As the sun rose on day two of the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic, the excitement in the air was palpable. The athletes have had a chance to rest and recover overnight, but they knew that the remaining events were designed to test them in new and challenging ways. So, after they completed every event, Mitchell Hooper came out on top and became the new 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic champion, winning $80,000.
As day two of the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic began, the athletes geared up for three exciting events: Max Deadlift, Unspunnen Stone Throw, and Timber Carry. Starting off strong, Bobby Thompson earned the win on the deadlifts. Moving on to the second event, Mateusz Kieliszkowski proved that he is back for good, throwing the Unspunnen Stone like it weighed nothing. Finally, Mateusz took another win in the Timber Carry.
The competition has been on day one as well, with Mateusz Kieliszkowski winning the first event, the Wheel of Pain, and Trey Mitchell taking first place in the second event, the Austrian Oak.
Mitchell Hooper won the race, but the battle for other podium spots was fierce as well. In the end, Mateusz Kieliszkowski got silver, while Bobby Thompson stood on the third place spot.
2023 Arnold Strongman Classic Results
- Mitchell Hooper — 41.5 points
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski — 37.5 points
- Bobby Thompson — 29.5 points
- Trey Mitchell — 29 points
- Tom Evans — 25.5 point
- Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 24.5 points
- Tom Stoltman — 24.5 points
- Rob Kearney — 21 points
- Kevin Faires — 20 points
- Luke Stoltman — 20 points
The Max Deadlift was the next event of the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic, and was performed using an Elephant bar. The Elephant bar is a specialized bar that is longer than a standard barbell and is designed to make the lift more complicated. It has been a staple event in the sport of Strongman for many years now and it still continues to be one of the ultimate strength tests.
The first event of the second day was very unpredictable, as multiple athletes were in contention for maximum points, but Bobby Thompson came out on top with an incredible lift of 447 kilograms.
Mitchell Hooper finished in second, which was not surprising, as he has proved on numerous occasions that he is one of the greatest deadlifters in the world. Lifting nine kilogram less than Hooper was the World’s Strongest Gay, Rob Kearney, which earned him third place in this event.
- Bobby Thompson — 447 kilograms
- Mitchell Hooper — 445 kilograms
- Rob Kearney — 436 kilograms
- Trey Mitchell — 427 kilograms
- Kevin Faires — 409 kilograms
- Tom Evans — 388 kilograms
- Luke Stoltman — 386 kilograms
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski — 368 kilograms
- Tom Stoltman — 363 kilograms
- Pavlo Nakonechnyy — No lift
Unspunnen Stone Throw
The fourth event is the Unspunnen Stone Throw, which involves throwing an 84-kilogram stone for distance. The Unspunnen Stone is a traditional Swiss stone that is used in a variety of competitions. The competitors will have to use their entire body to throw the stone as far as possible. All participants have three attempts, with only their best one counting.
Mateusz Kieliszkowski once again came out on top, throwing the stone for a distance of 3.47 meters. The feat Mateusz accomplished shows that his comeback is in full swing and that anyone facing him will be in for a tough time.
Finishing in an unexpected second place was Tom Evans, the most inexperienced athlete in the roster. However, Tom will most definitely become one of the household names in the future.
Rounding up the top three, Mitchell Hooper continued putting up very consistent performances and took over the overall number one spot.
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski — 3.47 meters
- Tom Evans — 3.23 meters
- Mitchell Hooper — 3.19 meters
- Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 3.15 meters
- Bobby Thompson — 3.04 meters
- Tom Stoltman — 2.96 meters
- Luke Stoltman — 2.81 meters
- Trey Mitchell — 2.71 meters
- Rob Kearney — 2.46 meters
- Kevin Faires — 2.07 meters
The final event of the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic was the Timber Carry, which determined the winner of the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic. The Timber Carry involved carrying a large wooden frame which had a weight of 400 kilograms over a distance of 11 meters. The time cap for this event is 30 seconds.
