World’s Strongest Man 2023: Competition Review, Highlights & Results (WSM 2023 RECAP) (2023)

Starting from 1977, every competition is held to find the answer to the question “Who’s the next strongest man in the world?”. Each year athletes around the globe who set themselves to compete in this grueling contest, will become stronger than the year before and beat the records of former leaders. They’ll become better than anything the world has ever seen before. 45 competitors who push their bodies to the limit and challenge their bodies.

The winner is the last man standing and he’s truly the strongest. With 25 athletes going head to head testing strength by squatting 317kg (700lbs) or smashing a deadlift world record with a lift of 537.5kg (1185lbs). These athletes make it impossible by bringing nothing, but their best in this strength quest for the title of becoming the next World’s Strongest Man.

The World’s Strongest Man 2023 competition is about more than just physical strength. The competition is about stamina, skill, training strategy, and psychology. These 45 most powerful athletes push themselves to their ultimate limits by challenging not only their physical capabilities, but their flexibility, and mental toughness.

We presented you with the full World’s Strongest Man 2023 event coverage and analysis. Here, you’ll find the final leaderboard and results for each of the qualifying day’s accomplishments. Additionally, we prepared a consistent guide on the top strongmen this year and their prominent records.

World’s Strongest Man 2023: Competition Review, Highlights & Results (WSM 2023 RECAP) (1)

About the WSM Winners

The Canadian athlete Mitchell Hooper claimed the title of the world's strongest man athletes in 2023 in this largest competition in just his second appearance. He was dominating in his qualifying group and the final round of competition by winning three of the six events (Shield Carry, Deadlift, Bus Pull) and getting the top spot in another (Max Dumbbell Press). He was outside the top list in just one event (Fingal's Fingers). So, he gained 53.5 points. However, Hooper admitted to placing his chances of winning the competition at less than 50%.

A British strongman Tom Stoltman finished second with 49 points.

Oleskii Novikov from Ukraine came third with 41 points by managing to perform defend his position in the Atlas Stones contest.

WSM 2023 Finals Leaderboard

1Mitchell Hooper
2Tom Stoltman
(United Kingdom)
3Oleksii Novikov
4Trey Mitchell
5Evan Singleton
6Pavlo Kordiyaka
7Brian Shaw
8Luke Stoltman (United Kingdom)21.5
9Mathew Ragg
(New Zealand)
10Jaco Schoonwinkel
(South Africa) — Withdrawn

The 2023 World’s Strongest Man Competition Schedule. Day-by-Day Timetable

  • Day One — Loading Race
  • Day One — Deadlift Machine
  • Day One — Log Ladder
  • Day Two — Conan’s Wheel
  • Day Two — Kettlebell Toss
  • Day Two — Stone Off
  • Day Four — Finals — Reign Total Body Fuel Shield Carry
  • Day Four — Finals — KNAACK Deadlift
  • Day Four — Finals — Fingal’s Fingers
  • Day Five — Finals — Max Dumbbell
  • Day Five — Finals — Bus Pull
  • Day Five — Finals — Atlas Stones

Qualifying Day 1

Loading Race:

At this event, athletes had to carry and load five hefty objects onto a platform, in the fastest time possible in order to get the highest points. The race shows strength and agility, including a 265 lb sandbag Husafell, a 265 lb heavy sandbag, a 275 lb anvil, and two log bundles weighing 234 lb and 253 lb. Being tested for power and speed, our athletes showed the following results:

