2019 Arnold KBA Melbourne Open WGP

Kettlebell Athletica Events

Kettlebell Sport is a weightlifting sport performed with kettlebells that originates from Russia.  Unlike Olympic weightlifting or Power Lifting which is about maximal weight lifted, the sport of kettlebell lifting is classified as a cyclical sport where competitors have to lift a submaximal load, and perform as many repetitions as they can in a 10 minutes time frame or longer to become champion.

The three classic competition lifts are the Snatch, Jerk, and the Long Cycle (Clean and Jerk).

Each lifter receives only one attempt to perform as many repetitions as they can without putting the kettlebells down.

The competition events include the Snatch, Jerk, Long Cycle, Biathlon, Triathlon, Kettlebell Marathon & Kettlebell Relay

Only one hand switch is permitted in a single kettlebell 10 minute event but you can multiple hand switch in kettlebell marathon events.

Athletes have the opportunity to compete to achieve Ketacademy ranks and win medals in the Professional, Amateur and Novice division. Lifters need to perform a certain number of repetitions in their weight class to achieve an official Ketacademy rank.  Ranks: MSIC Master of Sport International Class , MS – Master of Sport, CMS – Candidate for Master of Sport, Rank 1, 2 and 3.

Each lift is worth different points to win and achieve ranks. Ranking calculation below:

  • Snatch only, Jerk only, LC, and Marathon = 1 point per lift (the person with the highest lifts wins)
  • Biathlon Jerk = 1 point & Snatch = 0.5 points (combined score wins)
  • Triathlon: Snatch 1 rep = 1 point, Jerk = 2 points, LC = 3 points
  • Note: In Triathlon to achieve rank you have to achieve a minimum number of points in each lift.
  • In the event of a tie, the lightest bodyweight will determine the winner.
  • Coefficient forumula determines the absolute winner in each event.


The competition/events program at the 2019 Arnold Sports Festival Australia will run over three days and include the 2019  “KBA Melbourne Open Championship WGP Australia & the 3rd IGSF Australia Cup, Kettlebell Sport demonstrations including power juggling and fitness challenges involving the public with world champions!

The 2019 Arnold Sports Festival Kettlebell Sport competitions are also the official qualifier for Australian athletes. who want to represent Australia and compete at the WKSF & IGSF 2019 World Championships.


The 3rd IGSF Australia Cup competition is the official IGSF Australia Team qualifier to represent Australia at the 2019 IGSF World Championship held in Melbourne 1st – 6th November.


Thursday March 14, 4-6pm:

Weigh-In for Long Cycle (TALC & OALC), and Triathlon lifters only.

Note: OALC will be included in program to qualify female athletes for Worlds. 

Friday March 15:

Comp Day 1: Long Cycle, Triathlon LC, & Long Cycle Award.

Weigh- In for Jerk, Snatch and Biathlon lifters only.

 Saturday March 16:

Comp Day 2: Jerk, Snatch, Biathlon & Triathlon (Jerk & Snatch) & Awards for Jerk, Snatch, Biathlon, and Triathlon.

Weigh-In for Marathon lifters only. 

Sunday March 17:

Comp Day-3: Kettlebell Marathon & Kettlebell Relay Marathon Awards.


Kettlebell Athletica is extremely proud to be the official Kettlebell Sport partner of the ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA for the 5th year in a row.  Kettlebell Athletica – is the official Australian partner club to the “World Association of Kettlebell Clubs”, “Ketacademy”, Kettlebell Sport Australia Federation, and the “International Girevoy Sport Federation” and together we will bring professional, amateur and novice kettlebell sport athletes to the 5th Arnold Sports Festival Australia.

The International Kettlebell Grand Prix World Tournament series is being held by organizing club competitions around the world in different countries according to the calendar of the WAKSC.

We are excited to host 3 days of competitions and events showcasing Kettlebell Sport which will include some of Australia’s best athletes and lifters from around the world. Don’t miss your opportunity to witness kettlebell sport athletes compete in one of the most highly challenging power endurance sports in the world.


REGISTRATION FORM LINK:: https://goo.gl/forms/YTBFQ8mcNwSgZKku1

All registered athletes will receive a FREE Expo event pass & Arnold participation medal.

There will be no refund for registration.

Kettlebell Athletica Events

For more information about the event and athlete registration, contact ASF Kettlebell Sport Captain/Event organizer Jad Marinovic by sending an email to info@kettlebellathletica.com.au and/or go to www.kettlebellsport.com.au