A milestone second for a younger strongman.
Pavlo Kordiyaka is the 2023 Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM) champion. The Ukrainian strongman prevailed within the 13-athlete contest that includes the strongest energetic athletes with European lineage. The distinguished competitors befell on Apr. 1, 2023, in Leeds, England, and finally noticed Kordiyaka topped as its king.
Former defending ESM champion and fellow Ukrainian countryman Oleksii Novikov completed in second place. Novikov was notably nursing a recent minor lat muscle injury, and which will have performed a component in falling in need of defending his title. Based on Strongman Archives, regardless of the damage and runner-up end result, it’s Novikov’s eighth podium putting in his final 9 contests courting again to early 2022. Rounding out this 12 months’s ESM podium was Latvia’s Aivars Šmaukstelis, winner of the 2022 World Strongman Championships (WSC), in third place. It’s Šmaukstelis’ seventh consecutive podium end result courting again to August 2022.
The 2023 ESM featured 5 occasions on this order:
To notch his victory, Kordiyaka gained the Log Press Ladder (5 lifts in 52.55 seconds), the Load and Push Race (a time of 44.14 seconds), and the Conan’s Wheel (with a rotation of 1009-degrees; nearly three full revolutions). That rotation size is a brand new World File on the Conan’s Wheel. Kordiyaka recorded three reps of the 350-kilogram (771.6-pound) Deadlift in a single minute for sixth place. The athlete ranked second on the Fortress Stones (an Atlas Stones variation) when he lifted all 5 in 21.76 seconds. Solely Šmaukstelis fared higher (5 in 20.47 seconds).
Listed below are the ultimate standings from the 2023 ESM:
2023 Europe’s Strongest Man Remaining Standings
- Pavlo Kordiyaka (Ukraine) — 57.5 factors
- Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine) — 53.5 factors
- Aivars Šmaukstelis (Latvia) — 51.5 factors
- Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted (Iceland) — 45.5 factors
- Adam Bishop (United Kingdom) — 41.5 factors
- Shane Flowers (United Kingdom) — 37 factors
- Pa O’Dwyer (Eire) — 36.5 factors
- Konstantine Janashia (Georgia) — 30.5 factors
- Dennis Kohlruss (Germany) — 26 factors
- Paul Smith (United Kingdom) — 25.5 factors
- Gavin Bilton (United Kingdom) — 17.5 factors
- Jean-Stephen Coraboeuf (France) — 16.5 factors
- Graham Hicks (United Kingdom) — 8 factors
Per Strongman Archives, this ESM triumph may arguably be the perfect of Kordiyaka’s profession up to now. The 27-year-old can even boast wins within the 2020 Ukraine’s Strongest Man (USM), the 2021 Official Strongman Video games (OSG), and the 2022 Marijampole Worldwide. His earlier greatest end within the ESM was a fourth-place debut in 2022.
Kordiyaka will subsequent compete within the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) on Apr. 19-23, 2023, in Myrtle Seashore, SC. He did not advance to the Remaining in his 2022 WSM debut. Momentum from his 2023 ESM win would possibly push Kordiyaka to thrive on this subsequent event.
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