IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Arnold Sports Festival, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
Just Announced: Over the weekend,
IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf
was crowned the winner of the 2014 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships and claimed the Mr. International title at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, OH.
IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden
was the 2nd place runner-up.
IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan
occupied the 3rd place spot.
IFBB Pro Victor Martinez
took 4th place.
IFBB Pro Evan Centopani
finished in 5th place.
IFBB Pro Branch Warren
nabbed 6th place. The rest of the field placed as follows: IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski (7th), IFBB Pro Brandon Curry (8th), IFBB Pro Toney Freeman (9th), IFBB Pro Ed Nunn (10th) and IFBB Pro Fred Smalls (11th).
The "So What?":
As reported in 'Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report,' the Arnold Classic celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2013 with a reunion of past winners, including IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari, IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, IFBB Pro Kevin Levrone, IFBB Pro Mike Ashley, IFBB Pro Shawn Ray, IFBB Pro Vince Taylor, IFBB Pro Michael Francois, IFBB Pro Victor Martinez, as well as IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson -- who tied IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler's 4-win record but did not return to defend the title in 2014. This year, the Ms. International Division was replaced by the debut of the Men's 212 Division won by
IFBB Pro Flex Lewis
IFBB Pro Candice Keene
repeated as the Ms. Figure International winner.
IFBB Pro Oksana Grishina
won Ms. Fitness International.
IFBB Pro Ashley Kaltwasser
won Ms. Bikini International.
won the Arnold Strongman Classic.
Kyung Won Kang
won the Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding contest.
Andrew Oye's Verdict:
The IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System: (1st automatic qualification, 2nd - 8 Points, 3rd - 7 Points, 4th - 6 Points, 5th - 5 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. The Arnold Classic is a Tier 1 contest, i.e., one of few to award more points per placing than Tiers 2, 3 and 4 contests. Dennis Wolf has been prowling the IFBB Professional circuit since 2006 waiting to pounce on a major victory and coming close with 2nd place finishes to Arnold Classic Winner Branch Warren in 2011 and 2012. This year's contest pitted a hungry wolf against a pack of champs from the Arnold Classic's various franchises -- Curry, Martinez, Rhoden and Warren. (Luckily, he didn't have to contend with another front-runner, IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar, who was unfortunately pulled from the competition due to a motorcycle accident.) Making international news, the Russian-born, Germany-dwelling, Vegas-residing beast finally caught his prey in the USA -- just as the Arnold Sports Festival announced expansion into both Australia and South Africa, adding to its franchises in Brazil, Europe (Spain) and, also new, Asia (China).
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