The 2023 Arnold Strongwoman Classic took place in Columbus, Ohio, on March 3-4, where the world’s strongest women competed in five grueling events. As day one of the competition produced some impressive performances and a tightly contested leaderboard, anticipation for the final day grew high. Having rested over the night, every athlete was looking forward to taking home a chunk of the $80,000 prize pool. In the end, Victoria Long became the 2023 Arnold Strongwoman Classic champion, defending her title from last year.
Day two of the 2023 Arnold Strongwoman Classic has started off very strong, as Tamara Walcott and Victoria Long both deadlifted 651 pounds (295 kilograms) for a new Elephant Bar Deadlift World Record. Utilizing the momentum, Victoria Long also won the following event, throwing the Unspunnen Stone further than anyone. She then won the third event as well, completing her perfect day.
Reflecting on day one of the 2023 Arnold Strongwoman Classic, it is very clear that the competition this year is shaping up to be one of the most competitive ever. The leaderboard is very close, with just one point separating the top two athletes, Inez Carrasquillo and Olga Liashchuk. There has been many outstanding performances from all the athletes, with some standout moments such as Rebecca Roberts dominating the first event and Andrea Thompson putting in a strong performance in the second event.
Apart from Victoria Long’s victory, Rebecca Roberts also made a significant result, finishing in second place despite coming in as a replacement for an injured athlete. The bronze went to the amazing Andrea Thompson.
2023 Arnold Strongwoman Classic Final Results
- Victoria Long — 40.5 points
- Rebecca Roberts — 38 points
- Andrea Thompson — 36 points
- Olga Liashchuk — 34 points
- Inez Carrasquillo — 31.5 points
- Donna Moore — 21.5 points
- Samantha Belliveau — 20 points
- Melissa Peacock — 20 points
- Hannah Linzay — 19 points
- Tamara Walcott — 13.5 points
The first event of 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic’s day two featured the highly anticipated Max Deadlift event, which involves the use of an Elephant bar. This specially crafted bar is longer than a typical barbell and poses a greater challenge to the competitors. It is one of the most utilized events in the modern sport, the reason being all the epic moments it produces.
As Tamara Walcott set the World Record of 641 pounds (290.8 kilograms) last year, it seemed she would easily win this event. However, things became more complicated than she anticipated.
In the end, Tamara shared the first place with Victoria Long, as both women set a new World Record with a lift of 295 kilograms (651 pounds).
Andrea Thompson, despite lifting heavier than the previous World Record as well, had to settle for third place.
- Victoria Long — 295 kilograms
- Tamara Walcott — 295 kilograms
- Andrea Thompson — 293 kilograms
- Olga Liashchuk — 288 kilograms
- Rebecca Roberts — 273 kilograms
- Melissa Peacock — 264 kilograms
- Inez Carrasquillo — 261 kilograms
- Donna Moore — 245 kilograms
- Hannah Linzay — 245 kilograms
- Samantha Belliveau — 230 kilograms
Unspunnen Stone Throw
Event number four is the Unspunnen Stone Throw, requiring contestants to hurl a 50-kilogram stone as far as possible. The Unspunnen Stone, a customary Swiss rock, is employed in various contests. To achieve the greatest distance, competitors must utilize perfect technique and all of their power. Each participant is granted three opportunities, with only their most impressive toss tallying toward their final score.
Victoria Long continued her late surge towards the title with another outstanding performance in the Unspunnen Stone Throw event. She executed her technique flawlessly and threw the stone a distance of 3.31 meters, with none of her competitors coming close.
Olga Liashchuk claimed second place, narrowly beating Rebecca Roberts by a mere 0.07 meters. Rebecca, who had stepped in as a substitute for the injured Nadia Stowers, put up an incredible performance once again and finished in the top three.
