On August 12, strongman Oleksii Novikov completed a 549-kilogram (1,210-pound) Hummer Tire Deadlift during the 2022 Shaw Classic in Loveland, CO. Not only did the staggering pull give Novikov the individual event win, but it also gave him the new World Record by 3.62 kilograms (eight pounds).
The Ukrainian athlete used a lifting belt and lifting straps to help him achieve the record. He may have also worn a lifting suit, but it is unclear if he wore that under his competitive outfit. Novikov eventually finished fourth overall to two-time defending champion Trey Mitchell, runner-up Brian Shaw, and bronze medalist Mitchell Hooper.
J.F. Caron held the previous World Record with his Hummer Tire Deadlift of 545 kilograms (1,202 pounds) at the 2020 Shaw Classic. Check out a clip of Novikov’s staggering feat below, courtesy of the Instagram profile of Julian Howard (@worldsstrongestfan):
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The Hummer Tire Deadlift was the first event of the 2022 Shaw Classic. It is considered a partial deadlift in strongman contests, meaning it is an alternative to a partial deadlift or silver dollar deadlift event.
Competition organizer Brian Shaw has featured the Hummer Tire deadlift at all three editions of the Shaw Classic. It was previously a staple event at the annual Arnold Strongman Classic. The diameter of the tires and flex of the bar as an athlete attempts to lock out their weight can make it a challenge.
As a max one-rep event, whichever athlete pulled the most weight on the Hummer Tire Deadlift was the victor. With his pull of 549 kilograms (1,210 pounds), Novikov paced ahead of the entire field, including second-place finisher Gabriel Peña, by an astonishing 27 kilograms (59.5 pounds).
Here are the complete results of the Hummer Tire Deadlift from the 2022 Shaw Classic:
2022 Shaw Classic | Hummer Tire Deadlift Results
- Oleksii Novikov — 549 kilograms (1,210.3 pounds) | New World Record
- Gabriel Peña — 522 kilograms (1,150.8 pounds)
- Trey Mitchell — 499 kilograms (1,100.1 pounds)
- Mitchell Hooper — 476 kilograms (1,049.4 pounds) | Tied for fifth
- Bobby Thompson — 476 kilograms(1,049.4 pounds) | Tied for fifth
- Konstantine Janashia — 476 kilograms | Tied for fifth
- Brain Shaw— 431 kilograms (950.1 pounds) | Tied for seventh
- Kevin Faires — 431 kilograms (950.1 pounds) | Tied for seventh
- Evan Singleton — 408 kilograms (899.5 pounds)
- Aivars Smaukstelis — 408 kilograms (899.5 pounds) | Tied for 10th
- Gabriel Rheaume — 408 kilograms (899.5 pounds) | Tied for 10th
- Žydrūnas Savickas — 408 kilograms (899.5 pounds) | Tied for 10th
- Jerry Pritchett — 408 kilograms (899.5 pounds) | Tied for 10th
- Maxime Boudreault — No attempt
- Luke Stoltman — No attempt
Notably, Novikov and Peña were the only two competitors to pull at least 500 kilograms (1,102.3 pounds) successfully.
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A Productive Run
Novikov’s new World Record on the Hummer Tire Deadlift is just the latest in a recently productive stretch for the proficient strongman.
Among the more noteworthy achievements, the 26-year-old won his first Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM) title in April 2022. In late May 2022, he took home third place in the 2022 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) — a title he won in 2020. Then, in early July 2022, the Ukrainian competitor made it back-to-back wins at the Giants Live Strongman Classic. Per Strongman Archives, Novikov has stood on a podium in 12 straight competitions dating back to July 2021.
At this point, regardless of contest or obstacle, it seems evident that Novikov will usually bring excellence to the table.
Featured image: @worldsstrongestfan on Instagram