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Pavlo Nakonechnyy Withdraws From 2023 Strongman Classic, Gavin Bilton Tapped as Replacement


The 2023 Strongman Classic, scheduled for July 8 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, has endured another shakeup to its roster. In early June, it was announced that defending Strongman Classic champion Oleksii Novikov would vacate the throne. On June 30, 2023, another Ukrainian athlete pulled out of the competition.

Pavlo Nakonechnyy has withdrawn from the 2023 Strongman Classic due to a lingering knee injury sustained at the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic. He tapped out of the final event, the Timber Carry, in Columbus, OH, due to the knee injury suffered during the deadlift event.

Gavin Bilton of the UK has been confirmed as Nakonechnyy’s replacement.


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2023 Strongman Classic Roster

The updated roster for the 2023 Strongman Classic is comprised of the following athletes:

Kevin Faires
Mitchell Hooper
Rongo Keene
Pavlo Kordiyaka
Spenser Remick
Cheick “Iron Biby” Sanou
Evan Singleton
Luke Stoltman
Tom Stoltman
Eddie Williams
Trey Mitchell
Gavin Bilton
Pavlo Nakonechnny — Withdrawn
Oleksii Novikov — Defending Champion, Withdrawn

This is not the first premiere contest Nakonechnyy has had to withdraw from due to this knee injury. Previously, he withdrew from the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) contest for similar reasons.


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2023 Strongman Classic Events

The single-day competition in London will feature the following five events:

Event One — Nicol Stone Carry
Event Two — Super Yoke
Event Three — Axle Deadlift
Event Four — Viking Press
Event Five — Castle Stones

Although two Ukrainian strongmen have withdrawn from the 2023 Strongman Classic, the country is not left without representation. The 2023 Europe’s Strongest Man champion Pavlo Kordiyaka is still scheduled to compete at Royal Albert Hall.

Giants Live confirmed with the announcement of Nakonechnyy’s withdrawal that Bilton has been a scheduled reserve athlete for this show since the initial roster was announced. Therefore, Bilton should be in competition shape come July 8.

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