Stoltman fell simply wanting 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 crushed his elite strongman friends in Myrtle Seashore, SC, he would have turn out to be 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 waiting for one other title shot and extra coming strongman greatness.
Thus far, solely the US’ Invoice Kazmaier (1980-1982) and Iceland’s Magnús Ver Magnússon (1994-1996) have ever received 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 among fashionable’s strongman’s largest names. It will’ve been comprehensible if Stoltman needed to lament his misfortunes and missed alternatives. An athlete of his prowess, standing on the precipice of just about unprecedented greatness, taking the time to spotlight went unsuitable seemingly wouldn’t have been gorgeous.
Nevertheless, like an incredible competitor with a championship mentality, Stoltman as an alternative confirmed graciousness in what he left in his newest WSM look. A British Record Max Dumbbell Press of 132.5 kilograms (292 kilos) seemingly 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 12 months!” Stoltman wrote. “Hitting the massive dumbbell was a private objective for myself and I used to be constant all through. I’m very proud … I acquired advised I wouldn’t be getting close to the rostrum at [the 2023 WSM] as a consequence of my Arnold [Strongman Classic] efficiency. I labored onerous and gave my all!”
Stoltman’s WSM title run formally ended with 4 podium appearances within the final 4 years. In each situations 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 now not be a fixture at the flagship strongman competition as he nears his retirement.
Stoltman made certain to pay his applicable respects to the energy icon.
“Thanks to Brian Shaw for all the pieces you have got achieved for this sport and for myself.”
Stoltman’s wonderful previous precedent means that his 2023 WSM runner-up putting received’t be the final anybody sees of this celebrity strongman. If something, transferring ahead, he’ll seemingly channel it as motivation to finish a profitable climb to the highest once more.
Featured picture: @tomstoltmanofficial on Instagram