The Giants Stay World Open appears to have already turn into a tentpole competitors in strongman. This 12 months, it should happen on August 6, 2022, on the Motorpoint Enviornment in Cardiff, Wales. Like final 12 months’s occasion, the 2022 World Deadlift Championships (WDC) can even be part of it because the opponents try to assert the title of prime deadlifter on the planet.
On Could 5, 2022, the Giants Stay group revealed the 12-person lineup for this summer time’s competitors over their Instagram web page. From the defending champion to various worthy comers, right here’s the present lineup because it stands.
2022 Giants Stay Open & World Deadlift Championships Lineup
Right here’s who will make their strategy to Wales in early August:
- Evan Singleton (United States) — Defending Champion
- Adam Bishop (United Kingdom) — 2021 Runner-up
- Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine) — 2021 Third place
- Mitchell Hooper (Canada)
- Ivan Makarov (Russia) — 2021 WDC Champion
- Gabriel Peña (Mexico)
- Rauno Heinla (Estonia)
- Gavin Bilton (United Kingdom)
- Asko Karu (Estonia)
- Pavlo Nakonechnyy (Ukraine)
- Peiman Maheripourehir (Iran)
- Wild card — Introduced at a later date
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What to Anticipate
On the time of this writing, there isn’t a affirmation of the format for this 12 months’s competitors. That mentioned, the Giants Stay World Open often duties the athletes to compete in 5 separate occasions.
The 2021 competitors featured the Carry & Drag, Viking Press, Hammer Maintain, Citadel Stones, and naturally — the Max Deadlift. The highest-three finishers additionally sometimes earn automated qualification for the next 12 months’s World’s Strongest Man (WSM). On this case, that might be the 2023 WSM.
Evan “T-Rex” Singleton is the reigning champion of the Giants Stay World Open. Powered by first-place performances within the Carry & Drag, the place Singleton dragged 160-kilogram anchors in every hand in 27.38 seconds, together with the Viking Press, the place he pressed 160 kilograms for 12 reps — the American athlete clinched the victory.
Nevertheless, Adam Bishop and Oleksii Novikov weren’t far behind in second and third place, respectively. Bishop gained the famed Citadel Stones when he loaded 5 stones starting from 100 to 180 kilograms in 18.81 seconds. He additionally garnered not less than a top-three end in 4 of the 5 occasions. In the meantime, Novikov completed within the prime three in three of the 5 occasions, most notably tying for second on the Max Deadlift with a pull of 453.5 kilograms (999.8 kilos)
With higher outcomes and strokes of luck this 12 months, maybe both of the 2 males can supplant Singleton.
As for the Max Deadlift — which once more doubles because the WDC — Ivan Makarov returns to defend his title. The Russian athlete pulled 475 kilograms (1047.2 kilos) through the 2021 WDC — nearly 10 kilograms greater than the following greatest opponents. He’ll undoubtedly be a favourite to take dwelling the title of prime deadlifter once more. The second-place deadlift featured a six-way tie with six successive pulls of 453.5 kilograms (999.8 kilos). 5 of these athletes — Singleton, Bishop, Novikov, Gabriel Peña, and Pavlo Nakonechnyy — return this 12 months.
Certainly one of them might find yourself closing the hole on Makarov.
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A Excessive Bar
The Giants Stay group has issued a wager to the athletes.
If anybody manages to deadlift the world file of 505 kilograms (1,113.3 kilos) through the WDC, they are going to obtain $55,000. 2018 WSM champion Hafthor Björnsson holds the present world file with a pull of 501 kilograms (1,104.5 kilos) from the 2020 World’s Final Strongman “Feats of Energy” collection.
Krzysztof Wierzbicki (110KG) did pull 502.5 kilograms (1,107 kilos) in April 2022 — the heaviest filmed deadlift in historical past. Although, even when the pull occurred throughout a sanctioned competitors, that deadlift wouldn’t rely in strongman as a result of Wierzbicki used a sumo stance. It additionally wouldn’t rely in powerlifting as a result of he used straps.
So far as different potential opponents for the WDC, Nick Finest has petitioned Giants Stay to let powerlifter Jamal Browner (110KG) take part. On the time of publishing, there isn’t a phrase on the standing of that request.
Whether or not anybody can break the highest deadlift mark with a referee watching in early August is up within the air, however it actually isn’t inconceivable.
The 2022 Giants Stay World Open and World Deadlift Championships will happen on August 6, 2022, in Cardiff, Wales.
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