In the face of a pandemic, this year’s World’s Strongest Man competition is officially underway in Bradenton, Florida. Yet despite the competition going ahead in such uncertain circumstances, it is the weather that is in fact proving to be a greater immediate hazard.
WSM 2020 was scheduled to be held from Wednesday 11th – Sunday 15th with the finals being held over the weekend but owing to hazardous weather brought in by hurricane Eta, Thursday’s qualifying events were called off. This instead means that Friday, ordinarily reserved as a rest day for the athletes, may have to host those events postponed on Thursday.
This year’s contest sees some notable absences in the form of Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland) who announced his retirement form Strongman earlier this year. Also absent is 2019’s winner Martins Licis (USA) who decided to withdraw from this year’s competition to focus on recovery after being hit by a car back in the summer. This, potentially, leaves the way clear for Brian Shaw (USA) – arguably favourite to win – to claim his fifth World’s Strongest Man title, equal only to the current record holder, Poland’s Mariusz Pudzianowski.
Here is the run down of events as it stands – weather conditions will determine if certain events need replacing with others.
Qualifying Day One (Nov.11, 2020)
· Farmer’s Carry For Max Distance
· Deadlift OR Squat For Max Reps In 60 Seconds
Qualifying Day Two (Nov.12, 2020)
· Circus Dumbbell Clean and Press Medley OR Log Lift
· Loading Medley
Finals Day One (Nov. 14, 2020)
· Giant Medley
· Keg Toss
· Overhead Log Ladder
Finals Day Two (Nov. 15, 2020)
· Atlas Stones
· Hercules Hold
· Silver-Dollar Deadlift (18-inch or Partial Deadlift)