The 2021 World's Strongest Man officially kicked off in Sacramento, California, on Tuesday, June 15. In all, 25 of the strongest men on the planet gathered to find out who the strongest would be over the next six days. You can read our preview of the competition, then check back here for daily results and highlights.

Event 1: Loading Medley Race

The athletes were placed into five groups to battle it out for ten finals positions. For the first event, the competitors' job is to carry two wine barrels weighing 225 pounds each, a 275-pound anvil, and an 825-pound rickshaw frame 10 meters in the fastest time possible.

The standout athlete was Tom Stoltman from Scotland, who competed in Group Two. He completed the event in 46 seconds, which was the fastest time out of all athletes. The five winners are below. Unfortunately, Luke Richardson, competing in Group Three, had to withdraw due to a biceps injury.

  • Group One: Maxime Boudreault, 1 minute
  • Group Two: Tom Stoltman, 46 seconds
  • Group Three: Robert Oberst, 3 implements completed plus 11 meters on the fourth
  • Group Four: Konstantine Janashia, 3 implements completed plus 7 meters on the fourth
  • Group Five: Kevin Faires, 59 seconds

Event 2: Squats/Deadlifts for Reps

Groups One and Three had to perform squats for reps with 700 pounds, while Groups Two, Four, and Five had to work with 750-pound deadlifts for reps. The squats were first, where Group One competitors four-time champion Brian Shaw and Aivars Smaukstelis shared top honors by performing 10 repetitions each.

  • Squat, Group 1: Brian Shaw and Aivars Smaukstelis – 10 repetitions
  • Squat, Group 3: J.F. Caron – 11 repetitions
  • Deadlift, Group 2: Mark Felix, Tom Stoltman, Trey Mitchell – tied with 8 reps each
  • Deadlift, Group 4: Adam Bishop – 9 repetitions
  • Deadlift, Group 5: Bobby Thompson – 9 repetitions

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