Group 1

Pavlo Kordiyaka — 5 in 41.38 sec

Tom Stoltman — 5 in 43.84 sec

Bobby Thompson — 5 in 56.56 sec

Konstantine Janashia — 5 in 61.10 sec

Pa O’Dwyer — 5 in 65.89 sec

Group 2

Oleksii Novikov — 5 in 52.15 sec

Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 5 in 54.18 sec

Thomas Evans — 5 in 57.40 sec

Luke Stoltman — 5 in 62.78 sec

Gavin Bilton — 5 in 63.01 sec

Fadi El Masri — 4 in 49.57 sec

Group 3

Mitchell Hooper — 5 in 42.05 sec

Aivars Smaukstelis — 5 in 52.71 sec

Mathew Ragg — 5 in 58.72 sec

Spenser Remick — 5 in 67.15 sec

Mateusz Kieliszkowski — 5 in 67.53 sec

Graham Hicks — 4 in 53.40 sec

Group 4

Jaco Schoonwinkel — 5 in 47.10 sec

Rauno Heinla — 5 in 51.41 sec

Brian Shaw — 5 in 53.70 sec

Adam Bishop — 4 in 43.12 sec

Gabriel Rheaume — 4 in 51.03 sec

Kevin Faires — 3 in 65.30 sec

Group 5

Evan Singleton — 5 in 46.90 s

Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 5 in 56.41 s

Trey Mitchell — 5 in 66.64 s

Paul Smith — 4 in 44.79 s

Mark Felix — 4 in 54.32 s

Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — 3 in 40.63 s

Deadlift Machine

This tough event which apparently became a visiting card of the strongman competitions challenged athletes to lift seven progressively heavier weights ranging from 639 to 848 lbs, by making as many reps as possible within the 75-second time limit.

The Deadlift Machine, similar to a car deadlift, featured barrels rolling into an open platform, making the lift heavier over time. The progression started at 281 kilograms, moving up to 379 kilograms and beyond. Here is the rating for each qualifying group that determined the leaders:

Group 1

Bobby Thompson — 7 reps

Konstantine Janashia — 6 reps

Tom Stoltman — 6 reps

Pavlo Kordiyaka — 5 reps

Pa O’Dwyer — 5 reps

Eddie Williams — 5 reps

Group 2

Oleksii Novikov — 6 reps

Gavin Bilton — 5 reps

Thomas Evans — 5 reps

Luke Stoltman — 5 reps

Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 4 reps

Fadi El Masri — 4 reps

Group 3

Mitchell Hooper — 8 reps

Graham Hicks — 7 reps

Mathew Ragg — 7 reps

Spenser Remick — 5 reps

Aivars Smaukstelis — 5 reps

Mateusz Kieliszkowski — 4 reps

Group 4

Rauno Heinla — 8 reps

Brian Shaw — 8 reps

Adam Bishop — 7 reps

Jaco Schoonwinkel — 6 reps

Kevin Faires — 5 reps

Gabriel Rheaume — 5 reps

Group 5

Trey Mitchell — 8 reps

Evan Singleton — 6 reps

Mark Felix — 6 reps

Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 5 reps

Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — 5 reps

Paul Smith — 4 reps

Log Ladder

This extreme task challenges athletes to lift a series of progressively heavier logs as quickly as possible within a 75-second time limit. The weights ranged from 124kg (275 lbs) to 181kg (400 lbs).

