After a long time that includes at strongman’s premier contest, Felix will name it quits. However that does not imply he is solely achieved.
Mark Felix started his World’s Strongest Man (WSM) profession again in 2004, and slowly however absolutely chipped away. The established titan would attain his greatest profession lead to 2006 when he completed in fourth place. Now, after years of lifting Atlas Stones among the many world’s greatest virtually each spring, the 56-year-old Grenadian athlete shall be focusing his strength and power elsewhere shifting ahead.
On Feb. 19, 2023, Felix wrote an Instagram publish the place he revealed he would quickly retire from WSM competitors. As soon as the 2023 iteration of the contest is within the books after April — his 18th look over the previous 19 years— Felix will not take part within the WSM. He joins the legendary Brian Shaw as the newest strongman veteran to announce their WSM retirement. Although, crucially, it received’t be the final anybody sees of Felix as an expert strongman total.
After clarifying that he would formally be on the 2023 WSM roster, Felix made certain to nip just a few potential questions within the bud. The 2023 WSM is perhaps his final, however he’ll nonetheless be fairly lively on different aggressive circuits.
Why? Competing in strongman seems to be his ardour.
“So extremely excited to be a confirmed athlete for my 18th [World’s Strongest Man] present and the oldest strongman ever to compete on the WSM,” Felix wrote. “I’ve determined that this 12 months shall be my final time I compete on the [WSM] present, however I’ll proceed to compete at [Giants Live] exhibits and [Official Strongman Games] exhibits. Strongman is in my blood, and I’ll hopefully have the ability to proceed to compete for a lot of a few years to return.”
In response to Strongman Archives, Felix debuted as a strongman throughout a sixth-place efficiency on the 2004 Britain’s Strongest Man (BSM) competitors. His profession highlights is perhaps his prolific 17 berths on the WSM, together with 4 Finals appearances. One in every of his higher Giants Reside contest outcomes was taking fifth place on the 2021 Arnold Strongman Classic UK (ASCUK). In the meantime, within the Official Strongman Games (OSG), he’s the defending champion within the Males’s Masters 50-plus class.
On the subject of worldwide information, Felix not too long ago set a World File on the Wrecking Ball Maintain on the 2022 WSM when he held up the titular implement for two minutes and 20.49 seconds.
Whereas Felix is perhaps set to carry his final Fingal’s Fingers and pull his final autos in a WSM setting, the strongman group definitely hasn’t seen the final of this competitor. For somebody who has been so lively for therefore lengthy, maybe the chance to refocus will result in improved performances within the years to return.
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