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Over on the official WSM website they have the list of athletes who make up this year’s qualifying groups, all hoping to come first or second in their group and make it through to the final. Let’s take at those groups and I’ll be adding my predictions of who will go through. British athletes are in red.

Group 1
Mark Felix
Solvi Petursson
Sergii Romanchuk
Brian Shaw
Ettiene Smit
Stoyan Todorchev

Last year I predicted Brian Shaw wouldn’t make it to the final, this year I predict he’ll come first in his group and be the first qualifier for the 2010 World’s Strongest Man Final. I don’t recall Romanchuk or Todorchev, which means they are new or they didn’t make an impression previously. Petursson can be very good on his day but I think this could be the year that we see Mark Felix back in the final 10.

My Picks: Brian Shaw and Mark Felix

Group 2
Terry Hollands
Hennie Jordan
Alexander Klyushev
Derek Poundstone
Richard Skog
Robert Szczepanski

Barring a catastrophe, Poundstone will make it to the final after winning this group in style. The question of who will join him is a harder one to answer. If Hollands is fully fit then he’s the favourite, but with no Truck Pull for this group there are no guaranteed points for Big Tel. Skog underperformed last year but showed a ton of potential in 2008, and like Klyushev will pose a serious threat to Hollands and that second qualifying spot. Jordan and Szczepanski are unknown quantities at this point.

My Picks: Derek Poundstone and Terry Hollands

Group 3
Kostiantyn Ilin
Ervin Katona
Janusz Kulaga
Vytautas Lalas
Travis Ortmayer
Darren Sadler

Ortmayer will be the dominant winner of this group, which is no slight on the other 5 guys, just an indication of how good a fully fit and motivated Travis Ortrmayer can be. After competing last year with flu and still finishing 6th overall, the Texas Stoneman had a point to prove. I’d love nothing more than to see Sadler join him in the final, but once again I don’t think this will be his year. I see a battle between Katona and Ilin for second place with Katona taking the 6th qualifying place in the final.

My Picks: Travis Ortmayer and Ervin Katona

Group 4
Nick Best
Warrick Brant
Louis-Philippe Jean
Agris Kazelniks
Zydrunas Savickas
Laurence Shahlaei

Savickas qualifying is a forgone conclusion, and in a compoaritively weak field, this could be a chance for Shahlaei to make it through to his second consecutive WSM Final, and to be honest it’s hos to throw away. This is the kind of group that Felix, Hollands and Sadler would kill to be in.

My Picks: Zydrunas Savickas and Laurence Shahlaei

Group 5
Johannes Arsjo
Jason Bergmann
Misca Koklyaev
Dave Ostlund
Canada’s National Champ
Mark Westaby

Great to see the big farmer Mark Westaby in the qualifiers, but he’ll have to be in the form of his life to get into the final. i see another clear winner here in the form of Misca Koklyaev, a man who I tipped for a podium last year before he got injured. Behind him there’s no looking past Dave Ostlund. I’d love to Google Canada’s National Champ but won’t do so for fear of finding spoilers for the WSM competition.

My Picks: Misca Koklyaev and Dave Ostlund

There are the groups, and there are my picks, which would give us a final consisting of these ten athletes:

Brian Shaw
Mark Felix
Derek Poundstone
Terry Hollands
Travis Ortmayer
Ervin Katona
Zydrunas Savickas
Laurence Shahlaei
Misca Koklyaev
Dave Ostlund

It’s clear to see that the organisers of World’s Strongest Man 2010 see 5 clear favourites on the form of Shaw, Poundstone, Ortmayer, Savickas and Koklyaev. It’ll be hard for anyone to beat Savickas but it’s something Poundstone did at the 2010 Arnold Strongman Classic and I still believe that if anyone can do it will be him.

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Thanks for the heads up from Chris Hawkes that the full results for Day 2 are up on the official website, and here they are:

Circus Dumbbell Lift
1st Derek Poundstone – 10 points
2nd Zydrunas Savickas – 8.5 points
2nd Travis Ortmayer – 8.5 points
4th Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 7 points
5th Brian Shaw – 6 points
6th Dave Ostlund – 5 points
7th Kostiantyn Ilin – 4 points
8th Phil Pfister – 3 points
9th Nick Best – 1.5 points
9th Brian Siders – 1.5 points

Tire Deadlift
1st Zydrunas Savickas – 10 points
2nd Brian Shaw – 9 points
3rd Derek Poundstone – 8 points
4th Travis Ortmayer – 7 points
5th Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 6 points
6th Nick Best – 5 points
7th Kostiantyn Ilin – 4 points
8th Brian Siders – 3 points
9th Dave Ostlund – 2 points
10th Phil Pfister – 1 point

