15 November 2020 02:35
The first day of the 2020 World's Strongest Man (WSM) Finals, Nov. 14, 2020, is over. After a grueling day one and two — which included a delay and saw two more athletes withdraw — Oleskii Novikov leads the pack with 25 total points after three events. The athletes' points reset in the Finals, and they will complete the last three events on Nov. 15, 2020. More news: Graham Hicks withdrew on day one of the Finals after suffering a torn biceps. And Mark Felix will attempt the Hercules Hold world record on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, despite not qualifying for the finals.
Here are the overall standings: 2020 World's Strongest Man Standings After Day One Finals Oleksii Novikov — 25 points Adam Bishop — 22 points JF Caron — 22 points Tom Stoltman — 21.5 points Jerry Pritchett — 19 points Brian Shaw — 17.5 points Kevin Faires — 13 points Aivars Smaukstelis — 12.5 points Luke Richardson — 9.5 points Withdrew: Graham Hicks* — 1 point *Out due to biceps tear. No other competitors are taking his place, WSM told BarBend. [Related: 2020 World's Strongest Man Official Roster] 2020 WSM Finals Day One Results Live footage of the competition isn't available, but WSM releases daily recaps on a Facebook Live stream (which costs $1.99 for the full week of coverage). Here's a break down of each event that competitors completed today. Giant Medley Athletes had to walk 10 meters with a 275-pound anvil, load it onto a tire, and then carry a 1,000-pound yolk, weighed down with motorcycles, for 15 meters.
According to WSM, Novikov set a new world record with a 537.5-kilogram (1,185-pound) partial deadlift. However, Anthony Pernice pulled 550 kilograms (1,212.5 pounds) in the Partial Deadlift (aka the 18-inch or Silver Dollar Deadlift) on July 25, 2020, at the United States Strongman (USS) Farm Strong Record Breaker event. At the time this article was written, the state of the Partial Deadlift world record is unclear. Oleksii Novikov — 537.5 kilograms (1,185 pounds) JF Caron — 509 kilograms (1,122 pounds) Jerry Pritchett — 509 kilograms (1,122 pounds) Adam Bishop — 509 kilograms (1,122 pounds) Brian Shaw — 478.5 kilograms (1,055 pounds) Tom Stoltman — 478.5 kilograms (1,055 pounds) Kevin Faires — 437.7 kilograms (965 pounds) Luke Richardson — 397 kilograms (875 pounds) Aivars Smaukstelis — 397 kilograms (875 pounds) Keg Toss A series of eight kegs were lined up, weight increased in pairs — two kegs at 35 pounds, 40 pounds, 45 pounds, and 50 pounds. Athletes rushed to the kegs and tossed each one up and over a 16-foot bar. The fastest time won. Tom Stoltman – 8 kegs, 0:20.05 JF Caron – 8 kegs, 0:20.31 Brian Shaw – 8 kegs, 0:21.75 Aivars Smaukstelis – 8 kegs, 0:24.88 Oleksii Novikov – 8 kegs, 0:26.96 Luke Richardson – 8 kegs, 0:27.82 Adam Bishop – 8 kegs, 0:39.90 Jerry Pritchett – 7 kegs, 0:39.14 Kevin Faires – 6 kegs, 0:19.04 The final day of the competition will include the Overhead Log Ladder, the Hercules Hold, and the Atlas Stones to determine the 2020 WSM champion. Featured image courtesy of World's Strongest Man As the 2020 World's Strongest Man continues to unfold, all eyes are on Oleskii Novikov. This was shown to be for good reason, as he managed to score a new world record in the finals. Although there is a lot of respect for Novikov, he was largely overlooked heading into the 2020 WSM. However he quickly proved that this was a mistake by dominating his group during the qualifiers, to make his way into the Finals. This led to a shift in focus, with the Ukrainian being looked at as a possible favorite to win the whole contest. The second event of the WSM finals was an 18-inch deadlift, in which athletes took turns trying to pull an increasingly heavy amount of weight. This was something that most of the athletes knew was coming, with several of them posting videos training the lift before the contest. However Oleskii Novikov put all of those athletes to shame when he not only won the event, but set a world record at the same time, by pulling a whopping 537.5kg (1185lb). The official world record for this deadlift was 535kg, before Novikov broke it on Saturday. Eddie Hall also unofficially broke this record with a 536kg pull. However Oleskii decided to shatter both of these numbers, pulling 1.5kg heavier than even Eddie's unofficial record. It was an insane sight to behold. Three other athletes were also given the opportunity to do this record alongside Novikov. Adam Bishop, Jerry Pritchett, and JF Caron were all unable to match the numbers that Oleskii was able to achieve. The finals for the 2020 World's Strongest Man are still going strong, but Oleskii Novikov has certainly propelled himself into being a huge favorite to win. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the contest plays out for this elite strongman, but if you were not already paying attention to him, chances are that you are now. Stay tuned to FitnessVolt for more coverage of the 2020 World's Strongest Man. Oleskii Novikov impresses by setting the new world record for the 18-inch deadlift at World's Strongest Man 2020. The SBD World's Strongest Man Championship continued today in Bradenton, Fla. as 10 of the world's top strongmen advanced to the final. The athletes competed in three events, including the Giants Medley, Deadlift and Keg Toss. The highlight of the day came in the Deadlift competition, where Oleksii Novikov was the strongman to beat. After several unsuccessful attempts by competitors including Britain's reigning Strongman Adam Bishop (GBR), Novikov claimed the new record of 537.5 kg / 1,185 lbs., a record previously held by Tom Magee with a 535 kilograms (1,179 lb) partial deadlift from 18″ off the floor during the 1983 World's Strongest Man competition. Beyond Novikov, three other athletes were given the opportunity try and break the world record. Those athletes were Adam Bishop, Jerry Pritchett, and CF Caron – who were all unable to break the record. Here are the full results from this event: Oleksii Novikov – 537.5kg Adam Bishop – 509kg Jerry Pritchett – 509kg JF Caron – 509kg Tom Stoltman – 470kg Brian Shaw – 470kg Kevin Faires – 440kg Aivars Smaukstelis – no rep Luke Richardson – no rep Graham Hicks (withdrew) The finals for the World's Strongest Man 2020 are still ongoing with Oleskii Novikov now in the top standings as a favorite to win. As always, it will be an exciting battle to see who ultimately lands the top space. The final day of the 43rd edition of World's Strongest Man culminates tomorrow, Sunday, November 15, when a champion will be crowned. Stay tuned to Generation Iron Fitness Network for more updates as they come in for the World's Strongest Man 2020. *Images courtesy of World's Strongest Man.