If you tuned into the 2020 Arnold Strongman Classic, then there’s a good chance you saw Mateusz Kieliszkowski break the Cyr Dumbbell World Record live. However, if you didn’t, then you’re in luck because we thought it was definitely worth a re-share and Rogue Fitness just shared an amazing video highlighting the feat.
The final event of this year’s Arnold Classic was the Cyr Strategic Dumbbell Challenge. This is an event that entails athletes having 90-seconds to complete the heaviest Cyr Dumbbell press that they can within the set time frame (dumbbells range from 274 lbs – 330 lbs). The name of the game is strategy, as athletes try to pace their lifts with other athlete’s top presses.
Heading into the event, Hafthor Bjornsson and Mateusz Kieliszkowski were both neck and neck in points, and Kieliszkowski needed an event win and Bjornsson had to place outside of the top 3 to bring home the title. Ukraine’s Oleksii Novikov set the bar high with a 300 lb press and Martins Licis made 280 lbs, which meant Bjornsson and Kieliszkowski both needed to hit at least 280 lbs to finish in the top three.
Kieliszkowski, who went second to last, opened with 300 lbs, then went for 320 lbs to take down the Cyr Dumbbell World Record. The previous world record was also held by Kieliszkowski when he hit a 312 lb press back at the 2017 Arnold Strongman Classic. Check out the video from this year’s competition below.
Bjornsson, who went last, smoked 280 lbs, hit 300 lbs for his second attempt, then went for a world record at 330 lbs, but unfortunately fell just short, so Kieliszkowski’s world record of 320 lb stood.
When it comes to up and coming strongman athletes, this year’s Arnold Strongman Classic certainly reminded everyone just how much potential Kieliszkowski truly has. After bringing home four event wins and two world records for the Timber Carry and Cyr Dumbbell, we’re excited to see what he’s able to accomplish as 2020 progresses.
Feature image from Rogue Fitness YouTube Channel.