World’s Final Strongman occurred in Dubai this weekend and as soon as once more delivered an motion-packed present that includes a few of the greatest athletes the sport has to supply.
Hosted at Meydan Grandstand, it was Poland’s Mateusz Kieliszkowski who took the title, with Scotland’s Luke and Tom Stoltman finishing the podium locations.
It was two days of gripping competitors with the odd world file thrown in for good measure – listed below are the key takeaways from the occasion.
A Killer is born
Poland’s Mateusz Kieliszkowski is a particular expertise. At simply 26-years-of-age he has threatened to high the podium of a serious occasion with second place finishes at World’s Strongest Man and Europe’s Strongest Man and third place at the Arnold Basic plus final yr’s WUS.
A win at a serious was a matter of time – and in Dubai at the weekend the time arrived.
The indicators have been there on night time one in entrance of the Burj Khalifa when he pulled 420kg in the deadlift – historically one among his worst occasions.
From there he moved on to win the truck pull, and yoke/defend carry occasions on day two – for a 5-level total win.
Some will level to Hafthor Bjornsson and Martins Licis not competing, but make no bones about it – they might have struggled with Kieliszkowski on this manner – and he’s even nursing a torn bicep.
Large issues are coming.
Scotland the courageous
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Whereas Kieliszkowski might have taken high prize, it may be argued the actual winners of the day have been the Stoltman brothers.
Luke and Tom took second and third place respectively, beautiful the strongman world in the course of.
There have been a number of eyebrows raised when the pair have been included in the unique WUS lineup final yr, but there could be no query marks following two beautiful shows.
Tom has been coaching in Dubai for the final month or so, and appeared fairly effectively acclimatised – particularly on his world-file Atlas Stone run. He loaded 10 stones in a blistering time, bettering the runs of JF Caron, Brian Shaw, and brother Luke, who all accomplished the full run.
For second-positioned Luke, who can’t even be classed as a full-time strongman as he works shift on rigs, WUS 2019 was an image of consistency.
He carried out effectively all through but appeared significantly spectacular on the 180kg log, the yoke/defend and the stones.
Tom is progressing at an exceptional charge and will likely be constantly difficult on the world stage in the not too distant future.
The evolution of WUS
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The WUS competitions of 2018 and 2019 are like night time and day.
Final yr was an excellent first outing, but there have been at all times going to be issues that would have an additional little bit of polish.
Having the deadlift on Thursday night time made an enormous distinction. Not solely did it add a surprising spectacle on Burj Plaza but additionally reduce down on Friday’s working time. Ending the motion at 21:00 on Friday was a marked enchancment on the past midnight conclusion in 2018.
Even with an expanded subject, the occasion appeared to circulate higher than final yr, leading to a significantly better viewer expertise – and presumably for the athletes too.
Add to this the excellent hype man Billy Garnon – who shouted himself hoarse on the mic but did and superb job of protecting the crowd engaged all through. It might be an underestimated a part of the day, but Garnon’s addition was enormous in bettering the total viewers expertise.
As per final yr, there have been loads of non-strongman actions for all the household, which helps drastically on a protracted-ish day with loads of youngsters on web site.
Lastly, there usually are not many occasions on the market with a dwell steam as sturdy as this one, opening up the occasion for the remainder of the world to get pleasure from. With Eddie Corridor and Laurence Shahlaei it was a, effectively priced, skilled product that appeared to go down effectively with the worldwide crowd.
With so many enhancements this yr, WUS is right here to remain – and setting the customary in the strongman world.
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The deadlift: A fourteen-man subject that every one pulled 400kg – that exhibits the high quality we’re coping with.
Terry Hollands: 11 weeks in the past he was on a bodybuilding stage – now he’s pulling 400kg, and ending a very robust truck pull. He might have needed to withdraw, but what an effort to even be there.
Rauno Heinla: A 450kg deadlift that appeared clean! Nonetheless a strategy to go to hit Eddie Corridor’s 500kg – but there may be extra in the tank.