SATURDAY NIGHT RESULTS PRO ARNOLD SPORTS OHIO 2018
William Bonac Wins 30th Arnold Classic In Columbus Debut
COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 3, 2018) – William “The Conqueror” Bonac, a Ghana native now living in the Netherlands, won the 30th Anniversary Arnold Classic in his first professional appearance on the famed Arnold Classic stage.
Bonac, who first made a name for himself in bodybuilding when he finished third in the heavyweight division at the 2011 Arnold Amateur, dominated all three rounds of judging in cruising to his first major professional victory. It was the fourth career win for Bonac, who was third at the 2017 Mr. Olympia.
Five-time Arnold Classic champion Dexter Jackson of Jacksonville, Fla., the winningest bodybuilder in history with 28 career wins, finished second and defending champion Cedric McMillan of Heath Springs, South Carolina was third.
Bonac received congratulations from Arnold Schwarzenegger, a check for $130,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket and the champion’s trophy from Catherine Colle of Midway Labs USA and Eric Hillman of Optimum Nutrition.
Jackson, 47 received $75,000 and a medal from ROGUE Fitness and Jan Tana.
The popular McMillan was third and received $50,000 from Animal and The Columbus Dispatch.
Roelly Winklaar of the Netherlands finished fourth and received $30,000 from Blackstone Labs and Bodybuilding.com.
Steve Kuclo of Dallas, Texas was fifth in his Arnold Classic debut and received $15,000 from Rule One Proteins and Ricart Automotive.
Lionel Beyeke of France, competing in Columbus for the fourth time, was sixth and received $10,000 from Rivalus and MHP. His previous best finish was fourth in 2017.
Also competing and finishing seventh through 13th, respectively, were Justin Rodriquez (New York, New York), Jonathan De La Rosa (White Plains, New York), Lukas Osladil (Czech Republic), Hidetada Yamagishi (Japan), Fred Smalls (Townsend, Delaware), Dennis Wolf (Germany) and Maxx Charles (Huntington, New York). Paul Poloczek of Germany also competed but did not finish.
Brasilian Native Angelica Teixeira Wins 2018 Bikini International
COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 3, 2018) – Angelica Teixeira, a native of Brasil who lives in Bergenfield New Jersey, won the Bikini International for the second straight year at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival. Teixeira, who won her sixth contest overall and fifth in a row, received congratulations from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, $7,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket and the champion’s trophy from Catherine Colle Midway Labs USA and Eric Hillman of Optimum Nutrition.
The remainder of the Bikini International top six:
- 2nd place: Janet Layug of Lakeland, Fla., received $3,000 and a trophy from ROGUE Fitness and Blackstone Labs.
- 3rd place: Casey Samsel of Antioch, Tenn., received $2,000 and a trophy from Optimum Nutrition and Jan Tana.
- 4th place: Romina Basauldo of Argentina, received $1,000 and a trophy from Animal and the Columbus Dispatch.
- 5th place: Jennifer Ronzitti of Glen Burnie, Md., received $1,000 and a trophy from Rivalus and VPX.
- 6th place: Breena Martinez of Walnut Creek, Calif. received $1,000 and a trophy from Bodybuilding.com and LYFT.
Andre Ferguson Wins First Arnold Men’s Physique Title
Andre Ferguson (USA) outlasted a field of 28 competitors to win the Arnold Classic Men’s Physique for the biggest win of his IFBB Pro League. Ferguson received congratulations from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, $5,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket and the champion’s trophy from Catherine Colle of Midway Labs USA and Steve Slater of ROGUE Fitness. Ferguson was second in Columbus in 2017.
The remainder of the Arnold Men’s Physique top six:
- 2nd place: Raymont Edwards (USA) received $2,000 and a trophy from Europa Sports and Ricart Automotive.
- 3rd place: 2016 champion Brandon Hendrickson of Bartlett, Ill., received $1,500 and a trophy from VPX and Black Skull.
- 4th place: Logan Franklin (USA) received $1,000 and a trophy from Optimum Nutrition and MHP.
- 5th place: George Brown of Columbus, Ohio received $1,000 and a trophy from LYFT and Blackstone Labs.
- 6th place: Steven Cao (USA) received $500 and a trophy from Rule One Proteins and Animal.
