Blog Archive: January, 2019

2019 Arnold Classic Preview

January 25, 2019

By Roger Lockridge

William "The Conqueror" Bonac won the 2018 Arnold Classic for the biggest win of his career.

In the world of professional bodybuilding, there are two major titles that every competitor hopes to win. One is the Mr. Olympia and the other is the title of Arnold Classic Champion. Aside from the man the title is named after, Arnold Schwarzenegger, winning this show puts your name alongside those that are considered legends of the sport. Rich Gaspari, Flex Wheeler, Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler, and Dexter Jackson are just a few of the greats who have stood tall with Arnold in Columbus, Ohio.

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Hafthor Bjornsson, Brian Shaw, Martins Licis Lead Field Of Ten In 2019 Arnold Strongman Classic

January 21, 2019

By Brent LaLonde

Defending champion Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland; three-time winner Brian Shaw of Fort Lupton, Colo., and red-hot Martins Licis of Santa Monica, Calif., headline a field of 10 qualifiers for the 2019 Arnold Strongman Classic set for the 2019 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

Bjornsson broke through to win the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic in his seventh attempt after finishing second in 2017 and fifth in 2016. Bjornsson, the actor who plays The Mountain on the HBO hit series Game Of Thrones, backed up the victory by winning the 2018 World’s Strongest Man contest. Shaw, winner here in 2011, 2015 and 2017, hopes to reclaim the title after finishing runner-up to Bjornsson a year ago.

Licis is coming off victories at Arnold Pro Strongman Europe in September 2018 and Arnold Strongman USA this past weekend on the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles. Licis, fourth at 2018 World’s Strongest Man, finished 8th in 2017 in his only appearance in Columbus.

Other qualifiers include Rauno Heinla (Estonia), Mikhail Shivlyakov (Russia), Jean-Francois Caron (Canada), Mateusz Kieliszkowski (Poland), Matjaz Belsak (Slovenia), Jerry Pritchett (USA) and Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine).

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