|2010 Europa Battle of Champions
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The 2010 Europa Battle of Champions was a very good show and as the time draws near to the 2010 Mr. Olympia contest it is nice to see what caliber of bodybuilders we will be expecting to see in bodybuilding's biggest show of the year. Edward Nunn won the whole show and you can check out my review of his performance as well as my take on the other competitors who entered this contest in my report below.
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2010 Europa Battle of Champions - RESULTS!
WINNER: EDWARD NUNN *
2. Troy Alves *
3: Ben White *
4. Michalis Kefalianos Μιχάλης Κεφαλιανός
5. Leo Ingram
6. Johnnie Jackson
7. George Farah
8. Mike Liberatore
9. Darrem Charles
10. Costanties Demetrious
11. Erik Fankhouser
12. Oscar Dexter
13. Jeff Long
14. Greg Ulysses
15. Alexandre Nataf
16. Damaso Chacon
16. Oleg Emelyanov
16. Serdar Aktolga
WINNER: Jose Raymond *
2. David Henry *
3. Luc Molines
4. Tim Martin
5. Wendell Floyd
6. Gaetano Cisternino
7. Frederic Sauvage
8. Jeff "Box" Long
9. Abiu Feliz
10. Anthony Finocchiaro
11. Emro Karadjuzovic
*Note: Top three in each weight class qualify for 2010 Mr. Olympia contest.
Now I will make detailed comments below for each bodybuilder:
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1st: Edward Nunn
I had said in my 2010 Tampa Bay Pro contest report that Edward Nunn had a fantastic structure for bodybuilding. His small waist and huge and wide shoulders are exactly what most bodybuilders aspire to achieve but is something that is not built in the gym, but rather determined through genetics. Edward also has huge legs which are probably around 30", roughly equal to the size of his waist! All in all, it makes for a very good look, one which is very difficult to mess up. I would say that the only way Edward could look bad in a contest would be with very poor conditioning and anything short of coming in way off in terms of his condition will not break him. At this contest, Edward was very shredded and managed to not only maintain his peak since Tampa Bay, but actually improve on it and look better than ever. Muscle just pours off Edward's frame and his back is not lacking in either thickness or width and combined with his small waist, it makes for a great look. I am very happy to see Edward now qualified for the 2010 Mr. Olympia contest and I hope to meet him in Las Vegas for photos and possibly an on-screen interview. He has a classic look which is still competitive in the modern day mass monster competition that is bodybuilding.
2nd: Troy Alves
Troy Alves looked great at last week's 2010 Tampa Pro and I thought he was the best he had looked in a while and looked at least as good as he had at least year's Europa Pro which is all the more remarkable given that Troy will be turning 44 very shortly. It seems as if age has not affected Troy's physique in the least as he is showing no signs of aging in his skin and at most, perhaps I might say that his legs are a little down in size from a few years ago. With that said, his conditioning has been better than ever lately including the display of conditioning in his glutes and hamstrings. I want to say that Troy was more or less equal to his showing at last week's show, but I would say if anything, a little on the "less" side. From the front I did not notice much of a difference other than possibly slightly less fullness, but from the back I would say that his glutes and hamstrings were not up to the level of conditioning that they had been last week, although this may have been just an issue of oil or lighting or some combination of the two. It is difficult to analyze such a thing when it deals with such very unique and specific factors but one good way to judge is by seeing how other competitors who arrived in shape at both shows looked at both shows. The ones who were clearly off one week but on the next would not be able to rule out other variables but those whose conditioning seemed mostly the same would be ones where closer inspection may be able to determine what role oil or lighting played in the slight differences noticed. At some contests, all bodybuilders look a little more washed out than usual while at others [notably the Ironman Pro Invitational], the lighting is said to be great and make all bodybuilders look their best. In any case, I would be inclined to believe that Troy's conditioning fell slightly off-peak which is understanable as it is difficult to maintain a peak for an entire week. Troy's back muscle groups seem to be the hardest for him to dry out completely which is what will be noticeably down in the event that Troy comes in a little off. In any case, he mostly looked as good as he did last week and I look forward to seeing him at the 2010 Mr. Olympia, hopefully bringing the package that he brought at last week's show. A top 10 finish for Troy would be a great way to celebrate his 44th birthday which does in fact fall on the Olympia weekend [Date of Birth: September 26th, 1966].
