A complete breakdown of the 2022 World’s Strongest Man finals results.
The 2022 World’s Strongest Man finals are well underway after three days of grueling qualifier events. 10 strongman competitors battle to win the title of World’s Strongest Man. There’s no clear winner yet – but results are being updated as each event comes to a close during the finals. Read on for our full recap and breakdown of the finals.
The 2022 World’s Strongest Man runs from May 24-29th in Sacramento, California. After much success last year, this is the second time in seven years that the event has returned to California for the proceedings. Generation Iron has been working with WSM’s team to bring you direct coverage. As to be expected from the best of the best – the strongman competitors have been giving their all throughout the entirety of the event – along with some dramatic close calls, twists, and turns.
During the qualifying rounds, we had a few close calls with injuries and a legitimate drop out due to injury. First Evan Singleton was reportedly out of WSM after the first day of qualifiers – but ultimately was able to make a miraculous 180 and return to the roster within 24 hours. Medical professionals determined that he was still capable of safely competing.
However, strongman Shane Flowers was not so lucky. During the second day of qualifiers at the WSM, Flowers announced that he would be dropping out of the competition due to injury.
There is a lot of seriously powerful talent making it into the top 10 finalists. As predicted, Tom Stoltman strongly secured a finals spot – along with former World’s Strongest Man champions Oleksii Novikov and Brian Shaw. Stoltman’s brother, Luke, also made it into the finals – which will provide us with some truly exciting brother vs brother matches over the weekend.
2022 World’s Strongest Man Finalists
Ultimately, only 10 competitors were able to move onto the finals Saturday and Sunday. Below are the ten competitors who are battling it out for the first place spot this weekend.
- Tom Stoltman
- Mitchell Hooper
- Oleksii Novikov
- Martins Licis
- Luke Stoltman
- Gabriel Rhéaume
- Brian Shaw
- Trey Mitchell
- Maxime Boudreault
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted
NOTE: Below is the most recent standings of the day one finals. Points will continue to be updated as live results are announced throughout the day.
World’s Strongest Man 2022 Leaderboard
|1||Tom Stoltman – UK||53.5|
|2||Martins Licis – USA||43|
|3||Oleksii Novikov – Ukraine||43|
|4||Brian Shaw – USA||37.5|
|5||Maxime Boudreault – Canada||34.5|
|6||Trey Mitchell – USA||34|
|7||Luke Stoltman – UK||30.5|
|8||Mitchell Hooper – Canada||30|
|9||Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted – Iceland||13|
|10||Gabriel Rhéaume – Canada||11|
2022 World’s Strongest Man Day 2 Finals
The 2022 World’s Strongest Man finals Day 2 will commence on Sunday, May 29th. This will be the last day of events and end with the awards ceremony announcing the champion. Generation Iron will update the final results as they become available on Sunday.
Oleksii Novikov ended finals day one at the top of the leaderboard after finishing first place in two events (Deadlift and Flinstone Barbell). The 2021 WSM champ, Tom Stoltman, trails close behind by less than a two-point gap. It’s still any man’s race going into the final day of the competition with still three events left–Bus Pull, Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs, and Atlas Stones.
Below are the scheduled events for the 2022 World’s Strongest Man day two of the finals:
- Bus Pull
- Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs
- Atlas Stones
The bus pull is the first event of the final day of the World’s Strongest Man. Each competitor will pull an 18.5-ton tour bus 30 meters as fast as possible. The course is marked in five-meter increments and has a time cap of 75-seconds.
Oleksii Novikov continued his dominant performance to start the final day and clinched another first-place victory with a lightning-fast time, pulling the bus 30 meters in 41.51 seconds. Martins Licis–who trails behind Tom Stoltman in third place on the leaderboard–is closing the gap on the second-place spot, finishing behind Novikov after towing the bus in 42.18 seconds.
