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2017 World's Strongest Man

The 2017 World's Strongest Man was the 40th edition of the World's Strongest Man competition. It was held in Gaborone, Botswana from May 20-28 2017.

2017 World's Strongest Man
Host city Botswana Gaborone, Botswana
Winner United Kingdom Eddie Hall[1]
Athletes participating 29

The tournament was won by Eddie Hall of England, with Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson of Iceland second and defending champion Brian Shaw of the United States third. Hall announced after the competition that he would not defend his title.[2] Multiple time champion Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania finished in ninth place; this marked the first time in his career that he failed to finish in the top three after qualifying for the final.

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QualifyingEdit

A change was made to the qualifying rounds for 2017. Each group participated in five normal events, with the highest scoring competitor at the end of those events being declared the group winner and automatically qualifying for the final. The lowest scoring competitor was eliminated from further competition.

In a throwback to early competitions, where a head to head competition determined the overall champion, the four remaining competitors faced off in an event called Last Man Standing. The event consisted of a hurdle placed in the middle of an octagon with a white square in the middle, in which was placed an Atlas Stone.

The event was conducted in a stepladder format, with the fifth place and fourth place competitors beginning the event. Each competitor took turns lifting the stone from their side of the square and dropping it over the hurdle. The lift had to be started from within the square and each competitor was given ten seconds to lift and drop the stone. Once one of them could not complete the task, he was eliminated from the event and the third place competitor stepped in. The survivor of that matchup took on the second place competitor, with the winner of the event joining the overall group winner in the final.

Heat 1Edit

# Name Nationality Pts
1 Brian Shaw   27
2 Jean-François Caron   24
3 Matjaz Belsak   21
4 Colm Woulfe   16.5
5 Tom Stoltman   6
6 Mark Felix   3.5

Heat 2Edit

# Name Nationality Pts
1 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson   26
2 Martins Licis   21
3 Luke Stoltman   20
4 Stefán Sölvi Pétursson   14
5 Jimmy Paquet   13
6 Dimitar Savatinov   4

Heat 3Edit

# Name Nationality Pts
1 Konstantine Janashia   24.5
2 Laurence Shahlaei   19
3 Mikhail Shivlyakov   18
4 Johan Els   15
5 Rob Kearney   15
6 Mikkel Leicht   13.5

Heat 4Edit

# Name Nationality Pts
1 Eddie Hall   24.5
2 Mateusz Kieliszkowski   22.5
3 Ari Gunnarsson   22.5
4 Derek DeVaughn   13.5
5 Lauri Nämi   10.5
6 Gerhard Van Staden   1

Heat 5Edit

# Name Nationality Pts
1 Nick Best   22
2 Zydrunas Savickas   22
3 Peiman Maheripour   18.5
4 Terry Hollands   17
5 Bryan Benzel   13.5
6 Olu Fadesire   3

Final standingsEdit

# Name Nationality Pts
1 Eddie Hall   51
2 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson   50
3 Brian Shaw   48
4 Martins Licis   36.5
5 Jean-François Caron   35.5
6 Mateusz Kieliszkowski   29
7 Laurence Shahlaei   25.5
8 Konstantine Janashia   23
9 Zydrunas Savickas   21.5
10 Nick Best   10

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