Former Bishop's Stortford High School student Adam Bishop, who grew up in Sawbridgeworth, qualifies for World's Strongest Man 2021 Grand Final
Adam Bishop has qualified for the World's Strongest Man 2021 Grand Final.
The former Bishop's Stortford High School student came second in the competition's fourth heat and advanced via a stone-off in Sacramento, California.
The 32-year-old, who grew up in Sawbridgeworth and attended Fawbert & Barnard Infants' School and Reedings Junior School, will now go for the title and fans can see how he gets on when it is aired on Channel 5 on New Year's Day at 7pm.
Bishop was up against fellow countryman Terry Hollands as well as Georgia's Konstantine Janashia, Jerry Pritchett from the USA and South Africa's Chris van der Linde in heat four.
Events included a loading race, deadlift for repetitions, Fingal's fingers, overhead medley and pickaxe hold.
Bishop, who came second in this year's Britain's Strongest Man and sixth in 2020's World's Strongest Man, was runner-up in the heat, four points behind Janashia.
And he then went on to beat Pritchett, who had come third with 15 points, in the stone-off to qualify for the Grand Final.
Bishop played youth rugby for Harlow and Bishop's Stortford before joining Saracens' full-time academy.
After studying sports science and geography at Loughborough University, he took on a voluntary unpaid role as a strength and conditioning coach at Harlequins. The position became full time the following season and he began running the rehabilitation side of things before going on to become a senior strength coach.