A final-minute shake-up hits one of many largest contests in strongman.
Rauno Heinla, Estonian strongman and Masters Deadlift World Record holder (476 kilograms/1,049.4 kilos), has withdrawn from the 2023 Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM). A information launch on The Giants Dwell Instagram web page famous that Heinla suffered an undisclosed “sickness,” resulting in the withdrawal. Heinla’s ESM exit follows the departure of rising strongman star Pavlo Nakonechnyy roughly every week prior as he tries to get wholesome for the annual World’s Strongest Man (WSM).
The 2023 ESM contest is simply across the nook on Apr. 1 in Leeds, England, and, on the time of this text’s publication, there doesn’t look like a substitute for Heinla on the now 13-person roster.
That is the second time Heinla has been compelled to withdraw attributable to unlucky circumstances within the approximate final calendar 12 months. After prepping for a Silver Dollar Deadlift World Record (579 kilograms/1,278 kilos) he ultimately achieved in June 2022, Heinla withdrew from the 2022 (WSM) roughly a month earlier than the competition because of a short hospitalization.
Heinla is commonly thought to be one of many strongest deadlifters on the planet, no matter a strongman or powerlifting context. His victory within the 2022 World Deadlift Championships (WDC) and Masters File are excellent examples of his pulling prowess. Up to now, Heinla has participated in three ESMs, with a fourth-place end in 2021 as his finest end result.
With Heinla’s withdrawal, right here is the whole 2023 ESM roster heading into England on the primary day of April:
2023 Europe’s Strongest Man Roster
Listed here are the anticipated occasions for the 2023 ESM:
2023 Europe’s Strongest Man Occasions
Former 2020 WSM champion Oleksii Novikov is the defending winner of the ESM. He’ll enter the weekend’s contest nursing a minor lat injury that would doubtlessly additionally linger into subsequent month’s WSM.
The 2023 ESM is smaller in scale than the upcoming WSM — happening on a single day with opponents from only one continent. That doesn’t diminish its standing within the sport. Even with Heinla’s last-minute withdrawal, it needs to be fairly the showcase of strongman energy throughout the pond.
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