Mateusz Kieliszkowski will miss the event with an injury.
The 2022 Arnold Strongman is right around the corner and one of the top competitors has just withdrew from the competition. Mateusz Kieliszkowski will not appear at the event after suffering a few setbacks. He is dealing with hip discomfort and suffered a urinary tract infection.
Julian Howard, a Strongman promoter, broke the news on his Instagram page. This is not the first time that Kieliszkowski has dealt with injuries that have halted his progress.
“@KIELISZKOWSKIMATEUSZ WILL NOW NOT BE COMPETING AT THE ARNOLD STRONGMAN CLASSIC THIS WEEKEND!
HE HAS DAMAGED HIS HIP AND HAS A URINARY TRACT INFECTION WHICH HAS HINDERED HIS TRAINING. HE WILL BE MISSED BUT WE ALL WISH HIM WELL AND HOPE TO SEE HIM BACK AGAIN SOON🙏🏼💪🏼”
Mateusz Kieliszkowski was one of the favorites to finish on the podium in Columbus. During his career, the 28-year-old Strongman has dealt with plenty of setbacks such as this. In 2020, Kieliszkowski was forced to miss the World’s Strongest Man competition with a tricep injury. He was able to rehab the injury and return to the stage in 2021 but did not seem to reach his full potential.
Last year, Kieliszkowski finished second at the WUS Dubai and fourth at the 2021 Rogue Strongman Invitational. After more training and recovery, he was prepared to make an impact in 2022 but fans might have to wait a little longer to see what he can really do.
Mateusz Kieliszkowski would not have been 100% if he appeared at the Arnold Classic. In 2020, he finished second at this event. This came after runner-up finishes at the World’s Strongest Man shows in 2018 and 2019. He has made a name for himself over the course of his career and could return when healthy.
Kieliszkowski has been active on social media sharing some recent lifts that he has accomplished. Just last week, he completed a 125kg dumbbell press and did it with little effort. It seemed as though he was healthy but there are other areas that would have been impacted by his injuries.
The 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic is set to take place this weekend in Columbus, OH. Matuesz Kieliszkowski is a big loss for the competition but there are still plenty of elite competitors ready to take the stage at the event.