The Arnold Strongman Classic held in Columbus, OH on March 6, 2020 is going to be quite the competition. There are 10 of the worlds strongest men competing for the coveted trophy signifying you are one of the strongest in the world. Here are this years lineup of strongmen.
- Hafthor Julius Bjornsson (Iceland) Two-time defending champion
- Rob Kearney (USA) First Time Appearance
- Bobby Thompson (USA) First Time Appearance as a pro
- Olexii Novikov (Ukraine)
- Mateusz Kieliszikowski (Poland)
- Jean-Francois Caron (Canada)
- Mikhail Shivlyakov (Russia)
- Martins Licis (USA)
- Matjaz Belsak (Slovenia)
- Jerry Pritchett (USA)
The Arnold Strongman Classic held in Columbus, OH on March 6, 2020 is quite the competition so far. There have been some surprises and some upsets starting on the first event, Trial by Stones, where athletes are timed in completing two stone presses (265 and 300 lbs), two stone (365 and 400 lbs) lifts onto Rogue Whiskey Barrels, and finishing up by carrying a 409 lbs Icelandic cut Hussefelt Stone 50 feet! These are extremely heavy lifts even for strongman.
Surprisingly, Hafthor did not win this event, but the young Mateusz Kieliszikowski beat Hafthors time by a mere second. Also, only four out of the ten men were able to complete the event, which did NOT include Martins Licis. Martins struggled during the second stone requiring him to redo his attempt, and then he was not able to complete the Hussafelt stone by inches! After the first event here are the standings:
Although I am an American through and through, I honestly wanted to see my Russian counterpart, Mikhail Shivlyakov, take off and run with this competition and do quite well. Being a fellow military man and someone close to my age, it was disappointing to see him get hurt in the first event and not complete it. I’m waiting to see how he does for the rest of the competition.
The next event was the Bag over Bar. This event was very surprising to me for many reasons.