Timber Carry
1st Derek Poundstone – 10 points
2nd Zydrunas Savickas – 9 points
3rd Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 8 points
4th Travis Ortmayer – 7 points
5th Dave Ostlund – 6 points
6th Phil Pfister – 5 points
7th Brian Shaw – 4 points
8th Kostiantyn Ilin – 3 points
9th Nick Best – 2 points
10th Brian Siders 1 point

Timber Carry (Photo courtesy of arnoldstrongmanclassic.com)

The final standings were as follows:

1st Derek Poundstone – 45 points
2nd Zydrunas Savickas – 41 points
3rd Travis Ortmayer – 37.5 points
4th Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 37 points
5th Brian Shaw – 33 points
6th Dave Ostlund – 22.5 points
7th Phil Pfister – 20.5 points
8th Kostiantyn Ilin – 17 points
9th Nick Best – 13 points
10th Brian Siders – 8.5 points

A great competition for Derek Poundstone and some amount of payback against Zydrunas Savickas and his victory at World’s Strongest Man 2009. Now we can look forward to the World’s Strongest Man 2010 and a titanic battle between these two powerhouses, as well as 5 time World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski and the likes of Travis Ortmayer, Brian Shaw and Terry Hollands.

After winning the Arnold Strongman Classic 2010, this is the moment Derek Poundstone proposed to his girlfriend Kristin Nelson:

She said yes! (Photo courtesy of arnoldstrongmanclassic.com)

Also worth mentioning that Derek Poundstone has also just launched his official website: Poundstone Power

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Ok, my investigatve reporting powers (otherwise known as checking the official website) can confirm the following results from Day 1.

Apollon’s Wheel
1st Zydrunas Savickas – 10 points
2nd Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 9 points
3rd Derek Poundstone – 8 points
4th Travis Ortmayer – 7 points
5th Phil Pfister – 6 points
6th Brian Shaw – 4 points
6th Dave Ostlund – 4 points
6th Kostiantyn Ilin – 4 points
9th Brian Siders – 2 points
10th Nick Best – 1 point

Koklyaev lifts the Appolon's Wheel

Manhood Stones
1st Brian Shaw – 10 points
2nd Derek Poundstone – 9 points
3rd Travis Ortmayer – 8 points
4th Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 7 points
5th Phil Pfister – 5.5 points
5th Dave Ostlund – 5.5 points
7th Zydrunas Savickas – 3.5 points
7th Nick Best – 3.5 points
9th Kostiantyn Ilin – 2 points
10th Brian Siders – 1 point

Ortmayer with the Manhood Stone

It was the disappointing performance with the Manhood Stones that saw Savickas plummet from first place to 5th, and allowed Poundstone to take the lead going into day 2. The full table after Day 1 looks like this:

1st Derek Poundstone – 17 points
2nd Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 16 points
3rd Travis Ortmayer – 15 points
4th Brian Shaw – 14 points
5th Zydrunas Savickas – 13.5 points
6th Phil Pfister – 11 points
7th Dave Ostlund – 9.5 points
8th Kostiantyn Ilin – 6 points
9th Nick Best – 4.5 points
10th Brian Siders – 3 points

Photos courtesy of arnoldstrongmanclassic.com.

More details at the Arnold Sports Festival Website.

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According to Derek Poundstone’s latest Facebook update, the standings after Day 1 look like this:

1st Derek Poundstone – 17 points
2nd Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev – 16 points
3rd Travis Ortmayer – 15 points
4th Brian Shaw – 14 points
5th Zydrunas Savickas – 13.5 points

This is a return to form for Poundstone, who by his own phenomenal standards would have been disappointed with coming 4th in World’s Strongest Man 2009. Even better for him is that he’s 4 places ahead of current World’s Strongest Man, Zydrunas Savickas. I’m going to look for some more information and hopefully find out who did what in which events.

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Congratulations to Zydrunas Savickas who won the Worlds Strongest Man 2009, beating 5 time winner Mariusz Pudzianowski into 2nd place. A full write up of the final will be posted shortly.

Zydrunas Savickas - Worlds Strongest Man 2009

(Photo courtesy of theworldsstrongestman.com)

After coming 2nd in 2002, 2003 and 2004 it must have been great for the Lithuanian to finally get the big one. Although he did win the Arnold Strongman Classic for 6 years in a row from 2003 to 2008, it’s World’s Strongest Man which is recognised the world over as the premier Strongman event, and the one every competitor strives to win.

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