The 2023 Arnold Classic on the 2023 Arnold Sports activities Pageant in Columbus, OH, featured seven bodybuilding divisions throughout two days of competitors. On March 4, 2023, the Wheelchair division took to the principle stage within the morning.
Harold “King Kong” Kelley continued his dominance from his 2022 Olympia win in December 2022, incomes his sixth Arnold Traditional title. Beneath are the outcomes:
2023 Arnold Traditional Outcomes — Wheelchair Division
- Harold Kelley
- Tory Jones
- Bradley Betts
- Woody Belfort
- James Berger
- Tim Caldwell
The Wheelchair lineup was initially anticipated to be bigger heading into the competitors weekend. The defending champion Gabrielle Andriulli vacated the title, leaving the expectation that Kelley would reclaim the crown.
Nevertheless, two main contenders withdrew from the 2023 Wheelchair contest earlier than it started:
Antoni Khadroui of Algeria needed to withdraw as a consequence of travel points stopping him from arriving in Columbus, OH. Arnold Anand was scheduled for his sophomore Arnold Traditional look, however damage stored him from the aggressive stage.
Harold Kelley’s Dominance
Kelley scored his first Arnold Traditional victory in 2016 when he made his debut within the contest. That was the one professional present he competed in that yr, in response to NPC Information On-line, however he carried that momentum within the years that adopted.
Kelley defended the Arnold Wheelchair throne in 2017 and 2018. The latter yr he scored his first Olympia title. In 2019, Kelley remained undefeated on the Arnold, claiming his fourth title.
Regardless of many professional bodybuilding reveals not occurring in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Kelley nonetheless claimed his fifth Arnold and his third Olympia title. Skipping to 2021, Kelley didn’t take part within the Arnold, as a substitute sustaining his place on the Olympia throne.
2022 marked the one blemish on Kelley’s document on the Arnold as Andriulli proved it was doable to finest “King Kong.” Nevertheless, it was short-lived, as Kelley reclaimed the crown in 2023 and stays the athlete to beat within the Wheelchair division.
Featured picture courtesy of the Arnold Sports activities Pageant.