Group 1

Tom Stoltman — 5 in 41.50 sec

Pavlo Kordiyaka — 5 in 46.00 sec

Bobby Thompson — 4 in 25.83 sec

Eddie Williams — 4 in 55.89 sec

Konstantine Janashia — 4 in 68.35 sec

Pa O’Dwyer — 3 in 25.80 sec

Group 2

Thomas Evans — 5 in 38.96 sec

Luke Stoltman — 5 in 52.76 sec

Oleksii Novikov — 4 in 32.50 sec

Gavin Bilton — 4 in 56.84 sec

Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 2 in 16.28 sec

Fadi El Masri — 2 in 17.43 sec

Group 3

Mitchell Hooper — 5 in 39.51 sec

Mathew Ragg — 5 in 55.84 sec

Graham Hicks — 4 in 28.31 sec

Aivars Smaukstelis — 4 in 30.44 sec

Mateusz Kieliszkowski — 4 in 33.24 sec

Spenser Remick — 4 in 38.79 sec

Group 4

Brian Shaw — 4 in 33.99 sec

Jaco Schoonwinkel — 4 in 34.77 sec

Rauno Heinla — 3 in 21.60 sec

Kevin Faires — 3 in 28.93 sec

Gabriel Rheaume — 3 in 32.96 sec

Adam Bishop — 3 in 33.25 sec

Group 5

Trey Mitchell — 5 in 39.44 sec

Evan Singleton — 4 in 35.48 sec

Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 4 in 39.93 sec

Paul Smith — 4 in 45.84 sec

Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf — 3 in 22.34 sec

Mark Felix — 1 in 7.58 sec


Qualifying Day 2

Conan's Wheel

At this Qualifying event, athletes battled in the Conan’s Wheel tasking each to carry a 440-pound apparatus filled with large stones in a circle via a Zercher grip as fast as possible. The strongmen in each of the five Qualifying groups went in turn order based on their rank from in the Log Ladder event at the end of Day 1.

Below we can see the results for each of the groups:

Group 1

Pavlo Kordiyaka — 742 degrees

Pa O’Dwyer — 722 degrees

Bobby Thompson — 649 degrees

Konstantine Janashia — 633 degrees

Eddie Williams — 614 degrees

Tom Stoltman — 598 degrees

Group 2

Oleksii Novikov — 897 degrees

Gavin Bilton — 557 degrees

Luke Stoltman — 545 degrees

Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 524 degrees

Fadi El Masri — 70 degrees

Thomas Evans — 69 degrees

Group 3

Mitchell Hooper — 636 degrees

Mathew Ragg — 628 degrees

Aivars Šmaukstelis — 575 degrees

Mateusz Kieliszkowski — 538 degrees

Spenser Remick — 470 degrees

Graham Hicks — 425 degrees

Group 4

Jaco Schoonwinkel — 713 degrees

Kevin Faires — 636 degrees

Rauno Heinla — 572 degrees

Gabriel Rhéaume — 476 degrees

Brian Shaw — 411 degrees

Adam Bishop — 292 degrees

Group 5

Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 629 degrees

Evan Singleton — 589 degrees

Trey Mitchell — 523 degrees

Paul Smith — 518 degrees

Mark Felix — 470 degrees

Jean-Stephan Coraboeuf — 143 degrees

Kettlebell Toss

Based on the weight-for-height concept competition, the Keg Toss relies on clear power and persistence to achieve success. Each of the 30 athletes had to toss seven kettlebells over a 15" bar in the fastest time possible within the 60-second time cap. The weights of the kettlebells are 45, 48, 50, 50, 53, 58, and 68 lb. Let's see what athletes succeeded to impress the audience with their results:

Group 1

Pavlo Kordiyaka — six in 18.09 — Overall Group Winner

Konstantine Janashia — six in 19.93 seconds

Tom Stoltman — six in 21.99 seconds

Pa O’Dwyer — six in 31.71 seconds

Bobby Thompson — six in 35.67 seconds

Eddie Williams — six in 36.40 seconds

Group 2

Gavin Bilton — six in 19.9 seconds

Luke Stoltman — six in 49.35 seconds

Kristján Jón Haraldsson — five in 15.57 seconds

Thomas Evans — five in 28.68

Fadi El Masri — four in 20.61 seconds

Oleksii Novikov — one in 9.56 seconds — Overall Group Winner

Group 3

Mateusz Kieliszkowski — seven in 32.44 seconds

Mitchell Hooper — six in 17.18 seconds — Overall Group Winner

Mathew Ragg — six in 21.96 seconds

Aivars Šmaukstelis — six in 25.41 seconds

Spenser Remick — five in 24.31 seconds

Graham Hicks — four in 20.51 seconds

Group 4

Brian Shaw — seven in 48.45 seconds

Jaco Schoonwinkel — six in 47.32 seconds — Overall Group Winner

Adam Bishop — six in 32.29 seconds

Kevin Faires — five in 34.09 seconds

Rauno Heinla — five in 44.51 seconds

Gabriel Rhéaume — three in 14 seconds

Group 5

Trey Mitchell — seven in 34.42 seconds — Overall Group Winner

Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — six in 27.66 seconds

Evan Singleton — six in 28.81 seconds

Mark Felix — four in 42.66 seconds

Jean-Stephan Coraboeuf — two in 23.65 seconds

Paul Smith — one in 28.62 seconds

Stone Off

The runner-up and third-place finisher in each of the five Qualifying groups went head-to-head, lifting a series of six Atlas Stones weighing 140 and 200 kilograms over a bar until one strongman no longer could.

