2022 Magnús Ver Magnússon Strongman Classic Results — Rongo Keene Stands on Top

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It’s Keene’s first win in professional strongman since 2016.

Rongo Keene is the winner of the 2022 Magnús Ver Magnússon Strongman Classic (MVMSC). During the contest that took place on Nov. 18-20, 2022, in Reykjavík, Iceland, the Australian athlete captured his first victory since the 2016 Australia’s Strongest Man (ASM) contest.

The two competitors who joined Keene on the podium were Canada’s Maxime Boudreault (second) and Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted (third), respectively. For Boudreault, it’s his first podium finish since winning the 2022 Canada’s Strongest Man (CSM) in late August. Meanwhile, Melsted once again finished in the top three at the MVMSC after a second-place result at the 2021 iteration.

Here are the final standings from the 2022 Magnús Ver Magnússon Strongman Classic:

2022 Magnús Ver Magnússon Strongman Classic

  1. Rongo Keene (Australia) — 87.5 points
  2. Maxime Boudreault (Canada) — 81.5 points
  3. Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted (Iceland) — 79 points
  4. Vilius Jokužys (Lithuania) — 72.5 points
  5. Colton Sloan (Canada) — 68.5 points
  6. Stefán Karel Torfason (Iceland) — 65.5 points
  7. Ervin Toots (Estonia) — 65.5 points
  8. Mika Törrö (Finland) — 56.5 points
  9. Jacob Finerty (United States) — 54.5 points
  10. James Jeffers (Canada) — 51.5 points
  11. Kristján Jón Haraldsson (Iceland) — 50 points
  12. Kim Ujarak Lorentzen (Greenland) — 46.5 points
  13. Pierre Motal (France) — 33.5 points
  14. Ryan England (United Kingdom) — 26.5 points

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Here’s an overview of the respective results at each event of the 2022 MVMSC.

Event One — Rock Press

The weight of the six stones during the opening rock press event of the 2022 MVMSC ranged from 100 to 150 kilograms (220.4 to 330.7 pounds). In the end, Keene, Melsted, and the United States’ Jacob Finerty finished in a three-way tie for first place. They all successfully lifted the fifth stone, which weighed 138 kilograms (304.2 pounds).

  1. Rongo Keene — 138 kilograms (304.2 pounds) | Tied-first
  2. Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — 138 kilograms (304.2 pounds) | Tied-first
  3. Jacob Finerty — 138 kilograms (304.2 pounds) | Tied-first
  4. Vilius Jokužys — 122 kilograms (268.9 pounds)
  5. Colton Sloan — 112 kilograms (246.9 pounds) | Tied-third
  6. Stefán Karel Torfason — 112 kilograms (246.9 pounds) | Tied-third
  7. Mika Törrö — 112 kilograms (246.9 pounds) | Tied-third
  8. James Jeffers — 112 kilograms (246.9 pounds) | Tied-third
  9. Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 112 kilograms (246.9 pounds) | Tied-third
  10. Maxime Boudreault — 100 kilograms (220.4 pounds) | Tied-fourth
  11. Ervin Toots — 100 kilograms (220.4 pounds) | Tied-fourth
  12. Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — 100 kilograms (220.4 pounds) | Tied-fourth
  13. Pierre Motal — 100 kilograms (220.4 pounds) | Tied-fourth
  14. Ryan England — 100 kilograms (220.4 pounds) | Tied-fourth

Event Two — Natural Stones

In an event akin to the famed Atlas stones, the respective athletes had to lift four stones ranging from 130 to 185 kilograms (286.6 to 407.8 pounds) in the fastest time possible. Iceland’s Kristján Jón Haraldsson lapped the rest of the field, being the only athlete to finish lifting all four stones in less than 30 seconds en route to the event win.

  1. Kristján Jón Haraldsson — Four stones in 26.73 seconds
  2. Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — Four stones in 32.17 seconds
  3. Maxime Boudreault — Four stones in 33.21 seconds
  4. Ervin Toots — Four stones in 34.13 seconds
  5. James Jeffers — Four stones in 38.79 seconds
  6. Stefán Karel Torfason — Four stones in 45.41 seconds
  7. Vilius Jokužys — Three stones in 16.33 seconds
  8. Rongo Keene — Three stones in 19.39 seconds
  9. Jacob Finerty — Three stones in 21.74 seconds
  10. Mika Törrö — Three stones in 24.97 seconds
  11. Colton Sloan — Three stones in 25.12 seconds
  12. Pierre Motal — Three stones in 25.96 seconds
  13. Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Three stones in 33.68 seconds
  14. Ryan England — Two stones in 19.9 seconds

Event Three — Hammer Throw

The hammer throw event — where the competitors hurl a 21-kilogram (46.3-pound) hammer implement as far as possible — finished the first day of the contest. Iceland’s Stefán Karel Torfason won the event when he threw his hammer 9.9 meters.

  1. Stefán Karel Torfason — 9.9 meters
  2. Vilius Jokužys — 9.22 meters
  3. Maxime Boudreault — 9.14 meters
  4. Ervin Toots — 8.78 meters
  5. Mika Törrö — 8.43 meters
  6. Rongo Keene — 8.32 meters
  7. Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — 8.03 meters
  8. Jacob Finerty — 7.94 meters
  9. James Jeffers — 7.81 meters
  10. Ryan England — 7.55 meters
  11. Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 7.41 meters
  12. Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — 7.19 meters
  13. Colton Sloan — 6.62 meters
  14. Pierre Motal — 6.47 meters

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Event Four — Husafell Stone Carry

To start the second day, the competitors had to carry around the usual Husafell stone weighing 186 kilograms (410 pounds) in a circle for a maximum distance, with one rotation being 35 meters. Lithuania’s Vilius Jokužys ultimately finished on top when he took his stone 83.9 meters.