3rd: Ben White
Ben White was fresh from his victory at the 2010 Tampa Bay Pro last week where he looked amazing and managed to edge out both Edward Nunn and Troy Alves who beat him today. Troy was close to form last week and Edward had improved so combining that with a slight regression of Ben's physique and Ben was relegated to 3rd place here in Hartford. I felt that Ben seemed to lose some fullness at this contest which seemed noticeable in his shoulders in his front lat pose. His back seemed both down in size slightly and down in conditioning slightly which combined made a noticeable impression on his rear double biceps pose although less so in his rear lat spread pose I thought. He still displayed great density, particularly in his most muscular pose, and very good conditioning, but Ben regressed enough to take 3rd place rather than to win his second pro show. Something to note is that judging any subjective matter is open to issues of psychology as well and judges likely had Ben's winning physique in mind which made the comparison not only between Ben and the rest of the bodybuilding field at this show but also Ben's previous winning form. As a result, the possibility of Ben being placed lower was certainly present which turned out to be the case, possibly do to the comparison of his previous best that I just mentioned or possibly simply because Edward Nunn and Troy Alves were good enough to beat him, from an objective a position as judging can be. I would say that Ben has a size advantage in his legs over Troy but that this advantage was not as apparent in this contest and that Troy was able to narrow the gap and defeat Ben today due to his ability to maintain his peak whereas Ben declined slightly more than Troy did [I felt both looked better at the Tampa Pro though].
4th: Michalis Kefalianos Μιχάλης Κεφαλιανός
Michalis Kefalianos is a bodybuilder who I have seen consistently bring great conditioning to bodybuilding contests since I saw him compete for the first time at the 2009 Mr. Olympia where I felt that his conditioning and dryness were second to none. I would say that Michalis brought comparable conditioning this week which was roughly equal to last week and around the best there is in the business today. If he was any leaner I would question what effect that would have on his physical health and as it is, to be a competitive bodybuilder, contest dieting is by no means the most healthy process an individual can go through. I would say that Michalis has perfect colour and oil and that it fits his conditioning in a tremendous way. From the back, Michalis is insanely shredded displaying a Christmas Tree that would rival that of Samir Bannout's from his Mr. Olympia contest win in 1983. Michalis is doing well in contest but I suspect that once more judges notice just how consistent he is in bringing in his conditioning they will be more likely to award him for it. Sometimes bodybuilders look good here or there but are forgotten when they cannot demonstrate this on a sustained basis. If Michalis continues to come in "ON" for every contest, I think he will gradually move up the ranks. I certainly expect to see him at the Mr. Olympia again and although he is not qualified this year I still think he will make Olympia apparances a regular part of his schedule.
5th: Leo Ingram
Leo Ingram is a freaky bodybuilder who, at his best, has some of the best hardness and vascularity around. Although his vascularity was on display in some poses at this contest, in others it was not quite to the level that I have seen it before. In his side chest pose, his veins still looked freaky, but less so in the most muscular poses. His chest was still striated and his triceps were clearly separated and thick and his hardness extended to his back poses as well, but he has been slightly harder before. It is really amazing when a bodybuilder as thick and shredded as Leo can be "off" by his own previous best standard. By any definition, Leo was "ON" at this contest, and only in comparison to his current best form and in comparison to the absolute best in the bodybuilding business can it be said that Leo was even slightly off. With that said, I think Leo is quite capable of qualifying for the Mr. Olympia again as he once did in 2008 as a result of placing 3rd at the 2008 Houston Pro.
