Arnold Pro Strongman World Series

The Arnold Pro Strongman World Series is a new professional sports league that features the world's best Strongmen competing around the globe for the right to compete in the Arnold Pro Strongman World Championship at the Arnold Sports Featival in Columbus, Ohio.

The Arnold Pro Strongman World Series features qualifying contests at Arnold Classic multi-sport festival in Australia, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. In 2016, an additional qualifying event was held at the Bill Kazmaier Classic in Dallas, Texas. Additional qualifying events in 2017 will be announced at a later date.

Brian Shaw of Lupton, Colo., won the 2017 Arnold Pro Strongman World Series Championship at the 2017 Arnold Sports Festival USA in Columbus, Ohio.

Shaw won the contest’s first three events and was second in the fourth event to take a commanding 39-31.5 lead over second-place finisher Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland going into the final event. In the Austrian Oak event, held on the Battelle Grand Stage during the Arnold Classic Finals, Shaw tied for second after he lifted the 430-pound version of the Austrian Oak overhead two times. Bjornsson won the event with three lifts. Shaw finished with 47.5 points and Bjornsson 41.5.

Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania, winner of the Arnold Strongman Classic in 2016, was among eight of the world's best Strongman athletes who qualified for the 2017 Arnold Pro Strongman World Championships. Others include Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland), Krysztof Radzikowksi (Poland), Masteusz Kieliskowski (Poland), Vytautas Lalas (Lithuania), Brian Shaw (United States) and Zach Hadge (United States). All qualified through victories or high finishes at the Arnold Pro Strongman World Series qualifiers except for Hadge, who earned a spot in the Arnold Pro Strongman World Championships by winning the Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships at the 2016 Arnold Sports Festival.

Dimitar Savatinov earned the final guaranteed spot when he won the Arnold Pro Strongman event 2016 Bill Kazmaier Classic on Dec. 3, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Two additional spots will be awarded through points awarded at 2016 qualifying events.

All qualified through victories or high finishes at the Arnold Pro Strongman World Series qualifiers except for Hadge, who earned a spot in the Arnold Pro Strongman World Championships by winning the Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships at the 2016 Arnold Sports Festival. Mikhail Shivlyako and Jerry Pritchett earned spots in the 2017 Arnold Pro Strongman World Championships through points awarded at the qualifying contests.

The 2018 Arnold Pro Strongman World Championships will feature qualifying events at Arnold Sports Festival events in Australia, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia as well as at the 2017 Festival Hommes Fort Warwick in Quebec, Canada.

 2017 ARNOLD STRONGMAN SERIES RESULTS

USA
1. Brian Shaw 
(USA)
2. Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland)
3. Jerry Pritchett (USA)            
4. Mateusz Kieliszkowski (Poland)
5. Mikhail Shivlyakov (Russia)
6. Vytautas Lalas (Lithuania)
7. Dimitar Savatinov (Bulgaria)
8. Martins Licis (USA)
9. Zach Hadge (USA)
10. Krzystof Radzikowski (Poland)

AUSTRALIA
1. Brian Shaw (USA)
2. Mikhael Shivlyakov (Russia)
3. Jean-Francois Caron (Canada)
4. Rauno Heinla (Estonia)
5. Mateusz Kieliszkowski (Poland)
6. Colm Woulfe (New Zealand)
7. Matthew Ragg (New Zealand)
8. Adam Derks (USA)

SOUTH AMERICA
1. Rauno Heinla (Estonia)
2. Jerry Pritchett (USA)
3. Mateusz Kieliszkowski (Poland)
4. Mikhail Shivlyakov (Russia)
5. Dimitar Savatinov (Bulgaria)
6. Marcos Ferrari (Brasil)
7. Brendan Page (USA)
8. Zach Hadge  (USA)

FORTS WARWICK
1. Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland)
2. Jean-Francois Caron (Canada)
3. Vytauta Lalas (Lithuania)
4. Matjak Belsak (Slovenia)
5. Maxime Boudreau (Canada)
6. Jimmy Paquet (Canada)
7. Robert Kearny (USA)
8. Karl Hjelhot Canada)
9. Rauno Heinla (Estonia)
10. Kyle Rayner (USA)
11. Jacob Fincher (USA)
12. Krzystof Radzikowski (Poland)

AFRICA
1. Masteusz Kieliszkowski (Poland)
2. Jitse Kramer (Netherlands)
3. Rauno Heinla (Estonia)
4. Jean-Francois Caron (Canada)
5. Jerry Pritchett (USA)
6. Rob Kearney (USA)
7. Johan Els (South Africa)
8. Brendan Page (USA)
9. Meteusz Ostaszewski (Poland)
10. Dimitar Savatinov (Bulgaria)
11. Jonathan Lane (USA)

EUROPE
1. Matjaz Belsak (Slovenia)
2. Krzystof Radzikowski (Poland)
3. Jerry Pritchett (USA)
4. Dimitar Savatinov (Bulgaria)
5. Konstantine Janashia (Georgia)
6. Dainis Zageris (Latvia)
7. Justin Fisher (USA)
8. Jitse Kramer (Holland)
9. Sigfus Fossdal (Iceland)
10. Chris Alitz (USA)
11. Jiri Vytiska (Czech)
12. Stoyan Todorchev (Bulgaria)

POINTS STANDINGS*

(through 2017 Arnold Classic Europe and includes points awarded at 2017 Arnold Strongman Classic)

1. Jerry Pritchett (USA), 29 points
2. Jean-Francois Caron (Canada), 22 points
3. Dimitar Savatinov (Bulgaria), 16 points
4. Vytautas Lalas (Lithuania), 13 points
5. Jitse Kramer (Netherlands), 11.5 points
6. Krzystof Radzikowski (Poland), 10 points
7. Robert Kearny (USA), 9 points
8. Maxime Boudreau (Canada), 6 points
9 (tie). Brendan Page (USA) and Dainis Zageris (Latvia), 5 points
11 (tie). Johan Els (South Africa), Karl Hjelhot (Canada) and Justin Fisher (USA), 4 points
14. (tie) Martins Licics (USA), Colm Woulfe (New Zealand), Marcos Ferrari (Brasil), and Zach Hadge (USA) 3 points
18. Sigfus Fossdal (Iceland), 2.5 points
19. (tie) Adam Derks (USA), Kyle Rayner (Canada) and Chris Alitz (USA), 1 point

*--DOES NOT INCLUDE ATHLETES QUALIFIED FOR 2018 ARNOLD STRONGMAN SERIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

*--POINTS CALCULATED ON NUMBER OF COMPETITORS, PER COMPETITIONS, WITH MAXIMUM 10 POINTS FOR 1ST, 9 POINTS FOR 2ND, ETC. IN COMPETITION WITH SIX COMPETITIONS, 6 POINTS AWARDED FOR 1ST, 5 POINTS FOR 2ND, ETC.


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