Kieliszkowski will take extra time to rebuild his energy.
The 2023 Shaw Classic (SC) will mark the top of a aggressive profession by legendary strongman Brian Shaw. Sadly, a peer appropriately named “The Polish Terminator” gained’t be there to assist see the four-time World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion (2011, 2013, 2015-2016) off into the deserved sundown.
On June 19, 2023, the organizers of the 2023 SC used an Instagram submit to disclose that Polish strongman Mateusz Kieliszkowski had withdrawn from the most recent version of the competition, schedules for August 19-20 in Loveland, CO. Citing that Kieliszkowski needed to take the time to get again into “preventing form,” Welsh strongman Gavin Bilton was introduced to take Kieliszkowski’s roster spot. The 2023 SC will mark Bilton’s debut within the contest’s fourth iteration later this summer time.
After suffering a leg injury within the spring of 2022, Kieliszkowski returned to the strongman fray through the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic (ASC). The competitors, the place the Polish athlete completed because the runner-up to eventual WSM champion Mitchell Hooper, marked Kieliszkowski’s first aggressive look in roughly a 12 months and a half since his harm.
Nevertheless, even with a robust second-place consequence on the early March contest, Kieliszkowski appeared to grasp he possible wouldn’t be at his absolute best bodily situation earlier than a 2023 WSM return, simply over six weeks later. Such a prediction would come to fruition when the athlete didn’t make it out of Group 3 within the Qualifying Spherical.
On the time of this writing, with no particular particulars on the extent of Kieliszkowski’s capabilities or limitations, it seems the strongman is taking a step again to additional emphasize restoration earlier than pushing full throttle once more someday sooner or later. That might be a clever determination, contemplating a full-strength Kieliszkowski was a back-to-back runner-up on the 2018-2019 editions of the WSM.
Kieliszkowski’s absence will permit Bilton, a frequent fixture at strongman contests all through any given competitors 12 months, to attempt to make his mark on the 2023 SC for the primary time. Bilton lately gained the 2023 Strongman Champions League (SCL) Serbia and might be using a wave of momentum into one other stellar efficiency. Notably, Bilton was additionally the runner-up on the 2023 Britain’s Strongest Man (BSM), falling simply wanting the victor Adam Bishop.
Bilton and the remainder of the roster in Colorado shall be chasing Trey Mitchell, who’s the two-time defending champion of the SC (2021-2022). Mitchell defeated the eponymous Shaw on each events for the 2 consecutive titles.
No matter occurs on the 2023 SC, it figures to be fairly the dynamic present of energy. With a roster that includes Mitchell, Shaw, Hooper, and now Bilton, this Colorado battle is shaping as much as present a wonderful take a look at for everybody concerned.
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