- Victoria Long — 3.31 meters
- Olga Liashchuk — 2.79 meters
- Rebecca Roberts — 2.72 meters
- Hannah Linzay — 2.68 meters
- Inez Carrasquillo — 2.68 meters
- Andrea Thompson — 2.51 meters
- Samantha Belliveau — 2.35 meters
- Melissa Peacock — 2.34 meters
- Donna Moore — 2.31 meters
- Tamara Walcott — 2.03 meters
Closing out the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic is the grueling Timber Carry, which would ultimately decide the competition’s victor. Competitors are tasked with transporting a hefty wooden frame over a distance of 11 meters. With a strict time limit of 30 seconds, athletes have to summon every ounce of strength and endurance to complete this physically demanding challenge.
Victoria Long won the third event of the second day, going three for three and putting up one of the greatest comeback stories in Strongwoman’s history. She completed the carry in a blistering 6:36 seconds, blasting the rivals away.
Rebecca Roberts sneaked into another second place finish, being the only other person apart from Victoria to complete the run in less than seven seconds. The third place went to Andrea Thompson with a time of 7:93 seconds.
- Victoria Long — 6:36 seconds
- Rebecca Roberts — 6:83 seconds
- Andrea Thompson — 7:93 seconds
- Hannah Linzay — 8:00 seconds
- Donna Moore — 8:78 seconds
- Melissa Peacock — 9:06 seconds
- Inez Carrasquillo — 9.18 seconds
- Samantha Belliveau — 12.35 seconds
- Olga Liashchuk — 12.77 seconds
- Tamara Walcott — 10.46 meters
Day One Recap
Wheel of Pain
For the first time in history, the women tried out the humongous piece of machinery that is the Wheel of Pain. They were challenged with pushing it as far as possible in the 60-second time limit.
While many struggled with the Wheel of Pain, Rebecca Roberts absolutely demolished it. She crossed almost ten meters more than anyone else, easily winning the event. However, Rebecca was not even in the lineup initially, as she was just called up to replace Nadia Stowers, who withdrew due to injury a few days before the competition started.
- Rebecca Roberts — 28.27 meters
- Inez Carrasquillo — 19.53 meters
- Donna Moore — 19.02 meters
- Olga Liashchuk — 18.19 meters
- Samantha Belliveau — 15.93 meters
- Andrea Thompson — 15.8 meters
- Victoria Long — 14.33 meters
- Melissa Peacock — 12.04 meters
- Tamara Walcott — 11.48 meters
- Hannah Linzay — 11.2 meters
Just like the men, the women had a choice between two logs, one weighing 122 kilograms, and the other 100 kilograms. They were tasked with performing as many reps as possible within 90 seconds. Every rep with the lighter log counted as 10 points, while reps with the heavier log weighed 100 points.
There was no one able to outperform the current World Record holder, Andrea Thompson, who completed 5 repetitions. The second place was occupied by Olga Liashchuck with four reps of the heavier log, followed by Inez Carrasquillo with three reps in third.
- Andrea Thompson — 500 points
- Olga Liashchuk — 400 points
- Inez Carrasquillo — 300 points
- Victoria Long — 200 points
- Samantha Belliveau — 70 points
- Rebecca Roberts — 60 points
- Melissa Peacock — 50 points
- Donna Moore — 30 points
- Hannah Linzay — 20 points
- Tamara Walcott — 0 points
2023 Arnold Strongman Classic Related Topics
- 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic Results – Mitchell Hooper Triumphant
- How To Watch The 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic (Free Live Stream)
- 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic Day 1 Results – Trey Mitchell Leads The Pack
- 2023 Arnold Strongwoman Classic Results Day 1 — Inez Carrasquillo Takes The Lead
Past Arnold Strongwoman Classic Winners
- 2022: Victoria Long
- 2020: Olga Liaschuck
- 2019: Olga Liaschuck
- 2018: Donna Moore
- 2017: Leifia Ingalls
The 2023 edition of the Arnold Strongwoman Classic, spanning two days and comprising five challenging events, culminated in a resounding triumph for none other than Victoria Long. Her win was hard earned, as multiple athletes were aiming for the title. However, despite relatively bad performances on day one, Victoria had a perfect day two, which secured her second consecutive Arnold Strongwoman Classic title.
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