The 2017 Arnold Strongman Classic will feature the finals of the newly-created Arnold Strongman Pro World Series that featured qualifiers throughout the world at Arnold Classic multi-sport festivals in Australia, South America, Africa, Europe and Hong Kong and at the 2016 Bill Kazmaier Classic in Dallas, Texas.
Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania, winner of the Arnold Strongman Classic in 2016, is among 10 of the world's best Strongman athletes qualified for the 2017 Arnold Pro Strongman World Championships.
Others include Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland), Krysztof Radzikowksi (Poland), Masteusz Kieliskowski (Poland), Vytautas Lalas (Lithuania), Brian Shaw (United States) and Zach Hadge (United States). All qualified through victories or high finishes at the Arnold Pro Strongman World Series qualifiers except for Hadge, who earned a spot in the Arnold Pro Strongman World Championships by winning the Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships at the 2016 Arnold Sports Festival.
Dimitar Savatinov earned the final guaranteed spot when he won the Arnold Pro Strongman event 2016 Bill Kazmaier Classic on Dec. 3, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Two additional spots will be awarded through points awarded at 2016 qualifying events. Mikhail Shivlyako (Russia) and Jerry Pritchett (USA) earned invitations based on points at the qualifying events.
Feb. 18 Update: Savickas Withdraws
Zydrunas Savickas withdrew from the 2017 Arnold Strongman Classic on Feb. 18 due to injury. Martin Wildauer of Germany and Martins Licis of Latvia were added to the field.
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