The 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) Final on April 22, 2023, was initially scheduled to kick off at 8:00 a.m. EST with the Fingal’s Fingers in Myrtle Beach, SC, but Zeus inhaled deep, exhaled deeper, and clapped his hands over the competition area. The first event of the 2023 WSM Final has been delayed due to inclement weather — a “Beach Hazards Statement” of moderate severity was issued by the National Weather Service.
The 2023 WSM Tournament Director Colin Bryce took to the WSM Instagram page at 7:15 a.m. to relay the news of the delay and suggested that a shake-up of event order might ensue:
Certainly, nothing will begin before 9 a.m. Some decisions to be made.
Check out Bryce’s full statement below in front of the puddles on the Street Stage, where the Fingal’s Fingers event was expected to occur:
2023 World’s Strongest Man Final Delay
The 2023 WSM leaderboard on their website listed the Reign Shield Carry as the first event on Day Three shortly after the announcement of the rain delay. Trading places, the Fingal’s Fingers were listed last, though there was no official confirmation that the order had been officially swapped as of 7:32 a.m.
The 10 finalists who would have to adjust their strategies and continue to remain warm for the contest were not far away from the contest floor. They are:
Pavlo Kordiyaka — Group One Winner
Tom Stoltman — Defeated Bobby Thompson in the Stone-Off
Oleksii Novikov — Group Two Winner
Luke Stoltman — Defeated Gavin Bilton in the Stone-Off
Mitchell Hooper — Group Three Winner
Mathew Ragg — Defeated Aivars Šmaukstelis in the Stone-Off
Jaco Schoonwinkel — Group Four Winner
Brian Shaw — Defeated Rauno Heinla in the Stone-Off
Trey Mitchell — Group Five Winner
Evan Singleton — Defeated Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted in the Stone-Off
For a review of everything that has thus far occurred at the 2023 WSM during the first two days of Qualifying, check out the recaps and results of the first six events below:
Event One “Loading Race” Results and Recap
Event Two “Deadlift Machine” Results and Recap
Event Three “Log Ladder” Results and Recap
Event Four “Conan’s Wheel” Results and Recap
Event Five “Kettlebell Toss” Results and Recap
Event Six “Stone-Off” Results and Recap
BarBend will update this article with more information regarding the start of Day Three of competition as soon as it becomes available.
Featured image courtesy of World’s Strongest Man
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