Hafthor Bjornsson Wins Arnold Classic Australia Strongman

Think the strongman fun was over for March? Think again. Just two weeks after the Arnold Classic competition in Columbus, Ohio, the world’s biggest (and tallest) strength athletes headed down under for the Arnold Classic Australia. As Starting Strongman reports, out of an injury-reduced field of eight competitors, two-time Europe’s Strongest Man and tragically underused Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Bjornsson emerged victorious.

(Check out our infographic on the height of top strongman athletes.)

Hafthor rode to victory after wins in the Circus Dumbbell, Stone Load, Super Yoke, Deadlift (tie), and Farmer’s Walk. He got second on the log clean and press with 190 kilos (video below).


Some of the most impressive feats from the event were actually by Krzysztof Radzikowski and Zydrunas Savickas. Both lifted 217.5 kilos in the log press and missed World Record attempts (Big Z actually missed his behind). 

480lbs!! Big Z!!! @savickas_bigz The world record attempt is up next!! #arnoldclassicau #arnoldstrong

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But in the end, the Icelandic giant reigned supreme, making up for a disappointing 5th in Ohio behind Savickas, Brian Shaw, Vytautus Lalas, and Mateusz Kieliszkowski. (Of those athletes, only Savickas competed at both events.)

For an in-depth report, check out Starting Strongman’s event recap, which includes finish lists and weights for each event.

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend’s Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting. David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of Greatist.com.

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