The 2020 winner positioned third within the 2023 contest in South Carolina.
2020 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) winner Oleksii Novikov hoped to affix the listing of two-time champions on the 2023 WSM contest in Myrtle Seaside, SC. Nevertheless, he completed in third place behind champion Mitchell Hooper and runner-up Tom Stoltman.
On Could 8, 2023, Novikov shared a 42-minute video on his YouTube channel recapping his WSM week. The previous champion reviewed his efficiency by the competition’s 11 occasions. Nevertheless, one key piece of data he shared could shed some mild on his stunning third-place end within the Circus Dumbbell event on the ultimate day of competitors. Novikov has historically dominated that difficult overhead press in earlier competitions and set an unofficial world document lifting 153.2 kilograms (337.8 kilos) whereas coaching in 2021.
Novikov revealed that he competed within the 2023 WSM with an elbow damage suffered in coaching, although he didn’t talk about a selected analysis. Novikov spoke in Ukrainian and the captions confirmed the English translation. He spoke in regards to the damage on the 30:36 mark within the video under.
Novikov suffered the damage in training whereas performing the Circus Dumbbell with weights heavier than what he would finally elevate within the contest — on the 2023 WSM, Novikov was solely in a position to efficiently press 132.5 kilograms (291 kilos) overhead. He shared that he initially thought it was easy elbow ache and fewer severe than it truly was.
“Within the final coaching session [before the WSM contest], I lifted 144 kilograms (317 kilos). At 148 kilograms (326 kilos), I didn’t get the lockout. And through all these processes, I received an damage which I didn’t pay a lot consideration to. Just a few elbow ache. I saved coaching and solely then seen this situation with my elbow.
The elbow misplaced its operate at full extension and activating the place it has to activate. And resulting from that, there have been issues with the lockout. And that’s why locking out heavy weights turned an issue for me … Don’t know whether or not I would like a surgical procedure or not, however I’ll actually handle my elbow,” he mentioned.
He felt the problems with lockouts had been why he struggled in the course of the dumbbell occasion on the final day of competitors. He’s unsure whether or not or not he’ll want surgical procedure, however Novikov made it sound as if that’s a minimum of being thought of.
Novikov realized that this situation and the results of that occasion might’ve very properly price him the title in South Carolina.
“My signature occasion turned an Achilles heel for me. For me, that’s an upset for certain and it introduced me down, mentally, slightly.”
Novikov additionally assessed that his points for the competitors went past bodily issues. Many athletes really feel sports activities are as a lot psychological as they’re bodily, and Novikov is not any completely different. Listening to and studying feedback that steered he ‘win or not come again’ as a means of encouragement could have backfired.
“You all need me to win, and I additionally need that. I suppose not lower than you, however it places some form of stress on me that I begin considering that it’s tremendous necessary, and I plan my efficiency the best way like ‘both win or nothing.’ And when some form of downside happens, like with the [Reign Total Body Fuel Shield Carry event], it hurts me mentally, and, total, it turns into arduous to deal with the following occasions.”
Novikov additionally shared that he’ll take time off to let his physique recuperate from the competitions he’s already entered this 12 months, in addition to to permit his elbow to heal whether or not he has surgical procedure or not.
Novikov had additionally suffered a lat injury earlier within the 12 months main as much as the 2023 Europe’s Strongest Man contest. Clearly, an athlete of Novikov’s caliber has world-class ranges of power each within the muscle and thoughts, however time to rebuild and refocus may very well be what he must put himself in one of the best place to succeed going ahead. He didn’t reveal what his subsequent contest can be or if he’ll do one other present in 2023.
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