- Oleksii Novikov – 41.51s/10 points
- Martins Licis – 42.18s/9 points
- Tom Stoltman – 44.5s/8 points
- Brian Shaw – 44.69s/7 points
- Trey Mitchell – 45.72s/6 points
- Luke Stoltman – 47s/5 points
- Maxime Boudreault – 47.2s/4 points
- Mitchell Hooper – 49.24s/3 points
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted – 51.32s/2 points
- Gabriel Rhéaume – 53.22s/1 point
Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs
The 2022 World’s Strongest Man is getting close to the final event, with the second-to-last event (Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs) wrapping up. The Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs have athletes lifting three 226 kilograms (498.2 pounds) implements up three stairs each (for a total of nine stairs).
It was total domination from Oleksii Novikov up to this point from yesterday through today. Novikov struggled in this event with a seven-place finish–ultimately, lowering a spot on the leaderboard (to second). Tom Stoltman, who’s been consistently finishing the final events in the top three, has surpassed Novikov after a second-place finish to take the lead–although, the margins remain close. Despite finishing in the mid-lower end of the herd on the other final events, Maxime Boudreault shined bright on the Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs and came out on top, climbing nine stairs in 39.07 seconds.
- Maxime Boudreault – 9 stairs, 39.07s/10 points
- Tom Stoltman – 9 stairs, 41.04s/9 points
- Martins Licis – 9 stairs, 44.56s/8 points
- Brian Shaw – 8 stairs, 1:09.03s/7 points
- Mitchell Hooper – 7 stairs, 32.36s/6 points
- Luke Stoltman – 7 stairs, 59.47s/ 5 points
- Oleksii Novikov – 6 staris, 34.20s/4 points
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted – 6 stairs, 35.78s/3 points
- Trey Mitchell – 6 stairs, 1:10.22/2 points
- Gabriel Rhéaume – 5 stairs, 35.78s/1 point
Atlas Stones is the final event of the 2022 World’s Strongest Man–Atlas Stones is traditionally the finale of the World’s Strongest Man events. Five stones ranging in weight from 140 kilograms (310 pounds) to 200 kilograms (440 pounds) were placed in front of athletes. Their job was to lift the five stones up as fast as possible. The finale event was competitive and had athletes compete in two-person heats–of course, Stoltman was paired with Novikov as they raced for victory.
Although Oleksii Novikov started the WSM 2022 day two on top of the leaderboard, his ranking withered after his performance in the last two events. He came in dead last on the Atlas Stones. Novikov fumbled his fourth stone and waved off the fifth one. Tom Stoltman was head of the leaderboard going into the last event of the competition after his consistent top-three finishes. Stoltman sealed the deal to winning the show, coming in first place on the Atlas Stones after lifting five stones in 25.76 seconds.
- Tom Stoltman – 5 stones, 25.76s/10 points
- Maxime Boudreault – 5 stones 28.04s/9 points
- Trey Mitchell – 5 stones, 33.06s/8 points
- Brian Shaw – 5 stones, 39.29s/7 points
- Martins Licis – 5 stones, 45.74s/6 points
- Luke Stoltman – 4 stones, 25.78/5 points
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted – 4 stones, 28.87s/4 points
- Gabriel Rhéaume – 4 stones, 33.55s/3 points
- Mitchell Hooper – 4 stones, 33.78s/2 points
- Oleksii Novikov – 4 stones, 36.70s/1 point
World’s Strongest Man 2022 Finals Day One Results
The first day of the World’s Strongest Man 2022 finals held in Sacramento, CA has begun with the top 10 finalists from the qualifying rounds battling it out in three events–KNAACK Giant’s Medley, Deadlift, and Flintsone Barbell. Below Generation Iron will be updating the results as they come through.
World’s Strongest Man 2022 Finals Day 1 Events
- KNAACK Giant’s Medley
- Flintstone Barbell
KNAACK Giant’s Medley
The KNAACK Giant’s Medley is very similar to a traditional loading race. The big difference is that the event consists of a box carry and a super yoke. The 10 finalists carried two KNAACK Boxes weighing 125 kilograms (275.6 pounds) boxes, then a 455 kilogram (1,003 pounds) yoke for a length of 10 meters–with a time cap of 75 seconds.
