We’re just a day away from the World’s Strongest Man final after three days of qualifying events. The first day was the Monster Truck Pull and the farmer’s walk/yoke medley. Day 2 events were the deadlift and overhead press for reps.
And after day 3 of the “Last Man Standing” event where athletes had to lift an Atlas stone until exhaustion, we now have the men advancing to the finals (Sunday, June 16).
But, day 3 was the last qualifier and this time the second and third place finishers after the first two days of events had to compete for spots.
Day 3: Last Man Standing with Atlas stones at WSM 2019
Here’s how the event went down… A second and third place finisher from each group had to battle against each other to see who could lift the 200kg/441lb stone over the bar until someone quits. But, the third-place finisher had to start first by lifting the stone over the bar.
1. Luke Stoltman (Great Britain)/Rob Kearney (USA)
Luke Stoltman defeated Rob Kearney after successfully lifting the stone eight times before Kearney failed to complete the eighth rep.
2. Adam Bishop (Great Britain)/Robert Oberst (USA)
Adama Bishop beat Robert Oberst after the latter was unable to complete a second lift and apparently injured his bicep during the lift.
3. Tom Stoltman (Great Britain)/Aivars Smaukstelis (Latvia)
Stoltman lifted the stone an impressive nine times but Smaukstelis failed to get his ninth rep after two attempts.
4. Kevin Faires (USA)/JF Caron (Canada)
After a failed first attempt from Kevin Faires, he was replaced by Martin Kristiansen (Fourth place finisher). But Caron walked away the victor after an incomplete fifth rep by Kristiansen.
5. Trey Mitchell (USA) vs Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine)
After an intense battle and the best performances in the event, Mitchell made number fourteen but it proved to be too much for Novikov who couldn’t complete his fourteenth rep. The crowd was chanting U-S-A! and Mitchell pulled through to get the win.
So, now, the winners from the “Last Man Standing” Atlas stone event will join the athletes who already qualified for the final.
World’s Strongest Man 2019 Finalists
- Adam Bishop – Great Britain
- Hafthor Bjornsson – Iceland
- JF Caron – Canada
- Konstantine Janashia – Georgia
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski – Poland
- Martins Licis – USA
- Trey Mitchell – USA
- Brian Shaw – USA
- Tom Stoltman – Great Britain
- Luke Stoltman – Great Britain
- Event 1 – Loading Race
- Event 2 – Deadlift Hold
- Event 3 – Overhead Press Medley
- Event 4 – Squat Lift (Reps)
- Event 5 – Atlas Stones
This year’s World’s Strongest Man final is going to be incredible and we can’t wait to see who will be crowned. Although Hafthor Bjornsson won in 2018, his small injury won’t allow him to compete at 100%.
But we know last year’s podium finishers Mateusz Kieliszkowski, and Brian Shaw will be bringing the heat, and anyone else could surprise us.