The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO CONTEST REPORT: IFBB PRO FLEX LEWIS REPEATS AS WINNER OF KOREA GRAND PRIX PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS, FRESH OFF RECORD-BREAKING IFBB PRO LEAGUE OLYMPIA 212 SHOWDOWN VICTORYThe Item:
IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro James "Flex" Lewis won 1st place in the 212 Division at the 2nd Annual IFBB Korea Grand Prix Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Seoul, Korea, taking his second consecutive victory at this event. Same as last year, IFBB Pro Jose Raymond was again declared the 2nd place runner-up. Up two spots from 2014, IFBB Pro David Henry took 3rd place. Korean bodybuilding star IFBB Pro Kim Jun Ho was the 4th place finisher.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 the 2016 Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, to challenge reigning Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis. This was the first 212 Division contest of the new IFBB OQS season. Last year, the Korea Grand Prix was the first IFBB Pro League-sanctioned bodybuilding contest in Korea. This year, Flex Lewis repeated as the champion at this event, which came just one week after the Welshman won his fourth Olympia title, breaking the three-win tie he had shared with IFBB Pro Kevin English. (Similarly, 5-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath surpassed the four-win tie he had with 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler by defeating IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay, a.k.a. "Big Ramy," IFBB Pro Branch Warren, IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar, IFBB Pro Dallas McCarver, IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel, IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz, and IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo.)Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Currently, Flex Lewis is the most dominant competitor in the 212 Division of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. The fact that he repeated as champion at the most recent "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" and won the first post-Olympia contest -- mirroring his competitive performance from last year -- is not surprising. The 31-year-old UKBFF British Champion has won every IFBB Pro contest he has entered since 2012, including the Arnold Sports Festival's first-ever 212 Class invitational competition in 2014 (when Open-Division IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf won at the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Columbus, Ohio). Disregard that Lewis faced fewer challengers in Korea this year (only six others were on stage in 2014). Last year's 3rd place finisher, IFBB Pro Baitollah Abbaspour, passed away a month ago. Other absentees (such as IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi, IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa or IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino) may not have shown up for a number of reasons -- unable due to time, travel or budget constraints, or unwilling because they felt unprepared or they knew Lewis' triumph was a foregone conclusion.
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