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The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO CONTEST REPORT: IFBB PRO WILLIAM BONAC BEATS THE COMPETITION AT THE NORDIC PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN FINLAND, EARNS THIRD IFBB PRO LEAGUE CAREER VICTORY

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

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, IFBB Pro William Bonac won 1st place at the 2015 IFBB Nordic Pro Bodybuilding Championships, in Lahti, Finland, toppling the defending champion. Two-time winner of the Nordic Pro contest, IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar slipped to the 2nd place runner-up position this year. U.S. Army Sergeant/IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan finished in 3rd place. Repeating his placement from last year, IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel remained in 4th place. Also repeating his placement from 2014, IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz took 5th place again.

Some of the remaining field of physiques: rookie IFBB Pro Rastislav Solar (6th), IFBB Pro Tomas Kaspar (7th), rookie IFBB Pro Roman Fritz (8th), IFBB Pro Alexey Lesukov (9th), IFBB Pro Jeno Kiss (10th), IFBB Pro Alex Fedorov (11th), rookie IFBB Pro Marek Olejniczak (12th), IFBB Pro Jerry Ossi (13th), IFBB Pro Dalibor Hajek (15th), IFBB Pro Zack Khan (16th), IFBB Pro Timo Honkala (17th), and Mario Van Steenberghe (17th).

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 (a.k.a. the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding") to challenge reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath. In Finland, William Bonac earned the third victory of his professional career in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. Last year’s winner, Roelly Winklaar also was the inaugural Nordic Pro Champion in 2012. There was another Open-Division contest held over the weekend -- the Europa Games' Phoenix Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Arizona, where IFBB Pro Jose Raymond, usually a 212-Division competitor, took 2nd place over larger contenders like IFBB Pro Vitaly Fateev and IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: William Bonac has done relatively well for himself in the Open Division, since making the move from the 212 Division in 2013 -- particularly in contests other than the Olympia (where he has placed 15th in 2014 and 8th in 2015) and the Arnold Sports Festival's various franchises of the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships (7th at the 2014 Arnold Classic Brasil, 6th at the 2014 Arnold Classic Europe, and 6th at the 2015 Arnold Classic Europe). The densely built former lightweight competitor from the Netherlands has either won or placed Top 5 in nine Open Division contests, where he defeated or placed above larger or more highly favored contenders (5th at the 2013 Prague Pro, above 6th place IFBB Pro Toney Freeman; 1st at the 2014 Golden State Pro, over 9th place IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson; 2nd at the 2014 Australian Pro Grand Prix, above 3rd place IFBB Pro Evan Centopani and 4th place IFBB Pro Branch Warren; 2nd at the 2014 Tampa Pro, above 4th place IFBB Pro Max Charles; 1st at the 2014 Russian Grand Prix, over 8th place IFBB Pro Alexander Fedorov; and 5th at the 2015 Prague Pro, above 10th place Steve Kuclo).

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