Oleksii Novikov goals to interrupt his Hummer hoop deadlift world document by greater than 51 kilograms (112 kilos).
Novikov wants to bite off as much as possible and has high goals this year.
In many ways, 2022 was an unforgettable year for Oleksii Novikov. The prolific Ukrainian strongman topped the podium three times at the 2022 Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM), Giants Live Strongman Classic (GLSC) and Strongman Rogue Invitational (RI). Additionally, the former World’s Strongest Man (WSM) Champion (2020) set a new all-time Hummer hoop deadlift world record of 549 kilograms (1,210 pounds) at the 2022 Shaw Classic. Some would settle for a career-long resume like that, let alone a single year. Novikov isn’t wired that way. He’s never been one to do anything but go flat out and dive headfirst into the next challenge.
On January 16, 2023, Novikov posted a Q&A video on the English version of his YouTube channel, in which he detailed his upcoming plans for calendar year 2023. Among the more notable revelations is that Novikov will be looking to build on his Hummer hoop deadlift world record by successfully pulling 600 kilograms (1,322.7 pounds) at the next iteration of the Shaw Classic on August 19-20, 2023. This mark would be a a staggering 51 kilograms (112.3 pounds) about his current record performance.
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Discussing why he wanted to add such an amazing amount to his Hummer hoop deadlift record, Novikov noted that he didn’t really prepare much before the 2022 pull. He believes greater involvement in the process this time around could only result in a dramatic leap upwards as he seeks to separate from his peers.
“I would also like to go to the Shaw Classic and pull 600 kilograms [Hummer] Deadlift with hoop,” said Novikov. “Because I hit 549 kg (1,210 pounds) last year, I want to pull 600 kg to end this deadlift topic. Last time I didn’t practice it at all.”
Aside from extending the tally, Novikov unsurprisingly plans to defend his ESM and RI titles. ESM 2023 is scheduled for 1 April 2023 in Leeds, England and RI 2023 is expected to take place in Autumn 2023 on a date to be confirmed. Though he wasn’t sure about the schedule, Novikov maintained that he will also be appearing at a number of Giants live competitions.
Finally, the strongman will fight for another WSM title from April 18-23, 2023 in Myrtle Beach, SC. If he successfully dethrones reigning two-time champion Tom Stoltman, it would be Novikov’s second WSM win in four years.
“What I’m planning at the moment is Europe’s strongest man, the world’s strongest man and the villain [Invitational]’ said Novikov. “That’s what I want. I also don’t know exactly all the dates and events of Giants Live, so if everything is ok I will confirm that I will compete there.”
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Some athletes concentrate on their tasks and sometimes achieve what they think is great. Once again, Novikov is not like other athletes. When he sets his sights on a goal, he is likely to achieve it and exceed all expectations.
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