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The first ever Sheru Classic in India was a great success and saw a virtual repeat of the results from the 2012 Mr. Olympia contest in terms of the order of the bodybuilders who competed in both contests. I was very happy to see a professional bodybuilding contest in India and I hope that there will be many more in the future as India's economy continues to grow thanks to the expanse of global free markets.
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2012 Sheru Classic - RESULTS!
2012 Sheru Classic Contest Results
WINNER - Phil Heath
2nd - Kai Greene
3rd - Toney Freeman
4th - Roelly Winklaar
5th - Michalis Kefalianos
6th - Edward Nunn
7th - Sergey Shelestov
8th - Ben White
Wthdrew - Todd Jewell
1st - David Henry
2nd - Jose Raymond
3rd - Masoom Butt
4th - Guy Cisternino
5th - Lukas Osladil
6th - Amit Sapir
7th - Mirsad Terzo
*Note: Top three qualify for 2012 Mr. Olympia contest.
Now I will make detailed comments below for each bodybuilder:
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1st: Phil Heath
Since the 2012 Sheru Classic only took place a week after the 2012 Mr. Olympia contest, I expected that most of the competitors would come in looking mostly like they did the week before and that the placings would reflect that. This was the case for Phil Heath although in some pictures I think he looked even better than he did at the Mr. Olympia, especially in the chest, where his pecs looked bigger and fuller than they did the week before.
2nd: Kai Greene
Some people felt that Kai Greene should have won the Mr. Olympia contest the week before but one thing that is consistent with Olympia judging is that you have to knock out the champ to win and there was not enough distance between Phil and Kai to give the victory to Kai. This week, Kai looked much as he did the week before and once again it was very close. The 2nd place finish went to Kai and he maintained his usual characteristics such as a huge lower back and huge and hanging hamstrings. Kai's conditioning was very good and if Phil comes in even the least bit off, the victory could easily go to Kai the next time they meet.
3rd: Toney Freeman
Toney Freeman was not happy for not being compared to Phil Heath and Kai Greene during the prejudging while Roelly Winklaar was, but in the end he beat Roelly and ended up in 3rd which is a great placing for Toney and nice for him after finishing 7th the week before at the Olympia. Toney turned 46 on August 30th but is looking better than ever and doesn't seem to be slowing down. He is now qualified to compete in the 2013 Mr. Olympia contest with his 3rd place finish here and if he chooses to compete, he will be 47 then. I have no doubt that he can place around the top six next year as well because Toney is continually looking amazing.
4th: Roelly Winklaar
When I saw Roelly Winklaar at the Meet the Olympians event on Thursday before the Mr. Olympia, I felt that he looked a little smooth being so close to the contest and his placing was a little lower than what I think he was capable of. I'm not sure if Roelly just timed his diet slightly off or if he is relying on his amazing genetics [muscle bellies, structure] to do well in contests. In any case, he looked amazing this time out.
5th: Michalis Kefalianos
Michalis Kefalianos is an over-40 competitor who is also consistently one of the leanest one stage. He did well at this contest with a respectable top five finish. He placed outside of the top 15 at the 2012 Mr. Olympia contest so for Michalis to do so well at this contest must have been a satisfying achievement for him. He looked incredible at the Mr. Olympia but I think he is pushed back in some judging panels due to his relative lack of size compared to those who placed ahead of him. Either way, the Sheru Classic was great redemption for Michalis.
6th: Edward Nunn
Edward Nunn is a great competitor who has massive legs but his legs do not look as big when compared to competitors like Toney Freeman and some of the others who normally place ahead of him. Nevertheless, he has a great physique and is another competitor over the age of 40 who has done quite well in recent years. As usual, Ed's conditioning was good at this contest and his arms and legs were huge, and his waist was small. This was a good contest for Ed, who has been a pretty consistent competitor overall.
7th: Sergey Shelestov
Sergey Shelestov is a pretty big bodybuilder at around 6'1 and 280+ pounds of body weight. His conditioning was not as good at this contest as I had seen it in the past, but he was still massive and has a wide structure which is an advantage in bodybuilding. Sergey's skin appeared to be showing some signs of age, at least in his chest area, which is an area where loose skin usually comes about with age. Sergey looked alright overall but was not as his best and may have been able to move up a spot or two had he brought his best package to this contest.
8th: Ben White/a>
I was surprised to see that Ben White placed 8th in this contest and when I learned that he did I expected that he would be at his worst at the show. When Ben is off, he has a tendency to come in flat and looks shallow, particularly in his shoulders and arms. But that was not the case at this contest. In fact, I felt that Ben was quite full and did not look to be particularly spilled over so it was a little bit of a surprise to me that he placed 8th, but I suppose it was a relatively tough lineup and Ben was not deemed to be at the level necessary to compete with the others here in India.
