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The Item: IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, the 2009 IFBB New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships witnessed the crowning of a first-timer. Rookie IFBB Pro Evan Centopani snagged 1st place in the Open Division, his first victory on a pro stage. IFBB Pro Dennis James pushed his way into 2nd place. James boasts gigantic delts but is more impressive in certain poses with his billboard-sized lat span. Flexing his way from a year-and-a-half retirement, the 275-pound German beast and 2002 NY Pro champ IFBB Pro Markus Ruhl returned with bubbly thickness and a carved mid-section that earned him the 3rd place spot -- much to the chagrin of many in the mass-obsessed New York crowd. IFBB Pro Silvio Samuel took 4th place, and IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi took 5th place.

The remaining field: IFBB Pro Tarek Elsetouhi (6th), IFBB Pro Darrem Charles (7th), IFBB Pro Eugene Mishin (8th), IFBB Pro Sergey Shelestov (9th), IFBB Pro Ben White (10th), IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos (11th), IFBB Pro Francisco Bautista (12th), IFBB Pro Ed Van Amsterdam (13th), IFBB Pro Leo Ingram (14th), IFBB Pro Francisco Javier Mula (15th), IFBB Pro Jari Mentula (16th), IFBB Pro Oliver Adzievski (16th), IFBB Pro Aiman Faour (16th).

The "So What?": 27-year-old Evan Centopani had been a passenger on the pre-debut-hype train since earning his IFBB Pro card at the 2007 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships. Centopani's unlikely "out-of-the-gate" win at a pro show is reminiscent of the surprising win of IFBB Pro Phil Heath whilst making his pro debut at the 2006 Colorado Pro Bodybuilding at 26 years old. As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the Top 3 IFBB Pro League athletes in New York qualify to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas to face reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: While in need of a bit more polish, Evan Centopani has begun to make his mark with a decent structure highlighted by full quad sweeps. While the Olympia is a long-shot, perhaps he could place well at the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic if invited to compete at the Arnold Sports Festival (as Heath has done). With an evening full of comebacks, upsets and surprises, the NY Pro was just as unpredictable as the eclectic city that is its host.

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