The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO CONTEST REPORT: IFBB PRO GUY CISTERNINO GARNERS VICTORY IN NEW YORK PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS 212 DIVISION, EARNS FOURTH IFBB PRO LEAGUE CAREER WINThe Item:
IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino garnered a 1st place victory, winning the 212 Division at the 2015 IFBB New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships, which moved to Teaneck, New Jersey, on a Sunday (as opposed to the usual New York Tribeca Performing Arts Theater on a Saturday). Making his pro debut, IFBB Pro Kim Jun Ho was the 2nd place runner-up. IFBB Pro Marco Rivera
took 3rd place, one step up from last year. IFBB Pro Jose Reyes nabbed the 4th place spot. In his first time on a pro stage, IFBB Pro Chris Tuttle
took 5th place.
The remaining field of physiques: IFBB Pro Leonardo Pacheco (6th), up six spots from last year IFBB Pro Shaun Clarida (7th), IFBB Pro Mboya Edwards (8th), IFBB Pro Wendell Floyd (9th), IFBB Pro Alison Maria (10th), and IFBB Pro Javier Martinez (11th).The "So What?":
As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report," the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System 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 face reigning Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis. The New York Pro is a Tier 2 contest, i.e., one of few to award more points per placing than Tier 4 contests: (1st automatic qualification, 2nd - 6 Points, 3rd - 5 Points, 4th - 4 Points, 5th - 3 Points). The 2014 New York Pro 212-Class winner IFBB Pro Aaron Clark did not return to compete at the 2015 contest (similarly, in the Open Division, 2-time NY Pro champion IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay, a.k.a. "Big Ramy," did not defend his title, focusing instead on the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Brasil later this month). The victory for Guy Cisternino marked the fourth win of his professional career in International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.
Formerly known as the highly touted IFBB Night of Champions, the New York Pro has been won by 212 Division competitors IFBB Pro Jose Raymond and IFBB Pro Kevin English, as well as Open Division competitors Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, IFBB Pro Robby Robinson, IFBB Pro Mohammed Benaziza, IFBB Pro Porter Cottrell, IFBB Pro Mike Francois, IFBB Pro Chris Cormier, IFBB Pro Paul Dillet, IFBB Pro Darrem Charles, IFBB Pro Melvin Anthony, IFBB Pro Mike Francois, IFBB Pro Evan Centopani, IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar and more.Andrew Oye's Verdict:
While the lineup dwindled by half, from 22 contestants last year to 11 contenders this year, the New York Pro 212 Division saw some interesting fresh faces. Chris Tuttle, who earned his IFBB Pro card by winning the Light-Heavyweight Class at the 2013 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships, is a 31-year-old, former professional motocross competitor. Rookie Kim Jun Ho (sometimes listed as Kim Junho) from Seoul, Korea, made an impressive debut after earning his pro card by winning the Ben Weider Diamond Cup Bodybuilding Championships in October 2014. Online sources list his birth date as 1969, but he certainly does not appear 46. The inaugural IFBB Korea Grand Prix Pro Bodybuilding Championships (won James "Flex" Lewis) launched last year. Perhaps, this impressive athlete could win that title in his home country this year (September 26).
New Jersey's own Gaetano Cisternino was probably glad the event changed venues -- albeit a short distance -- to his backyard for even the slightest sense of a home field advantage. He's probably also glad last year's 212-Division champion was absent. Similar to the Open Division results (won by IFBB Pro Juan Morel), the defending champion was not in the lineup -- so the 2014 runner-ups in both weight classes won their respective divisions. For Cisternino, that means booking his fifth trip to compete at the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" (where he finished in 8th place last year).
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