Jose Vitor Leme wins Round 5 to climb to No. 4 in the world and inch within 270.66 points of No. 1 Swearingen as he seeks his unprecedented third consecutive gold buckle
FORT WORTH, Texas – Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) continued to ride supreme inside Dickies Arena, delivering a monster 90-point ride during Round 5 of the 2022 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Finals: Unleash The Beast on Friday. He furthered his stronghold on the world No. 1 rank and also overtook the top position on the World Finals event leaderboard.
While both No. 2 Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) and No. 3 Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) bucked off their bulls, Swearingen is now firmly locked in the sights of two-time reigning PBR World Champion Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil). Leme won the round on a patented ride that was both flashy and in total control to rise to No. 4 in the world and second in the event.
For the second consecutive night, Swearingen padded his lead atop the standings by converting in the final out of the evening.
Swearingen was a picture of perfection atop Lone Survivor (Whitman Bucking Bulls/Jenkins Cattle Co.), reaching the requisite 8 for 91.5 points.
The 90-point ride is Swearingen’s second of the marathon event. In Round 2, Swearingen recorded his first score of the 2022 PBR World Finals when he rode Big Black (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb) for a career-best 93 points.
The score, which was the fourth-best of Round 5’s four 90-point rides, earned Swearingen a check for $10,000 and a crucial 41 world points. While he began the evening 44.99 points out front, Swearingen now leads No. 2 contender Vieira by 85.99 points.
Swearingen is also now the top-ranked rider in the World Finals event standings. Having gone 4-for-5 with a combined aggregate score of 359.75 points, he leads second-place Leme in the event by five points.
Leme put the field on notice in Round 5, delivering the top score to return to the world No. 4 rank.
In perfect time with Canadian bull Norse God (Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls), making giant moves while completely centered on the bull, Leme was marked a commanding 92.75 points to earn $35,000 and 89 world points.
“I’m glad to be here,” Leme said on top of the Can-Am cage in accepting the event buckle. “This buckle means a lot after everything I’ve been through this year. I’m so blessed. I thank God. Without him, I’m nothing.”
As the 40 best bull riders in the world ready for Round 6 on Saturday night, Leme is now within 270.66 points of the world No. 1 rank.
Should Leme once again be crowned the PBR World Champion in 2022, the stoic Brazilian would become the first rider in history to claim the honor in three consecutive seasons and just the third three-time PBR World Champion.
For the second consecutive night, world No. 2 Vieira was upended by his bovine athlete opponent.
In the fifth round of bull riding’s most prestigious event, the popular veteran rider was bucked off in 5.63 seconds by Soy El Fuego (Winston/Melton/Stockyards Pro Rodeo).
Vieira, who is attempting to become the oldest PBR World Champion in history this season, is now seventh in the event standings, having gone 3-for-5 thus far.
World No. 3 Pacheco also suffered defeat in Round 5.
Continuing to compete with a broken foot, 2018 PBR World Champion Pacheco was bucked off by Tortuga (Halpain/Martinelli) in 5.02 seconds.
The “Ice Man” is now 87.49 points back of No. 1 Swearingen. In the event standings, Pacheco, who has gone 3-for-5, is fourth, 87.5 points behind leader Swearingen.
Round 5 of the 2022 PBR World Finals featured a breakthrough performance for 19-year-old sensation Bob Mitchell (Steelville, Missouri).
Converting atop Big Wave (Lone Star/Outlaw/Maynes/D&H Cattle Co.) for his first qualified ride at his debut PBR World Finals, Mitchell was marked 88.75 points, earning 28 world points.
Atop the standings in the race for the coveted Rookie of the Year honor, Mitchell extended his lead over No. 2 Clayton Sellars (Fruitland Park, Florida) to 66.92 points. Sellars, who missed Round 2 due to injury, has yet to cover at the event. In Round 5, he was bucked off by Buffalo Heifer (Lucas Manning Bucking Bulls) in a heartbreaking 7.06 seconds.
Returning to the Round 5 leaderboard, Dalton Kasel (Muleshoe, Texas) and Dener Barbosa (Paulo de Faria, Brazil) tied for second after logging matching 92-point rides. The duo covered Mr. Excavator (Cornwell Bucking Bulls) and Flapjack (Parker/OK Corralis/Gordon/D&H Cattle), respectively, each collecting $17,500 and 47 world points.
Kasel remained No. 7 in the world, and Barbosa climbed one position from No. 12 to No. 11.
Reigning PBR Rookie of the Year Eli Vastbinder (Statesville, North Carolina) delivered his second consecutive ride, and third overall of the event, in Round 5 to gain one position in the world standings.
Vastbinder, who covered WSM’s Trail of Tears (WSM Auctioneers/Clay Struve/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) for 89 points to finish sixth in the round and collect 32 world points, is now No. 9 in the world after beginning the evening’s competition No. 10.
The reserved North Carolinian trails No. 1 Swearingen by 495.33 points.
The score also elevated Vastbinder to sixth in the World Finals event. Having gone 3-for-5 to amass 264.25 points, Vastbinder is within 95.5 points of overtaking the event lead.
Round 5 of the 2022 PBR World Finals also included the Top 15 3- and 4-year-old ABBI (American Bucking Bull Inc.) Classic bulls from Round 1.
Current No. 1 Classic bull in the ABBI standings Cool Whip (Julian Cattle & Staci Addison/D&H Cattle/Crooked W) extended his lead with a 91.6-point out Friday evening, and a 180.4-point average across the two performances. The bovine earned the championship title and more than $10,000.
Alakazam finished second with 178.88 points for just under $7,000, while Tchoupitoulas (Heavy Hitters Group/Twisted T Livestock) was not far behind with 178.56 points for a third-place finish and more than $5,000.
Flapjack landed in fourth with 178.08 points for $4,000 and Mr. Excavator rounded out the Top 5 with 177.68 points for just under $3,500.
The 2022 PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast continues with Round 6 on Saturday, May 21 at 7:45 p.m. CDT.
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PBR Unleash The Beast
PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast
Dickies Arena – Fort Worth, Texas
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Round 5-Round 6-Round 7-Round 8-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
Austin Richardson, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Chase Dougherty, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Manoelito de Souza Junior, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Clayton Sellars, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Rafael Henrique dos Santos, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Dakota Louis, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Matt Triplett, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Marco Eguchi, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Alex Marcilio, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Adriano Salgado, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Brandon Davis, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Casey Coulter, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Alex Cardozo, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00