Arnold Strongman Classic
Lalas Tops Shaw To Win 2013 Arnold Strongman Classic
Vytautas Lalas of Lithuania captured his first major strongman contest victory when he outlasted a field of 10 of the world’s strongest athletes to win the 12th Annual Arnold Strongman Classic Sponsored by MHP.
The victory earned Lalas $60,000 and the coveted Louis Cyr trophy.
Lalas clinched his first Arnold Strongman Classic victory by pressing the 264-pound Circus Dumbbell overhead with one had five times in the contest’s final event. Lalas also placed third in the Tire Deadlift by pulling 1,117 pounds and placed third in the Manhood Stones by lifting a 540-pound stone for one rep in 10 seconds.
Brian Shaw of Lupton, Colo., finished second and earned $20,000. Shaw set a world record in the Manhood Stones by lifting 540 pounds (245 kilos) three times.
Mark Felix of England, who finished sixth and earned $6,000, set a world record in the Tire Deadlift with an exhibition lift of 1,127 pounds. Shaw and Felix each lifted 1,122 pounds in the official competition.
Mikhail “Misha” Koklyaev of Russia was third and earned $15,000, while Krzysztof Radzikowski of Poland earned $10,000 for fourth. Mike Burke of Aurora, Colo., finished fifth and took home $8,000.
Also competing were seventh-place Jerry Pritchett of Buckeye, Ariz. ($5,000); eighth-place Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland ($3,000); ninth-place Derek Poundstone of Waterbury, Conn. ($2,000) and tenth-place Adam Scherr of North Carolina ($1,000). Poundstone and Scherr each suffered significant injuries during the competiion.
Arnold Strongman Classic Champions
2002: Mark Henry
2003: Zydrunas Savickas
2004: Zydrunas Savickas
2005: Zydrunas Savickas
2006: Zydrunas Savickas
2007: Zydrunas Savickas
2008: Zydrunas Savickas
2009: Derek Poundstone
2010: Derek Poundstone
2011: Brian Shaw
2012: Michael Jenkins
2013: Vytautas Lalas
MHP Continues Primary Sponsorship of Arnold Strongman Classic
Maximum Human Performance (MHP) is once again the primary sponsor of the Arnold Strongman Classic. The partnership between the MHP and the Arnold Sports Festival is a long one, and MHP has provided up to $105,000 annually to support the 2013 Arnold Strongman Classic—an event which has become the heaviest and most respected contest in the Strongman world. MHP is true to its name, and they sponsor—and deliver supplements to— these giant athletes whose performances year after year are indeed maximum. Every year since the Arnold Strongman Classic began in 2002 it has awarded the largest cash prizes in the sport, and every year the total prize package has been higher than the year before because Gerard Dente, the founder and president of MHP, has stepped up and provided the majority of the funds which have made this happen. Not only that, but MHP has also demonstrated its commitment to the sport by sponsoring several of the elite Strongman athletes—Brian Shaw, Zydrunas Savickas, and Mike Jenkins.
Rogue Fitness Partners with Arnold Strongman Classic
The Arnold Strongman Classic (ASC) is proud to announce that Columbus-based Rogue Fitness has become a significant sponsor of the ASC. A classic American success story, Rogue Fitness--under the leadership of Founder-Owner Bill Henniger--has grown in less than ten years from an operation run out of a garage to an international business employing hundreds of U.S. workers. (All Rogue Fitness equipment is manufactured in Columbus.) In recent years Rogue Fitness has been the official equipment supplier for CrossFit as that group has enjoyed explosive growth. In the 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic Rogue Fitness provided some of the equipment used during a unique event known as The Austrian Oak, an event which will be featured again in the 2013 ASC—with Rogue Fitness once more providing some of the equipment.