Tom Stoltman celebrates his 28th birthday Monday.

And the Scottish strongman loves his present: a second consecutive “World Strongest Man” crown. 

Stoltman surged past Ukraine’s Oleksii Novikov in the final two events at the competition in Sacramento, California, on Sunday to reclaim his crown. Novikov and Martins Licis (United States) finished tied for second. 

“To do it once is unbelievable,” he told USA TODAY Sports by phone Sunday. “Back to back? Almost unheard of.”

Stoltman became the 10th competitor to win the event twice and is the first strongman to claim consecutive titles since Brian Shaw of the U.S. won his third and fourth crowns in 2015 and 2016. 

Novikov won three consecutive events (deadlift, Flintstone barbell and bus pull) to lead the pack going into the power stairs. Stoltman trailed by 3.5 points going into the second-to-last event, but Novikov mustered four points compared to Stoltman’s nine. The final event was Stoltman’s signature one: the Atlas Stones. 

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