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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, with bodybuilders crisscrossing Europe to various shows, IFBB Pro James "Flex" Lewis captured yet another win, taking 1st place in the 212 Division at the 2014 IFBB San Marino Grand Prix Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Italy. Again, as he did the day before in the Czech Republic, IFBB Pro Baitollah Abbaspour had to settle for the 2nd runner-up position in the Republic of San Marino. IFBB Pro Ahmad Ahmad took 3rd place. IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino in 4th place, consistent with his placing in Prague. Italy's own IFBB Pro Fabrizio Zittucro took 5th place, and IFBB Pro Mirsad Terzo landed in the 6th place spot.

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 to face reigning 212 Olympia Showdown Champ IFBB Pro Flex Lewis. This was the first San Marino Pro Championships, and the third post-Olympia contest on the IFBB international grand prix tour in two weeks. Back-to-back competitions after the 50th Anniversary Olympia's 212 Showdown (September 20; won by Lewis) have included: the inaugural Korean Grand Prix on Saturday (September 27; won by Lewis); followed by a rare occurrence -- two major pro contests on the same weekend, the Prague Pro in the Czech Republic on Saturday (October 4; won by Lewis for the third consecutive year) and the San Marino Pro on Sunday (October 5).

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Baito Abbaspour means business. The Iranian bodybuilder dropped weight classes from the Open Division to the 212 Division, and he seems to be aggressively trying to give the Welsh bodybuilder a fight for his throne. This does not discount the efforts of competitors like IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa, IFBB Pro Jose Raymond, or IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi, all of whom placed higher than 5th place Abbaspour at the Olympia. However, Abbaspour (with his impressive abdominal "Vacuum Pose,") is the only one to stay on Flex Lewis' tail, following him to every post-Olympia, international grand-prix circuit contest and finishing close to the champ. Keep in mind, this champ also won the first-ever 212-Division contest at the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in March, and, at the current rate, might try to go for a "clean sweep," seizing every 1st place automatic qualification at contests leading up to the 2015 Olympia and leaving everyone else scrapping for points in the Olympia Qualification Series Point System.

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