Strongman Classic

THOR WINS 3RD STRAIGHT

Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland won the Arnold Strongman Classic title for the third straight year with another dominating performance at the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival. The event also serves as the Arnold Pro Strongman World Championship.

Bjornsson was competing in the Arnold Strongman Classic for the 10th straight year. He won the title in 2019 and 2018 after finishing second in 2017 and fifth in 2016. He also won World’s Strongest Man in 2018.

Mateusz Kieliszkowski of Poland finished in second place after a third place showing in 2019. Martins Licis of Los Angeles, the current World’s Strongest Man who finished second in Columbus last year, was third.

Bjornsson, who is best known in some circles as the actor who played “The Mountain” on Game Of Thrones, dominated with two first-place finishes, one second-place and one third-place among the first five events. Bjornsson won Bag Over Bar and the ROGUE Elephant Bar Deadlift while placing second in the Trial By Stone and third in the Wheel of Pain. Bjornsson won the Elephant Bar Deadlift with a pull of 1,026 pounds.

In Cyr Strategic Challenge, the final event contested during the Arnold Classic, Bjornsson needed only one rep at 280 pounds to secure his third straight Arnold Strongman Classic title. He added one rep at 300 pounds for good measure.

Kieliszkowski won an impressive three of the first five events (Trial By Stone, Wheel Of Pain and Timber Carry) but was hampered by an 8th-place finish in the Elephant Bar Deadlift. In the Cyr Strategic Challenge, Kieliszkowski brought the crowd to its feet with a world-record 320-pound lift after opening at 300 pounds.For the victory, Bjornsson received congratulations from Arnold Schwarzenegger, $72,000, and the Louis Cyr Trophy. Kieliszkowski earned $22,000 for finishing second.

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.

2020 Arnold Pros Strongman Final Results

  • 1st place (52.5 points): Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland, $72,000
  • 2nd place (50.5): Mateusz Kieliszkowski of Poland, $22,000
  • 3rd place (36.5): Martins Licis of Los Angeles, $17,000
  • 4th place (33): Jean-Francois Caron of Canada, $12,000
  • 5th place (31): Oleksii Novikov of Ukraine, $10,000
  • 6th place (29), tie: Mikhail Shivlyakov of Russia, $6,500 and Rob Kearney of Easthampton, Mass., $6,500
  • 8th place (27): Jerry Pritchett of Phoenix, Ariz., $4,000.
  • 9th place (24): Bobby Thompson of Fredericksburg, Virginia $3,000.
  • 10th place (17.5): Matjaz Belsak of Estonia, $2,000.

The 2020 Arnold Strongman Classic was contested over two days in five events: Trial By Stone, Bag Over Bar, Wheel Of Pain, ROGUE Elephant Bar Deadlift, Timber Carry and Cyr Strategic Challenge.

The 2020 Arnold Strongman Classic is sponsored by ROGUE Fitness, REIGN Total Body Fuel, GO RUCK, Kinda Fit Kinda Fat, Theragun and Victis CBD.

2020 Competitors

1. Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland) – 2019 Arnold Strongman Classic USA Champion
2. Rob Kearney (USA) – 2019 Arnold Sports Festival Australia Champion
3. Bobby Thompson (USA) – 2019 Arnold Amateur World Champion
4. Olexii Novikov (Ukraine) – 2019 Arnold Sports Festival South America Champion
5. Mateusz Kieliszikowski (Poland) – 2019 Arnold Sports Festival Africa Runner-Up
6. Jean-Francois Caron (Canada) – 2019 Arnold Pro Strongman Forts Warwick Champion
7. Mikhail Shivlyakov (Russia) – 2019 Arnold Pro Strongman Europe Fourth-Place Finisher
8. Martins Licis (USA) – 2020 Arnold Pro Strongman USA Champion
9. Matjaz Belsak (Slovenia) – First, Season Qualifying Points
10. Jerry Pritchett (USA) – Second, Season Qualifying Points

2020 Feats Of Strength

Friday, March 6, 2020
2-5:30 p.m.
Trial By Stone
Bag Over Bar
Wheel of Pain
STRONGMAN ARENA (rear of Hall D)

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Noon-3 p.m.
Rogue Elephant Bar Deadlift
Timber Carry
STRONGMAN ARENA (rear of Hall D)

Saturday, March 7, 2020
7 p.m.
Cyr Strategic Dumbbell Challenge
BATTELLE GRAND (as part of Arnold Classic Finals)

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
2019: Hafthor Bjornsson


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