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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, IFBB Pro William Bonac from Holland won 1st place at the IFBB Russian Grand Prix Fitness House Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Saint Petersburg, Russia. German IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel claimed the 2nd place runner-up position. IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz from Poland obtained 3rd place. Lebanon's IFBB Pro Moe Bannout took 4th place in the show, followed by IFBB Pro Dalibor Hajek from Czech Republic in 5th place.

The remaining field: Russian IFBB Pro Alexey Lesukov (6th), Czech Republic IFBB Pro Tomas Kaspar (7th), Russian IFBB Pro Alexander Fedorov (8th), Greek-born Australian-resident IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos (9th), Belarus IFBB Pro Aliaksei Shabunia (10th), USA IFBB Pro Brad Rowe (11th), Lithuanian IFBB Pro Dainius Barzinskas (12th), Morocco's IFBB Pro Mohammed Touri (13th), Hungarian IFB Pro Daniel Toth (14th), Russian IFBB Pro Vladimir Agrinskiy (15th), UK IFBB Pro Mike Sheridan (16th), and Lebanese IFBB Pro Fadi Zaazaa (16th).

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 challenge reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath. While Russia's bodybuilding scene has grown over the years and nurtured IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf (winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 2014 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships, who now resides in the US), none of the Russian pros managed to break into the Top 5 at this recent contest on their home soil. Some past IFBB Grand Prix Pro contests (staged by various promoters) in various parts of Russia have been won by IFBB Pro Kevin Levrone (1995), IFBB Pro Nasser El Sonbaty (1996), and Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman (1997, 2003, 2004).



Andrew Oye's Verdict: I'm surprised (constant contestant) IFBB Pro Sergey Shelestov did not compete. There was much buildup regarding the return of 36-year-old Alexander Fedorov -- who had competed at the 2005 Olympia and then retired in 2006, partially due to a nagging pec injury from 2003. However, the star of the event was William Bonac, whose jam-packed 2014-2015 contest season has encompassed: an official (and lucrative) jump from the 212 Division to the Open Division); a total of eight competitions, including the Arnold Classic Brasil (won by IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo) and Arnold Classic Europe (won by Wolf); a 2nd runner-up finish at the Australian Pro Grand Prix (won by IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden), a win at the inaugural Golden State Grand Prix in California; and, finally, a victory at the second to last contest for the 2014 calendar year. The last Open Division bodybuilding contest is "Incredible Hulk" IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno's inaugural Ferrigno Legacy Championships (November 29).

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