IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Sports Festival, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo won the 2014 IFBB
Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Brasil Bodybuilding Championships at
the Arnold Sports Festival in Rio de Janeiro. IFBB Pro Juan Morel was
named the 2nd place runner-up. IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa took 3rd place.
IFBB Pro Lionel Beyeke was slotted in 4th place. Slipping from his 2nd
place position last year, IFBB Pro Toney Freeman landed in 5th place.
The remaning field: IFBB Pro Marius Dohne (6th), IFBB Pro William Bonac (7th), IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos, slipping a single spot from last
year (8th), IFBB Pro Baitollah Abbaspour, jumping a single spot from
last year (9th), IFBB Pro Fred Smalls, falling from 5th in 2013 (10th),
IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz (11th) IFBB Pro Ed Nunn, dropping from 4th
in 2013 (12th) and IFBB Pro Martin Kjellstrom (13th).
The "So What?":
As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report," the IFBB Pro Olympia
Qualification Series Point System (1st automatic qualification, 2nd - 5
Points, 3rd - 4 Points, 4th - 3 Points, 5th - 2 Points) applies to IFBB
Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia
Weekend to face reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath in Las Vegas.
The Arnold Classic Brasil/Brazil is a Tier 3 contest, i.e., one of few
to award more points per placing than Tiers 4 contests. IFBB Pro Bethany
Cisternino (wife of IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino) won the Pro Fitness
Division. Setting a new world record of at 223 kg (491lbs) in the
Overhead Log Press event, Zydrunas Zavickas won the strongman challenge
in Brazil, becoming the first pro strength athlete to win the WSM
World's Strongest Man, Arnold Strongman Classic USA, and Arnold
Strongman Classic Brasil titles in a single year.
athletes appeared at the Arnold Classic Brazil Fitness Expo including:
reigning 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, 6-time Mr. Olympia IFBB
Pro Dorian Yates, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, Masters
Olympia Champion IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, 1989 Arnold Classic winner
IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari, IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi, IFBB Pro Roelly
Winklaar, IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan, IFBB Pro Dennis James, IFBB Pro
Kevin Jordan, IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"), IFBB Pro
Zack Khan, IFBB Pro Shawn Ray, IFBB Pro Larissa Reis, IFBB Pro India Paulino and more.
Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Perhaps I will subtitle all future Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Brasil
reports "Uproar in Rio." Last year, at the inaugural Arnold Classic
Brasil, the uproar was about the disqualification of pre-show
frontrunner IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan, which opened the door to a victory
for formidable IFBB Pro Brandon Curry (who did not return to defend the
title this year). In 2014, the uproar was the crowning of a solid Steve Kuclo
versus an improved Lionel Beyeke (and, to a lesser degree, Delarosa). Amid an eruption of reactions, some suggested that maybe the All-American
firefighter was somehow "favored" over the subdued Frenchman.
the contest photos, Beyeke's rounded musculature had more "pop." Yet,
the age-old philosophy that live, in-person experience always trumps
post-contest photographic analysis does not automatically silence differing opinions.
Nevertheless, Kuclo has collected his second pro-contest win and his first major-contest victory. The trained paramedic ended the weekend with a rescue attempt on his flight home to Texas, performing CPR for more than 30 minutes on a passenger, which forced an emergency landing in Costa Rica. On a side note, IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski was on the original competitors
list but did not take the stage in Brazil, varying reports cite visa
issues or opting to focus on the upcoming Dallas Pro Bodybuilding
Championships in May.
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