6th: Johnnie Jackson
After last week's performance, I felt that Johnnie was close to as good as I had ever seen him look in terms of both size AND conditioning. I don't recall seeing him much bigger or much more shredded than he was last week which is why his decline at this contest was a little surprising to me. Johnnie came 3rd at the 2010 Tampa Bay Pro last week where he picked up a qualifying position for the 2010 Mr. Olympia contest in Las Vegas yet today he was nowhere near the form of a bodybuilder who I would say deserved a qualifying position, and incidentally placing 6th does not obtain one. He qualified for the Olympia last week in a decision which I felt was fair and I do hope that Johnnie replicates that form at the Olympia if he wishes to achieve success, say somewhere around the top 12 or better, which is a pretty outstanding accomplishment for anyone to be able to claim they are one of the 12 best bodybuilders in the world. Johnnie's calves are a major weak point and always have been and as far as I can tell, that is simply a genetic limitation and one which Johnnie will not be able to improve on. If Johnnie comes into contests in shape, this weakness is less visible, but without such a strong form to focus on this time around, his weakness in this area stands out more. Don't get me wrong, Johnnie was still ripped and definitely looks incredibly strong due to his years as a powerlifter but he was just not up to the level he was at last week which I do hope he brings to the Olympia this year because I feel that form will ensure him a pretty good placing in a very competitive 2010 lineup.
7th: George Farah
George Farah is a bodybuilder who is also a guru and one who clearly practices what he preaches. At the age of 39 George brought a physique to the stage which is better than I remember ever seeing him, displaying incredible hardness and dryness as well as full muscularity. I would say that if he had more size that he would have definitely placed higher as George's placing at this contest was certainly not due to lack of conditioning. It is just difficult for so-called "smaller" bodybuilders to place high when mass monsters show up. George's conditioning was particularly noticeable in the side relaxed pose and side chest pose. George's conditioning was definitely at a high level and this will no doubt help his reputation as a bodybuilding guru. If George proves to be able to practice his own principles and demonstrate great conditioning, his clients should be able to have confidence that he knows what he is doing.
8th: Mike Liberatore
Mike Liberatore is a very good bodybuilder who I think we will see gradually improve in the IFBB ranks as he brings increased size and improved conditioning to each show that he attends. Mike has a good structure and nice and round shoulders which are impressive in his most muscular poses. His has striated shoulders and displays vascularity in his upper body which highlights his conditioning. At Mike's height of around 5'8, he will need just a little more mass to be competitive, I would say under 10 pounds in total should be fine. But in the meantime, bringing his best conditioning possible to show off the mass he does have would be the most intelligent decision in order to ensure good placings for him. I would like to see Mike qualify for an Olympia contest which I think we will see happen within the next two years.
9th: Darrem Charles
Darrem was perhaps slightly improved at this contest, but not quite enough to get him an Olympia qualification. Perhaps at age 42, Darrem's physique is not responding to his bodybuilding program as well as it had historically and this is understandable given that Darrem has been competing for over half of his life! Darrem would need to bring in the size he displayed at this contest but in better conditioning to qualify for the Olympia again. To Darrem's credit, he still brought a huge and wide rear lat spread to the contest as well as cross-striated thighs and a very sharp serattus. It is simply that this was not enough to make a dent at this lineup, although breaking the top 10 at any professional show is still a good accomplishment and one which many amateur bodybuilders would be envious of. No doubt Darrem wants to do better than this and he will be able to do so as long as his conditioning returns to his previous form.
10th: Costanties Demetrious
Costanties Demetrious has a great structure in my opinion but will need to add a little mass and/or conditioning to place higher and qualify for the Olympia, should that be his goal. I would say that the same size in better conditioning may do it, or more size in the same conditioning, although if I would recommend one or the other I would say that it would be best that he maintain the size that he have now but come in harder. If he can improve both factors, that would be a bonus and I think we might be able to see him on the Olympia stage. He has very round muscles and a pleasing structure in my opinion so I don't think that is holding him back, but in the realm of competitive bodybuilding, more size is always an advantage, even to the 250-300 pound range for a bodybuilder of 5'8 or more such as Constanties. I truly do believe that the answer for Costanties is conditioning though. I feel that his structure is pleasing enough to have him place higher, say top five or better, with improved conditioning. At his height he may also need a little more size, but adding hardness to his round and full physique will be a significant improvement and possibly enough to garner him a qualifying spot at the Mr. Olympia.
