Oleksii Novikov wins the Giants Live Strongman Classic 2022

Oleksii Novikov successfully defended his title at the Giants Live Strongman Classi 2022vs. Novikov took the podium at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England on Saturday July 9, 2022. Canadian Mitchell Hooper finished second and third place went to Evan Singleton of the United States. The top three were invited to the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) contest, although Novikov was invited for life as a former WSM champion. The final standings are below:

2022 Strongman Classic Results

  1. Oleksii Novikov — 54 dots
  2. Mitchell Hooper — 42 dots
  3. Evan Singleton — 41.5 points
  4. Maxime Boudreault — 38.5 points
  5. Paul Smith — 36points
  6. Eddie Williams — 34 dots
  7. Remick Spenser — 32.5 points
  8. Gavin Bilton — 30.5 points
  9. Rob Kearney — 28 dots
  10. Marc Felix — 28 dots
  11. Ken McClelland — 20 dots
  12. Andy Black — One dot | retired due to injury

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Dumbbell mix

The athletes’ objective was to lift the five circus dumbbells, weighing 80 to 120 kilograms, overhead to a lockout until the judge gave a signal down. The man who could lift all five weights in the fastest possible time would be the winner.

The dumbbell press is a trademark of Novikov, and he was considered the frontrunner before the event. He started the contest at the Royal Albert Hall taking the first victory of the event three seconds clear of second-placed Rob Kearney. They were the only men in the roster to lift all five dumbbells. Hooper completed the top three in Event 1. Andy Black was injured and officially withdrew from the contest. The details of this injury are unknown at this time.

  1. Oleksii Novikov — Five in 38.38 seconds
  2. Rob Kearney — Five in 42.21 seconds
  3. Mitchell Hooper — Four in 31.46 seconds
  4. Paul Smith — Four in 43.36 seconds
  5. Gavin Bilton — Four in 46.27 seconds
  6. Remick Spenser — Four in 52.70 seconds
  7. Maxime Boudreault — Four in 69.81 seconds
  8. Ken McClelland — Three in 59.3 seconds
  9. Evan Singleton — Two in 13.13 seconds
  10. Eddie Williams — Two in 18.10 seconds
  11. Marc Felix — One in 8.06 seconds
  12. Andy Black — One in 15.08 seconds

Capture of Hercules

Also known as “The Pillars of Hercules”, the men were tasked with holding the 160-kilogram pillars with their arms outstretched to the side for as long as possible before they lost their grip strength. Mark Felix holds the world record in this event but finished in the top five of this contest.

Australian Eddie Williams pulled off the upset, which lasted 72 seconds before letting go of the handles. Paul Smith and Hooper finished second and third respectively. Novikov finished in fifth place in this event.

  1. Eddie Williams — 72.01 seconds
  2. Paul Smith — 67.1 seconds
  3. Mitchell Hooper — 64.65 seconds
  4. Evan Singleton — 64.04 seconds
  5. Oleksii Novikov — 58.11 seconds
  6. Marc Felix — 53.59 seconds
  7. Gavin Bilton — 52.34 seconds
  8. spencer remick — 52.16 seconds
  9. Maxime Boudreault — 50.21 seconds
  10. Ken McClelland — 47.53 seconds
  11. Rob Kearney — 35.95 seconds

farmers’ march

For the third event, competitors had to carry two 150-kilogram (330-pound) tools for the maximum distance within 60 seconds. The longest distance in the shortest time would determine first place. Both Novikov and Boudreault were moving at incredible speed, carrying the tools at at least a meter per second. The 2020 World’s Strongest Man managed to hold three meters longer than the Canadian, giving him his second victory in the event. Paul Smith won the bronze medal finishing two meters behind Boudreault.

  1. Oleksii Novikov — 63.3 meters
  2. Maxime Boudreault — 60 meters
  3. Paul Smith — 58 meters
  4. Evan Singleton — 55.5 meters
  5. Eddie Williams — 53.25 meters
  6. Marc Felix — 52.35 meters
  7. Remick Spenser — 44.15 meters
  8. Ken McClelland — 41.4 meters
  9. Mitchell Hooper — 29.6 meters
  10. Rob Kearney — 20.5 meters
  11. Gavin Bilton — 15 meters

Axis Deadlift for Reps

Next up was the Axle Deadlift for Reps event. The men had to pull 360 kg (793.8 pounds) to a lockout position for as many repetitions as possible in 60 seconds. The judge had to give a command down for the rep to count.

Novikov’s momentum at this point was too much to overcome as his confidence was so high. The reigning champion of this contest completed seven reps before time ran out. To his credit, Hooper kept the contest interesting by finishing one rep behind the Ukrainian strongman. Félix, 56, finished in third place with five reps.

  1. Oleksii Novikov — Seven repetitions
  2. Mitchell Hooper — Six repetitions
  3. Marc Felix — Five repetitions
  4. Evan Singleton — Four repetitions
  5. Remick Spenser — Four repetitions
  6. Rob Kearney — Three repetitions
  7. Maxime Boudreault — Two repetitions
  8. Gavin Bilton — Two repetitions
  9. Paul Smith – A repetition
  10. Eddie Williams – A repetition
  11. Ken McClelland – A repetition

Atlas stones

According to strongman tradition, the last event at the Royal Albert Hall was the Atlas Stones. The stones weighed between 120 and 200 kilograms (264 to 440 pounds). The man who was able to lift all five stones to their respective pedestals without them falling won first place. The other Canadian representative in this formation, Boudreault, crossed the five stones in 24 seconds. Evan Singleton would finish less than two seconds behind him for second place. Novikov finished just a hundredth of a second behind Singleton, but his effort was still enough to earn him a podium finish as a two-time Strongman Classic champion at the end of the day.

  1. Maxime Boudreault — Five in 24.03 seconds
  2. Evan Singleton — Five in 25.59 seconds
  3. Oleksii Novikov — Five in 25.6 seconds
  4. Gavin Bilton — Five in 27.23 seconds
  5. Eddie Williams — Five in 34.31 seconds
  6. Mitchell Hooper — Five in 35.58 seconds
  7. Remick Spenser — Five in 51.24 seconds
  8. Rob Kearney — Four in 23.21 seconds
  9. Ken McClelland — Four in 23.94 seconds
  10. Paul Smith — Four in 31.78 seconds
  11. Marc Felix — Three in 24.56 seconds

The next Giants Live event will be the 2022 Giants Live Open and World Deadlift Championships. This competition will take place on August 6, 2022 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.

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Teresa E. Burton