It does not often happen that a Strongman competition amounts to a photo finish, but at the Giants Live: Wembley event on July 6, American Rob Kearney and Brit Adam Bishop ended the farmer walk within 20 milliseconds.  The 40-meter course had to be completed with 160 kg (352.74 pounds) in each hand – more than 700 pounds in total. Pole Mateusz Kieliszkowski took the lead with an overall lead of 18.78 seconds.
The two dropped the handles several times during their run. But when Bishop approached the finish line, it was his last fall that allowed Kearney to move forward in a final attempt to defeat his opponent. You can see how close it was here, or watch the official video on giants-live.com: [1
The close race was not the only highlight of the evening: Mark Felix set a new world record of Pillars of Hercules with 83.62 seconds and one second longer than the record he set up in Europe's strongest man just a few months ago.
In a surprising turn of events, the world's strongest Martins Licis finished third overall in 2019. He won the Atlas Stones with a time of 20.27 and finished second in the Pillars of Hercules (50.94 seconds), but fought at all other events.
Here is the full rating courtesy of giants-live.com.
- 1) Mateusz Kieliszkowski (38.5)
- 2) Jerry Pritchett (31.5)
- 3) Martins Licis (30)  4) Luke Stoltman (29)
- 5) Rob Kearney (26.5)
- 5) Mikhail Shivlyakov (26.5)
- 7) Adam Bishop (25)
- 8) Mark Felix (23)
- ] 9) Tom Stoltman (22.5 )
- 10) Rauno Heinla (20.5)
Kieliszkowski dominated almost every event, with the exception of the highly anticipated deadlift competition, in which he did not exceed 420 kg. The deadlift kings this evening were Estonian Rauno Heinla and American Jerry Pritchett, both of whom raised 455 kg.
Pritchett tried unsuccessfully a deadlift with 467.5 kg. That means the Eddie Hall world record of 500 kg (1,102.3 lbs.) Remains untouched.
The fact that the takeoff weight was 400 kg (881.8 lbs), however, shows that The Beast has set a bar is difficult to lift.