2024 World’s Strongest Man Competition – Injuries Force Flowers and Haraldsson to Withdraw

World’s Strongest Man 2024: Flowers and Haraldsson Forced to Withdraw Due to Injuries

(Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – April 28, 2023) – The highly anticipated 2024 World’s Strongest Man competition, set to take place from May 1-5 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has been dealt another setback as two prominent athletes have been forced to withdraw due to injuries sustained during training.

Shane Flowers, a veteran of the competition, has unfortunately had to pull out for the second time in a row, this time due to a torn right distal bicep tendon. The injury occurred while Flowers was attempting a standard Axle Press, a movement he was capturing on video. The footage clearly shows the moment the injury happened, with Flowers immediately aware of the severity and audibly expressing his disappointment.

Flowers has already undergone surgery to reattach the bicep and is now focused on his recovery, hoping to return stronger for future competitions.

Similarly, Icelandic strongman Kristjan Jon Haraldsson has also been forced to withdraw from the 2024 World’s Strongest Man. Haraldsson sustained a knee injury while performing the Axle Press, with his knee giving out as he was about to complete the lift. Fortunately, Haraldsson was able to push the bar away to avoid further damage.

“While the extent of Haraldsson’s injury is still unclear pending further tests, the athlete has made the decision to respect the integrity of the competition and allow other fully fit athletes to take his place.”

These withdrawals mark the second and third high-profile absences from the 2024 World’s Strongest Man, following the earlier announcement of Martins Licis’ withdrawal due to sciatica issues.

Despite these setbacks, the competition promises to be a thrilling showcase of the world’s most powerful athletes. Fans eagerly await to see who will seize the opportunity and emerge victorious at the prestigious event.

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