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

The Scoop: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Jose Raymond was crowned the winner of the 202 Division at the 2010 IFBB Hartford Pro Bodybuilding Championships, a.k.a. Europa Battle of Champions. Surprisingly, the 2008 Olympia 202 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro David Henry placed 2nd in his first competition of the 2010 IFBB Pro League contest season. French IFBB Pro Luc Molines took the 3rd place spot. The remaining field: IFBB Pro Tim Martin (4th), IFBB Pro Wendell Floyd (5th), IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino (6th), IFBB Pro Frederic Sauvage (7th), IFBB Pro Jeff Long (8th), IFBB Pro Abiu Feliz (9th), IFBB Pro Anthony Finocchiaro (10th), IFBB Pro Emro Karaduzovic (11th).
The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the Top-3 placing IFBB Pro League athletes earn qualifications to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in September to challenge reigning Olympia 202 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Kevin English in Las Vegas. Fresh off last week's win at the Tampa Pro, Raymond is now up to four Top-3 placings for the 2010 IFBB Pro League contest season. There have been major grumblings that Raymond's win over Henry in Hartford was a "gift" of sorts. Ironically, a humble Raymond recently called his chances of winning shows where Henry doesn't compete as a test for "the best of the rest." Suddenly he's better than the best? Fans and sport insiders are now closely watching to see if this turn of events is luck or reality.

In response to the post-show uproar, Raymond writes, "Hey, I agree with everyone, David kicks my [tail] in most poses but if you were there and saw it for yourself, you would know that I had the more polished and professional physique on that day, simple as that...I just beat the #1 guy in the world. I'm a contender. I'm not in the shadows anymore. I'm for real...whether you like it or not, sorry!"

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Lately, Jose Raymond has been rewarded for his own (relative) physical improvements, and rightly so. But have those improvements surpassed the usually dominant David Henry, even when he's not exactly at his Olympia-day best? New battles within the 202 Division have truly begun! Again, another prestigious title like a (yet-to-be-established) 202 Champion at the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships might help to "spread the wealth" in the Division.

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