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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, as IFBB Pro bodybuilders race across Europe to multiple contests, IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden rose to the occasion, winning 1st place in the Open Division at the 2014 IFBB San Marino Grand Prix Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Italy. IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf (2014 Arnold Classic winner) placed 2nd in the show. IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson (2008 Mr. Olympia) took the 3rd position. IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar placed 4th in the contest lineup. IFBB Pro Victor Martinez was awarded 5th place.

The remaining field: IFBB Pro Juan Morel (6th), IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo (7th), IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz (8th), IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel (9th), IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa (10th), IFBB Pro William Bonac (11th), IFBB Pro Arnaud Plaisant (12th), IFBB Pro Vladimir Agrinskiy (13th), IFBB Pro Dainius Barzinskas (14th).

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 Mr. Olympia Phil Heath. This was the first San Marino Pro Championships but the fourth post-Olympia contest on the IFBB international grand prix tour in just two weeks!

Competitions stacked back-to-back after the Olympia (September 20; Rhoden 3rd, Wolf 4th, Jackson 5th) have included: the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Europe in Madrid on Saturday (September 27; won by Wolf, Rhoden 2nd, Jackson 3rd); followed by a rare mid-week contest -- the Dubai Pro on Wednesday (October 1; won by Jackson, Rhoden 2nd) followed by another rare occurrence -- two major pro contests on the same weekend, the Prague Pro on Saturday (October 4; won by Wolf, Jackson 2nd, Rhoden 3rd) and the San Marino Pro on Sunday (October 5).

Andrew Oye's Verdict: The grueling schedule that the athletes maintain while in contest-prep depletion mode is impressive. Content winning his fourth Sandow at the 50th Anniversary Olympia, Phil Heath is busy with business and promotional duties. Thus far, this has left the stages of the international grand-prix circuit as a three-way battle between Shawn Rhoden, Dennis Wolf and Dexter "The Blade" Jackson, who have been swapping placings and victories from contest to contest. As I've stated before, Rhoden brings an incredibly complete physique that would seemingly result in even more 1st place wins than it has already. Wolf brings stature. Jackson brings credentials. Unless someone else steps up, between Shawn's shape, Wolf's width and The Blade's bio, this trio will continue taking turns on the winner's seat then handing it off to the next guy in the rotation the following a reserved company parking spot.

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