  1. Vilius Jokužys — 83.9 meters
  2. Maxime Boudreault — 80 meters
  3. Colton Sloan — 75.3 meters
  4. Stefán Karel Torfason — 70.9 meters
  5. Ervin Toots — 67.2 meters
  6. Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 58.9 meters
  7. Rongo Keene — 51.4 meters
  8. James Jeffers — 51.2 meters
  9. Mika Törrö — 49.6 meters
  10. Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — 48.9 meters
  11. Pierre Motal — 48.7 meters
  12. Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — 45.4 meters
  13. Jacob Finerty — 36 meters
  14. Ryan England — 35.9 meters

Event Five — Stone-to-Shoulder Medley

In the stone-to-shoulder medley, the athletes had to lift four successive stones weighing from 100 to 145 kilograms (220.4 to 319.6 pounds) to their shoulders as fast as they could. Keene had the best result, lifting all four stones in 34.16 seconds, more than two full seconds faster than the next-best competitor.

  1. Rongo Keene — Four stones in 34.16 seconds
  2. Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — Four stones in 36.2 seconds
  3. Maxime Boudreault — Four stones in 36.91 seconds
  4. Colton Sloan — Four stones in 52.07 seconds
  5. Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Four stones in 54.77 seconds
  6. Ervin Toots — Four stones in 1:01.89 seconds
  7. Vilius Jokužys — Three stones in 22.69 seconds
  8. James Jeffers — Three stones in 22.73 seconds
  9. Kristján Jón Haraldsson — Three stones in 26.69 seconds
  10. Jacob Finerty — Three stones in 30.02 seconds
  11. Pierre Motal — Three stones in 31.35 seconds
  12. Ryan England — Three stones in 35.66 seconds
  13. Mika Törrö — Three stones in 38.91 seconds
  14. Stefán Karel Torfason — Two stones in 12.39 seconds

Event Six — Farmer’s Walk

In a slight shift from the usual farmer’s walk structure where equally weighted handles are carried, the competitors had to carry two differently weighted implements (137 kilograms/302 pounds and 142 kilograms/313 pounds) in each hand for the farthest distance. Finland’s Mika Törrö took his respective weights 35.88 meters for the win.

  1. Mika Törrö — 35.88 meters
  2. Rongo Keene — 34.77 meters
  3. Stefán Karel Torfason — 29.4 meters
  4. Maxime Boudreault — 27.95 meters
  5. Vilius Jokužys — 25.44 meters
  6. Colton Sloan — 18.6 meters
  7. Kristján Jón Haraldsson — 15.42 meters
  8. Ervin Toots — 15.3 meters
  9. Jacob Finerty — 13.78 meters
  10. Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — 10.1 meters
  11. Pierre Motal — 8.21 meters
  12. James Jeffers — 5.53 meters
  13. Ryan England — 4.55 meters
  14. Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — 1.13 meters

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Event Seven — Axle Deadlift for Reps

To kick off festivities on the final day of the 2022 MVMSC, the athletes had to complete as many reps of a 325-kilogram (716.5-pound) axle deadlift as possible within a 75-second time limit. Melsted paced ahead of the field by pulling seven reps.

  1. Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — Seven reps
  2. Rongo Keene — Five reps | Tied-second
  3. Colton Sloan — Five reps | Tied-second
  4. Pierre Motal — Five reps | Tied-second)
  5. Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Five reps | Tied-second
  6. Jacob Finerty — Four reps | Tied-third
  7. James Jeffers — Four reps | Tied-third
  8. Mika Törrö — Three reps | Tied-fourth
  9. Stefán Karel Torfason — Three reps | Tied-fourth
  10. Maxime Boudreault — Two reps | Tied-fifth
  11. Ervin Toots — Two reps | Tied-fifth
  12. Vilius Jokužys — One rep | Tied-sixth
  13. Ryan England — One rep | Tied-sixth
  14. Kristján Jón Haraldsson — N/A

Event Eight — Log Press Medley

The final event of the competition featured the log press medley, where everyone had to successfully press four logs with weights ranging from 110 and 165 kilograms (242.5 and 363.7 pounds) in the fastest time. Famed for his shoulder press strength, Boudreault was able to coast to the event victory and cement his overall second-place finish.

  1. Maxime Boudreault — Four logs in 30.63 seconds
  2. Eythór Ingólfsson Melsted — Four logs in 38.28 seconds
  3. Rongo Keene — Three logs in 24.09 seconds
  4. Colton Sloan — Three logs in 30.63 seconds
  5. Ervin Toots — Three logs in 31.97 seconds
  6. Ryan England — Three logs in 32.36 seconds
  7. Kim Ujarak Lorentzen — Three logs in 36.37 seconds
  8. Jacob Finerty — Three logs in 1:00.86 seconds
  9. Vilius Jokužys — Two logs in 14.72 seconds
  10. Mika Törrö — Two logs in 17.54 seconds
  11. Stefán Karel Torfason — Two logs in 19.46 seconds
  12. Pierre Motal — Two logs in 19.8 seconds
  13. James Jeffers — Two logs in 20.86 seconds
  14. Kristján Jón Haraldsson — Two logs in 29.58 seconds

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The 2022 calendar year has been productive for Keene. With this victory in the 2022 MVMSC, the Australian athlete has now notched three podium finishes in five 2022 contests. Capturing a victory in one of the bigger strongman competitions might be the perfect cherry on top.

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