Grzegorz Szymański will replace Mateusz Kieliszkowski during the event.
The 2022 World’s Strongest Man Competition will take place from May 24-29 in Sacramento. Now, there is a full lineup once again as Grzegorz Szymanski will step in and replace an injured Mateusz Kieliszkowski during the event.
Kieliszkowski recently made an announcement that he will be forced to miss the WSM competition with the same injury that held Jim out of the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic. This is now the third time that Kieliszkowski was forced to withdraw from this event. He finished as the runner-up in 2018 and 2019.
On Wednesday, Grzegorz Szymanski announced that he will now participate in the biggest event of the year.
Of course, this is not the first time that Grzegorz Szymanski will compete in the WSM competition. He has appeared in the show three times, finishing as high as eighth place in 2016. He has not appeared in a competition since 2017, when he was diagnosed with cancer.
In the late 2000s, the Polish strongman burst onto the scene. In 2007, Szymanski appeared in his first major competition during Poland’s Strongest Man. He finished third in a show that was won by Mariusz Pudzianowski. That event put Szymanski on the map and he was able to build off it and finish second during the 2008 Europe’s Strongest Man competition.
In 2014, Grzegorz Szymanski took home the title of Poland’s Strongest Man and appeared in his first WSM event. This is where he finished fourth in group three and was eliminated early. As good as he was in 2014, Szymanski was even better in 2016. He made it to the finals of the WSM competition and finished eighth before winning the Zydrunas Savickas Classic. In 2017, he was diagnosed with cancer and began treatments before undergoing surgery. This will be his return to competition.
2022 World’s Strongest Man Lineup
- Rauno Heinla (Estonia)
- Pavlo Kordiyaka (Ukraine)
- Rob Kearney (USA)
- Gabriel Peña (Mexico)
- Kelvin de Ruiter (Netherlands)
- Kim Ujarak (Greenland)
- Maxime Boudreault (Canada)
- Mark Felix (UK)
- Pa O’Dwyer (Ireland)
- Shane Flowers (UK)
- Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf (Australia)
- Bobby Thompson (USA)
- Aivars Smaukstelis (Latvia)
- Adam Bishop (UK)
- Evan Singleton (USA)
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted (Iceland)
- Konstantine Janashia (Georgia)
- Trey Mitchell (USA)
- Mika Törrö (Finland)
- Peiman Maheripourehir (Iran)
- Luke Stoltman (UK)
- Brian Shaw (USA)
- Tom Stoltman (UK) — Reigning WSM Champion
- Gabriel Rheaume (Canada)
- Martins Licis (USA)
- Gavin Bilton (UK)
- Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine)
- Kevin Faires (USA)
- Nedžmin Ambešković (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
- Grzegorz Szymański (Poland)