11th: Erik Fankhouser
Erik is one bodybuilder who came in considerably off, both in absolute terms and in terms of his previous best showing, which was at the 2010 New York Pro earlier in the year where he placed 5th and qualified for the 2010 Mr. Olympia contest by doing so. The only reason why I suspect Erik even competing in this show to begin with is because he lives on the east coast and this contest was therefore more feasible for him to attend from the perspective of travel and logistics. While Erik's calves were as freaky and as huge as ever, his quads were down in size and his conditioning was down overall. His chest looked flat, not in terms of conditioning but in terms of actual size, although that was probably the result of lack of conditioning. I.e., the appearance of a smaller and less thick chest may be the result of not being in the best condition while being flat will also make it look smaller but in a different sort of way, one where the size is still obvious and it being a clear matter of conditioning. I think that is the case because Erik was not flat, but rather washed out if anything which has a more detrimental effect on the physique in my opinion. That is, I think a bodybuilder would be better to come in off as in flat than come in off as in washed out as Erik did today. It is possible that Erik's quads were as big as ever, just washed out, but I do believe they were down in size. This was odd given that Erik's calves were as big as I had ever seen them for certain but then again we are talking about Erik Fankhouser here who easily has the biggest calves in the entire professional bodybuilding ranks today, and possibly the biggest ever. Even past freaks such as Dorian Yates and Mike Matarazzo would have a hard time comparing. I think that everyone including Erik would admit to his being off today and I hope that he does compete at the 2010 Mr. Olympia as he is qualified to do and that he brings his 2010 New York Pro form to that show. If he does, I think he will do well.
12th: Oscar Dexter
Oscar Dexter is a bodybuilder who I looks good and who is suitable to compete in the pro ranks but will need to improve a little more in order to be competitive. He needs to improve in the two primary ways which would be in terms of size and conditioning. His physique is certainly good, but bodybuilding is about mass and more is almost always better. In Oscar's case, I think more mass would be the answer as his conditioning is already quite good and the hardness and fullness seen in his side chest pose illustrates this. Certain areas such as his hamstrings do not display conditioning as well as other areas such as his upper body [arms, shoulders, and chest]. His abs are pretty lean and he displays good vascularity in some areas so although his conditioning could stand to improve a little, notably in some areas, I think the main consideration for Oscar should be bringing in a little more size if that is possible. At his stage in the game, I am not sure how much more mass he can put on as it is one thing to say that a bodybuilder should add more mass but another thing for that to actually happen given that all competitive bodybuilders are already so massive and each do have a genetic limit in terms of how much muscle they can actually build.
13th: Jeff Long
Jeff Long is a young pro who was consulting George Farah for contest preparation last time that I checked. Jeff looked pretty good at this contest compared to how he looked as an amateur before finally winning his pro card. It seemed to me that he was a bodybuilder who had massive size but had a difficult time dialing it in for contests. This has seemed to change lately and I do believe that eventually Jeff will nail his conditioning and show up consistently in shape and place very well and also qualify for the Olympia. There is no doubt that at the young age of 25, Jeff has the size necessary to compete at the Mr. Olympia level, but he will need to bring in his best conditioning in order to do so. I think he is gradually working towards that and at his young age, is well ahead of the game. By the time he is 30 I think we will see repeat successful performances by Jeff at the Mr. Olympia should that be his goal. I could see Jeff eventually being at the level of Branch Warren. I say this based on a number of considerations, e.g., his height, frame size, structure, and current size. I don't think that Jeff carries as much lean mass on his body yet, but I think he is within around 15 pounds of it which I would say Jeff can achieve in about three years time. Add another three years to that and it is quite possible that if Jeff remains injury free that he is a top five Mr. Olympia bodybuilder or better. Six years may seem like a long time but very few bodybuilders ever go on to become one of the top five bodybuilders in the WORLD, let alone at the age of 30 or so. Most have not even turned professional at that point. So while Jeff did not bring his best conditioning at this contest, I do predict great things from Jeff and an Olympia qualification, quite possibly as early as 2011 and if not, 2012 seems extremely realistic. Jeff is young and I wish him the best of luck.
