The Item: Strongman Competition, Strength Sports, Contest Results, Andrew Oye's Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Recently Reported: American Pro Strongman Brian Shaw strong-armed his competition to win the 2013 World's Strongest Man contest in Sanya, China. The taped event will air on national TV later this year (when WSM organizers announce "official results").
 
2013 World's Strongest Man Final Results
1. Brian Shaw - USA (51 points)
2. Zydrunas Savickas - Lithuania (48 points)
3. Thor Bjornsson - Iceland (42 points)
4. Mike Jenkins - USA (41 points)
5. Mike Burke - USA (38.5 points)
6. Vytautas Lalas - Lithuania (34 points)  
7. Terry Hollands - UK (31.5 points)
8. Johannes Arsjo - Sweden (16 points)
9. Robert Oberst - USA (14 points)
10. Mikhail Misha Koklyaev - Russia - (retired due to injury)

The remaining field of qualified competitors for 2013 included: Hafthor Bjornsson, Krzysztof Radzikowski, Nick Best, Jerry Pritchett, Lauri Nami, Laurence Shahlaei, Graham Hicks, Juha Matti Jarvi, Frankie Scheun, Martin Wildauer, Mark Felix, Alex Moonen, Warrick Brant, Eddie Hall, Akos Nagy. Making World's Strongest Man debuts: Long Wu, Scott Cummine, Gerhard Van Staden, Dainis Zageris, Bjorn Andre Solvang, Robert Cyrwus. Reserve: Lloyd Renals.

The "So What?":
Contenders competed in a battery of intense events, including the Viking Press, Squat Lift, Super Yoke, Deadlift, Overhead Lift, Loading Race, Truck Pull, Fingals Fingers, Keg Toss, Frame Carry, Atlas Stones and Circus Medley.

With three WSM titles (2009, 2010, 2012), Lithuanian Zydrunas Savickas' record includes 3-time Europe's Strongest Man, 6-time Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Strongman Winner, 5-time Lithuania's Strongest Man and 2012 Arnold Classic Europe Winner. As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the defending champion wanted to match the four wins of Jon-Pall Sigmarsson and Magnus Ver Magnusson to then aim for the record of 5-time WSM Mariusz Pudzianowski. But 6' 8", 420-pound Brian Shaw (who Bill Kazmaier dubbed, "the evolution of strongman") overcame last year's biceps injury to reclaim the World's Strongest Man title he had won in 2011, the year he also won the Arnold Strongman Classic at IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger's Arnold Sports Festival (where IFBB Pro Branch Warren won the Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championships).
 
Andrew Oye's Verdict: Follow the 2013 World's Strongest Man TV Schedule (formerly on ESPN) via CBS Sports Network's listings of the 2013 WSM qualifying rounds and finals:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | 9:00 - 9:30 PM
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | 9:30 - 10:00 PM
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | 8:30 - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | 9:30 - 10:00 PM
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 | 9:30 - 10:00 PM
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 9:30 - 10:00 PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 9:30 - 10:00 PM
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 | 9:30 - 10:00 PM
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | 9:30 - 10:00 PM
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | 9:30 - 10:00 PM
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 | 9:30 - 10:30 PM

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