ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO CONTEST REPORT: IFBB PRO VICTOR MARTINEZ TAKES VICTORY AT TAMPA PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS
By Admin | Sunday, August 10, 2014 9:00:11 PM America/New_York
The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Victor Martinez was victorious, winning 1st place in the Open Division at the 2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Championships. IFBB Pro William Bonac claimed the 2nd place runner-up position. Jumping a spot from last year, IFBB Pro Moe Bannout took 3rd place. IFBB Pro Max Charles finished in 4th place, and the 5th place contestant was (part-time powerlifter) IFBB Pro Ben White.
The remaining field: up one spot from last year, IFBB Pro Manuel Romero (6th), up from 11th last year IFBB Pro Bill Wilmore (7th), IFBB Pro Manuel Lomeli (8th), IFBB Pro Pablo Zayas (9th), IFBB Pro Kenneth Jackson (10th), IFBB Pro Rafael Jaramillo (11th), IFBB Pro An Nguyen (12th), IFBB Pro Franklin Roberson (13th), IFBB Pro Timmy Gaillard (14th), IFBB Pro Julius Page (15th), followed by the (16th place) non-placing athletes: IFBB Pro Jeff Beckham, IFBB Pro Lloyd Dollar, IFBB Pro Stephen Frazier, IFBB Pro Alexandre Nataf, IFBB Pro Jonathan Rowe and, making his pro debut after earning an IFBB Pro card at the 2014 NPC Team Universe Championships, IFBB Pro Rob Youells.
The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report," the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System (1st automatic qualification, 2nd - 4 Points, 3rd - 3 Points, 4th - 2 Points, 5th - 1 Point) applies to IFBB Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (September 18-21) in Las Vegas to take on reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath. IFBB Pro Evan Centopani won the Tampa Pro Championships last year, but did not return to Florida this year to defend against Victor Martinez (winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 2007 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships and the inaugural Arnold Classic Europe in 2011).
Andrew Oye's Verdict: Point blank, Victor Martinez needed this victory for a guaranteed slot in the 2014 Olympia lineup. Because the Tampa Pro was the final general Open Division contest before the "Super Bowl of Bodybuilding," he should be grateful that he managed to scrape by and nab a ticket to the 50th Anniversary of the Mr. Olympia Championships. Some of the competitors who have already qualified to participate at the historic event: IFBB Pro Justin Compton, IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"), IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo, IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, IFBB Pro Branch Warren, IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar, and IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf. There's one more qualification opportunity at the IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters Championships Pittsburgh (August 28).
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