After a long time that includes at strongman’s premier contest, Felix will name it quits. However that does not imply he is totally performed.
Mark Felix started his World’s Strongest Man (WSM) profession again in 2004, and slowly however absolutely chipped away. The established titan would attain his finest profession end in 2006 when he completed in fourth place. Now, after years of lifting Atlas Stones among the many world’s finest nearly each spring, the 56-year-old Grenadian athlete will likely be focusing his strength and vitality elsewhere transferring ahead.
On Feb. 19, 2023, Felix wrote an Instagram put up the place he revealed he would quickly retire from WSM competitors. As soon as the 2023 iteration of the contest is within the books after April — his 18th look over the previous 19 years— Felix will not take part within the WSM. He joins the legendary Brian Shaw as the newest strongman veteran to announce their WSM retirement. Although, crucially, it gained’t be the final anybody sees of Felix as knowledgeable strongman total.
After clarifying that he would formally be on the 2023 WSM roster, Felix made positive to nip a number of potential questions within the bud. The 2023 WSM may be his final, however he’ll nonetheless be fairly energetic on different aggressive circuits.
Why? Competing in strongman seems to be his ardour.
“So extremely excited to be a confirmed athlete for my 18th [World’s Strongest Man] present and the oldest strongman ever to compete on the WSM,” Felix wrote. “I’ve determined that this 12 months will likely be my final time I compete on the [WSM] present, however I’ll proceed to compete at [Giants Live] exhibits and [Official Strongman Games] exhibits. Strongman is in my blood, and I’ll hopefully be capable of proceed to compete for a lot of a few years to come back.”
In response to Strongman Archives, Felix debuted as a strongman throughout a sixth-place efficiency on the 2004 Britain’s Strongest Man (BSM) competitors. His profession highlights may be his prolific 17 berths on the WSM, together with 4 Finals appearances. Certainly one of his higher Giants Dwell contest outcomes was taking fifth place on the 2021 Arnold Strongman Classic UK (ASCUK). In the meantime, within the Official Strongman Games (OSG), he’s the defending champion within the Males’s Masters 50-plus class.
On the subject of worldwide data, Felix not too long ago set a World Report on the Wrecking Ball Maintain on the 2022 WSM when he held up the titular implement for two minutes and 20.49 seconds.
Whereas Felix may be set to raise his final Fingal’s Fingers and pull his final autos in a WSM setting, the strongman group actually hasn’t seen the final of this competitor. For somebody who has been so energetic for thus lengthy, maybe the chance to refocus will result in improved performances within the years to come back.
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