The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO CONTEST REPORT: IFBB PRO KYUNG WON KANG WINS EUROPA DALLAS PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS 212 DIVISION, EARNS FIRST IFBB PRO LEAGUE CAREER VICTORY AT PRO DEBUTThe Item:
IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Kyung Won Kang won 1st place in the 212 Division at the 2015 IFBB Dallas Pro Bodybuilding Championships, Europa Super Show in Texas. IFBB Pro S. Alhaddad was the 2nd place runner-up. IFBB Pro Craig Richardson took 3rd place. IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson was the 4th place finisher. Up two spots from last year, powerlifter/IFBB Pro Derik Farnsworth took 5th place. The remaining field of physiques: IFBB Pro Oliver Adzievski (6th), IFBB Pro Guy Ducasse (7th), IFBB Pro Pete Ciccone (8th), IFBB Pro Bryan Pazdzierz (9th), and IFBB Pro David Nguyen (10th).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 (September 17-20) in Las Vegas, Nevada, and challenge reigning Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis. The Europa Games Get Fit & Sports Expo featured: a seminar with 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, wrestling, NPC amateur bodybuilding, powerlifting, MMA fighting, and CrossFit. Last year's Dallas Pro 212 Division contest was won by IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino. Oddly, IFBB Pro Thomas Benagli took 3rd place last year, and although the Italian competed in the Prejudging Round this year, Benagli did not return to compete in the Finals Round. Luckily -- for the rookie pro from Seoul, Korea -- Kyung Won Kang did show up and garner his first victory as a professional in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.Andrew Oye's Verdict:
The term rookie needs context. Yes, Kyung Won Kang is new to the pro scene in the USA, but the 41-year-old is actually a well-known veteran on the Korean amateur bodybuilding circuit, placing well for nearly 25 years. Kang, who also practiced Taekwondo and earned a third-degree black belt, won the Student Division at his first bodybuilding contest in 1990. He went on to win his weight class at the National Spring Sports Festival for 12 consecutive years (1999-2010). Between 1998 and 2013, Kang placed in the Top 5 at the Asian Amateur Championships six times. He earned his IFBB Pro card by winning the Light-Heavyweight Class and Overall titles at the Arnold Sports Festival's Arnold Amateur Championships in 2014 (when IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf won the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships). In addition to pursuing a doctorate degree in Sports Medicine, Kang will be aiming to shake Flex Lewis from his 212-Division throne at the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding," along with IFBB Pro Kim Jun Ho -- a fellow mature Korean competitor who also emerged on the international pro scene this year.
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