2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals Results — Mitchell Hooper Starts a Hot Streak


Mitchell Hooper is the winner of the 2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals (GLWTF). During the competition that took place on Oct. 8, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland, the Canadian strongman captured his first victory on the Giants Live circuit. He also made it two consecutive major strongman wins after recently taking first in the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic UK.

The two athletes who joined Hooper on the podium were Aivars Šmaukstelis of Latvia (second place) and the United States’ Kevin Faires (third). According to Strongman Archives, with his runner-up finish at the 2022 GLWTF, Šmaukstelis has now stood on a podium in his last four official competitive appearances. Meanwhile, Faires can now boast his first top-three placing since the 2019 Giants Live North American Open.

Here are the final standings from the 2022 GLWTF:

2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals Standings

  1. Mitchell Hooper (Canada) — 52 points
  2. Aivars Šmaukstelis (Latvia) — 47.5 points
  3. Kevin Faires (United States) — 46 points
  4. Pavlo Nakonechnyy (Ukraine) — 40 points
  5. Pavlo Kordiyaka (Ukraine) — 38 points
  6. Rauno Heinla (Estonia) — 29 points
  7. Paul Smith (United Kingdom) — 28.5 points
  8. Pa O’Dwyer (Ireland) — 27 points
  9. Eddie Williams (Australia) — 23 points
  10. Mark Felix (United Kingdom) — 19 points
  11. Andy Black (United Kingdom) — 19 points
  12. Louis Jack (United Kingdom) – 18 points

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Event Breakdown

Here’s an event-by-event breakdown of the 2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals.

Nicole Stones

During the Nicol Stones segment, the athletes had to walk the two unevenly weighted stones of 114 kilograms (251.3 pounds) and 139 kilograms (306.4 pounds) for a maximum distance. Current Nicol Stones World Record holder Kevin Faires took the event victory with a distance of 24.61 meters.

  1. Kevin Faires — 24.61 meters
  2. Mitchell Hooper — 24.14 meters
  3. Andy Black — 24.08 meters
  4. Paul Smith — 23.1 meters
  5. Aivars Šmaukstelis — 20 meters
  6. Louis Jack — 19.75 meters
  7. Eddie Williams — 16.58 meters
  8. Mark Felix — 16.37 meters
  9. Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 15.91 meters
  10. Rauno Heinla — 12.75 meters
  11. Pavlo Kordiyaka — 9.4 meters
  12. On O’Dwyer — 8.58 meters

Carry & Drag

During the Carry & Drag, the competitors had the task of carrying a 125-kilogram anchor and dragging a 350-kilogram over a 40-meter course. They had a time limit of one minute. Using the athleticism that’s helped him blitz professional strongman lately, Hooper captured his first event win of the contest with a time of 22.16 seconds.

  1. Mitchell Hooper — 22.16 seconds
  2. Pavlo Kordiyaka — 22.96 seconds
  3. Kevin Faires — 23.41 seconds
  4. On O’Dwyer — 25.35 seconds
  5. Aivars Šmaukstelis — 26.45 seconds
  6. Paul Smith — 27.30 seconds
  7. Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 27.78 seconds
  8. Rauno Heinla — 28.57 seconds
  9. Louis Jack — 28.84 seconds
  10. Eddie Williams — 30.65 seconds
  11. Andy Black — 37.37 seconds
  12. Mark Felix — 40.40 seconds

Axle Deadlift

The 2022 GLWTF’s Axle Deadlift was about pulling 350 kilograms (771.6 pounds) for a max amount of reps with a one-minute time limit. Pavlo Nakonechnyy came out on top when he successfully finished 11 reps. Nakonechnyy was the only athlete to finish with double-digit reps.

  1. Pavlo Nakonechnyy – 11 reps
  2. Rauno Heinla — Nine reps
  3. Mitchell Hooper — Seven reps
  4. Kevin Faires — Six reps (Tied for fourth)
  5. Aivars Šmaukstelis — Six reps (Tied for fourth)
  6. Mark Felix — Six reps (Tied for fourth)
  7. Pavlo Kordiyaka — Five reps (Tied for seventh)
  8. On O’Dwyer — Five reps (Tied for seventh)
  9. Paul Smith — Four reps (Tied for ninth)
  10. Eddie Williams — Four reps (Tied for ninth)
  11. Andy Black — Four reps (Tied for ninth)
  12. Louis Jack — Two reps

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Dumbbell Press

This contest’s iteration of the Dumbbell Press featured a 100-kilogram (220.5-pound) dumbbell. Whoever could clean and press said dumbbell as many times as possible within a minute would win. After a few solid results on earlier events, Šmaukstelis and Pavlo Kordiyaka tied for first in the event with seven reps.

  1. Aivars Šmaukstelis — Seven reps (Tied for first)
  2. Pavlo Kordiyaka — Seven reps (Tied for first)
  3. Mitchell Hooper — Six reps
  4. On O’Dwyer — Five reps (Tied for fourth)
  5. Paul Smith — Five reps (Tied for fourth)
  6. Pavlo Nakonechnyy — Four reps
  7. Kevin Faires — Three reps
  8. Rauno Heinla — Two reps (Tied for eighth)
  9. Eddie Williams — Two reps (Tied for eighth)
  10. Louis Jack — Two reps (Tied for eighth)
  11. Mark Felix — No reps
  12. Andy Black — No reps

Power Stairs

To close the contest, the athletes had to load five implements with weights ranging from 200 to 250 kilograms (440.9 to 551.1 pounds) up three respective stairs. Their final scores were determined by how many of the total 15 steps they climbed within a minute. While he didn’t win the overall competition, Šmaukstelis closed with another event victory (15 steps in 33.02 seconds).

  1. Aivars Šmaukstelis — 15 in 33.02 seconds
  2. Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 15 in 38.81 seconds
  3. Kevin Faires — 15 in 39.50 seconds
  4. Mitchell Hooper — 15 in 42.08 seconds
  5. Pavlo Kordiyaka — 15 in 44.52 seconds
  6. Eddie Williams — 15 in 46.90 seconds
  7. Rauno Heinla — 15 in 51.28 seconds
  8. Mark Felix — 13 in 57.78 seconds
  9. Andy Black — 12 in 50.78 seconds
  10. On O’Dwyer — 12 in 59.78 seconds
  11. Louis Jack — Nine in 26.64 seconds
  12. Paul Smith — Nine in 47.54 seconds

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For Hooper, his remarkable debut pro year continues with this victory at the 2022 GLWTF. In addition to his two straight victories and first Giants Live win, Hooper has now finished on the podium in five straight contests dating back to the 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic in early July. The superstar kept his reaction short and sweet in a post on his Instagram.

“My first [Giants Live Strongman] win. Surreal. Let’s keep riding the wave.”

Featured image: @mitchellhooper on Instagram





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