The 2022 Austria’s Strongest Man contest was held in Vienna on June 18, 2022, and brought together ten of the nation’s best Strongman athletes. It was a one-day competition with six events, which were: Axle Squat, Overhead Medley, Yoke Race, Deadlift, Herkules Fronthold, and Atlas Stones.
Emanuel Pescari performed the greatest out of the bunch and won the 2022 Austria’s Strongest Man in a tight finish. One event victory, and additional three top 3 finishes were enough for Pescari to beat Sam Hausberger. What makes Pescari’s achievement even more impressive is that he usually competes in the 105-kilogram weight class, but he won the open division now.
2022 Austria’s Strongest Man Rankings & Point Standings
*Note: The points are a result of placings across six events. So, the lower the score, the better the placing.
- Emanuel Pescari — 20 points
- Sam Hausberger — 21 points
- Peter Reinthaler — 23 points
- Dominik Binder — 28 points
- Nemanja (Nemo) Tasic — 30 points
- Jan Trettenbrein — 33 points
- Thomas Steinacker — 40 points
- Daniel Hagmann — 45 points
- Patrick Maurer — 47 points
- Julien Atzinger — 48 points
2022 Austria’s Strongest Man Event Recap
The first event of the 2022 Austria’s Strongest Man was the Axle Squat for reps. So, the athletes had to perform as many reps as possible with either 230 kilograms (507 pounds) or 270 kilograms (595 pounds). One rep with the heavier weight beat any number of reps with the lighter weight.
Dominik Binder opened the competition in the greatest way possible, having squatted 270 kilograms (595 pounds) for 12 repetitions. Hausberger and Pescari finished second and third, as they performed 11 and 10 reps, respectively.
- Dominik Binder — 12 reps with 270-kg
- Sam Hausberger — 11 reps with 270-kg
- Emanuel Pescari — 10 reps with 270-kg
- Peter Reinthaler — 9 reps with 270-kg
- Nemanja (Nemo) Tasic — 9 reps with 270-kg
- Jan Trettenbrein — 6 reps with 270-kg
- Thomas Steinacker — 4 reps with 230-kg
- Patrick Maurer — 2 reps with 230-kg
- Julien Atzinger — 2 reps with 230-kg
- Daniel Hagmann — 1 rep with 230-kg
For the second event of the 2022 Austria’s Strongest Man, the athletes were tasked with pressing four implements overhead in the fastest manner possible. The implements were as follows: 100-kilogram (220.5-pound) Beer Keg, 125-kilogram (275-pound) Axel, 80-kilogram (176-pound) Dumbbell, and a 145-kilogram (320- pound) Log.
Nemanja Tasic displayed incredible speed by pressing all four implements in less than 25 seconds, which also moved him to first place overall. Emanuel Pescari trailed him by just 0.18 seconds, which placed him in a shared first-place overall.
- Nemanja (Nemo) Tasic — 4 in 24.87s
- Emanuel Pescari — 4 in 25.05s
- Peter Reinthaler — 4 in 26.62s
- Sam Hausberger — 4 in 33.96s
- Jan Trettenbrein — 3 in 21.31s
- Thomas Steinacker — 3 in 31.21s
- Dominik Binder — 2 in 18.64s
- Julien Atzinger — 2 in 23.50s
- Daniel Hagmann — 0
- Patrick Maurer — 0
The yoke weighed 380 kilograms (838 pounds), while the competitors had to carry it for 30 meters (98 feet). The goal was to cross the line as fast as possible, but if multiple athletes could not complete it, then the covered distance decided the score.
Emanuel Pescari got his first and last event win by speeding through the course and finishing in 12.05 seconds.Only Nemanja Tasic got close to Pescari, but he was still almost 1.5 seconds slower.
- Emanuel Pescari — 12.05s
- Nemanja (Nemo) Tasic — 13.41s
- Peter Reinthaler — 13.89s
- Sam Hausberger — 18.99s
- Dominik Binder — 19.59s
- Daniel Hagmann — 23.31s
- Jan Trettenbrein — 28.15s
- Julien Atzinger — 45.57s
- Thomas Steinacker — 11.10 meters
- Patrick Maurer — 5.20 meters
The fourth event of the 2022 Austria’s Strongest Man was the deadlift for reps on a standard bar. The competitors had a choice to either do 300 kilograms (661 pounds) or 260 kilograms (573 pounds). Once again, one rep with the heavier weight beat any number of reps on the lighter weight.
Hausberger and Reinthaler shared the first place with eight reps on a 300-kilogram (661-pound) bar. With this result, they both overtook Nemanja Tasic on the overall leaderboard.
- Sam Hausberger — 8 reps with 300-kg
- Peter Reinthaler — 8 reps with 300-kg
- Emanuel Pescari — 7 reps with 300-kg
- Dominik Binder — 7 reps with 300-kg
- Nemanja (Nemo) Tasic — 4 reps with 300-kg
- Patrick Maurer — 1 rep with 300-kg
- Jan Trettenbrein — 1 rep with 300-kg
- Thomas Steinacker — 4 reps with 260-kg
- Daniel Hagmann — 4 reps with 260-kg
- Julien Atzinger — 0 reps
The Herkules Fronthold displayed an interesting setup, as they strapped the athletes to a car behind them, but had to grab a bar and hold the car in front of them. The goal was to hold the bar for as long as possible. The weight for this event is not specified.
An underdog dominated this event, as Daniel Hagmann came from last place overall to claim a win with a hold of 47.68 seconds. Emanuel Pescari placed seventh, but luckily for him, all athletes chasing him severely underperformed as well.
- Daniel Hagmann — 47.68s
- Dominik Binder — 43.08s
- Patrick Maurer — 42.91s
- Julien Atzinger — 40.59s
- Thomas Steinacker — 39.97s
- Jan Trettenbrein — 39.37s
- Emanuel Pescari — 34.37s
- Nemanja (Nemo) Tasic — 31.72s
- Sam Hausberger — 13.09s
- Peter Reinthaler — 3.48s
Although Atlas Stones wrapped up the 2022 Austria’s Strongest Man, it was not a traditional setup. The athletes once again chose between a 180-kilogram (397-pound) or a 160-kilogram (353-pound) stone and performed as many reps as possible.
Hausberger won the event, but he still came one point short of winning the entire competition, as Pescari got a fourth place finish.
- Sam Hausberger — 180-kg / 2 reps / 46.04s
- Peter Reinthaler — 180-kg / 2 reps / 58.65s
- Jan Trettenbrein — 180-kg / 1 rep / 11.68s
- Emanuel Pescari — 180-kg / 1 rep / 11.93s
- Thomas Steinacker — 160-kg / 1 rep / 13.81s
- Dominik Binder — 0
- Nemanja (Nemo) Tasic — 0
- Daniel Hagmann — 0
- Patrick Maurer — 0
- Julien Atzinger — 0
The 2022 Austria’s Strongest Man was a brilliant display of athleticism from all athletes, but it is also a proof of how much Strongman has progressed. Emanuel Pescari claimed the bragging rights this year, and if he continues performing like this, there is no doubt that he will make an appearance at one of the greatest international competitions soon enough.