The 2023 Giants Live Strongman Classic took place on July 8th at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, and saw Evan Singleton claim the title overall. The competition was extremely tense from start to finish, with multiple competitors displaying incredible strength. In addition, we got to witness two World Records set by Eddie Williams and Trey Mitchell. So, despite not winning, these two men walked away satisfied with their new achievements.
Eddie Williams — Nicol Stone Carry World Record
The first World Record was set immediately at the start of the competition, as the Nicol Stone Carry was the first event. However, with the previous world record holder competing as well, it was very surprising to see that Eddie Williams would be the one setting a new one.
Kevin Faires set the previous record at the 2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals, where he carried the Nicol Stones for a distance of 24.61 meters.
The goal of the Nicol Stone Carry is to carry the two iconic stones for the maximum distance possible. One stone weighs 114 kilograms (251 pounds), and the other one comes out to 138 kilograms (304 pounds). Each stone has a handle made of metal rings, which makes carrying them much more difficult since they are incredibly uncomfortable.
Four men managed to outperform the old Nicol Stone Carry World Record, but Eddie Williams was the one who carried it the furthest. His distance came out to 31.66 meters, which is now the World Record mark.
Trey Mitchell — Viking Press World Record
Trey Mitchell was the man who set the second World Record of the 2023 Giants Live Strongman Classic. He did so in the Viking Press event, where a weight of 150 kilograms (330.7 pounds) was used, and the goal was to perform as many reps as possible.
Paul Smith, who was able to lock out 13 repetitions at the 2023 Giants Live Britain’s Strongest Man, previously held the record for this activity. However, six men at the Strongman Classic beat that mark, with Trey Mitchell performing the best.
Trey Mitchell initially completed 19 repetitions, but the judge disallowed one of them. So, his final score came out at 18 repetitions, which was enough to break the record and beat all the other competitors as well.
Trey Mitchell finished in fourth place at the 2023 Giants Live Strongman Classic, while Eddie Williams finished just behind him in fifth. Both men were performing extremely well, but they could not match the two WSM champions, Tom Stoltman and Mitchell Hooper, or Evan Singleton.
Trey Mitchell will now continue training for the 2023 Shaw Classic, since he is the reigning 2x champion. So, winning the third title in a row will be a huge goal for him. Breaking the World Record can only boost his morale and motivation, making him a force to be reckoned with at the Shaw Classic. On the other hand, Eddie Williams proved himself as well. So, he could start getting invites to other major competitions in the future as well.