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Harold “King Kong” Kelley Wins 3rd Straight Arnold Classic Pro Wheelchair
Harold Kelley of Grand Prairie, Texas, continued his dominance of the sport of professional wheelchair bodybuilding when he won the Arnold Classic Pro Wheelchair Presented by Bodybuilding.com for the third straight year.
Kelly earned $3,000 and a one-of-a-kind Arnold Classic Pro Wheelchair Championship Ring from event founder Nick Scott. Reggie Bennett (USA) finished second and earned $2,000, while Gabriele Andriulli (Italy) was third and earned $1,000. Daniel Minster (Czech Republic) was fourth and Steve Lister (USA) was fifth. Bennett was named Best Poser and earned an extra $500.
Hafthor Bjornsson Wins 1st Arnold Strongman Classic Crown
COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 3, 2018) – Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland broke through for his first major professional strongman victory when he won the Arnold Strongman Classic at the 30th Anniversary of the Arnold Sports Festival. The event also serves as the Arnold Pro Strongman World Championship.
Bjornsson was competing in the Arnold Strongman Classic for the 8th straight year. He finished second in 2017 and was fifth in 2016. He also finished second in World’s Strongest Man three of the past four years.
Three-time champion Brian Shaw of Lupton, Colo., finished second and Mikhail Shivlyakov of Russia was third.
Bjornsson, who is best known in some circles as the actor who plays “Mountain” on Game Of Thrones,” dominated with two first-place finishes (Elephant Bar Deadlift, Bag Over Bar) and two third-place efforts (The Stone Shoulder, Timber Carry) in the first four events to building a commanding 36-32.5 lead over Shaw heading into the final event.
In the final event during the Arnold Classic Finals at Battelle Grand, Bjornsson and Shaw each pressed the 400-pound Appollon’s Wheels overhead three times in the allotted two minutes to finish tied for first. Bjornsson entered the final event only needing one rep to claim the title, but put the famed ROGUE Fitness apparatus overhead four times to the delight of the sold-out crowd.
Bjornsson set a new world record in the ROGUE Elephant Bar Deadlift by locking in an amazing 1,041 pounds. Shaw was second with a lift of 1,016 pounds. Bjornsson also won the Bag Over Bar by tossing a 95-pound, custom-made ROGUE Fitness bag over a 15-foot-high bar.
Mateusz Kieliszkowski of Poland won the The Stone Shoulder by lifting the 410-pound rock four times while Jerry Pritchett of the USA won the Timer Carry by moving the 1,102-pound wooden frame up a 35-foot ramp in an amazing 9.58 seconds.
For the victory, Bjornsson received congratulations from Arnold Schwarzenegger, $72,000 and the Louis Cyr Trophy. Shaw earned $22,000 for finishing second.
Bjornsson, a seven-time Iceland’s Strongest Man winner, qualified for the Arnold Strongman Classic by winning the Arnold Pro Strongman World Series qualifier held at Festival Hommes Forts Warwick in Quebec, Canada in July 2017. The Arnold Pro Strongman World Series features qualifying events at Arnold Sports Festival events and select stand-alone competitions around the world, with winners advancing to compete in the Arnold Pro Strongman World Series Championship at the Arnold Sports Festival.
2018 Arnold Pros Strongman Final Results
- 1st place (45.5 points): Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland, $72,000
- 2nd place (42): Brian Shaw of Lupton, Colo., $22,000
- 3rd place (30): Mikhail Shivlyakov of Russia, $17,000
- 4th place (29): Mateusz Kieliskowski of Poland, $12,000
- 5th place (28): Jean-Francois Caron of Canada, $10,000.
- 6th place, tie (24): Jerry Pritchett of Phoenix, Ariz., $6,500
- 6th place, tie (24): Matjaz Belsak of Slovenia, $6,500
- 8th place (22.5): Rauno Heinla of Estonia, $4,000.
- 9th place (18.5): Dimitar Savatinov of Bulgaria, $3,000.
- 10th place (11.5): Mateusz Ostaszewski of Poland, $2,000.
The 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic was contested over two days in five events: Bag Over Bar, The Stone Shoulder, Timber Carry, ROGUE Elephant Bar Deadlift and Appolon’s Wheel. The Appolon’s Wheel was held at the Battelle Grand at the Greater Columbus Convention Center as part of the Arnold Classic, Bikini International and Arnold Men’s Physique Finals.
The 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic is sponsored by ROGUE Fitness and Midway Labs USA.
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