Haraldsson cleaned home but once more.
Kristján Jón Haraldsson is the champion of the 2023 Strongest Man in Iceland (SMI) contest. The athlete got here out victorious within the strength competitors that occurred in Hafnarfjördur, Iceland on June 3, 2023. It’s a repeat efficiency for Haraldsson, who efficiently defended his SMI title from 2022. Based on his private web page on Strongman Archives, Haraldsson can now boast two victories in 5 appearances (2022-2023) on the annual SMI. The athlete beforehand completed because the runner-up in 2021, in third place in 2019, and in eighth place in 2018.
Becoming a member of Haraldsson on the 2023 SMI podium have been Vilius Jokužys (second place) and Pálmi Gudfinnsson (third place). That is Jokužys’s second consecutive runner-up inserting to Haraldsson within the SMI competitors. To this point, the athlete has but to attain a victory in his strongman profession, per Strongman Archives, however has solely competed in his native Iceland. In the meantime, this SMI result’s the primary time Gudfinsson has completed on a podium in a budding profession that includes simply three aggressive appearances.
The 2023 SMI featured eight occasions, that are as follows: Max Dumbbell, Bag Over Bar, Entrance Maintain, Max Deadlift, Arm-Over-Arm Pull, Mooring Bitt Carry, Block Press, and a Farmer’s Carry and Yoke Medley. Listed here are the ultimate standings of the 2023 SMI, which had 10 rivals readily available vying for victory:
2023 Strongest Man in Iceland | Remaining Standings
- Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 72.5 factors
- Vilius Jokužys — 67.5 factors
- Pálmi Gudfinnsson — 54 factors
- Gudmundur Adalsteinsson — 51.5 factors
- Stefán Karel Torfason — 43 factors
- Aron Geir Gudmundsson — 37.5 factors
- Birgir Gudnason — 36.5 factors
- Alexander Andersen — 30 factors
- Fannar Katrínarson — 27.5 factors
- Ólafur Haukur Tómasson — 17 factors
To assist his case and repeat as SMI champion, Haraldsson received 5 of the eight occasions and was a runner-up in two others in a constantly dominant show. Right here’s an summary of Haraldsson’s full efficiency:
Kristján Jón Haraldsson | 2023 Strongest Man in Iceland Efficiency
- Max Dumbbell — 110 kilograms (242.5 kilos) | Tied for first place
- Bag Over Bar — Six in 19.51 seconds | Second place
- Entrance Maintain — 37.31 seconds | Sixth place
- Max Deadlift — 400 kilograms (881.8 kilos) | First place
- Arm-Over-Arm Pull — 41.95 seconds | First place
- Mooring Bitt Carry — 40 meters | First place
- Block Press — 4 in 67.31 seconds | First place
- Farmer’s Carry & Yoke Medley — 38.15 seconds | Second place
The 2023 SMI is Haraldsson’s fourth victory in his final six contests courting again to the 2022 SMI. The strongman made his World’s Strongest Man (WSM) debut through the 2023 iteration, the place he completed in fifth place in Group 2. Haraldsson entered the game’s tentpole occasion as an alternate after Cheick “Iron Biby” Sanou withdrew on the primary day of the competition.
Haraldsson’s continued prowess in his native nation may rapidly be making him the subsequent Icelandic famous person strongman. That’s as a result of the athlete can also be the defending Iceland’s Strongest Man (2022). Offered Haraldsson continues his current meteoric tempo, he can be following within the footsteps of respective Iceland icons in 2018 WSM champion Hafthor Björnsson and four-time WSM victor (1991, 1994-1996) Magnús Ver Magnússon.
There’s an extended method to go earlier than Haraldsson can match the rap sheet of two of the best strongmen ever. A few of his preliminary momentum is, nonetheless, a constructive step in the fitting path towards that sort of illustrious legacy.
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