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Rauno Heinla, Estonian strongman and Masters Deadlift World Record holder (476 kilograms/1,049.4 kilos), has withdrawn from the 2023 Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM).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 Reside 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 per 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 alternative for Heinla on the now 13-person roster.
That is the second time Heinla has been pressured to withdraw resulting from 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 usually considered 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 Document are excellent examples of his pulling prowess. So far, Heinla has participated in three ESMs, with a fourth-place end in 2021 as his finest outcome.
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 below 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 might probably additionally linger into subsequent month’s WSM.
The 2023 ESM is smaller in scale than the upcoming WSM — going down on a single day with rivals 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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