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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 James "Flex" Lewis was named the winner of the 2012 Olympia 212 Showdown at the "Super Bowl of professional bodybuilding" -- Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend -- in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Olympia 212 Showdown Final Results

1. IFBB Pro Flex Lewis
2. IFBB Pro David Henry
3. IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa Da Silva
4. IFBB Pro Jose Raymond
5. IFBB Pro Al Auguste
6. IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson
7. IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino
8. IFBB Pro Curtis Bryant
9. IFBB Pro Fernando Noronha Almeida
10. IFBB Pro Angel Rangel Vargas

The remaining field of physiques: IFBB Pro Luke O. (11th), IFBB Pro Derik Farnsworth (12th), IFBB Pro Jamal Elmadawy (13th), IFBB Pro Lyndon Belgrave (14th), IFBB Pro Raul Carrasco Jimenez (15th), IFBB Pro Petr Vanis (16th).

The "So What?": This victory marks Flex Lewis' first Olympia 212 Showdown title, capping off the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series. In fact, as reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report, the 2012 Olympia staged the fist-ever 212 Showdown since the former 202 Division became the 212 Division this year. 2008 Olympia 202 Showdown winner David Henry returned following his military leave last year. Eduardo Correa returned following an injury. An injury kept 3-time Olympia 202 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Kevin English from competing at the contest this year. In the Open-Division Mr. Olympia contest, IFBB Pro Phil Heath won his second consecutive title and Sandow trophy.
Andrew Oye's Verdict: As I noted in my Olympia preview, I figured that a former champion, David Henry, would be battling in the final face-off. However, it wasn't only against the other athlete I mentioned, Eduardo Correa (who finished 10th at the Arnold Sports Festival's 2012 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships, won by IFBB Pro Branch Warren) -- whose Olympia-Weekend absence in 2011 left room for Flex Lewis to bump up to 2nd place last year, setting the stage for the young Welsh bodybuilder's rise.

As I also noted previously, it's rare that a reigning champion of an Olympia-level division does not return to defend his or her title, creating an opportunity to crown a brand new champion -- which happened at the 2012 Olympia Showdown, where Kevin English left the door open to a major title for a worthy competitor, Flex Lewis, to fly past other favored contenders.

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