World’s Strongest Man

world’s strongest man

Beginning today and continuing every day this week is Five’s coverage of the most important international event in strength athletics. The contest sees the most powerful men from across the globe gather to compete for the title of World’s Strongest Man. Today, ‘Making of World’s Strongest Man’ takesviewers behind the scenes of the contest, while the action begins in earnest on Sunday.

Competitors qualify for the contest based on top placings at the Super Series events or according to their performance in selected events throughout the year. Thirty contestants take part across five heats, with the top two from each group making it through to the final. This year’s action takes place in Anaheim, deep in the heart of California’s Orange County.

Among the events in the qualifying rounds of the competition this year are the keg toss, the overhead log lift and the Atlas stones –an old strongman favourite. In the keg toss, this year taking place on Huntington Beach Pier, athletes compete one at a time as they attempt to throw a set number of metal barrels over a high bar in a limited time period. The Atlas stones discipline sees competitors lifting spherical stones of increasing weight onto plinths of various heights. The additional events in the final include the vehicle pull, the deadlift and the ever-popular car walk.

Throughout the week, competitors take part in these events in a number of different locations across Anaheim, before Friday’s programme sees the ten men who have collected the most points compete in the final.

Athletes to look out for in this year’s competition include current champion Mariusz Pudzianowski from Poland, Sebastian Wenta –also from Poland –and the USA’s Phil Pfister. British hopes once again rest with English giant Terry Hollands, who won the title of UK’s Strongest Man in 2005 and 2007. Standing at 6’7” tall and weighing some 28 stone, Hollands credits his success to spending every waking moment training. He eats two litres of porridge for breakfast, can consume five chicken breasts a day and has a daily intake of around 7,000 calories. Hollands explains that the worst thing about his sport is breaking his bed on a regular basis. And his advice to would-be strongmen? “Train hard and eat big”!

Today, ‘Making of World’s Strongest Man’ takes viewers on an exclusive journey behind the scenes of the most important event in international strength athletics, providing insight into how the competition is organised and offering a glimpse of the world’s strongest men as they have never been seen before.

On Sunday, the competition begins in earnest as the 30 competitors prepare to go head to head. This first qualifying heat sees Yorkshire’s Darren Sadler try to put his 2006 heartache behind him by seizing a place in the final.

Stage two of the contest on Monday sees Yorkshire farmer Mark Westaby make his debut on the world stage. Can this newcomer upset the odds in Anaheim?

On Tuesday, British eyes turn to Grenada-born Mark Felix –now a plasterer living in Blackburn – who will be desperate to make up for his Britain’s Strongest Man disappointment with a strong performance in California. Can he make it through to his third successive world final?

On Wednesday’s show, things are really hotting up in the OC. England’s salsa-dancing strongman Jimmy Marku enters the fray and will be hoping he can hit all the right moves.

The final qualifying round of this year’s competition on Thursdaysees Britain’s Strongest Man Terry Hollands up against the ‘Dominator’ – three time WSM champion Mariusz Pudzianowski. Can the man from Dartford match the Polish legend and make it through to the final?

Five’s coverage concludes on Fridaywith the moment of reckoning for the ten finalists. English hopes rest with Mark Felix and Terry Hollands, but can anyone stop Mariusz Pudzianowski from seizing a fourth World’s Strongest Man crown?

world’s strongest man
super series(3/3)

Concluding this evening is Five’s exclusive coverage of the World’s Strongest Man Super Series – the international tour of strength athletics that acts as a qualifier for the World’s Strongest Man competition. Tonight’s show features highlights of the Grand Prix in Norway. British competitors Mark Felix and Terry Hollands line up alongside other international strongmen to test themselves to the limit of their endurance.

The WSM Super Series consists of a sequence of Grands Prix all over the world. Between ten and 12 athletes take part in each event, with the top six in the international rankings competing alongside at least four qualifiers or wildcard entries. The highest scoring competitor at the end of the series is crowned world champion, and the top four athletes from each contest automatically qualify for the World’s Strongest Man.

Athletes to look out for in this year’s competition include three-times WSM champion and reigning Super Series champion (Super-)Mariusz Pudzianowski from Poland, and the USA’s Phil Pfister. Events featured in this year’s series include the power stairs, farmer’s walk, super-yoke carry and the famous atlas stones.

Tonight’s grand prix comes from the town of Gol in central Norway, on the slopes of Golsfjellet mountain. The Viking Power event is hosted by former World’s Strongest Man Svend Karlsen. British hopes in this heat rest with Grenada-born Mark Felix, and English giant Terry Hollands, who won the title of Britain’s Strongest Man in 2005 and 2007.

Also featuring in tonight’s grand prix is former World’s Strongest Man Magnus Samuelsson. The gigantic Swede, who is married to a Swedish strongwoman, is a full-time farmer between events and a true veteran of the sport, having competed at the highest level since the mid1990s. Other competitors include Finland’s Janne Virtanen –World’s Strongest Man in 2000 – and Norway’s own Espen Aune.

Former England rugby star Martin Bayfield provides the voiceover for Five’s coverage, while Nick Halling commentates and head referee Colin Bryce lends his expert advice.

world’s strongest man
super series(1/5)

Beginning this evening is Five’s exclusive coverage of the World’s Strongest Man Super Series – the international tour of strength athletics that acts as a qualifier for the World’s Strongest Man competition.

The WSM Super Series consists of a sequence of Grands Prix taking place all over the world, with the competitors’ placings in each contest being used to decide the overall champion.

Typically, between ten and 12 athletes take part in each Grand Prix, with the top six in the international rankings competing alongside at least four qualifiers or wildcard entries. With points awarded in each contest according to positioning, the highest scoring competitor at the end of the series is crowned world champion. The top four athletes from each contest automatically qualify for the World’s Strongest Man.

Athletes to look out for in this year’s competition include Grenada’s Mark Felix, three-times WSM champion and reigning Super Series champion (Super-)Mariusz Pudzianowski from Poland, and the USA’s Phil Pfister. British hopes rest with English giant Terry Hollands, who won the title of Britain’s Strongest Man in 2005 and 2007. Standing at 6’7” tall and weighing some 28 stone, Hollands credits his success to spending every waking moment training. He eats two litres of porridge for breakfast, can consume five chicken breasts a day and has a daily intake of around 7,000 calories. Hollands explains that the worst thing about his sport is breaking his bed on a regular basis. And his advice to would-be strongmen? “Train hard and eat big”!

Grand Prix contests this year include Mohegan Sun and Venice Beach from the USA, and Viking Power from Sweden. Among the disciplines featured are the power stairs and the atlas stones. The first of these events sees the athletes racing against each other to lift a 220kg weight up a flight of stairs. The atlas stones –an old strongman favourite –sees competitors lifting spherical stones of increasing weight onto plinths of various heights.

Former England rugby star Martin Bayfield provides the voiceover for Five’s coverage, while Nick Halling commentates and head referee Colin Bryce lends his expert advice.

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