2017 World's Strongest Man Qualifying Groups And Events

We know that the 2017 World's Strongest Man will take place between May 20th and May 28th in Gaborone, Botswana and now we know the qualifying groups and the events each group will go through.

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Here's the breakdown:

Group 1 Athletes


Brian Shaw, USA
Colm Woulfe, NZL
JF Caron, CAN
Mark Felix, GBR
Metjaz Belsak, SLO
Tom Stoltman, GBR

Group 1 Events


Load & Drag
Log Lift
Fingal's Fingers
Deadlift
Overhead Toss
Last Man Standing Stones

Group 2 Athletes


Dimitar Savatinov, BUL
Hafthor Bjornsson, ISL
Jimmy Paquet, CAN
Luke Stoltman, GBR
Martins Licis, USA
Rafael Gordzielik, GER

Group 2 Events


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

Group 3 Athletes


Johan Els, RSA
Konstantine Janashia, GEO
Laurence Shahlaei, GBR
Mikhail Shivlyakov, RUS
Mikkel Leicht, DEN
Robert Kearney, USA

Group 3 Events


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

Group 4 Athletes


Ari Gunnarson, ISL
Derek DeVaughn, USA
Eddie Hall, GBR
Gerhard Van Staden, RSA
Lauri Nami, EST
Mateusz Kieliszkowski, POL

Group 4 Events


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

Group 5 Athletes


Dainis Zageris, 
Jerry Pritchett, USA
Nick Best, USA
Pieman Maheripourehir, IRN
Terry Hollands, GBR
Zydrunas Savickas, LIT

Group 5 Events


Load & Drag
Squat Lift
Fingal's Fingers
Overhead Press
Elephant Carry
Last Man Standing Stones

According to Starting Strongman, the Elephant Carry is similar to the Africa Stone or the Husafel stone carry and the Last Man Standing Stones is a one-on-one stone loading event where an athlete steps in as the previous athlete fails at loading the stone. Spots in the WSM Finals will be awarded to the winner of each qualifying group and the winner of the Last Man Standing Stones event.


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