14th: Greg Ulysse
Greg Ulysse is a Canadian bodybuilder who I had not heard about before last week's Tampa Bay Pro where he did not place. Like Oscar who placed above him, I think simply more improvements will help him to place higher. In Greg's case, he has a tiny waist which is great for bodybuilding and so I feel that he definitely has a nice structural advantage to cash in on once he improves his conditioning and brings up his overall size. I would say that his arms need to be brought up the most and that other areas could use improvement, but not to the degree his arms would ameliorate his overall physique, especially in poses such as the front double biceps or even his front relaxed pose where his arms don't appear to be as thick as the arms of the average professional bodybuilder. His shoulders display striations so clearly his conditioning wasn't that bad, although overall it can still stand to improve a shade. Greg was the 2008 CBBF champion in Canada in the heavyweight class and I think that in time he can continue to climb up the professional ranks of the bodybuilding world.
15th: Alexandre Nataf
Alexandre Nataf was another bodybuilder who I had not heard about before last week's Tampa Bay Pro which is understandable given that it was his first professional contest and I cover professional bodybuilding more than I cover amateur bodybuilding [although I will attempt to increase my coverage of amateur bodybuilding contests as time goes by]. I definitely feel that he should have placed higher at this contest and in fact, I would have to say that lack of name recognition relegated him to 15th place. Alexandre had a huge and thick rear lat spread and a hugely muscular hands clasped most muscular pose. His shoulders, chest, and arms were HUGE, including his forearms. His legs were big although a touch off from the size of his upper body and his most muscular pose displayed amazing pop for his upper body muscles. How so many "OFF" bodybuilders beat him here including some who were clearly off is surprising to me. As I said, I do feel that this was an issue of name recognition and nothing more. Of course Alexandre can make improvements and surely he will, but he still should have placed higher at this contest, possibly even breaking the top ten. I do not feel that Erik Fankhouser or Darrem Charles should have beaten him although that is just my opinion. I also want to say that barring injury, Alexandre should be qualified for the Mr. Olympia contest in the next two years should that be a goal that he wishes to pursue.
1st: Jose Raymond
Jose looked very good at this contest and in my opinion was a little improved over his win last week at the Tampa Bay Pro. I felt that his improved conditioning was appararent throughout his entire physique while he maintained all of his size. His side chest pose displayed great conditioning in his shoulders and vascularity in his arms. His chest was also dense and displayed some striations, although not at the level of say Gunter Schilierkamp's chest for example [at the 2005 Mr. Olympia contest in particular]. From the back, Jose had a Christmas tree on display, although not as deep and conditioned as the Christmas tree of Samir Bannout [in his 1983 Mr. Olympia contest win]. His calves were cut and of decent size but the conditioning was the immediate draw in that area and Shawn Ray had once written in a bodybuilding article that calves are a very important area for bodybuilders because people tend to immediately notice developed and/or conditioned calves. Jose had a thick rear double biceps pose as well as a thick hands clasped most muscular pose. With his conditioning, I am not hugely surprised to see him win, even in a slightly stronger lineup this time compared to last week in Tampa Bay.
