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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, IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi pulled off a victory in the Open Division at the Europa Orlando Pro Show of Champions. The 5'8", 220-pounder had improved his sharpness from last month's Arnold Classic, where he placed 8th. Taking 2nd place and the Best Poser Award was 5'9", 235-pound IFBB Pro Marcus Haley, marking the 37-year-old Florida resident's highest placing in his pro career. Russia's IFBB Pro Eugene Mishin was a massive vision at 6'2" and 290 lbs. and landed in 3rd place, which is only his second top-10 placing in a pro contest. Greek IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos took 4th place. Also in the lineup: Powerlifter IFBB Pro Stan Efferding, IFBB Pro Omar Deckard, IFBB Pro Grigori Atoyan and IFBB Pro Tarek Elsetouhi.

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the Top-3 placing IFBB Pro League athletes qualify to compete at the 2010 Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in September to face reigning 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler in Las Vegas. After a string of second-place finishes at Olympia-qualifying shows,, the 2010 Orlando Pro Bodybuilding Championships victory is Yamagishi's first professional win, making him the most celebrated Japanese bodybuilder to date.
Andrew Oye's Verdict: The word is that Hidetada Yamagishi is attempting to compete at every competition on the 2010 IFBB Pro League contest calendar leading up to the Olympia. If this is true, he deserves props for an ambitious goal when his slot at The O is already secure. His next goal should be to actually break into the Top 5 or 6 at the largest contests like the Olympia and the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships.

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