In the stone-off, each athlete would load six stones to platforms that weighed from 330 pounds to 440 pounds. The last stone, weighing 440 pounds was to be done in an AMRAP set (as many reps as possible). I don’t care how strong you are, a 440 pound stone is heavy, especially for AMRAP. This event would be a faceoff between the second and third place competitors in each group. The winner of this event would be a finalist with their first place counterparts. Group 1 was between Kevin Faires and Gabriel Rhéaume. Rhéaume was the winner. Group 2 was between Bobby Thompson and Brian Shaw, with Shaw being victorious. I was really pulling for Bobby Thompson, but it looks like Shaw still has what it takes to compete at the highest level. Group 3 was won by Trey Mitchell as he defeated Adam Bishop. Group 4 was between Maxime Boudreault and Pavlov Kordiyaka. Boudreault was the winner. Group was the last duel of the day between Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted and Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf. Melsted is your final qualifier of the day.
So, after three days of fierce competition in the hot California sun, the stage for the finals is set! Your finalists are Tom Stoltman, Mitchell Hooper, Oleksii Novikov, Martins Licis, Luke Stoltman, Gabriel Rhéaume, Brian Shaw, Trey Mitchell, Maxime Boudreault and Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted. Friday will be a day of rest for the finalists, and the fist event of the finals will begin Saturday at 8:00 a.m. There are some absolute monsters in the finals this year, and I have no doubt that the scoring will be close! In just a few short days, we will crown the 2022 World’s Strongest Man.
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