2008 Arnold Strongman Classic
Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania triumphs for # 6!
See Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania as he wins two events beating an international field of 10 champions to capture the 7th Annual Arnold Strongman Classic title. He was the sensational winner for the sixth year in a row.
Overall there were 12 world records set throughout the competition. Savickas set three of them. In the Tire Deadlift he lifted 1,027 lbs. He tied with Derek Poundstone in the Circus Dumbbell for the world record with nine lifts each. In the Manhood Stones he lifted 525 lbs. three times.
Savickas had won the Arnold Strongman Classic for the previous 5 years and started as the red hot favourite. He is generally considered to be the Strongest Man in the World, at 6’3” and over 400 pounds, the man is a giant of strength.
Finishing second was Derek Poundstone of USA. This was a sensational effort beating USA’s World Strongest Man winner Phil Pfister and many other highly credentialed Strongmen. West Virginia’s Phil Pfister won the prestigious “World’s Strongest Man” competition in 2006 to become the first American to win the title since Bill Kazmaier won in 1982.
Pfister, a hulking 6-foot-6, 350-pound former firefighter from Charleston, West Virginia is always one of the most popular Strongmen at the Arnold Strongman Classic. It was an injury that caused World’s Strongest Man winner Vasyl Virastyuk to finish in 10th position.
Shot with multiple cameras. Our special thanks to Shawn Loevenguth and the whole team at Live! Technologies, Inc. Head Judge was David Webster O.B.E.
The 6 events were staged in this order:
– Timber Lift
– The Circus Dumbell
– Tire Lift
– Manhood Stones
– The Heavy Yoke
– Apollon’s Wheel
1. Zydrunas Savickas – Lithuania
2. Derek Poundstone – USA
3. Mikhail Koklyaev – Russia
4. Andrus Murumets – Estonia
5. Tie – Brian Siders, USA & Benedikt Magnusson – Iceland
7. Phil Pfister – USA
8. Oleksandr Pekanov – Ukraine
9. Van Hatfield – USA
10. Vasyl Virastyuk – Ukraine
THE 6 STRONGMAN EVENTS FOR 2008
1. Timber Lift
In this event, also known as the Farmer’s Carry, contestants lift 865 lbs. of barn timbers bolted together. They have 30 sec. to carry the 865 lbs load up a 32 ft. inclined ramp.
2. Manhood Stones
Contestants lift round stones weighing up to 525 pounds over a bar approximately 48 inches high.
3. Apollon’s Wheel
This unique barbell was made famous by turn-of-the-century strongman Louis “Apollon” Uni. The barbell resembles two train wheels welded (weights do not rotate) to a thick bar (1.92 inches in diameter) for a total weight of 366 lbs. Contestants will lift the wheels from the floor to overhead as many times as possible in two minutes.
4. Tire Deadlift
Contestants will lift a specially designed 14 foot long bar weighted with tires. Each tire weighs approx. 100 lbs, and the beginning weight will be approx. 750 lbs.
5. The Heavy Yoke
Contestants will carry across their shoulders a bar/yoke weighing 1,116 pounds for approximately 36 feet in a timed event.
6. The Circus Dumbell
Contestants will lift a replica of a “Circus” dumbbell, which were used by professional Strongmen from the early 20th century. This dumbbell weighs 202 lbs. and has a very big handle which is 3 inches in diameter. Competitors will use one hand at a time and lift the dumbbell overhead as many times as possible in 90 sec. The above description courtesy of the Arnoldclassic.com web site.
DVD sponsor: Russ DeLuca, Bodybuilding.com
– Photo Gallery: All Photos by Mark Mason markmasonmedia.com
– Bonus Bill Kazmaier interview and demonstrating an exercise movement – 5 mins.