the competitors. Aivars Smaukstelis and Kevin Faires have some notable experience competing in the 2021 WSM. So we predict they may have an improved chance over the relative newcomers in the rest of the group.
- Mark Felix
- Mitchell Hooper
- Konstantine Janashia
- Gabriel Peña
- Brian Shaw
- Bobby Thompson
The standout name here right off the bat is four time World’s Strongest Man champion Brain Shaw. He’ll also be facing off against the likes of Mark Felix – who will be marking his 17th appearance in this competition. Beyond Felix – the remaining names on this list are all rising stars with something to prove.
It won’t necessarily be an easy slam dunk into the finals for Shaw – but he also has a lot to prove after falling to Stoltman last year. So perhaps the fire in his belly will drive him into the finals. Shaw is, after all, the competitor who holds the record for most consecutive finals appearances in WSM. Hopefully this year will be another notch on that belt.