The final day of the 2023 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, OH, occurred on March 5, 2023, and featured the Rogue Record Breakers event. Strongmen and strongwomen competed across six events with the goal of eclipsing world records.
The first event of the day was Thor’s Hammer, which challenges athletes to a static front hold using an implement shaped like a giant hammer — think the Marvel superhero character “Thor” and the Hammer he uses that captures lightning. The men’s Hammer weighed 85 pounds, and the women’s Hammer weighed 50 pounds.
Gabi Dixson was in the second heat against the reigning world record holder and 2021 World’s Strongest Woman (WSW) Rebecca Roberts, who had previously held the Hammer for 39.09 seconds. Dixson employed a unique technique that caught the imagination of the commentary team of Sean Woodland and Jerry Pritchett.
Dixson placed one hand under the head of the Hammer and her other hand at the bottom of the handle pushing outward to leverage against the upper hand. It was an intelligent move, scoring Dixson a new Thor’s Hammer world record of 49.15 seconds.
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