As a reward for ranking higher, the runner-up of each group lifted second in each event. The loser is determined by whoever fails a lift first, even if both athletes lift an equal number of stones. Let's take a look at five pairs of athletes and who managed to perform the exercise first;

Group 1

Tom Stoltman: Won

Bobby Thompson: Lost

Group 2

Luke Stoltman: Won

Gavin Bilton: Lost

Group 3

Mathew Ragg: Won

Aivars Smaukstelis: Lost

Group 4

Brian Shaw: Won

Rauno Heinla: Lost

Group 5

Evan Singleton: Won

Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted: Lost

Day 3. Rest Day

Day 4. Final Day 1

Reign Total Body Fuel Shield Carry

Each strongman was tasked to carry a 432-pound shield in a bear-hug position for the farthest distance possible up and down a 20-meter course. Having seen the outcomes, we can already define the top three rivals in the competition:

Mitchell Hooper — 64.8 meters

Tom Stoltman — 63.15 meters

Oleksii Novikov — 55.87 meters

Trey Mitchell — 50.83 meters

Evan Singleton — 48.3 meters

Pavlo Kordiyaka — 46.59 meters — issued a 19.8-meter penalty

Luke Stoltman — 44.62 meters

Brian Shaw — 39.1 meters

Mathew Ragg — 37.65 meters

Jaco Schoonwinkel — 15.92 meters

KNAACK Deadlift

The 10 finalists had to deadlift 355 kilograms (782.6 pounds) for as many reps as possible in a time limit of 75 seconds. The athlete with the highest rep total amount was awarded first-place points.

Mitchell Hooper — eight reps

Oleksii Novikov — seven reps (T-second)

Brian Shaw — seven reps (T-second)

Trey Mitchell — seven reps (T-second)

Mathew Ragg — seven reps (T-second)

Tom Stoltman — six reps

Evan Singleton — five reps (T-seventh)

Jaco Schoonwinkel — five reps (T-seventh)

Pavlo Kordiyaka — four reps

Luke Stoltman — three reps

Fingal’s Fingers

The event concentrates around a series of hinged poles, or fingers, that should be lifted starting from a horizontal resting position and flipped over to the other side. The poles are getting progressively heavier and longer, making the challenge to flip the fingers tougher and tougher as the timer counts down. This stage is scored by time and by how many of the poles an athlete is able to flip over.

With weights ranging from 200 kg to over 300 kg, athletes have to flip all five fingers being pushed by the clock ticking. On WSM 2023, 10 finalists have to lift and topple five fingers with the weight of 320, 340, 350, and 380 pounds in the fastest time possible.

So, this event resulted in such a rank:

Tom Stoltman — five in 39.36 seconds

Oleksii Novikov — five in 42.26 seconds

Trey Mitchell — five in 48.46 seconds

Pavlo Kordiyaka — five in 48.69 seconds

Evan Singleton — five in 49.85 seconds

Mitchell Hooper — five in 49.89 seconds

Brian Shaw — four in 26.69 seconds

Luke Stoltman — four in 32.54 seconds

Mathew Ragg — four in 35.03 seconds

Jaco Schoonwinkel — four in 40.76 seconds

Day 5. Final Day 2

Max Dumbbell

10 athletes had to clean and press ascendingly heavy dumbbells with the weight of 115, 125, 132.5, 140, 145, 151, and 155 kilograms (254, 276, 292, 309, 320, 333, and 342 pounds accordingly) to perform their max lift. Athletes could choose to skip any weight to go heavier immediately. The results were the following:

Mitchell Hooper — 309 pounds (T-first)

Evan Singleton — 309 pounds (T-first)

