Oleksii Novikov is the champion of the 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic. On July 9, 2022, the Ukrainian strongman successfully made it back-to-back years (2021-2022) as the winner of the strength contest.
Rounding out the podium in London, England, Canada’s Mitchell Hooper and the United States’ Evan Singleton finished in second and third place, respectively. Hooper and Singleton earned qualifications for the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) with their podium results. Novikov has a perennial invitation thanks to his 2020 WSM title.
Here are the final standings from this year’s competition:
2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic Results
- Oleksii Novikov – 54 points | Repeat Champion (2021-2022)
- Mitchell Hooper – 42 points
- Evan Singleton – 41.5 points
- Maxime Boudreault – 38.5 points
- Paul Smith – 36 points
- Eddie Williams – 34 points
- Spenser Remick – 32.5 points
- Gavin Bilton – 30.5 points
- Rob Kearney – 28 points
- Mark Felix – 28 points
- Ken McClelland – 20 points
- * Andy Black – One point
* Note: Withdrew after injury
Novikov completed his Strongman Classic repeat thanks to a performance where he won three of the five events. He only finished outside of the top three once. Here’s a short recap and the results from each of the contest’s individual events:
In the first event of the Strongman Classic, the 12 athletes had the task of lifting five circus dumbbells ranging from 80 to 120 kilograms (176.3 to 264.5 pounds) to an approved overhead lockout position. Whoever could lift the five dumbbells in the fastest time would be the victor.
With a time of 38.38 seconds, Novikov beat second-place finisher Rob Kearney (42.21 seconds) by roughly three seconds. Hooper could only lift four dumbbells in 31.46 seconds, but his effort was enough for a third-place result.
- Oleksii Novikov – Five in 38.38 seconds
- Rob Kearney – Five in 42.21 seconds
- Mitchell Hooper – Four in 31.46 seconds
- Paul Smith – Four in 43.36 seconds
- Gavin Bilton – Four in 46.27 seconds
- Spenser Remick – Four in 52.70 seconds
- Maxime Boudreault – Four in 69.81 seconds
- Ken McClelland – Three in 59.3 seconds
- Evan Singleton – Two in 13.13 seconds
- Eddie Williams – Two in 18.10 seconds
- Mark Felix – One in 8.06 seconds
- Andy Black – One in 15.08 seconds
Black suffered an undisclosed injury during this event and withdrew from the rest of the contest.
The Hercules Hold was a challenge all about grip strength. During this event, the athletes had to hold a 160-kilogram (352.7-pound) pillar in each of their hands for as long as possible with their arms stretched wide while maintaining their grip.
Late contest addition Eddie Williams captured the first-place upset when he held the pillars up for 72 seconds. Paul Smith (67.1 seconds) and Mitchell Hooper (64.65 seconds) rounded out the top three. The Hercules Hold was the only event where Novikov did not notch at least a top-three result.
- Eddie Williams – 72.01 seconds
- Paul Smith – 67.1 seconds
- Mitchell Hooper – 64.65 seconds
- Evan Singleton – 64.04 seconds
- Oleksii Novikov – 58.11 seconds
- Mark Felix – 53.59 seconds
- Gavin Bilton – 52.34 seconds
- Spencer Remick – 52.16 seconds
- Maxime Boudreault – 50.21 seconds
- Ken McClelland – 47.53 seconds
- Rob Kearney – 35.95 seconds
Notably, Mark Felix holds the Hercules Hold World Record of 83.62 seconds from the 2019 Giants Live Wembley. On this occasion, he finished outside the top five.
The third event of the contest saw the strongmen carry two 150-kilogram (330-pound) implements for max distance with a one-minute time limit. The winner would be who could cover the longest distance within that time frame. Novikov (63.3 meters) managed to hold off another promising late addition in Maxime Boudreault (60 meters) to win the Farmer’s Walk. Paul Smith (58 meters) was not far behind his peers in third.
- Oleksii Novikov – 63.3 meters
- Maxime Boudreault – 60 meters
- Paul Smith – 58 meters
- Evan Singleton – 55.5 meters
- Eddie Williams – 53.25 meters
- Mark Felix – 52.35 meters
- Spenser Remick – 44.15 meters
- Ken McClelland – 41.4 meters
- Mitchell Hooper – 29.6 meters
- Rob Kearney – 20.5 meters
- Gavin Bilton – 15 meters
Axle Deadlift for Reps
As the competition started to close, Novikov began to separate himself from the other athletes. In this event – where the competitors had to axle deadlift 360 kilograms (793.8 pounds) for as many reps as possible in a minute – Novikov was the only person to finish seven reps. Hooper (six reps) and Felix (five) were the next to flank behind Novikov’s dominant first-place outing.
- Oleksii Novikov – Seven reps
- Mitchell Hooper – Six reps
- Mark Felix – Five reps
- Evan Singleton – Four reps
- Spenser Remick – Four reps
- Rob Kearney – Three reps
- Maxime Boudreault – Two reps
- Gavin Bilton – Two reps
- Paul Smith – One rep
- Eddie Williams – One rep
- Ken McClelland – One rep
As is typical in strongman, the famed Atlas Stones were the finisher to this year’s Strongman Classic. The person who could lift all five stones ranging from 120 to 200 kilograms (264 to 440 pounds) into their podiums in the fastest time would be the winner. Boudreault hit the Stones hard, lifting the five stones in 24.03 seconds. Singleton came in second with five stones in 25.59 seconds. In third place, Novikov (25.6 seconds) finished behind Singleton by one-hundredth of a second.
- Maxime Boudreault – Five in 24.03 seconds
- Evan Singleton – Five in 25.59 seconds
- Oleksii Novikov – Five in 25.6 seconds
- Gavin Bilton – Five in 27.23 seconds
- Eddie Williams – Five in 34.31 seconds
- Mitchell Hooper – Five in 35.58 seconds
- Spenser Remick – Five in 51.24 seconds
- Rob Kearney – Four in 23.21 seconds
- Ken McClelland – Four in 23.94 seconds
- Paul Smith – Four in 31.78 seconds
- Mark Felix – Three in 24.56 seconds
Even still, Novikov’s Stones result was enough to cement his repeat Strongman Classic title.
With the latest Strongman Classic in the rearview mirror, it remains full steam ahead for Giants Live competitions this year. The organization’s next contest will be the 2022 Giants Live Open and World Deadlift Championships. Those will occur on August 6, 2022, in Cardiff, Wales.
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