Evan Singleton narrowly defeated Oleskii Novikov to take home the title.
The Arnold Sports Festival UK took place over the weekend in Birmingham, England. The weekend began with Nathan De Asha taking home the prize in Men’s Open during the bodybuilding contest and it ended with Evan Singleton winning the inaugural 2021 Arnold Strongman Classic UK.
A group of the best competitors in the world put on a show in England that will keep this event as a must-watch over the years. Singleton narrowly defeated former World’s Strongest Man Oleksii Novikov, who finished second. Trey Mitchell took him the bronze in the competition.
There were a total of five events that took place for competitors to take part in. Below, you can find a full breakdown of the final standings and event-by-event coverage.
2021 Arnold Strongman Classic UK Results
- First Place – Evan Singleton — 42 points
- Second Place – Oleksii Novikov — 42 points
- Third Place – Trey Mitchell — 36.5 points*
- Fourth Place – J.F. Caron — 36.5 points
- Fifth Place – Mark Felix — 28 points
- Sixth Place – Andy Black — 25 points
- Seventh Place – Nedzmin Ambeskovic — 19 points
- Eighth Place – Pa O’Dwyer — 14 points
- Ninth Place – Luke Stoltman — Four points
- Tenth Place – Tom Stoltman — Three points
Singleton was named the winner after coming out on top in the tie-breaker. Luke Stoltman withdrew after the first event and his brother, Tom, was out just one event later.
- Mark Felix — 81.62 seconds
- Evan Singleton — 78.11 seocnds
- JF Caron — 74.27 seconds
The Hercules hold was the first event of the competition. Mark Felix is known as the best in this event and he was able to take home the win here. Felix currently holds the world record in the Hercules hold of one minute and 32 seconds.
- Oleksii Novikov — 7.35 seconds
- Evan Singleton — 8.50 seconds
- Mark Felix — 9.75 seconds
The frame carry tested which competitor could carry 400kg (881lb) a distance of 20 meters in the fastest time. Novikov used his impressive grip and brute strength to win this event by over one second.
Axle Bar Deadlift for Reps
- Oleksii Novikov — Eight reps
- Trey Mitchell — Seven reps
- Evan Singleton — Five reps
- JF Caron — Five reps
- Nedzmin Ambeskovic — Five reps
Up next, the athletes were given 60 seconds to deadlift 360kg (793.4lb) for as many reps as possible in the time given. Novikov won his second-straight event besting Mitchell by a single rep. This is where it looked like Novikov might win the 2021 Arnold Strongman Classic UK.
- Oleksii Novikov — Eight reps
- Evan Singleton — Seven reps
- Trey Mitchell — Six reps
- JF Caron — Six reps
Novikov won another event in the dumbbell press and this is one where he holds the world record. Novikov pressed the 100kg (220.5lb) weight eight times to take home the victory. Singleton finished just one behind and remained alive in the competition.
- Andy Black — Five stones in 18.28 seconds
- Trey Mitchell — Five stones in 18.41 seconds
- Evan Singleton — Five stones in 19.44 seconds
Neither Singleton or Novikov finished first in the event but they still led in points. Andy Black completed all five stones in 18.28 seconds. Singleton finished third at 19.44 seconds but this was still one second faster than Novikov. Because of the tiebreaker being the final event, Singleton was named the winner after his head-to-head victory over Novikov.