Arnold Strongman Classic

Hafthor Bjornsson Wins 1st Arnold Strongman Classic Crown

COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 3, 2018) – Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland broke through for his first major professional strongman victory when he won the Arnold Strongman Classic at the 30th Anniversary of the Arnold Sports Festival. The event also serves as the Arnold Pro Strongman World Championship

Bjornsson was competing in the Arnold Strongman Classic for the 8th straight year. He finished second in 2017 and was fifth in 2016. He also finished second in World’s Strongest Man three of the past four years. 

Three-time champion Brian Shaw of Lupton, Colo., finished second and Mikhail Shivlyakov of Russia was third.

2018 Arnold Strongman Classic Final Results

Bjornsson, who is best known in some circles as the actor who plays “Mountain” on Game Of Thrones,” dominated with two first-place finishes (Elephant Bar Deadlift, Bag Over Bar) and two third-place efforts (The Stone Shoulder, Timber Carry) in the first four events to building a commanding 36-32.5 lead over Shaw heading into the final event.

In the final event during the Arnold Classic Finals at Battelle Grand, Bjornsson and Shaw each pressed the 400-pound Appollon’s Wheels overhead three times in the allotted two minutes to finish tied for first. Bjornsson entered the final event only needing one rep to claim the title, but put the famed ROGUE Fitness apparatus overhead four times to the delight of the sold-out crowd.

2018 Arnold Strongman Classic Coverage By ROGUE Fitness

Bjornsson set a new world record in the ROGUE Elephant Bar Deadlift by locking in an amazing 1,041 pounds. Shaw was second with a lift of 1,016 pounds. Bjornsson also won the Bag Over Bar by tossing a 95-pound, custom-made ROGUE Fitness bag over a 15-foot-high bar. Mateusz Kieliszkowski of Poland won the The Stone Shoulder by lifting the 410-pound rock four times while Jerry Pritchett of the USA won the Timer Carry by moving the 1,102-pound wooden frame up a 35-foot ramp in an amazing 9.58 seconds.

For the victory, Bjornsson received congratulations from Arnold Schwarzenegger, $72,000 and the Louis Cyr Trophy. Shaw earned $22,000 for finishing second. Bjornsson, a seven-time Iceland’s Strongest Man winner, qualified for the Arnold Strongman Classic by winning the Arnold Pro Strongman World Series qualifier held at Festival Hommes Forts Warwick in Quebec, Canada in July 2017. The Arnold Pro Strongman World Series features qualifying events at Arnold Sports Festival events and select stand-alone competitions around the world, with winners advancing to compete in the Arnold Pro Strongman World Series Championship at the Arnold Sports Festival.

2018 Arnold Pros Strongman Final Results

  • 1st place (45.5 points): Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland), $72,000
  • 2nd place (42): Brian Shaw (Lupton, Colo.), $22,000
  • 3rd place (30): Mikhail Shivlyakov (Russia), $17,000
  • 4th place (29): Mateusz Kieliskowski (Poland), $12,000
  • 5th place (28): Jean-Francois Caron (Canada), $10,000.
  • 6th place, tie (24): Jerry Pritchett (Phoenix, Ariz.), $6,500
  • 6th place, tie (24): Matjaz Belsak  (Slovenia), $6,500
  • 8th place (22.5): Rauno Heinla (Estonia), $4,000.
  • 9th place (18.5): Dimitar Savatinov (Bulgaria), $3,000.
  • 10th place (11.5): Mateusz Ostaszewski (Poland), $2,000.

The 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic was contested over two days in five events: Bag Over Bar, The Stone Shoulder, Timber Carry, ROGUE Elephant Bar Deadlift and Appolon’s Wheel. The Appolon’s Wheel was held at the Battelle Grand at the Greater Columbus Convention Center as part of the Arnold Classic, Bikini International and Arnold Men’s Physique Finals. The 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic is sponsored by ROGUE Fitness and Midway Labs USA.

Arnold Strongman Classic Champions

2002: Mark Henry
2003: Zydrunas Savickas
2004: Zydrunas Savickas
2005: Zydrunas Savickas
2006: Zydrunas Savickas
2007: Zydrunas Savickas
2008: Zydrunas Savickas
2009: Derek Poundstone
2010: Derek Poundstone

2011: Brian Shaw
2012: Michael Jenkins
2013: Vytautas Lalas
2014: Zydrunas Savickas
2015: Brian Shaw
2016: Zydrunas Savickas
2017: Brian Shaw
2018: Hafthor Bjornsson

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