2nd: David Henry
David Henry is a great bodybuilder who would be guaranteed victories at every lightweight show if not for Kevin English and in this case, Jose Raymond. This is the first time Jose beat David, and Mark Dugdale also beat David in the lightweight class in 2009 in New York. David's conditioning has seemed to be off a little bit here and there over the past year which is somewhat surprising to me because David is only 35 years old and has shown amazing conditioning ever since he achieved his pro card in 2002 by winning his class in the middleweight division at the Nationals. He then took a year off to put on some size and has been showing up sharp ever since his pro debut in 2004. He is still showing up sharp, even when off, but he has been consistently sharper in the past. David's legs have been somewhat of a weak point in the past but they appeared to be up in size a little bit at this contest as well as his hamstrings but if he could put on a little more size in these areas, that would be great. The problem for David is that he would probably compete at around 207-210 with the improvements in size that I just mentioned, thus in order to David to remain in the lightweight class, he needs to hit the cutoff of 202 pounds. As such, I think that if he can improve his legs without putting on body weight that would be a desireable goal, and this may be possible if he can do something as specific as adding 3-5 pounds of mass in his lower body and cutting out roughly as much in water for his next show. I am by no means saying that David needs to do anything drastic, but with those two slight improvements I think he would probably win most lightweight shows with the only person able to beat him at that point being perhaps Kevin English who is another amazing 202 pound bodybuilder. David's side chest pose still looked amazing at this contest in terms of conditioning and that pose showed up his huge and shredded delts as well as his huge and vascular arms and huge and striated chest. His hamstrings from the side looked improved in that pose and overall it was a very good one for him. In his rear poses, David's calves did not look weak. Even if one could argue that he could gain some size in his calves, I seem to doubt that anyone would be saying that David has weak calves as Johnnie O. Jackson does for example. David has a Christmas tree lower back and sharp glutes although I had seen him with more shredded glutes and hamstrings in the past. David's back is obviously a knockout in terms of both his rear double biceps and rear lat spread poses and this was no exception at this contest. David displayed his overall upper body thickness in his most muscular pose and his abs were shredded. Although I think David could stand to be just a little bit leaner, it is debatable whether or not he should have won the show. Frankly I think this contest could have reasonably gone either way since both Jose Raymond and David Henry looked fantastic. Had David brought in slightly better conditioning I think that he would have won for certain.
3rd: Luc Molines
Luc Molines placed 5th in the lightweight class at last week's Tampa Bay Pro and he is a bodybuilder who I had not heard of until that time. For him to now be qualified for the lightweight class of the Mr. Olympia is amazing to me. He definitely has some pretty incredible genetics for vascularity and his vascularity is apparent in his upper body in poses such as the most muscular and side chest pose. I would say that his conditioning is amazing and does not need to improve in order to achieve success in professional bodybuilding. With that said, I would say that Luc would benefit from bringing up his arms in size and also putting on size in general. Luc's vascularity extends to his legs as well although it is not present in his legs as it is to the degree that it is in his upper body. Luc really looks amazing in his most muscular poses and I can see the "WOW" factor that the judges obviously saw as well. That is likely the reason for his placing at this contest and now qualification for the 2010 Mr. Olympia contest in Las Vegas.
4th: Tim Martin
Tim Martin is a bodybuilder who I had not heard of before today's contest. Tim looked good overall and he is a bodybuilder who I would simply encourage to continue to make general improvements should he wish to achieve continued success in the ranks of professional bodybuilding. His arms are very short and thus he is not genetically capable of having massive arms because of said short muscle attachement sites. He looks good and other than arms, it's hard for me to pick out a particular area that I think is a weakness [in the case of arms, it being largely out of Tim's control]. As I said, I think general improvements in both size and conditioning will help him to improve and since he was only one placing away from qualifying for the Mr. Olympia here in Hartford, I think that there is no doubt that he will be able to qualify at some point in the future.
5th: Wendell Floyd
Wendell Floyd is another bodybuilder who I had only heard about here tonight. I would put my comments on him in the same category of my comments about Tim Martin in the sense that Wendell has short muscle attachement sites for his arms from a genetic point of view, which equates to a weakness on the stage. Roughly the same comments apply to both Wendell and Tim and general improvements will help Wendell increase his placings in the lightweight category and hopefully snag a qualifying spot for the 202 class at the Olympia one of these days.
