IFBB Pro League Contest Results, DBFV Contest Results, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
Just Announced: Over the weekend, while IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson took the 1st place victory over Germany's own IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel at the 2011 FIBO Power Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Essen (after taking 5th and 6th, respectively at the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships), "former" IFBB Pro Hamdullah Aykutlu defeated a field of athletes in the IFBB/DBFV Olimp Challenge, the amateur bodybuilding competition at the FIBO Power Expo, Europe's largest expo of its kind.
The "So What?":
With structure and lines reminiscent of legendary Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Frank Zane, 45-year-old Hamdullah Aykutlu is about twice the age of Alexey Lesukov, the 2nd place finisher at the German contest. Aykutlu, who hails from Turkey and is known for his chiseled conditioning, earned his IFBB Pro card in 1992 and went on to compete at the 1993 Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (won by IFBB Pro Dorian Yates). Apparently, Aykutlu relinquished his pro status because he returned to competing as an amateur in 1997 (when he took 2nd place to the Light-Heavyweight and Overall winner of the World Amateur Championships, eventual IFBB Pro Ahmad Haidar). Last month, Aykutlu won the Heavyweight Class at Joe Weider's Amateur Olympia Championships, which was held in conjunction with the IFBB British Grand Prix (won by IFBB Pro Branch Warren). The first Amateur Olympia overall winner Sami Al-Haddad is another athlete who, thus far, has opted not to take a pro card and to remain an amateur-level competitor.
Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Reportedly, certain countries outside of North America treat and fund amateur bodybuilders as representatives of their nations on the competitive circuit, making it seemingly wiser to decline a pro card, which renders athletes as independents who must fend for themselves via various sponsorships and contest-winning earnings. To drive home the irony for U.S. fans of other sports, imagine a ball player saying, "I want to turn in my uniform and leave the pros. I can get more perks and pay in the amateur ranks." Congrats to Hamdullah Aykutlu on his victory...and for realizing the best venue to showcase the sort of aesthetics that might be more competitive in a lineup with classic physiques like Frank Zane, IFBB Pro Serge Nubret, IFBB Pro Francis Benfatto and IFBB Pro Lee Labrada, but kept him outside of the Top 5 placings when competing with more massive IFBB Pro League athletes like IFBB Pro Mike Matarazzo, IFBB Pro Gunter Schlierkamp, IFBB Pro Paul Dillett, IFBB Pro Kevin Levrone and IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman.
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