The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO CONTEST REPORT: IFBB PRO KIM JUN HO WINS BODYPOWER PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS 212 DIVISION CONTEST IN UNITED KINGDOM, EARNS FIRST 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 Kim Jun Ho (sometimes listed as Kim Junho) won 1st place at the 2015 IFBB BodyPower Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Birmingham, England. Repeating last year's result, IFBB Pro Shaun Joseph-Tavernier, from England, was named the 2nd place runner-up again. Up one spot from last year, IFBB Pro Khalid Almohsinawi finished in 3rd place. The 4th place finisher rose two steps from 2014. IFBB Pro Vojtech Koritensky occupied the 5th place spot. IFBB Pro Thomas Benagli bagged 6th place, followed by IFBB Pro Manuel Manchado in 7th place and IFBB Pro Patrick Ostolani in 8th place. (IFBB Pro John Armstrong of the United Kingdom was absent from the Finals round.) 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 Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis. Started in 2009, the BodyPower Expo is the fastest growing, comprehensive fitness event in the UK, drawing about 70,000 fitness enthusiasts (and guests like Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay cutler, and IFBB Pro Branch Warren) and featuring kickboxing, Muay Thai, powerlifting, strongman and physique contests. This marks the second time the event added an IFBB professional bodybuilding contest to its lineup and the first pro win for rookie Kim Jun Ho, who had earned his IFBB Pro card by winning the 2014 Ben Weider Diamond Cup Bodybuilding Championships.Andrew Oye's Verdict:
The 212 Division has been in need of some new blood to challenge the dominance of (UK-born, US-residing) James "Flex" Lewis, who has won the division's highest crown at the Olympia (the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding") three consecutive times and won the Arnold Sports Festival's first-ever 212 contest at the 2014 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships. A gym owner and fitness trainer from Seoul, Korea, Kim Jun Ho is an interesting option to emerge from the pack to put up a fight in the pro lightweight class of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. (As I mentioned before, online sources list his birthdate as 1969, but he does not appear 46.)
Some attendees at the previous weekend's IFBB New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships felt his impressive conditioning and shape could have won the contest but perhaps the unfamiliar newbie was at a disadvantage against local-area, veteran IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino. As the IFBB Pro League expands with more international contests – to which some Americans are unable or unwilling to travel -- soon we might see more non-USA-based athletes pop up to shake up complacency among fans and competitors comfortable with the "status quo."
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