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

The Scoop: Recently Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Richard "Tricky" Jackson trounced the competition, winning 1st place at the 2011 IFBB Iowa Pro Bodybuilding Championships. The 2nd place winner was IFBB Pro Angel Rangel Vargas. The 3rd place finisher was IFBB Pro Petr Vanis. The remaining field: Olympic weightlifter and IFBB Pro Amit Sapir (4th), IFBB Pro Rod Ketchens (5th), IFBB Pro Charles Dixon (6th), and IFBB Pro Randy Jackson (7th).

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the Top 3 IFBB Pro League athletes in the 212 Division at the Iowa Pro Championships earn Olympia qualifications to challenge Olympia 202/212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Kevin English next year at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas. The Iowa Pro was the second contest to host the new 212 Division, formerly the 202 and Under Division. The first was the Sacramento Pro Bodybuilding Championships. The results in Iowa mark the first 212 Class victory for veteran IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson, who was a vocal proponent of and prominent competitor in the 202 Class. The Iowa Pro (where powerlifter, former collegiate wrestler, and IFBB Pro Andy Haman guest posed) puts a final pin in the 2011 IFBB Pro League contest calendar for 212/202 Division competitive pro bodybuilders.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Competitors at the Iowa Pro and Sac Pro were lucky to skate under the gate that just closed on the rule of Top 3 finishers earning Olympia qualifications. As I previously reported, next year, a new IFBB Pro League rule will now only qualify the 1st place winners of most contests to compete at the Olympia.

Ricky "Tricky" Jackson has been competing since 1988 and, after racking up 30 Top 3 finishes, finally earned his IFBB Pro card by winning the Middleweight Class at the 2005 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships. After about 25 pro contests, he had managed to accrue two first-pace victories (2009 Europa SuperShow and 2010 Sacramento Pro) prior to Iowa's win. Physique aside, the 43-year-old has earned props for patience and persistence, if nothing else. Up next for Tricky? He takes on his 3-time winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships and 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, as well as other masters-level bodybuilders, at the IFBB Pro World Masters Bodybuilding Championships in Miami, Florida (December 10). 

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