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  • #21
    Hi Ben, you are right indeed about the Stoltman brothers being the first pair to compete together since the Samuelssons in 2002. The Gosling brothers competed around the same time but never at the same WSM.

    Confirmed athletes so far (either via social media or per guaranteed invite) :
    1. Brian Shaw (USA)
    2. Martins Licis (USA)
    3. Jerry Pritchett (USA)
    4. Nick Best (USA)
    5. Robert Oberst (USA)
    6. Derek DeVaughan (USA)
    7. Rob Kearney (USA)
    8. Eddie Hall (GBR)
    9. Laurence Shahlaei (GBR)
    10. Terry Hollands (GBR)
    11. Mark Felix (GBR)
    12. Luke Stoltman (GBR)
    13. Tom Stoltman (GBR)
    14. Jean-François Caron (CAN)
    15. Jimmy Paquet (CAN)
    16. Hafthor Bjornsson (ISL)
    17. Ari Gunnarsson (ISL)
    18. Zydrunas Savickas (LTU)
    19. Matjaz Belsak (SVN)
    20. Konstantine Janashia (GEO)
    21. Dimitar Savatinov (BUL)
    22. Mikhail Shivlyakov (RUS)
    23. Johan Els (RSA)
    24. Mikkel Leicht (DEN)
    25. Colm Woulfe (NZL)

    Alternates:
    Brian Benzel (USA)
    Stefan Solvi Petursson (ISL)

    The others haven't confirmed, and some of the aforementioned athletes might drop out.

    I'll update this list as we move closer to competition time!

    Officially not going :
    Johannes Arsjo (SWE) - Back surgery
    Martin Forsmark (SWE) - Personal reasons
    Adam Bishop (GBR) - Ruptured bicep tendon
    Krzysztof Radzikowski (POL) - Bicep injury
    Graham Hicks (GBR) - Personal reasons
    Last edited by Eloi Fournier; 04-17-2017, 04:47 PM.

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    • #22
      Originally posted by Ben Wynes View Post
      Great to see the field shaping up, wonder who will receive the other wildcards. I am pretty sure Caron, Licis, Kielszkowski, Szymanski will have been invited as last year's finalists.

      I also hope the likes of Zageris, Lalas, Wildauer, Oberst, Savatinov, Radzikowski and Shivlyakov get an invite. Guess a lot will depend on injuries and/or existing commitments to other comps. Do any of the SCL or Arnold comps clash with WSM this year?

      The strength in depth in strongman at the moment is so high, imagine if we actually saw the top 30 strongmen in the world get invited, the heats would be so much more competitive than we often see.
      The Arnold World Series - South Africa will take place 5th - 7th May.
      The SCL does have a show planned for Bosnia at the same time as WSM.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by Neil Mitchell View Post

        The Arnold World Series - South Africa will take place 5th - 7th May.
        The SCL does have a show planned for Bosnia at the same time as WSM.
        These do not clash directly with WSM. SCL Bosnia is on May 13th, while WSM is from May 20th to May 28th. I don't see any big contests during that week.

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        • #24
          The SCL website says they'll be holding their Log Lift Worlds on May 20. Obviously some contenders for that title will be at WSM.

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          • #25
            Originally posted by Scotty Blyly View Post
            The SCL website says they'll be holding their Log Lift Worlds on May 20. Obviously some contenders for that title will be at WSM.
            Interesting, some SCL guys like Blekaitis, Heinla, Zageris don't really go to WSM.

            Johannes Arsjo is out, he's recovering from back surgery.
            Ari Gunnarsson is in.
            Last edited by Neil Mitchell; 04-09-2017, 03:09 PM.

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            • #26
              Interesting that the SCL Log Lift World's clash with WSM. Just seen that Hicks took one of the log records at this weekend's FIBO SCL in Germany. Pure speculation of course, but I wonder if that's why he pulled out of Europe's to concentrate on that comp. And if that is the case I wonder whether he'd opt to go to the Log Lift World's (which he'd have a good shot at winning) over WSM?

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              • #27
                The events for the final are rumored to look like this:

                - Flip & Drag
                - Axle Squat
                - Truck Pull
                - Deadlift
                - Viking Press
                - Atlas Stones

                Three static events out of six would be a huge break for Z and for the Beast. It would be the most static final in modern history with these events, but we'll have to wait until it's official to confirm that this is the actual list. However, Shaw and Thor can never be counted out.

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                • #28
                  Just seen that Laurence Shahlaei has put the groups on Instagram. Apparently they are going to be:

                  1 - Shaw, Caron, Belsak, Felix, T.Stoltman, Woulfe

                  2 - Bjornsson, Licis, Savatinov, L. Stoltman, Paquet, Gordzielik

                  3 - Shahlaei, Janashia, Shivlyakov, Leicht, Els, Kearney

                  4 - Hall, Kieliszkowski, DeVaughn, Gunnarson, Nami, Van Staden

                  5 - Savickas, Hollands, Pritchett, Best, Zageris, Maheripourehir

                  Seems like they have invited the top guys. With the exception of those who have already ruled themselves out due to injuries or personal issues, the only ones I would have liked to see are Lalas and Wildauer. The only one i don't know much about is Iran's strongest man, Peyman Maheripourehir. Some tough groups there.

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                  • #29
                    Thanks to Craig Pfisterer for posting the events elsewhere:-

                    Group 1
                    Load & Drag
                    Log Lift
                    Fingal Fingers
                    Deadlift
                    Overhead Toss
                    Last Man Standing Atlas Stones

                    Group 2
                    Load & Drag
                    Squat Lift
                    Truck Pull
                    Overhead Press
                    Overhead Toss
                    Last Man Standing Atlas Stones

                    Group 3
                    Load & Drag
                    Log Lift Lift
                    Truck Pull
                    Deadlift
                    Elephant Carry
                    Last Man Standing Atlas Stones

                    Group 4
                    Load & Drag
                    Log Lift
                    Truck Pull
                    Deadlift
                    Overhead Toss
                    Last Man Standing Atlas Stones

                    Group 5
                    Load & Drag
                    Squat Lift
                    Fingal Fingers
                    Overhead Press
                    Elephant Carry
                    Last Man Standing Atlas Stones

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