The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO CONTEST REPORT: IFBB PRO JOSE RAYMOND WINS PRAGUE PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS 212 DIVISION IN CZECH REPUBLIC, WINNER OF ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS 212-DIVISION CONTEST EARNS EIGHTH IFBB PRO LEAGUE CAREER VICTORYThe Item:
IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Jose Raymond won 1st place in the 212 Division at the 2015 IFBB Prague Pro Bodybuilding Championships in the Czech Republic, jumping two spots from last year. IFBB Pro David Henry was deemed the 2nd place runner-up. Rising two spots from 2014, IFBB Pro Ahmad Ahmad took 3rd place. IFBB Pro Raul Carrasco-Jimenez finished in 4th place. In his professional debut, IFBB Pro Milan Sadek took 5th place.
Some of the remaining field of physiques: making his pro debut -- IFBB Pro Oleksandr Slobodyanyuk (6th), IFBB Pro Emiliano Dell'Uomo (7th), in his pro debut -- IFBB Pro Zoran Kolevski (9th), IFBB Pro Janos Kubik (10th), IFBB Pro Jerry Ossi (11th), IFBB Pro Jose Raul Sanchez Reyes (12th), at his pro debut -- IFBB Pro Miha Zupan (13th), IFBB Pro Carlos Asensio (14th), and IFBB Pro Oliver Adzievski (15th).The "So What?":
As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System: (1st automatic qualification, 2nd - 6 Points, 3rd - 5 Points, 4th - 4 Points, 5th - 3 Points) applies to IFBB Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (a.k.a. the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding") to challenge reigning Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis. The Prague Pro Championships is a Tier 2 contest, i.e., one of few to award more points per placing than Tier 3 and Tier 4 contests. James "Flex" Lewis won the Prague Pro Championships last year but did not return to defend the title this year, allowing his onstage rival "The Boston Mass" Jose Raymond to collect his second victory of the year and the eighth win of his professional career in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Many of the new, unfamiliar (at least to American fans) names on the list hit the pro stage for the first time via wins at pro-qualifying contests in Europe: Kolevski (2014 Arnold Amateur Europe, Light-Heavyweight 1st), Sadek (2014 Amateur Olympia Europe, Light-Heavyweight 1st), Slobodyanyuk (2014 Amateur Olympia Moscow, Light-Super-Heavyweight, 1st), and Zupan (2015 Amateur Olympia Spain, Heavyweight 1st). More importantly, a name not on the list was Flex Lewis, who Jose Raymond has basically been chasing for dominance of the 212 Class – with the latter winning whenever the former is absent. Lewis won the 2014 Prague contest the same year he won the Arnold Sports Festival's the first-ever 212 contest at the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships. Similarly, this year, Raymond won in Prague after winning the Arnold Classic USA's second 212-Division. At the two other contests Raymond has entered this year (Olympia 212 Showdown and Korean Grand Prix), he took 2nd place to…wait for it…the Welshman.
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