Stoltman fell simply in need of a “three-peat.”
Tom Stoltman entered the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) with historic aspirations. Ought to the previous two-time reigning champion (2021-2022) have overwhelmed his elite strongman friends in Myrtle Seaside, SC, he would have develop into solely the third competitor to win three consecutive WSM titles. As an alternative, he fell quick with a runner-up end to eventual victor Mitchell Hooper. On the very least, the Scottish athlete appears to just accept his shortcoming.
On Apr. 24, 2023, a day after the conclusion of the most recent climactic WSM, Stoltman posted a mirrored image on his efficiency to his Instagram. Whereas he didn’t make historical past, Stoltman already seems to be looking forward to one other title shot and extra coming strongman greatness.
Up to now, solely the USA’ Invoice Kazmaier (1980-1982) and Iceland’s Magnús Ver Magnússon (1994-1996) have ever gained three straight WSM titles. With a victory, Stoltman would’ve been the third and joined their very unique firm within the contest’s illustrious 46-year historical past.
Alas, such an achievement wasn’t meant to be for one in all trendy’s strongman’s largest names. It might’ve been comprehensible if Stoltman wished to lament his misfortunes and missed alternatives. An athlete of his prowess, standing on the precipice of virtually unprecedented greatness, taking the time to focus on what went mistaken possible wouldn’t have been beautiful.
Nevertheless, like an incredible competitor with a championship mentality, Stoltman as a substitute confirmed graciousness in what he left in his newest WSM look. A British Record Max Dumbbell Press of 132.5 kilograms (292 kilos) possible helps his standing.
That’s no matter previous performances, like a sixth-place outcome on the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic (ASC).
“I gave all the pieces I had this yr!” Stoltman wrote. “Hitting the massive dumbbell was a private purpose for myself and I used to be constant all through. I’m very proud … I bought informed I wouldn’t be getting close to the rostrum at [the 2023 WSM] on account of my Arnold [Strongman Classic] efficiency. I labored arduous and gave my all!”
Stoltman’s WSM title run formally ended with 4 podium appearances within the final 4 years. In each cases the place Stoltman didn’t win, he was the runner-up to the champion — Hooper in 2023 and Oleksii Novikov in 2020. Stoltman completed forward of the third-place Novikov on the 2023 WSM.
As for paying tribute to those that paved the best way, Stoltman appeared remiss if he didn’t point out a extra established strongman legend. After qualifying for his fifteenth WSM Finals, Brian Shaw will not be a fixture at the flagship strongman competition as he nears his retirement.
Stoltman made positive to pay his acceptable respects to the power icon.
“Thanks to Brian Shaw for all the pieces you will have executed for this sport and for myself.”
Stoltman’s glorious previous precedent means that his 2023 WSM runner-up putting gained’t be the final anybody sees of this celebrity strongman. If something, shifting ahead, he’ll possible channel it as motivation to finish a profitable climb to the highest once more.
Featured picture: @tomstoltmanofficial on Instagram