ANDREW OYE'S OLYMPIA WEEKEND REPORT: "MAKING LEGENDS, BREAKING RECORDS"
IFBB Pro League Contest Results, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
IFBB PRO KEVIN ENGLISH WINS THE OLYMPIA 202 SHOWDOWN AS EVENT TAKES MAIN STAGE
At Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend -- Where Legends Are Made -- the 202 Division turned 2 years old. Making its debut on the Olympia main stage, the Olympia 202 Showdown gained a nod of respect, moving portions of the event (including the posedown and awards) from the Olympia Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Hence, the big battle between pro bodybuilding's not-so-huge athletes topped the inaugural version of the event last year.
A question previously posed in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" persists: If the winning Mr. Olympia physique in the Open Division perpetually leans toward mass, will the future of the Olympia 202 Showdown lean toward shape, symmetry and classic lines?
Last year's runner-up, IFBB Pro Kevin English was crowned the 2009 Olympia 202 Showdown champion, defeating 2008's winner, IFBB Pro David Henry, who took 2nd place. Brazil's IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa landed in 3rd place.
English's crowning did not sit well with those in attendance, because, despite possessing a tiny waist, English failed to pull in his abdomen, resulting in a "bloated" appearance that became more evident standing next to Henry's chiseled abs. In fact, a few watchers felt a shredded, shapely and balanced Correa, in his Olympia debut, should have placed ahead of both Henry and English, or, at the very least, finish second to Henry's ripped mass.
The rest of the Top 15 IFBB Pro athletes included: IFBB Pro Mark Dugdale (4th), UK's IFBB Pro James "Flex" Lewis (5th), IFBB Pro Jose Raymond (6th), IFBB Pro Richard "Tricky" Jackson (7th), IFBB Pro Jason Arntz (8th), UK's IFBB Pro Lee Powell (9th), UK's IFBB Pro John Hodgson (10th), IFBB Pro Charles Dixon (11th), IFBB Pro Kris Dim (12th), Belgium's IFBB Pro Clarence DeVis (13th), IFBB Pro Stan McQuay (14th) and IFBB Pro Daryl Gee (15th).
ANDREW OYE'S VERDICT
Granted, the marquee event is the Mr. Olympia contest, where fans want to see the Heavyweight beasts like IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, IFBB Pro Branch Warren and IFBB Pro Toney Freeman challenge IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson. Yet, we've seen quality physiques populating the 202 Division that could challenge the new champ going forward -- like IFBB Pro David Henry and IFBB Pro Flex Lewis.
The 202 Showdown saw a changing of the guard and a change of venue. But when will the 202 IFBB Pro League athletes see what they deem as full respect -- with nearly equal prize money as that offered to their bigger brothers in the Open Division? And maybe a final overall posedown that pits the two weight classes against each other? Keep in mind, Olympia contests of yesteryear produced Sandow trophy-winning champions as different in size as 7-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger and 2-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Franco Columbu.
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