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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 in Florida, IFBB Pro Stan McQuay stashed a 1st place finish in the 202 Division at the 2009 IFBB Jacksonville Pro Bodybuilding Championships. In a pro debut nearly three years in the making, 5'7", 195-pound McQuay was in shape and decently conditioned. The 5'5" mound-of-round rookie IFBB Pro Daryl Gee carried the same sculpted mass that has carried him through three back-to-back contests to take 2nd place. Posing phenom and veteran IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson was a well-proportioned 195 lbs., which earned him 3rd place. IFBB Pro Charles Dixon took 4th place, trailed by IFBB Pro Steve Namat in 5th place and IFBB Pro Peter Putnam in 6th place.

The "So What?": The IFBB Jacksonville Pro Bodybuilding Championships was held in conjunction with the NPC Dexter Jackson Classic, hosted by reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, a 3-time winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships (a feat reached by IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler and IFBB Pro Jay Cutler). As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the Top 3 finishers in the pro contest earn qualifications to compete at the 2009 Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend and challenge 2008 Olympia 202 Showdown Champ IFBB Pro David Henry.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Although it was McQuay's victory weekend, the real story in bodybuilding circles is the rise of Daryl Gee. In the span of 15 days, he became nationally qualified by winning the LA Championships; then earned his IFBB Pro card a week later at the NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships; then earned an Olympia qualification a week later in Jacksonville! To take your time and win your first pro show after three years is nice. To see the start of your dream career happen in two weeks is priceless.

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