1st: David Henry
David Henry looked amazing at the 2012 Mr. Olympia contest and there were quite a few people who felt that he should have won the show. He won here at the Sheru and he had to have been pleased with such a result. Not only is it redemption for David after placing 2nd at the Olympia, but it firmly positions him as one of the best 212-lb class bodybuilders on the planet. In fact, I would go so far as to say that David can also be a top 10 open class bodybuilder as he was in 2007. There is no reason why David would have to limit himself to the 212-lb class based on how he looks as he could be a serious contender in the open class as well. As it looks, he will most likely earn more titles in the 212-lb class. David was in tremendous conditioning at this contest and was not lacking for size either. I was extremely impressed with David and he shows absolutely no signs of slowing down despite being a professional bodybuilder for over a decade now. I look forward to seeing David at his next contest and I am sure he will do damage.
2nd: Jose Raymond
Jose Raymond is an incredibly shredded bodybuilder and has been very consistent with his conditioning while simultaneously improving his size and shape. Jose packs about as much mass on his frame that a bodybuilder of his height will be able to without looking blocky and some say he already is yet in his front double biceps pose, his waist looks small so it ultimately depends on the pose for Jose. I think the only advice Jose should be given at this point in his career is to continually refine his physique and post gradual improvements from one contest to the next. I don't think Jose has to make any significant improvements and he is already top tier and I feel that he could do well in the open class as well should he decide to go down that route.
3rd: Muhammad Masoom Butt
I first heard of Muhammad Butt at the 2012 Toronto Pro show where I was in attendance. He looked incredible and conditioning was definitely his strong suit. This contest was no exception and his conditioning looked as good as I remember it in person in Toronto. Muhammad is another 212-lb class competitor who could probably do well in the open class and definitely proved himself to be one of the best 212-lb class competitor in this contest. I expect a class win from Muhammad in the future and this contest should be evidence of that possibility.
4th: Guy Cisternino
Guy Cisternino is a good 212-lb class competitor. I would say he was lacking in both the size and condition necessary to move higher in the ranks at this contest as general improvements in both areas would serve him well and give him a good shot to beat some of the competitors who placed ahead of him at this contest. Although David Henry is at a level much higher than most in this class, Guy can most likely catch up to some of the competitors who beat him in this class with general improvements. If improvements in mass are slow for Guy [as they are for many bodybuilders at his level] than I think a focus on being at his best condition will serve him well. This was not a bad show for Guy, but there was some steep competition.
5th: Lukas Osladil
Lukas Osladil is another bodybuilder who I saw for the first time at the 2012 Toronto Pro SuperShow and I definitely found him to be very impressive at that contest. It is a subjective thing to judge a bodybuilding contest, but I would have most likely put Lukas ahead of Guy. I felt that Lukas looked slightly more refined at this contest but it could just be one of those times where you had to be there in person rather than judging from photos.
DNP: Amit Sapir
Amit Sapir looked good, but like Guy Cisternino, I feel that he lacked in both size and conditioning and will need to make improvements in both before he moves up the ranks. Amit looks like he has a decent structure for bodybuilding but will need to add more mass to be competitive, even in the 212-lb class. His conditioning is something I think can be improved as early as his next contest as long as his diet is in order but improvements in size will take longer. Since his structure is sound, I feel that he will look good if he can make those improvements and naturally move up the ranks.
DNP: Mirsad Terzo
Mirsad Terzo is another bodybuilder who will have to make improvements in both size and conditioning in order to improve his placings and I'm sure that he can do that and that will depend on whether or not he has an interest in moving up the ranks or competing more. I had never heard of Mirsad before this contest but he looked good overall but will require the general improvements necessary in order to do better in the future.
Overall this was a very good follow-up to the 2012 Mr. olympia contest and I think this is very important for India and for the Asian continent. Bodybuilding is quite popular there but with no opportunities to see professional bodybuilding shows, Sheru did the right thing to bring his very own Sheru Classic to the land. The Indian fans love it and I am confident that there is a huge demand for future bodybuilding shows on the continent and we will see more and more as time goes on. Most of the bodybuilders at the contest who had competed in the previous week at the Olympia maintained their conditioning and repeated their performances and placings. It really is the Mr. Olympia of India when you look at it that way, lacking only in quantity of competitors because not every competitor shows up to compete. I look forward to the show again next year and if it remains the week after the Mr. Olympia I am quite confident that it will remain a high caliber show.
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