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ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO ATHLETE REPORT: IFBB PRO EDUARDO CORREA CANCELS PLANS FOR 202 DIVISION EXIT AND OPEN DIVISION BODYBUILDING DEBUT DUE TO INJURY

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Career Updates, Contest Preparation, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa De Silva announces he will not compete during the 2011 IFBB Pro League contest season due to a triceps tendon injury.

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" back in January 2011, the Brazilian bodybuilder was adding additional mass to his physique in a planned move from the 202 Division to the Open Division this year. Eduardo Correa placed 3rd at the Olympia 202 Showdown at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in 2009 and 2010, behind competitors who have also competed in the Olympia Open Class at various times (IFBB Pro Kevin English and IFBB Pro David Henry). His only other contest last year was a 202-Class win at the Orlando Shows of Champions (where IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi won the Open Class).

Correa earned his IFBB Pro card after taking 1st place in the Middleweight Class at the 2007 IFBB World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships (where IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz won the Heavyweight and Overall titles) and winning 1st place in the Light-Heavyweight Class at IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2008 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Championships (where IFBB Pro Tarek Elsetouhi won the Super-Heavyweight and Overall titles) at the Arnold Sports Festival during the Arnold Classic Weekend.
 
Andrew Oye's Verdict: Ironically, I reported in April 2010 that fellow 202 Class competitor IFBB Pro Flex Lewis would forgo the 2010 season; subsequently, Lewis returned to a surprising 3rd place finish in the Open Class at the 2011 IFBB Mr. Europe Bodybuilding Championships (behind winner IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel and 2nd place IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar, but ahead of larger IFBB Pro League athletes). So, perhaps a yearlong hiatus will help Eduardo Correa's Open-Division aspirations, as it did for James "Flex" Lewis. The difference in this case? Correa has injured a physical trait he's known for -- impressive triceps.

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