The organization of the qualifying rounds could determine a lot for the finals at the weekend.
April 18, 2023, Terry Hollands revealed the five groups of the WSM 2023 qualifying round in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The 15-time WSM competitor confirmed that there would be six athletes in each qualifying round group who will then compete for a total of 10 berths (two from each group). This determines the finale, which will take place from April 22nd to 23rd, 2023. The qualifying round lasts from April 19th to 20th before the 30-person list is reduced to 10 finalists for the weekend.
Overall, the WSM 2023 will take place from April 19 to 23, 2023. There will be a lot to analyze in the coming days to find the 30 man roster and events calendar. While there won’t be a way to see the flagship strongman competition live, it should still be a tour de force. The exact organization of the qualifying round groups could decide a lot about the eventual winner.
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2023 World’s Strongest Man Qualifying Round Groups
Here are the five qualifying round groups for WSM 2023:
As usual with WSM precedent, first place finisher in each Qualifying Ground group on a points basis automatically receive a place in the WSM finals. At the conclusion of the qualifying round, the second and third place finishers of each group will go head-to-head for second place in the finals in a trademark Atlas Stones stone-off.
2023 event schedule for World’s Strongest Man
Here are the events and their planning for WSM 2023:
Qualification phase day one
- event one: load race — April 19 | 8 a.m., sand stage
- Event Two: Deadlift Machine — April 19 | 11:29 a.m., Landbühne
- Event Three: Log Ladder — April 19 | 4:49 p.m., sand stage
Qualifying phase day two
- event four: Conan’s wheel — April 20 | 8 a.m., Landbühne
- Event Five: Kettlebell Toss — April 20 | 1:20 p.m., sand stage
- Event Six: Stone Off — April 20 | 6:13 p.m., Landbühne
Day off – April 21, 2023
final day one
Only 10 participants reach the final after the qualification round.
- event one: Fingal’s fingers — April 22 | 8 p.m., street stage
- Event Two: KNAACK Deadlift — April 22 | 10:41 a.m., sand stage
- Event Three: Reign Shield Carry — April 22 | 2:18 p.m., street stage
final day two
- Event four: max dumbbell — April 23 | 8 a.m., Landbühne
- Event Five: Vehicle Pulling — April 23 | 10:10 am, street stage
- Event Six: Atlas Stones — April 23 | 1:54 p.m., sand stage
Here is an overview of the WSM 2023 squad:
List of the strongest men in the world 2023
- Tom Stoltman (Great Britain) – Defending two-time WSM champion
- Mitchell Hooper (Canada)
- Brian Shaw (United States)
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski (Poland)
- Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine)
- Pavlo Kordiyaka (Ukraine)
- Evan Singleton (United States)
- Trey Mitchell (United States)
- Adam Bishop (Great Britain)
- Aivar’s Schmaukstelis (Latvia)
- Kevin Faires (United States)
- Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted (Iceland)
- PaulSmith (Great Britain)
- Rauno Heinla (Estonia)
- Bobby Thompson (United States)
- Gavin Bilton (Great Britain)
- Donor Remick (United States)
- Eddie Williams (Australia)
- Konstantin Janashia (Georgia)
- Graham Hicks (Great Britain)
- Luke Stoltman (Great Britain)
- Matthew Ragg (New Zealand)
- Gabriel Rheaume (Canada)
- Fadi El Masri (Lebanon)
- Jaco Schoenwinkel (South Africa)
- Jean Stephen Coraboeuf (France)
- Mark Felix (Great Britain)
- Pa O’Dwyer (Ireland)
- Cheick “Iron Beast” Sanou (Burkina Faso)
- Thomas Evans (United States)
- *Pavlo Nakonechny (Ukraine) – *Withdrawn
- *Maxim Boudreault (Canada) – *Withdrawn
Three current and former WSM champions feature in the 2023 roster. They are the reigning two-time champion in Scotland Tom Stoltman, the legendary four-time WSM winner (2011, 2013, 2015-2016) in American Brian Shaw and the 2020 winner in Ukraine OIeksii Novikov. Other potential competitors could also include Canadian Mitchell Hooper and Pole Mateusz Kieliszkowski.
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Now that almost all the important pre-competition information is on the books, WSM 2023 is about to launch into the stratosphere. Something says the latest edition of the competition will once again get the entire strongman world excited.
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