Tom Stoltman has won the 2022 World’s Strongest Manmaking him the first champion in six years to win back-to-back titles.
Stoltman dominated his group in the Qualifying rounds, consistently winning first place through all six initial events. Still, he entered the Finals one-and-a-half points behind 2020 WSM winner Oleksii Novikov. Clearly not an insurmountable lead, but Novikov’s early performances during Days Four and Five made Stoltman push hard to achieve victory.
Tom Stoltman’s 2022 Path to Victory
Stoltman and Novikov battled back and forth, trading first and second place finishes throughout the first day of Finals, barring Mitchell Hooper’s surprise win during the KNAACK Giant’s Medley.
In Day Two, Novikov took an initial lead during the Bus Pull with a first place win as Stoltman came in third. However, Novikov gave up ground during the Reign Total Body Fuel Power Stairs and Stoltman won a dominant first place in the conclusive Atlas Stones to secure his second title without question.
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With his first win in 2021, Stoltman became the first competitor representing Scotland to win the title. With his second win in 2022, he became the tenth competitor in the contest’s 45-year history to win multiple titles.