Oleksii Novikov — 292 pounds (T-third)

Tom Stoltman — 292 pounds (T-third)

Pavlo Kordiyaka — 292 pounds (T-third)

Luke Stoltman — 292 pounds (T-third)

Brian Shaw — 276 pounds (T-seventh)

Trey Mitchell — 276 pounds (T-seventh)

Mathew Ragg — 276 pounds (T-seventh)

Jaco Schoonwinkel — no lift — withdrew from the competition

Vehicle Pull

This jaw-dropping exercise implies trams, boxcars, buses or planes pull across a 100 ft course, by hand, in the quickest time possible. Originally, the Strongmen would wear a pulling harness, but today it’s more common for them to have a harness and a pulling rope. The old harness-only system did seem to give an advantage to the competitors with the strongest body weight.

So, the Vehicle Pull challenged the nine finalists to pull a 51,000-pound bus down a 25-meter course in the fastest time within the 75-second time cap. The leader impressed the spectators with his lighting-speed pull showing such results:

Mitchell Hooper — 30.24 seconds

Tom Stoltman — 32.27 seconds (T-second)

Evan Singleton — 32.27 seconds (T-second)

Pavlo Kordiyaka — 32.46 seconds

Trey Mitchell — 32.49 seconds

Brian Shaw — 32.65 seconds

Luke Stoltman — 32.83 seconds

Oleksii Novikov — 33.35 seconds

Mathew Ragg — 36.29 seconds

Jaco Schoonwinkel — withdrew

Atlas Stones

Being a signature event in the WSM competition, this event involves five heavy, spherical stones which increase in weight of 330, 350, 395, 440, and 460 pounds that must be placed on top of five high platforms that span a 50-inch height in the fastest time possible.

Tom Stoltman — five in 33.26 seconds

Mitchell Hooper — five in 36.96 seconds

Trey Mitchell — five in 45.72 seconds

Oleksii Novikov — four in 27.47 seconds

Evan Singleton — four in 28.16 seconds

Brian Shaw — four in 35.88 seconds

Pavlo Kordiyaka — four in 45.86 seconds

Luke Stoltman — four in 48.49 seconds

Mathew Ragg — four in 49.50 seconds

Jaco Schoonwinkel — withdrew

About the WSM Winners

The World’s Strongest Man (WSM) competition always celebrates the accomplishments of the top world's strongest man athletes starting from 1977. Below you can see a list of the top 10 WSM winners starting in the 2000s:

  1. Tom Stoltman (2021, 2022)
  2. Oleksii Novikov (2020)
  3. Martins Licis (2019)
  4. Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson (2018)
  5. Eddie Hall (2017)
  6. Brian Shaw (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  7. Žydrūnas Savickas (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014)
  8. Phil Pfister (2006)
  9. Vasyl Virastyuk (2004)
  10. Mariusz Pudzianowski (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008)

These strongman champions left an indelible mark on the history of the high-ranked and prestigious WSM 2023 competition by continuing to impress us with their unlimited physical capabilities, superb performance, and solid will to win this challenging race.

Top 5 2023 World’s Strongest Man Winners List

Let’s rename the best 5 athletes of this year's Strongman competition, each of them was dominating in specific events and their qualifying group accordingly, by showing us the massive endeavors and strength that pushed them to such unbelievable scores.

1. Mitchell Hooper

By dominating from the very start in his qualifying group and the final round of the competition, by winning three of the six events (Shield Carry, Deadlift, Bus Pull) and clinching the top spot in another (Max Dumbbell Press), Mitchell Hooper became the 1st time ever Canadian who won the title of 2023 World’s Strongest Man and lifted the flag of Canada to the top of the podium this year. “The Moose” Hooper attended the Powerlifting World’s Strongest Man championships just for the second time. For you to know, in 2022, he was picked up as the last-minute replacement by getting 8th place in the contest, and it was his debut in such SBD world competitions.

Imagine, he was outside the top two in just one event (Fingal's Fingers). Hooper got a total of 53.5 points for the victory in WSM 2023.