The Timber Carry looked like a perfect event for Mateusz Kieliszkowski, as his grip strength and quickness are unmatched. He finished the course in just 8:35 seconds, wrapping up the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic.
Kevin Faires finished in second place by finishing 5 seconds behind Mateusz, while Mitchell Hooper got third, finishing with a time of 14:61 seconds.
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski — 8:35 seconds
- Kevin Faires — 13.31 seconds
- Mitchell Hooper — 14:61 seconds
- Tom Stoltman — 5.97 meters
- Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 5.33 meters
- Luke Stoltman — 4.98 meters
- Bobby Thompson — 4.55 meters
- Tom Evans — 4.14 meters
- Rob Kearney — 1.56 meters
- Trey Mitchell — 0 meters
Day One Recap
Wheel of Pain
The first event of the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic tasked the athletes with pushing a humongous wheel as far as possible within 60 seconds.
Although he struggled with multiple injuries in the past two years, which stopped him from competing in the past 17 months, Mateusz Kieliszkowski won the first event of the competition. He was the only man to cross over 30 meters, as Trey Mitchel (29.57 meters) and Mitchell Hooper (28.65 meters) followed in second and third.
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski — 30.68 meters
- Trey Mitchell — 29.57 meters
- Mitchell Hooper — 28.65 meters
- Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 28.02 meters
- Tom Stoltman — 27.94 meters
- Luke Stoltman —25.07 meters
- Tom Evans — 24.61 meters
- Kevin Faires — 23.44 meters
- Rob Kearney — 21.31 meters
- Bobby Thompson — 18.11 meters
For the second event, the athletes had a choice between lifting a 175 or 195-kilogram Log for as many reps as possible within 90 seconds. One rep with the lighter log counted as 10 points, while one rep with the heavier log came out to 100 points.
Trey Mithcell, arriving on stage after almost everyone else, made up an impressive four repetitions with the heavier log, winning the event and securing the top position in the overall competition. Mitchell Hooper and Bobby Thompson both performed three reps with the same log, splitting the second-place points.
- Trey Mitchell — 400 points
- Mitchell Hooper — 300 points
- Bobby Thompson — 300 points
- Rob Kearney — 200 points
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski — 100 points
- Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 100 points
- Tom Evans — 100 points
- Tom Stoltman — 100 points
- Luke Stoltman — 60 points
- Kevin Faires — 10 points
2023 Arnold Strongman Classic Prize Money
The total prize pool for the competition is $182,000, with the winner receiving a substantially larger amount compared to the other participants. The breakdown of the prizes awarded to the competitors is as follows:
- 1st Place: $80,000
- 2nd Place: $25,000
- 3rd Place: $20,000
- 4th Place: $15,000
- 5th Place: $13,000
- 6th Place: $8,000
- 7th Place: $7,000
- 8th Place: $6,000
- 9th Place: $5,000
- 10th Place: $3,000
In total, the prize money awarded amounts to $182,000.
Past Arnold Strongman Classic Champions
- 2022: Martins Licis
- 2020: Hafthor Bjornsson
- 2019: Hafthor Bjornsson
- 2018: Hafthor Bjornsson
- 2017: Brian Shaw
- 2016: Zydrunas Savickas
- 2015: Brian Shaw
- 2014: Zydrunas Savickas
- 2013: Vytautas Lalas
- 2012: Michael Jenkins
- 2011: Brian Shaw
- 2010: Derek Poundstone
- 2009: Derek Poundstone
- 2008: Zydrunas Savickas
- 2007: Zydrunas Savickas
- 2006: Zydrunas Savickas
- 2005: Zydrunas Savickas
- 2004: Zydrunas Savickas
- 2003: Zydrunas Savickas
- 2002: Mark Henry
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Having put up extremely consistent performances throughout the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic, Mitchell Hooper came out on top and took home his biggest career title yet. While many athletes had brilliant performances in some events, and then underperformed in others, Hooper finished top three in each of the five events, proving that he is one of the most complete Strongman athletes in the world.