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The Item: IFBB Pro League Contest Competitors List, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: Arnold Classic producers just released the list of IFBB Pro League athletes competing at the 2012 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Europe Bodybuilding Championships in Madrid, Spain (October 13).

Open Class Competitors:
IFBB Pro Lionel Beyeke
IFBB Pro Toney Freeman
IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson
IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos
IFBB Pro Martin Kjellstrom
IFBB Pro Manuel Manchado
IFBB Pro Ed Nunn
IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz
IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden
IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel
IFBB Pro Feras Saied
IFBB Pro Daniele Seccarecci
IFBB Pro Sergey Shelestov
IFBB Pro Ben White
IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar
IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf
IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi

The "So What?": The 2012 event is the second annual Arnold Classic Europe. As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," last year's debut marked the first time the Columbus, Ohio-based Arnold Sports Festival expanded the USA's enormous sports and fitness extravaganza (won this year by "Quadrasaurus" IFBB Pro Branch Warren) to an offshore location. Winner of the 2011 Arnold Classic Europe IFBB Pro Victor Martinez will not defend his title due to an injury sustained in a recent arm-wrestling incident. Scheduled to attend or make appearances in Spain: 2-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson and 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler.

The expo features the following competitions and/or exhibitions: Arnold Strongman Classic contest, Arnold Amateur bodybuilding, table football (soccer), powerlifting, armwrestling, athletic fitness, gymnastics, kickboxing, MMA, jiu jitsu, muay thai, kobudo, karate, taekwondo, Olympic combat training, tennis, spinning, cheerleading, fencing and boxing.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: The impressive 3rd place finish of Shawn Rhoden at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (won by Phil Heath) two weeks ago makes him a front-runner at the Arnold Classic Europe (an IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contest for the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" in 2013), especially since neither of the athletes who bested him in Las Vegas, Nevada, will compete in Spain. Other leading contenders: 2011 Masters Pro World Championships runner-up Toney Freeman, 2009 World's Strongest Bodybuilder Powerlifting Challenge winner Johnnie Jackson, 2-time Mr. Europe Pro Ronny "The Rock" Rockel, 2012 Arnold Classic USA runner-up Dennis Wolf, and 2009 Arnold Amateur winner Roelly Winklaar.

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