TOM Stoltman says he’s hungry to win more World’s Strongest Man titles than anyone in history.
The Invergordon athlete won his second world title last night in Sacramento.
The 27-year-old followed up his victory in 2021 by finishing on the top step of the podium, with Oleksii Novikov of Ukraine and Martins Licis of the United States 10 points behind him in joint second place.
No athlete has ever won six world strongest man titles, and Stoltman says he has ambitions to be the first to do so.
But in the short term, he just wants to enjoy being the strongest man alive again.
Speaking on World Strongest Man social media, he said: “I want to have fun and see what happens.
“I’m hungry for six titles, but who knows what the world will open up for me now.
“It’s the competition I’m most motivated for, coming here and mixing it up with the big guys.”
Stoltman never finished outside the top three in any of the six events in the final.
He was 3.5 points behind Novikov with two laps remaining, but the Ukrainian performed poorly in the final two laps, allowing Stoltman to run away with the title.
He said he was determined to prove to the public that his victory last year was not unique.
“It was special last year and I wanted to come back and prove a point,” he said.
“I didn’t make mistakes, I let others make mistakes, I was cool, calm and airy all the way.
“What a way to finish on the stones. I was under pressure for the second year in a row but I came here and showed my mature head.”
Stoltman says working hard on events where he has struggled before was key to retaining his title.
He says it paid off as he remains the strongest man alive.
“I worked hard on the press and truck traction, those events last year could have cost me a lot of points.
“But I was in the top three in all of those events. To do it in a row is just an amazing feeling.”
Stoltman is the first athlete to retain the title since American Brian Shaw in 2016.
He is the only Scot to have won the title of the strongest man in the world.
Mariusz Pudzianowski of Poland holds the record for most World’s Strongest Man wins with five titles in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008.