6th: Gaetano Cisternino
With Gaetano Cisternino, it is now three bodybuilders in a row who I had not heard of before this week's show in Hartford. Although judging is subjective, I would have personally shown no objective to Gaetano placing above both Tim and Wendell at this contest. I felt that his arms were better [bigger] as well as his shoulders which resulted in thicker muscularity in some of the poses [such as the most muscular pose but others as well]. His conditioning was also very good and I think he has a good structure for bodybuilding and more mass will help him continue to improve in the placings.
7th: Frederic Sauvage
I had heard of Frederic Sauvage for some time now and he has been competing in the professional ranks since 2007 both in the lightweight and open classes. Fred placed 8th last week in Tampa Bay and I really do not understand why he only placed 7th at this contest. On the strength of his upper body mass alone I would have placed him no lower than 5th. Like Gaetano described above, Frederic had bigger arms and delts than Tim and Wendell and this was very important in certain poses, specifically the most muscular pose but also others. His conditioning was also good, especially in the upper body where I felt it was very good. It is a mystery as to why he placed 7th at this contest and I would have placed him at least two placings higher. Realistically, I would have had him in 4th after the respective top three and it is even questionable to me whether or not Luc Molines was substantially better than Fred. In any case, I do hope that Frederic is feeling alright after a placing which I think was very unfair.
8th: Jeff "Box" Long
Jeff "Box" Long is not to be confused with the two young pro Jeff Long. The original Jeff turned pro in 1995 and has been competing professional since the 1997 Ironman Pro where he placed 12th. Overall, he has a good physique but as time passes the demands of bodybuilding start to take a toll on any bodybuilder and maintaining their lifetime best ever form becomes increasingly more difficult.
9th: Abiu Feliz
Abiu Feliz is a bodybuilder who I had not heard about before last week's Tampa Bay Pro where he placed 7th. Being in the 202 pound class, Abiu is of course not a "mass monster" by the bodybuilding standards set by the open competitors, nor does he have to be for this class. He brought good size and conditioning to the stage although did show weakness in his chest through loose skin. His most muscular pose looked very lean and mean and was better than the most muscular poses of Tim and Wendell who placed considerably ahead of him. I wish Abiu continued success and hopefully he will eventually qualify for the Mr. Olympia contest in the lightweight class if that is his goal.
10th: Anthony Finocchiaro
Anthony Finocchiaro is another bodybuilder who I had not heard about until this show. He looked good although my eyes were immediately drawn to his arms and legs which will need more size if he hopes to achieve success in his class in bodybuilding contests. He was certainly in good condition and this was only hindered slightly by the quality of his skin which was not as high as his fellow competitors. His posing could stand to improve a little which I think would help his placing as well. I hope to see him in the future and if possible, with some more lower body mass in particular if that is possible for him from a genetic vantage point. Making improvements is hard for the level that a lot of these pro bodybuilders are at but if it is possible it will help Anthony in his placings.
Overall, I felt that this contest was a nice insight into the quality of some of the competitors who will be at the 2010 Mr. Olympia contest this year in Las Vegas. I did not feel that it was as fairly judged as the Tampa Bay Pro last week but I did basically agree with the top three which is the main thing because those are the most important placings as they determine who will qualify for the Olympia from this contest. Although some would argue the top three was not correct, I do not see the three being particularly controversial. Other placings of some bodybuilders I did not agree with but the lower the placing, the less important judging is as less is riding on lower placings than on higher ones. Although I would like to see fair judging as often as possible, bodybuilding is a subjective matter and so it would be impossible to please everyone and opinions will vary. I felt that the 202 class was even more incorrectly judged than the open class and there are certainly some changes which I would have made had I been the judge, the most concerning to me being the low placing awarded to Frederic Sauvage. I do think that the top three was a little better judged, with at least the top two [Jose Raymond and David Henry] deserving to be in the top three. Only the third placing is one where I would debate somewhat and this is relevant because only the top three placings get a qualification to the Mr. Olympia so if a bodybuilder does not make the top three who feels that he deserved to, I can see why that would make him upset. In any case, I look forward to seeing the bodybuilders at this contest in Las Vegas and hopefully I will be able to interview a number of them to talk about the world of bodybuilding and their future plans.
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