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Former Bishop's Stortford High School student Adam Bishop comes sixth in World's Strongest Man 2020 in Bradenton, Florida

Adam Bishop improved on his previous performance as he secured a sixth-place finish in the World's Strongest Man.

The former Bishop's Stortford High School student, who is originally from Sawbridgeworth, came three places higher than in 2019 when he took on the planet's best musclemen in America.

Bishop, 31, scored 34 points in the grand final as Ukraine's Oleksii Novikov claimed the title with a 47-point haul on Anna Maria Island in Bradenton, Florida.

Adam Bishop competing in World's Strongest Man 2020. Picture: SBDAPPAREL(43781063)
Adam Bishop competing in World's Strongest Man 2020. Picture: SBDAPPAREL(43781063)

The contest took place in November, but UK viewers had to wait to see Bishop and his rivals in action over the Christmas period when Channel 5 screened highlights. The grand final aired on New Year's Day.

Bishop, who is Britain's Strongest Man and has been a runner-up in Europe's Strongest Man, began in heat two and took part in the farmer's walk, deadlifts, loading race and dumbbell press medley.

He appeared set to be eliminated after coming fourth, but third-placed Evan Singleton, from the USA, withdrew due to an injury. That meant Bishop took part in the stone off - a run of loading eight Atlas stones - and he beat Russia's Mikhail Shivlyakov with six in 53.04sec to progress along with heat winner Kevin Faires (USA).

Bishop, who also qualified for the World's Strongest Man in 2015, 2016 and 2018, made a great start to the grand final by winning the giant's medley ahead of Novikov before being runner-up in the max deadlift behind the eventual champion.

Bishop, who is a strength and conditioning coach at Harlequins RFC, had to settle for seventh spot in the keg toss, which put him in joint second place at the halfway stage.

He was also seventh in the Hercules hold and then came eighth in the log ladder to put him in fifth place overall.

And he ended the competition with a sixth-place finish in the Atlas stones to come sixth in the final standings.

Novikov stood on top of the podium with a three-and-a-half point advantage over Scotland's Tom Stoltman while Canada's Jean-Francois Caron was one-and-a-half points further back in third.

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