ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL – SATURDAY NIGHT RESULTS, COLUMBUS 2019
Brandon Curry Upsets Defending Champion William Bonac; Wins 1st Arnold Classic USA title and 3rd Arnold Worldwide crown
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brandon “The Prodigy” Curry, a veteran from Murfreesboro, Tenn., scored a stunning win over defending champion William Bonac to win the 31st Arnold Classic at the 2019 Arnold Sports Festival.
Curry, with his wife Brandy Leaver and four children in the audience, won the Arnold Classic for the first time. He also owns wins at the 2013 Arnold Classic Brasil and 2017 Arnold Classic Australia.
Curry received congratulations from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a check for $130,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket, and the champion’s trophy from Carol Zawadzki of Midway Labs USA and Steve Slater of ROGUE Fitness.
Bonac, of the Netherlands, who won the 2018 Arnold Classic and finished fourth at the 2018 Mr. Olympia finished second. Curry received $75,000 and a medal from VPX Sports and Jan Tana. Bonac took home an additional $10,000 for Most Muscular.
In a surprise, Luke Sandoe of the United Kingdom, competing in the Arnold Classic for just the second time, finished third. He received a check for $50,000 and a medal from Europa Sports and Animal.
Cedric McMillan, the 2017 champion from Heath Springs, S.C., was fourth and received $30,000 and a medal from ALLMAX and Blackstone Labs.
Roelly Winklaar of the Netherlands finished fifth and received $15,000 from Rule One Protein / Rivalus and Pure Protein.
Steve Kuclo of Dallas, Texas was sixth received $10,000 from Ricart Automotive and Monster Energy / Muscle Monster.
Also competing and finishing seventh through 12th, respectively, were Rafael Brandao (Brasil), Josh Lenartowicz (Australia), Akim Williams (Pompton Lakes, N.J), Victor Martinez (New York, New York), Charles Dixon (Greenville, S.C) and Mikhail Volinkin (Uzbekistan). Lenartowicz received $10,000 for the Ed Corney Best Posing Award.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Drs. Jan and Terry Todd
The 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Drs. Terry and Jan Todd.
Dr Terry Todd was an academic, journalist, champion lifter, coach, sport promoter, founder of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports at the University of Texas at Austin, and founder and director of the Arnold Strongman Classic. He died in July 2018.
Dr Jan Todd was a pioneer in her own right. Jan made significant contributions to the early development of women’s powerlifting—writing the first draft of its rules, serving as head of both the American and International Women’s Committees—and twice serving as national coach. She was also twice chosen as coach of the USPF men’s team—making her the first woman to coach a men’s team at a world championship in any strength sport. In 1978, Jan also became the first woman to lift the famous Dinnie Stones in Scotland—a feat no other woman would master for 40 years. She remains the co-director of the Arnold Strongman Classic.
The Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented annually since 2000 to an individual who has made notable contributions to the fitness industry and offered a lifetime of service to the enhancement of sports performance and promotion.
Layug Breaks Through For First Bikini International Crown
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Janet Layug of Lakeland, Fla., scored the highlight of her career when she won the Bikini International for the first time in her sixth competition on the Arnold Classic stage.
Layug had previously finished a career-best second in Columbus in 2018 after third-place showings in 2015 and 2016 and a fourth-place effort in 2017. After her victory, she received congratulations from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, $7,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket, and the champion’s trophy from Carol Zawadzki of Midway Labs USA and Steve Slater of ROGUE Fitness.
The remainder of the Bikini International top six:
- 2nd place: Elisa Pecini of Brasil received $3,000 and a trophy from Europa Sports and ALLMAX Nutrition.
- 3rd place: Ashley Kaltwasser of Los Angeles, Calif., received $2,000 and a trophy from Jan Tana and Optimum Nutrition.
- 4th place: Jennifer Dorie of Canada, received $1,000 and a trophy from Animal and the Columbus Dispatch.
- 5th place: Marcia Goncalves of Orlando, Fla., received $1,000 and a trophy from Ricart Automotive and VPX.
- 6th place: Lauralie Chapados of Canada received $1,000 and a trophy from Blackstone Labs and MET-Rx.