2. Tom Stoltman

Aside from his previous WSM success, 'The Albatross' Stoltman broke the world record for lifting 5 Atlas stones in just 16.01 seconds. He also holds the world record for the heaviest Atlas stone ever lifted over a bar at 286 kg.

Tom Stoltman's Powerlifting PBs:
Squat: 400 kg
Deadlift: 430 kg
Bench press: 250-260 kg

Tom Stoltman's Strongman PBs:
Log press: 200 kg
Atlas stone: 286 kg
Push press: 205/210 kg

3. Luke Stoltman

Currently holding the British Log Press record, Luke Stoltman has a goal of becoming the World's Strongest Man. He placed 7th in the 2022 WSM competition, alongside being 5-time Scotland’s Strongest Man and Europe’s Strongest Man champion of 2021.

Luke Stoltman's Powerlifting PBs:
Squat: 410 kg
Deadlift: 410 kg
Bench press: 250 kg

Luke Stoltman's Strongman PBs:
Log press: 228.5 kg
Hummer tire deadlift: 422 kg
Push press: 220 kg

4. Brian Show

Four-time World Strongest Man winner Brian Shaw announced he would compete in the 2023 WSM competition. However, he mentioned that he will go for 'one more big push' to win his fifth and final career WSM title.

Brian Shaw's Powerlifting PBs:
Squat: 410 kg
Deadlift: 467 kg
Bench press: 240 kg

Brian Shaw's Strongman PBs
Tire deadlift: 570 kg (with straps)
Log lift: 200 kg x 2
Atlas stone: 254 kg

5. Oleksii Novikov

Novikov won the 2020 World's Strongest Man competition, placed third last year, and won two World's Ultimate Strongman competitions in 2021, the Rogue Invitational and Europe’s Strongest Man in 2022.

Oleksii Novikov's Strongman PBs:
Hummer Tire Deadlift: 549 kg
Squat (with wraps): 350 kg
Log Press for Reps: 180 kg × 4


Where is The 2023 World's Strongest Man Competition?

The WSM 2023 took place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, from April 19th to the 23rd, with a one-day break on Friday, April 21, to separate the Qualifying rounds from the finals.

How Many Competitors Are There in World Strongest Man?

30 of the world’s top strongman athletes gathered in the Palmetto State for the 45th edition of the competition. The competitors competed over the course of two days in the qualifying stage, after which the athletes’ field was narrowed down to only 10 rivals. Following a rest day, the finalists participated in 6 additional events over two days to determine the overall winner.

Where is 2024 The World's Strongest Man?

Britain's Strongest Man is returning to Utilita Arena Sheffield for 2024 Britain's Strongest Man 2024 is the first stop on the prestigious Giants Live World's Strongest Man Arena Tour - 6 of the UK's biggest arenas play host to grueling challenges and epic lifts that will amaze fans

On the back of a hugely successful 2023 Europe’s Strongest Man, the Giants Live World’s Strongest Man Arena Tour is back for 2024, bigger, better – and stronger than ever!


Congratulations to Mitchell Hooper, this time on the WSM 2023 he did his best to prove who’s the strongest man. Although, he’s still a relative newcomer to Strongman, having made his pro debut a year ago. But what a year he’s had! The 320 lb “Moose” won the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic in March, and he is now the first Canadian who hit the World’s Strongest Man podium. And it needs to be mentioned that he’s just getting started.

Hooper’s performance shows us that there are no limits and you don’t need 20 or more years of exhausting training under your lifting belt to be a strongman athlete. You just need the correct mix of raw talent, skills, a firm, and hardshell work ethic, and the will to devastate everyone, and sure a lucky day on the events.

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Sergii is a professional weightlifter and National team member in the past. Competed in 94 kg w/c, won multiple medals on national competitions.

Nowadays Sergii is responsible for designing training programs, writing blog articles, doing live commentary of international weightlifting competitions, running different sport & fitness educational seminars, including Olympic weightlifting together with Oleksiy Torokhtiy all around the globe.

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