Ukrainian strong man Pavlo Nakonichni is the champion of the 2022 Giants Live World Open. He pulled off a surprise by defeating nine other contenders, including his compatriot, 2020 World Strongest Man (WSM) Champion Oleksiy Novikov. To win the competition. Canada’s Mitchell Huber came in second – another impressive achievement in his rookie year – and Novikov rounded out the top three. The competition was broadcast via pay-per-view from the Giants Live Facebook page.
The final standings for the overall competition is below:
2022 Giants Live World Open Results
- Buffalo Nakonichni – 49 points
- Mitchell Huber – 47.5 points
- Oleksiy Novikov – 39.5 points
- Graham Hicks – 37.5 points
- Gavin Bilton – 34 points
- Raunu henla – 33 points
- Andy Black – 20 points
- Shin . flowers – 18 points
- Evan Singleton – 14 points
- Ivan Makarov Eight points
- Ba O’Dwyer – six points
The one-day competition consisted of five events. Check out a summary of each below.
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The competition for the 2022 World Deadlift Championship – Extreme Deadlift Event has begun. The task was simple: carry the heaviest weight possible and hold it until the judge gives the signal to land. The event started with 400 kg (881.9 lb). It bumped up to 425.5 kg (938.1 lb), then 453.5 kg (999.8 lb). Only five athletes climbed onto the lift platform in an effort to pull 1,000 pounds.
- Rauno Henla – 476 kg (1,049.4 lb)
- Graham Hicks – 453.5 kg (999.8 lb)
- Mitchell Huber – 453.5 kg (999.8 lb)
- Ivan Makarov – 453.5 kg (999.8 lb)
- Buffalo Nakonichni – 453.5 kg (999.8 lb)
- Gavin Bilton – 425.5 kg (938.1 lbs)
- Oleksiy Novikov – 425.5 kg (938.1 lbs)
- Evan Singleton – 425.5 kg (938.1 lbs)
- Shin . flowers – 400 kilograms (881.9 pounds)
- Andy Black – 400 kilograms (881.9 pounds)
- Ba O’Dwyer – 400 kilograms (881.9 pounds)
The final weight was 476 kg (1,049.4 lb). Rauno Heinla was the only athlete to successfully lift this weight, setting a new Masters world record as a result. Ivan Makarov tried to set a world record of 505 kilograms (1113.3 lb), but could not lift the massive weight past his knees. Four men tied for second, splitting the second points equally, as did the three men who tied for sixth (Belton, Novikov, Singleton) and those who tied for ninth (Flowers, Black, and Dwyer).
Makarov was only in competition for the deadlift event. He then withdrew, leaving ten men in the field. The next event was Medley, who invited each strongman to perform a farmer’s walk with implements weighing 150 kilograms over 10 meters, loading a barrel of 120 kilograms on a platform 12 meters away, and a sandbag of 120 kilograms on a platform of 15 meters. It carries a 135 kg tire with a length of 20 metres.
- Buffalo Nakonichni – 37.11 seconds
- Mitchell Huber – 38.23 seconds
- Evan Singleton – 38.85 seconds
- Oleksiy Novikov – 41.75 seconds
- Graham Hicks – 49.56 seconds
- Gavin Bilton – 49.9 seconds
- Andy Black – 51.37 seconds
- Ba O’Dwyer – 52.39 seconds
- Shin . flowers – 56.3 seconds
- Rauno Henla – two meters
Nakonichni won his first event of the competition with a time of 37.11 seconds – one second ahead of Hopper. Defending champion Evan Singleton was the only American on the field and managed to finish the race with the third fastest time. Henla was the only man who did not finish. Carry the first device two meters before it stops.
Raise the record for the representatives
The contestants had 75 seconds to lift 150 kilograms (330.7 pounds) for as many reps as possible. Hopper was the only man to perform eight reps, and he claimed his first win in the competition. Both Ukrainian contestants had seven reps each, sharing the second and third places equally.
- Mitchell Huber – 8 reps
- Buffalo Nakonichni – 7 reps
- Oleksiy Novikov – 7 reps
- Rauno Henla – 5 reps
- Gavin Bilton – 4 reps
- Graham hicks – 3 reps
- Andy Black – 1 delegate
- Shin . flowers – didn’t try
Both Singleton and O’Dwyer withdrew from the competition, leaving eight athletes to compete in the remaining two events.
The fourth event challenged every remaining strongman to hold a 30-kilogram tool at shoulder height for as long as possible. All athletes ran for at least 30 seconds, but Huber won that event by keeping the wait over 54 seconds. Hicks and Naconchi came in second and third, respectively.
- Mitchell Huber – 54.45 seconds
- Graham Hicks – 50.82 seconds
- Buffalo Nakonichni – 47.38 seconds
- Oleksiy Novikov – 45.66 seconds
- Rauno Henla – 42.62 seconds
- Gavin Bilton – 38.78 seconds
- Shin . flowers – 36.17 seconds
- Andy Black – 35.83 seconds
The five Atlas stones weigh between 100 and 180 kg. The strongmen had 60 seconds to put all five on their respective base. Each athlete successfully placed all 5 stones, and no one needed more than 28 seconds to complete the task. Naconchi sprinted through the stones and finished in just over 17 seconds to win the event and the title. Pelton came second with an impressive time of 18.54 seconds. Novikov finished third with a time of 19.57 seconds to secure the top spot on the podium.
- Buffalo Nakonichni – 17.65 seconds
- Gavin Bilton – 18.54 seconds
- Oleksiy Novikov – 19.57 seconds
- Shin . flowers – 20.46 seconds
- Mitchell Huber – 21.32 seconds
- Graham Hicks – 21.92 seconds
- Rauno Henla – 24.42 seconds
- Andy Black – 27.63 seconds
Qualified for the worlds
The top three competition winners received invitations to the WSM 2023 competition in Myrtle Beach, SC. It will be Nakonechnyy’s debut in WSM if he decides to compete. Giants Live’s next event is the 2022 World Tour Finals, scheduled for October 8, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland.
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