Andre Ferguson Rebounds To Win Second Straight Arnold Men’s Physique
Andre Ferguson of New York, New York outlasted a field of 33 competitors to win the Arnold Classic Men’s Physique for the second straight year. In between, the four-year IFBB Pro League veteran finished a disappointing fifth at the 2018 Mr. Olympia so his repeat win was still a welcome surprise to one of the division’s most successful stars. Ferguson received congratulations from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, $5,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket, and the champion’s trophy from Carol Zawadzki of Midway Labs USA and Steve Slater of ROGUE Fitness.
The remainder of the Arnold Men’s Physique top six:
- 2nd place: Raymont Edmonds received $2,000 and a trophy from Optimum Nutrition and Pure Protein.
- 3rd place: Kyron Holden received $1,500 and a trophy from VPX and Ricart Automotive.
- 4th place: Logan Franklin received $1,000 and a trophy from the Columbus Dispatch and Monster Energy / Muscle Monster.
- 5th place: George Brown received $1,000 and a trophy from MET-Rx and ALLMAX Nutrition.
- 6th place: Sadik Hadzovic received $500 and a trophy from Rule One Proteins / Rivalus and Animal.
Harold “King Kong” Kelley Wins 4th 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 fourth straight year.
Kelley earned $3,000 and a one-of-a-kind Arnold Classic Pro Wheelchair Championship Ring from event founder Nick Scott. Kris Dim (USA) finished second and earned $2,000, while Anand Arnold (India) was third and earned $1,000. Joshua Rucker (USA) was fourth and Tyler Brey (USA) was fifth. Joshua Foster (USA) was sixth.
Hafthor Bjornsson Wins 2nd Straight Arnold Strongman Classic Crown
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland won the Arnold Strongman Classic title for the second straight year with a dominating performance at the 2019 Arnold Sports Festival. The event also serves as the Arnold Pro Strongman World Championship.
Bjornsson was competing in the Arnold Strongman Classic for the ninth straight year. He won the title in 2018 after finishing second in 2017 and fifth in 2016. He won World’s Strongest Man in 2018 after finishing second three times in the previous four years.
Martins Licis of Los Angeles, who won two qualifying events in the Arnold Pro Strongman World Series, was second and the upstart Mateusz Kieliszkowski of Poland was third.
Bjornsson, who is best known in some circles as the actor who plays “The Mountain” on Game Of Thrones, dominated with three first-place finishes (ROGUE Elephant Bar, Husafell Stone Carry and Austrian Oak) and one second place finish (Conan’s Wheel of Pain) in the first four events to building a commanding 37.5-31.5 lead over Licis heading into the final event.
Bjornsson only had one rep in the Stone To Shoulder for third place, but by that time his second title had been secured. The highlight of the final event, though, was Kieliszkowski, who set a world record in the Stone To Shoulder with five reps at 410 pounds. The performance brought the sold-out Arnold Classic crowd to its feet.
In the competition’s first event, Bjornsson set a new world record in the ROGUE Elephant Bar Deadlift by locking in an amazing 1,045 pounds. He carried the 410-pound Husafell Stone an impressive 218 feet, 11 inches and pressed the 430-pound Austrian Oak twice to tie for first with Kieliszkowski and Licis.
Licis won the weekend’s most anticipated event, pushing the enormous Conan’s Wheel of Pain a stunning 119 feet, 9 inches. Bjornsson was second at 119-3.
For the victory, Bjornsson received congratulations from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, $72,000 and the Louis Cyr Trophy. Licis earned $22,000 for finishing second.
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.
2019 Arnold Pro Strongman Final Results
- 1st place (45 points): Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland, $72,000
- 2nd place (40.5): Martins Licis of Los Angeles, Calif., $22,000
- 3rd place (31.5): Mateusz Kieliszkowski of Poland, $17,000
- 4th place (30.5): Mikhail Shivlyakov of Russia, $12,000
- 5th place (28): Matjaz Belsak of Slovenia, $10,000.
- 6th place (27): Rauno Heinla of Estonia, $7,000
- 7th place (25): Oleksii Novikov of Ukraine, $6,000
- 8th place (21): Brian Shaw of Fort Lupton, Colo., $4,000.
- 9th place (14.5): Jerry Pritchett of Phoenix. Ariz., $3,000.
- 10th place (1): Jean-Francois Caron of Canada, $2,000.
The 2019 Arnold Strongman Classic was contested over two days in five events: ROGUE Elephant Bar Deadlift, Husafell Stone Carry, Conan’s Wheel of Pain, Austrian Oak and Stone To Shoulder. The Stone To Shoulder 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 2019 Arnold Strongman Classic is sponsored by ROGUE Fitness.
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