The 2023 edition of Britain’s Strongest Man (BSM) contest has seen a veteran Adam Bishop captured his second career BSM title. Bishop’s first BSM victory came in 2020 when he defeated the now two-time reigning World’s Strongest Man (WSM), Tom Stoltman, and Stoltman’s brother, Luke. According to Strongman Archives, it was also Bishop’s last professional power play win, with his 2023 Giants Live-organized victory ending an estimated three-year drought. Joining Bishop on the podium in the 2023 iteration of the BSM are Gavin Bilton (second place) and 2019 BSM champion Graham Hicks (third).
Here is an overview of the final standings from the 2023 BSM competition, which took place in Sheffield, England, on January 28, 2023:
2023 Britain’s Strongest Man Final standings
- Adam Bishop— 53.5 points | champion
- Gavin Bilton— 50 points
- Graham Hicks— 48 points
- Paul Smith — 43 points
- Kane Francis — 36 points
- Andy Black — 35.5 points
- Mark Felix — 32 points
- Ryan Bennett — 29 points
- Louis Jack — 23.5 points
- Zak Muluzi-17.5 points
- Cillein Groom— 17 points
- Shane Bulak — One point (incomplete – withdrawn)
The one-day BSM contest featured five events for individual competitors to tackle: the Deadlift Ladder, Car Walk, Viking Press for Reps, Loading Race, and Power Stairs. In an all-around dominant performance, Bishop won four of the five events except for the Viking Press for Reps, where he finished in seventh place.
Given the context of Bishop finally getting off the schneid to stand atop a podium again, it’s understandable that he was satisfied with his performance afterward. Bishop finished in third place during the 2022 BSM, and that disappointing setback seems to have motivated him to come back stronger than ever.
In reaction, the experienced powerhouse shared a full, grateful reflection on his second BSM title and his first win in over three years.
“Back to the top once again, two times Britain’s Strongest Man,” began Bishop. “Wonderful night with [Giants Live]. This is always my favorite show of the year with the always amazing Sheffield crowd. After last year’s disappointment, it feels great to have a strong performance and get the trophy back in my hands. Thank you very much to all the people, [the Giants Live] crew, and my fellow competitors to put on such a spectacle of strength.
It was a pleasure to share the podium with my friends, Gavin Bilton and Graham Hicks. The 2023 season is off to a perfect start. Let’s get this thing going.”
The competition year of 2023 may not be getting off to a good start for Bishop. The athlete will likely turn his attention to notching a spot at the 2023 WSM in Apr. 19-23, 2023, in Myrtle Beach, SC. His best career result during that contest was a sixth-place finish in 2020. Most likely, Bishop can parlay the two-time BSM champion into a benchmark performance at the biggest strongman competition.
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