Arnold Strongman Classic: Poundstone, Koklyaev, Pfister jagar Savickas titel

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    Gänget bakom [ gruppbloggar om Arnold Sports Festival]. Här är ett nypostat inlägg:

    Derek Poundstone of the United States, runner-up in both the 2008 World’s Strongest Man and the 2008 Arnold Strongman Classic; Mikhail (”Misha”) Koklyaev of Russia, whose accomplishments in both Weightlifting and Strongman make him perhaps the greatest strength athlete in the world; and former ”World’s Strongest Man” champion Phil Pfister of the U.S. highlight an international field of elite strength athletes at the 2009 Arnold Strongman Classic.

    The 8th annual Arnold Strongman Classic will crown a new champion for the first time in seven years as six-time defending champion Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania will take a year off from competition before returning to the Arnold Strongman Classic in 2010. Savickas has won every Arnold Strongman competition except for the inaugural event in 2002, which was won by Mark Henry of the United States.

    U.S. athletes invited to the Classic include Derek Poundstone, Phil Pfister, Travis Ortmayer, Brian Siders and Dave Ostlund.

    International invitees include Mikhail Koklyaev (Russia), Andrus Merumets (Estonia), Vidas Blekaitis (Lithuania), Ervin Katona (Serbia) and Oleksandr Pekanov (Ukraine). Mariusz Pudzianowksi of Poland, who won the ”World’s Strongest Man” title for a record fifth time in 2008, has been invited to compete as well. The invite will remain open until the competition begins, would result in a rare 11-man field if the three-time Arnold competitor accepts, event director Dr. Terry Todd said.

    In 2008. Savickas, of Lithuania, won two events en route to capturing the 7th annual Arnold Strongman Contest for his sixth straight title. Savickas earned a $40,000 check from Gerard Dente of MHP, a $25,000 Audemars Piquet watch from Robert Ronan, the Louis Cyr bronze trophy and congratulations from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    The approximately $75,000 total prize package for the winner of the 2008 Arnold Strongman Classic was the largest ever given in the sport.

    The 2009 Arnold Strongman Classic will be held March 6-7 during the Arnold Sports Festival at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The final event will be held March 7 at Franklin County Veterans Memorial.

    The 2009 Arnold Strongman Classic athletes will compete in six brutal strength events for more than $150,000 in awards, the coveted $10,000 bronze statue of legendary strongman Louis Cyr and the right to be known as the Strongest Man in the World.

    Events in the 2009 Arnold Strongman Contest include:

    [*]Timber Carry – In this event, also known as the Farmer’s Walk, contestants lift 865 lbs. of barn timbers bolted together around them. They have 30 sec. to carry the 865 lb load up a 32 ft. inclined ramp.
    [*]Manhood Stones – Contestants lift round stones weighing up to 530 pounds over a bar approximately 50 inches high.
    [*]Apollon’s Wheel -This unique barbell was made famous by turn-of-the-century strongman Louis ”Apollon” Uni. The barbell resembles two train wheels welded (weights do not rotate) to a thick bar (1.92 inches in diameter) for a total weight of 366 lbs. Contestants will lift the wheels from the floor to overhead as many times as possible in two minutes.
    [*]Tire Deadlift – Contestants will lift a specially designed 14 foot long bar weighted with tires and metal plates. Each tire weighs approximately 100 lbs, and the beginning weight will be at least 700 lbs.
    [*]The Heavy Yoke – Contestants will carry across their shoulders a bar/yoke weighing 1,116 pounds for approximately 36 feet in a timed event.
    [*]Circus Dumbbell – Contestants will lift a replica of the stage dumbbells used over a hundred years ago by professional strongmen such as Apollon and Cyr. The dumbbell weighs 202 lbs. and has a very thick handle—3 inches in diameter. The men will lift the dumbbell to their shoulders with two hands on each rep but they can only use one hand at a time to lift the dumbbell overhead. The challenge is to lift the bell to arm’s length as many times as possible in 90 seconds.
    ”The Arnold Strongman Contest has been growing in popularity every year, and we are very excited that the world’s best strongmen will return to compete in the Arnold Strongman Classic again,” said Jim Lorimer, Arnold Sports Festival co-producer. ”This is one of the best lineups of Strongman athletes that we’ve had in seven years, and I guarantee that these gentlemen will again astonish the crowds with simply unbelievable feats of strength.”

    Admission to the Arnold Strongman Classic is included in the $10 daily ticket to the Arnold Fitness Expo, set for March 6-8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Admission to the Arnold Strongman Classic finals requires a separate ticket. Tickets are available at the door or from Ticketmaster, (614) 431-3600, or at [

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    [ har uppdateringar] angående strongmen som säger att Arnold inte passar in i deras scheman i år:

    Monday, January 19, 2009: Mariusz Pudzianowski has just told IronMind that he is not competing in this year’s Arnold strongman contest.

    Thursday, January 22, 2009: Zydrunas Savickas told IronMind today that, ”I do not compete in Arnolds this year. I want to have some rest after six years of full time seasons. I am planning to come back to competition in [the] summer.”

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