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Scotland's Tom Stoltman, the current World's Strongest Man, was dominant in his quest to win the British title on Saturday evening in Sheffield. Stoltman amassed 46 out of a possible 50 points and finished in the top 3 in every event to guarantee himself the victory.

The day started with the Dumbbell Medley, a test that has caused Stoltman trouble in the past. At the WUS Strength Island competition in March, the Scotsman had failed to lift the 100 kg dumbbell but on Saturday, he powered through the 100 and 110 kg dumbbells to get off to a good start. He then put in a respectable performance in the Super Yoke and tied for the win in the Deadlift.

After that, the title was just a formality as Stoltman won the Loading Race, just over a second ahead of his brother Luke. Then, in the Atlas Stones, the Albatross made it 11 wins in his last 12 stone runs, putting his Glasgow mishap behind him.

The two previous champions, Adam Bishop (2020) and Graham Hicks (2019) were able to reach the podium. Both athletes tied Tom Stoltman with 8 reps in the Deadlift, and that proved crucial as Luke Stoltman only managed 5 reps. This gave them 5 more points than the Highland Oak in that particular event, which proved decisive as Hicks finished one point in front of the Europe's Strongest Man champion.

This was the first Scottish victory at Britain's Strongest Man since Forbes Cowan's win in 1995, and the first win for a non-English athlete since 2001 (Glenn Ross).

The athletes will start training again soon, as the next Britain's Strongest Man will be taking place in just over 4 months. However, some have other plans: Luke and Tom Stoltman will head to the Rogue Invitational next week, Shane Flowers has entered the Official Strongman Games, and Andy Black will compete at the Magnús Ver Magnússon Strongman Classic. Hibernation has not started just yet!

After narrowly edging out Mateusz Kielizkowski in Dubai two weeks ago, Oleksii Novikov lost by the finest of margins at the inaugural Arnold Sports Festival UK.

Evan Singleton and Oleksii Novikov both finished on 42 points overall, but Singleton was given the win as he was the quickest on the Atlas Stones. The American did not win an event on Sunday, but he was in the top 4 in every discipline.

Novikov, meanwhile, won three individual events as he dominated the Frame Carry, the Deadlift and the Dumbbell Press, but he fell short on the Atlas Stones. The Ukrainian could not lift the second boulder in one fluid motion, which cost him valuable time. Novikov would have needed to be 0.95 seconds faster for the competition win.

Behind the leaders, Trey Mitchell and Jean-François Caron also tied, with 36.5 points each. Mitchell was credited with 3rd place because he was 1.19 seconds faster than Caron in the Atlas Stones. Mitchell, who won the Shaw Classic in August, has had a breakthrough year in 2021, while Caron has brilliantly recovered from the injury he sustained at World's Strongest Man.

55-year-old Mark Felix finished 5th after winning his signature event, the Hercules Hold. Behind him, Scotland's Andy Black took 6th after blitzing the Atlas Stones.

Three athletes dropped out injured: Pa O'Dwyer, Luke Stoltman and Tom Stoltman. All three of them will look to heal their wounds for the next Giants Live contest, Britain's Strongest Man, which takes place on October 23.

The Giants Live tour visited Scotland for the first time ever on Saturday, and the local fans could not have been happier with the result... they were treated to a Stoltman 1-2!

Luke, Not Tom

Just a few weeks ago, 36-year-old Luke Stoltman had no international titles to his name. He now has two! Luke delivered a consistent performance in Glasgow, only getting maximum points in the Log Lift (tying with his brother) and amassing 37.5 out of a possible 50 points.

Still, Luke could hardly have done any better on these events. In the Atlas Stones, his impressive run of 19.91 seconds proved to be enough as his rivals faltered.

"I'm the best in the world, and I will prove that to you next year", Stoltman said.

A Rarity in the Stones

Going into the final event at the Giants Live World Tour Finals, Tom Stoltman had a one-point lead over Evan Singleton. That seemed insurmountable, given the fact that Luke's younger brother had won each of his last 10 stone lifting events in competition.

However, unbelievably, Stoltman mistimed his lift on the fourth stone. The 160 kg rock hit the lip of the platform and crashed to the ground, knocking the heavier fifth stone away in the process.

That was the opening Evan Singleton was looking for, but he made the same mistake and also saw his fifth stone roll away! The two men lost loads of time, and this allowed Luke Stoltman to win the competition. Tom finished one point back with 36.5, while Singleton amassed 33.5 points - just enough to hold off his countryman Kevin Faires.

Two New World Records

The day started with Cheick "Iron Biby" Sanou attempting the log lift world record. The athlete from Burkina Faso had been unable to attend the World Log Lift Championships on September 4 due to a missed connection at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Iron Biby was able to seize his opportunity. He made quick work of 180 and 207 kg before taking on the 229 kg world record attempt. Unlike the Axle Press record he set in July, there was no need for multiple tries! Biby pressed the log with ease, taking the record away from strongman legend Žydrūnas Savickas, who had held it since May 1, 2005.

Sanou was performing in honor of his father, Lancina, who passed away on August 21. Like his son, Lancina Sanou was an educated man: he founded the Alpha Solidarité schools in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso and dedicated his life to helping the youth learn.

Another world record was broken shortly after Sanou had left the platform. The Nicol Stones had been carried 21.50 metres by Scotland's Andy Black earlier this summer, but Kevin Faires was able to set the new mark at 22.20 metres. Black then tried to get his record back, but fell just short at 21.86 metres.

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Two major contests organized by the World's Ultimate Strongman (WUS) organization took place today in Dubai, and both came down to the wire.

WUS was staging their second international men's contest of the year, Friday evening, and they also held their first ever World's Ultimate Strongwoman competition.

