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The Item: New IFBB Pro League Cards, Career Updates, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
The Scoop: Just Announced: South African bodybuilder and new IFBB Pro Marius Dohne has been awarded an IFBB Pro card by his country. At 5'11" and 250 lbs. with a nipped waist, the 28-year-old phenom has been dubbed the "Sultan of Symmetry" due to his incredible shape on a bona fide "X-frame" structure. "I started training as a means of rehabilitation for a hamstring tear," says Dohne, a personal trainer with a passion for bodybuilding. "I'm highly self-motivated. When I set my mind to something, I am very determined to follow through."
The "So What?": Currently, the physique star is the only IFBB professional bodybuilder born in and residing in South Africa. (As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," Durban-born, retired IFBB Pro Gary Strydom resides in California and was also the 2-time WBF champion in WWE CEO Vince McMahon's World Bodybuilding Federation). Competing for over a decade, Marius Dohne won 1st place in the Super-Heavyweight Class and the Overall title at the 2009 South African National Bodybuilding Championships to earn pro status. He has also competed and placed in NABBA, EFBB, WABBA and SANBA contests.
Andrew Oye's Verdict: Being a country's only pro may be a lot of pressure to put on a young athlete's shoulders, but one look at Marius Dhone's cannonball delts shows he can probably handle it. He'll get to test the strength of his physique when he faces IFBB Pro League athletes like 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, 3-time Arnold Classic Champ and 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, IFBB Pro Branch Warren, IFBB Pro Phil Heath, IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf and others. That is, if he makes it to the sport's biggest stages -- the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships and Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend Mr. Olympia Championships.