The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO CONTEST REPORT: IFBB PRO CRAIG RICHARDSON WINS CHICAGO PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS 212 DIVISION, THE FORMER IFBB PRO LEAGUE OPEN-DIVISION COMPETITOR'S FIRST LIGHTWEIGHT-CLASS VICTORYThe Item:
IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Craig Richardson won 1st place in the 212 Division at the 2015 IFBB Chicago Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Illinois. Up one spot from last year, IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson took 2nd place. IFBB Pro Oliver Adzievski was the 3rd place runner-up. IFBB Pro Shelby Starnes was the 4th place finisher, leaping six rungs from the 10th place spot in 2014. Some of the remaining field of physiques: IFBB Pro Quincy Winklaar -- brother of 2014's Chicago Pro Open-Division winner IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar -- (6th), powerlifter/IFBB Pro Derik Farnsworth (7th), IFBB Pro Hunni Glanville (8th), IFBB Pro Daron Glenn (9th), IFBB Pro Guy Ducasse (11th), and IFBB Pro Kevin Ofurum (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 - 4 Points, 3rd - 3 Points, 4th - 2 Points, 5th - 1 Point) applies to IFBB Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend 212 Showdown (September 17-20) in Las Vegas, Nevada, to challenge reigning Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis. The victory in Illinois marked Craig Richardson's first victory in the 212 (Lightweight) Class since he dropped weight and made the switch from competing in the Open Division in 2013 -- the year he took 11th place in the Chicago Pro's Open Class (won by Roelly Winklaar). IFBB Pro Charles Dixon was the 212-Division winner at last year's Chicago Pro Championships.Andrew Oye's Verdict:
A New Jersey fitness trainer and father of three (who earned his IFBB Pro card by winning the Light-Heavyweight Class at the 2000 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships), Craig Richardson should feel good about his move from the Open Division to the 212 Division. While he had a relatively respectable 13-year run in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness' Open Division, he only won one circuit contest (2011 Toronto Pro Championships), banked a few 2nd and 3rd place finishes (Houston, Sacramento New York), many 4th to 8th place finishes (New York, Atlantic City, Charlotte, etc.), and dismal Mr. Olympia contest finishes (16th in 2004, 13th in 2008, 15th in 2001, and last/no place in 2005 and 2010.) Since Richardson no longer has to battle dominating Olympia beasts like IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman and IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, perhaps he can pose a threat to James "Flex" Lewis -- although the latter is a 3-time winner at the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" and winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's first-ever IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships 212-Division contest in 2014.
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