Nakonechnyy seems to be primed for an additional main victory.
On July 13, 2023, strongman Pavlo Nakonechnyy shared an Instagram video of himself finishing a 200-kilogram (440.9-pound) bench press for seven reps throughout a training session. In response to the caption of Nakonechnyy’s put up, the session is a part of the Ukrainian athlete’s ongoing preparation for the 2023 Shaw Classic (SC). The competitors is scheduled for August 19-20, 2023, in Loveland, CO. American athlete Trey Mitchell is the two-time defending SC champion (2021-2022).
In a stacked SC subject that includes Mitchell and varied World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champions like Mitchell Hooper (reigning, 2023), Tom Stoltman (2021-2022), Oleksii Novikov (2020), and the competition’s eponymous competitor, Brian Shaw (2011, 2013, 2015-2016), the 26-year-old Nakonechnyy nonetheless figures to be a darkish horse contender for the title. Successful an occasion just like the Bench Press — its presence within the 2023 SC occasion catalog is why Nakonechnyy is sharpening it up — would go a good distance towards his probabilities.
As an athlete nonetheless comparatively younger in a strongman context, Nakonechnyy put himself on the map when he gained the 2022 Giants Dwell World Open (GLWO) title. Nakonechnyy’s triumph was notable provided that he beat different notable strongman superstars like Hooper, Novikov, and 2023 Giants Live Strongman Classic (GLSC) champion Evan Singleton. Nevertheless, a knee harm suffered on the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic (ASC) robbed Nakonechnyy of the chance to construct on his success with two main contests from the 2023 strongman season. On the time of this writing, it’s nonetheless unclear what the extent and nature of Nakonechnyy’s harm was.
Moderately than make his respective debuts on the 2023 Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM) and the 2023 WSM, Nakonechnyy was pressured to withdraw from each competitions and take the time to recuperate to full power. After a current third-place podium look on the 2023 Pahlavon Mahmud Strongman Grand Prix (PMSGP), it appears Nakonechnyy is ready to boost his profile once more in a contest with an even bigger fame just like the 2023 SC.
Right here’s an outline of the present 2023 SC roster and the whole listing of rivals Nakonechnyy should overcome in his debut on the contest:
2023 Shaw Basic Roster
- Trey Mitchell (United States) — Reigning two-time Champion
- Brian Shaw (United States) — 2022 runner-up
- Mitchell Hooper (Canada) — 2022 third place
- Tom Stoltman (United Kingdom)
- Luke Stoltman (United Kingdom)
- Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine)
- Bobby Thompson (United States)
- Adam Bishop (United Kingdom)
- Graham Hicks (United Kingdom)
- Pavlo Nakonechnyy (Ukraine)
- Thomas Evans (United States)
- Maxime Boudreault (Canada)
- Kevin Faires (United States)
- Aivars Šmaukstelis (Latvia)
- Evan Singleton (United States)
- *Gavin Bilton (United Kingdom) | *Replaces Mateusz Kieliszkowski
In response to his resume on Strongman Archives, Nakonechnyy has sometimes fared effectively in competitors debuts throughout his younger profession. In seven first-time appearances at respective strongman contests, together with his win on the 2022 GLWO, Nakonechnyy can boast six top-five finishes. Such a precedent might bode effectively for the athlete on the 2023 SC.
In a contest loaded with superstars just like the 2023 SC, Nakonechnyy faces a tall order to make a mark. If he’s certainly again to all cylinders firing, a Colorado success story for this youthful Ukrainian dynamo in all probability shouldn’t be seen as a shock.
Featured picture: @pavlo_nakonechnyy on Instagram