Mitchell Hooper was the one to close out the first event of the World’s Strongest Man finals. The reigning champ, Tom Stoltman, barely scraped by Oleksii Novikov to claim second-placed, beating Novikov by one-tenth of a second.
- Mitchell Hooper – 21.96s/10 points
- Tom Stoltman – 24.75s/9 points
- Oleksii Novikov – 24.84s/8 points
- Luke Stoltman – 28.72s/7 points
- Martins Licis – 30.60s/6 points
- Brian Shaw – 30.78s/5 points
- Trey Mitchell – 32.54s/4 points
- Gabriel Rhéaume – 33.87s/3 points
- Maxime Boudreault – 34.11s/2 points
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted – 37.61s/1 point
The second event of the 2022 World’s Strongest Man finals requires the competitors to deadlift a car weighing 360 kilograms (794 pounds) for as many reps as possible. A time cap of 60 seconds will be in place.
After the second event, the leaderboard has changed a bit with Oleksii Novikov leading the pack to replace Mitchell Hooper, who’s moved to fourth. Tom Stoltman is steadily remaining in the second place spot after deadlifting 794 pounds for 13 reps.
- Oleksii Novikov – 15 reps/10 points
- Tom Stoltman – 13 reps/8.5 points (T-second)
- Trey Mitchell – 13 reps/8.5 points (T-second)
- Mitchell Hooper – 12 reps/6 points (T-fourth)
- Martins Licis – 12 reps/6 points (T-fourth)
- Brian Shaw – 12 reps/6 points (T-fourth)
- Maxime Bourdreault – 10 reps/4 points
- Luke Stoltman – 9 reps/3 points
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted – 8 reps/1.5 points (T-ninth)
- Gabriel Rhéaume – 8 reps/1.5 points (T-ninth)
In this event, a barbell is loaded with a pair of giant stones on either side. Strongmen then take turns attempting to lift the same weight to advance to the next round. Weight increases with each new round. The rounds continue until only one strongman remains. In essence, this event is a behind-the-neck press for max weight.
Oleksii Novikov showed up today and has claimed two event wins after winning the Flinstone Barbell, putting him at the top of the leaderboard to end day one of the 2022 World’s Strongest Man finals. Furthermore, Novikov set a new world record for the Flinstone Barbell weight lifted. Tom Stoltman still remains in second after consecutively finishing second in today’s events. Martins Licis performed well lifting 518 pounds in the final event of the day, finishing in the top three, which catapulted him to the third-place spot on the leaderboard.
- Oleksii Novikov – Eight rounds – World Record | 246 kilograms (542 pounds)/10 points
- Tom Stoltman – Seven rounds – 240 kilograms (529 pounds)/ 9 points
- Martins Licis – Six rounds – 235 kilograms (518 pounds)/8 points
- Trey Mitchell – Four rounds (T-fourth) – 212 kilograms (467 pounds)/5.5 points
- Brian Shaw – Four rounds (T-fourth) – 212 kilograms (467 pounds)/5.5 points
- Maxime Boudreault – Four rounds (T-fourth) – 212 kilograms (467 pounds)/5.5 points
- Luke Stoltman – Four rounds (T-fourth) – 212 kilograms (467 pounds)/5.5 points
- Mitchell Hooper – Three rounds – 200 kilograms (441 pounds)/3 points
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted – Two rounds (T-ninth) – 190 kilograms (419 pounds)/1.5 points
- Gabriel Rhéaume – Two rounds (T-ninth) – 190 kilograms (419 pounds)/1.5 points
Full WSM 2022 Coverage Recap
Below are the previous days of results, coverage, and recaps from the 2022 World’s Strongest Man.