Oleksii Novikov Wins World's Strongest Man 2020

Ukraine’s Oleksii Novikov had been crowned the World’s Strongest Man, 2020. Aged just 24, Novikov is the youngest winner of the competition and beat the likes of veteran strongman and 4x WSM winner Brian Shaw to secure his victory. Britain’s Tom Stoltman came in 2nd whilst Canada’s JF Caron came in 3rd place.


Here is the rundown of the final points tally:


1. Oleksii Novikov – 47 points

2. Tom Stoltman – 43.5 points

3. JF Caron – 42 points

4. Jerry Pritchett – 40 points

5. Brian Shaw – 35.5 points

6. Adam Bishop – 34 points

7. Kevin Faires – 31 points

8. Aivars Smaukstelis – 28.5 points

9. Luke Richardson – 22.5 points

10. Graham Hicks – 1 point (withdrew due to injury)


Day two of the finals saw Novikov commanding a firm lead, in part down to his stellar performance in the 18-inch deadlift the day before where he set a new world record, lifting 537.5-kilograms (1,185-pounds) to secure the win for that event.


Day Two’s events included the Hercules Hold, a Log Ladder and the traditional Atlas Stones. Britain’s Mark Felix, although not qualified for the finals, attempted to break his own world record in the Hercules hold but was unable to do so. Here are the results.


Hercules Hold Scores:

  1. JF Caron – 52.67 seconds

  2. Kevin Faires – 49.22 seconds

  3. Jerry Pritchett – 42.99 seconds

  4. Oleksii Novikov – 41.63 seconds

  5. Luke Richardson – 35.12 seconds

  6. Brian Shaw – 34.79 seconds

  7. Adam Bishop – 28.4 seconds

  8. Aivars Smaukstelis – 28.17 seconds

  9. Tom Stoltman – 21.23 seconds

  10. Graham Hicks (withdrew)

Log Ladder Scores:

  1. Tom Stoltman – 5 logs (49.45 seconds)

  2. Jerry Pritchett – 5 logs (51.84 seconds)

  3. Oleksii Novikov – 4 logs (32.68 seconds)

  4. Aivars Smaukstelis – 4 logs (41.42 seconds)

  5. Kevin Faires – 4 logs (46.67 seconds)

  6. Luke Richardson – 4 logs (62.12 seconds)

  7. Brian Shaw – 3 logs (27.91 seconds)

  8. Adam Bishop – 3 logs (37.02 seconds)

  9. JF Caron – 3 logs (47.05 seconds)

  10. Graham Hicks (withdrew)


Atlas Stone Scores:

  1. Tom Stoltman – 5 stones (19.89 seconds)

  2. Brian Shaw – 5 stones (28.55 seconds)

  3. JF Caron – 5 stones (34.03 seconds)

  4. Oleksii Novikov – 4 stones (19.47 seconds)

  5. Aivars Smaukstelis – 4 stones (20.63 seconds)

  6. Adam Bishop – 4 stones (24.3 seconds)

  7. Jerry Pritchett – 4 stones (24.53 seconds)

  8. Kevin Faires – 4 stones (24.73 seconds)

  9. Luke Richardson – 3 stones (18.02 seconds)

  10. Graham Hicks (withdrew)


As usual, television coverage will be broadcast on Channel 5 in the UK on December 26th and on CBS and CBS Sport in the U.S. on Dec 26.