2018 Arnold Strongman Classic Roster and Events Announced

The roster and event schedule for the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic was just released, and it’s going to be an epic event. Every year in March, the Columbus, Ohio based Arnold Classic acts as finals for the Arnold Strongman Pro World Series. This means that the other Arnold Classics held throughout the previous year in Europe, Australia, Africa, and South America act as qualifiers for this final competition.

This is why the Columbus based Arnold Strongman Classic is often regarded as one of the biggest events in the strongman season — and at the festival. The roster for this year is stacked with some of the sport’s best and is attached below. Something to note, a couple popular names like Eddie Hall and Zydrunas Savickas won’t be in attendance.

  • Brian Shaw (USA)
  • Mikhael Shivlyakov (Russia)
  • Rauno Heinla (Estonia)
  • Mateusz Kieliskowski (Poland)
  • Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland)
  • Matjaz Belsak (Slovenia)
  • Mateusz Ostazsewski (Poland)
  • Jerry Pritchett (USA)
  • Jean-Francois Caron (Canada)
  • Dimitar Savatinov (Bulgaria)
  • 1st Alternate: Vytautas Lalas (Lithuania)

In addition to the stacked lineup, the event schedule is equally stacked with action and fan-favorite events. Check out the event schedule and details below.

Friday, March 2nd

1. The Bag Over Bar

For this event, competitors will toss bags over a 15-foot bar as many times as they can. The bags will have a weight of 50 to over 100 lbs.

2. The Stone Shoulder

Saturday, March 3rd

3. Appolon’s Wheel

This is an event where competitors clean an axle bar with wagon wheels on each side, then press the weight overhead. There’s still no word posted on judging or weight being used for this event.

4. The Rogue Elephant Bar Deadlift

The weight this year will begin at 749 lbs and athletes will be allowed 30-seconds to complete each of their deadlift attempts.

5. The Timber Carry

Competitors will carry a timber frame weighing of 1,140 lbs up a 35-foot ramp. They’ll be judged on their time and distance traveled.

Feature image screenshot from ArnoldSportsFestival YouTube channel. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

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