The strongman legend has been within the sport’s highest competitors 18 instances.
57-year previous strongman legend Mark Felix has competed in his last World’s Strongest Man contest. The Grenadian-born, British competitor introduced in February 2023 that the latest version of the competition would be his last. He made his 18th and last look within the competitors on the 2023 version in Myrtle Seaside, SC on the week of Apr. 19-23.
Felix did not make the finals, and the competitors was gained by 27-year-old Mitchell Hooper. In a wierd twist of coincidence, Hooper had his ninth birthday throughout the 2004 WSM the place Felix made his debut within the competitors, whereas Felix had his 57th birthday simply two days earlier than his last WSM look. On Apr. 22, 2023, Felix shared his ideas about his expansive WSM profession in an Instagram put up.
“So many issues I might say about my 18th and last WSM present, the alternatives Strongman and [The World’s Strongest Man] has given me during the last 18 years. I’ve traveled the world. I’ve competed with the perfect of the perfect … from athletes, organizers, crew, sponsors, coach and trainers, associates, household, and supporters, I need to thanks all. It’s been superior.”
Regardless that Felix will now not take part within the World’s Strongest Man contest, he made it clear that he’s removed from achieved within the sport itself.
“Strongman Sport is in my blood, it’s a household like no different, and I’m wanting ahead to persevering with competing within the [Giants Live] and [Official Strongman Games] exhibits … To everybody who helps me, thanks for the messages I learn all of them it means loads … see you all quickly at a present”
Felix has competed in each WSM contest from 2004 to 2023 with the exceptions of the 2005 and 2012 contests. He has reached the Finals on three events, with a highest-ever end in fourth place on the 2006 WSM, adopted in 2007 with a sixth-place end.
In 2015, Felix achieved what could be his final High 10 end, reaching eighth place. That very same yr, Brian Shaw captured his third WSM title. In one other coincidence, Shaw has also announced that the 2023 WSM could be his last look within the contest.
Felix has competed shoulder-to-shoulder with each WSM champion throughout that point, from Vasyl Virastyuk (2004) to Hooper (2023).
Exterior of the WSM competitors, Felix gained titles together with the 2016 World Strongman Federation’s (WSF) World Cup and the 2015 Final Strongman Masters World Championships.
He could also be greatest identified for his unimaginable grip power, which propelled him to a World Document within the Hercules Hold, the place Felix held the 160-kilogram (352-pound) pillars for 92.37 seconds on the 2020 Europe’s Strongest Man contest. He additionally gained the Vice Grip Viking Problem in 2011 and 2012, in addition to the Rolling Thunder competitors in 2008 and 2009.
Regardless that Felix made it clear he’ll compete in different exhibits, as of this writing, there isn’t any phrase on precisely what Felix’s subsequent contest might be.
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