Annabelle Chapman Surprises Many

Most observers predicted a battle between three-time World's Strongest Woman Donna Moore and 2018 champion Andrea Thompson. That is not what materialized in Dubai. Instead, Annabelle Chapman, who had been comfortably beaten by Moore a few weeks ago at the UK's Strongest Woman contest, stepped up to the occasion.

Chapman was consistent throughout the events, finishing in the top 4 in each discipline. This was enough for the athlete from Yorkshire as her main rivals all had one major stumble: Donna Moore only got 4 reps in the Log Lift, Melissa Peacock was unable to complete the Farmer's Walk, and Andrea Thompson finished last in the Atlas Stones. Thompson had been struggling with a calf injury throughout the show and missed out on the podium.

Donna Moore finished 2nd today, only two points behind Annabelle Chapman. Moore dug herself an early hole in the Log Lift, coming in sixth place, and although she won the Super Yoke and the Atlas Stones, it was not quite enough for the winner of UK's Strongest Woman.

Canada's Melissa Peacock finished a single point behind Moore to seal the biggest international podium in her career. The lightest woman in the field, Peacock showed her speed and agility in the Chain Railway Carriage and did very well on every event except the Farmer's Walk, where her grip unfortunately let her down. Peacock's performance was extremely impressive nonetheless.

Novikov Edges Out Kieliszkowski

It felt just like 2019 again as Oleksii Novikov and Mateusz Kieliszkowski battled in Dubai. Kieliszkowski, who had not competed in 18 months due to multiple tricep tears, truly showed that he was back.

The Polish athlete's attempt at redemption fell just short, in the end, as he failed the final stone in the series of 10. The stone, weighing 200 kg, was conquered by Novikov and this was what the Ukrainian needed. In the overall standings, Novikov won by a single point!

Although Kieliszkowski was understandably disappointed after coming so close to a win, everyone watching was impressed by how strong he was. Kieliszkowski won three individual events - the Super Yoke, the Farmer's Walk and the Chain Railway Carriage - and finished 10 points ahead of the third place finisher. Kieliszkowski's last international win came in October 2019 at the WUS Dubai contest.

The battle for 3rd place was also a thrilling one, and Aivars Šmaukstelis ended up taking it. The Latvian beat Jean-François Caron by nearly 20 seconds in the Atlas Stones, delivering a great performance to win the event. This is a second WUS podium this year for Šmaukstelis, who had also finished third at WUS Strength Island in March.

Only a few days before the 2021 Europe’s Strongest Man competition, world champion Tom Stoltman had to pull out, having tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately for the Stoltman family and for Scottish pride, his older brother Luke Stoltman was there to carry the flag.

Luke showed that he was in strong form by tying for the win in the opening event, the Max Log Lift, with Graham Hicks on 195 kg. He was then able to maintain the lead for the rest of the contest with a consistent performance: Stoltman took 2nd place in three of the four remaining events.

"I’ve been doing this for almost 10 years, and I feel the most privileged… the happiest I’ve ever felt, right now", Stoltman said before laughing in delight after the Atlas Stones.

Unbelievably, this was Luke Stoltman’s first international title! The Highland Oak used to spend long periods of time working offshore on oil rigs before quitting his job in 2020, which has greatly helped his performances in strongman.

Stoltman edged out the 2020 World’s Strongest Man, Oleksii Novikov, by only 1.5 points when all was said and done. Novikov lost multiple points in the 200 kg Shield Carry for distance and, despite winning the Car Walk and the Atlas Stones, the Ukrainian was unable to catch up. He was still enjoying himself a lot, and it was clear to see when he congratulated Luke Stoltman after the Atlas Stones.

Graham Hicks was able to take his second career Europe’s Strongest Man podium, and his first since 2014, by holding off Rauno Heinla. The Estonian was not disappointed as he got some good news after the competition.

"This time I got an answer, they will invite me to the 2022 WSM. We will see!" Heinla wrote on Instagram.

The two residents of Ireland, Marius Lalas and Pa O’Dwyer, tied for 5th place overall, only 2.5 points off the podium.

A Difficult Log Lift

The World Log Lift Championships, featuring Cheick Sanou, were highly anticipated… But sadly, it wasn’t to be. Sanou missed his connecting flight in Paris and was in a taxi during the Max Log Lift.

Meanwhile, the opening weight of 180 kg was a massive struggle for the athletes. The first 7 competitors to try the log all failed! Rauno Heinla and Adam Bishop came very close to locking it out, but could not quite control it - Bishop was even thrown backwards when he dropped the log.

On-site commentator Bill Kazmaier speculated that these misses may have been caused by the bright arena lights shining in the athletes’ faces. Multiple athletes who failed the opening weight had managed 180 kg in the past. This was notably the case for Rauno Heinla, Adam Bishop, Johnny Hansson and Pa O’Dwyer.

Therefore, only 3 men registered a lift! Luke Stoltman and Graham Hicks both completed 195 kg, while Oleksii Novikov successfully locked out 180 kg and wisely stopped there. Hicks opted not to attempt 207.5 kg while Stoltman did so twice, but it just wasn’t in the cards on Saturday.

What’s Next?

The athletes will be able to rest up this week, but they will be back on the grind very soon. On Friday, September 17, at the WUS Dubai show, Mateusz Kieliszkowski will be making his return to competition after an 18-month absence. He will face elite athletes such as Oleksii Novikov, Jean-François Caron and Rauno Heinla, among others. The strongest women in the world will also be taking part in the inaugural World’s Ultimate Strongwoman competition. Strongman Archives will be following both contests!

Just a day later, on September 18, Giants Live will head to Glasgow, Scotland for the World Tour Finals. Tom and Luke Stoltman will both be there, squaring off against international challengers including Maxime Boudreault, Trey Mitchell, Evan Singleton and Kevin Faires.

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