International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness


by Andrew Michalak
Pictures by Igor Kopcek

The second day was almost as long as he first day due to two final rounds of women’s and men’s fitness, all four bikini fitness rounds, 2 men’s physique rounds and three bikini-fitness rounds plus the opening ceremony, overalls and awarding. The last part of the Sunday’s program was the team’s classification awards, which took place around 20:00, leaving not more than 30 minutes in the hotel to start the farewell banquet. At the banquet, as usual, happy winners wanted to celebrate their victories longer, unhappy losers (means the majority of participants) wanted to leave as soon as possible to think about the reasons of their not-so-successful performance.

All stars got to the finals but watching rather simple and slow routine of the last year’s runner-up Kristina Koroljak (Estonia), performed to the Edith Piaf’s song, I started to think if it would be enough to regain the silver medal… It wasn’t. But even more surprising was her 5th place in the physique assessment round, which she used to win with perfect scores. This results gave her 6th place. Simply, she was not in her peak conditions. In the routine rounds the battle was Anna Dudushkina vs. Nikolett Szabo. In the first round they were tied 12:12 but the next round went to Szabo by 1 point. But Dudushkina was unbeatable in the physique assessment rounds, so clearly won the world title, ahead of the Spanish star Barbara Sales, whose routine in the finals was very well-scored. Emma Paveley (United Kingdom) maintained her 3rd position form the last year, then Szabo.

The key semifinal comparison:
1st comparison:
Tatyana Volkova – Anna Dudushkina – Kristina Koroljak – Emma Paveley – Barbara Sales.
2nd comparison: Marisela Grandic – Vicki Cale – Camille du Plessis – Nikolett Szabó – Sun Ruifen – Yang Liu.
3rd comparison: Claire McGrath – Kyla Ford – Denisa Sarmirova – Virág Pető – Thea Braathen – Kubrasu Turkeri.

Top 6:
1. Anna Dudushkina (Russia) 16
2. Barbara Sales (Spain) 34
3. Emma Paveley (United Kingdom) 39
4. Nikolett Szabó (Hungary) 39
5. Tatyana Volkova (Kazakhstan) 43
6. Kristina Koroljak (Estonia) 43

Very close battle of the last year’s runner-up Oxana Orobets (Ukraine) vs. 5th place winner Tatiana Dvortsova (Russia). Both are experienced and have behind a long sport career. Orobets was in her life best body conditions but, on the other hand, Dvortsova improved her routine so much, especially in the finals, that lost only single points to the bests in this round what allowed her to earn the best total and her first world title at the master’s age. Never too late! Nine years younger Orobets won her second silver medal, ahead of 18 years old former children fitness champion Dorottya Agoston (Hungary) who won the final routine round. A real cross-section of fitness competitors’ age, from 36 to 18. But there were more juniors in this final, with Karina Permiakova (Russia) in the 4th position and Oona Ylitolonen (Finland) in 6th place. IFBB policy to develop children fitness brings better-than-expected results now.

The key semifinal comparison:
1st comparison:
Oona Ylitolonen – Oksana Orobets – Karina Permiakova – Dorottya Agoston – Tatiana Dvortsova.
2nd comparison: Tatiana Kozuchova – Endla Vaher – Kata Palásthy – Karina Permiakova – Dorottya Agoston – Marina Zvančuka – Megan White.
3rd comparison: Angela Overkov – Boglárka Sántics – Elif Sadoglu – Jelena Lukic – Mao Xiaofei.

Top 6:
1. Tatiana Dvortsova (Russia) 17
2. Oksana Orobets (Ukraine) 21
3. Dorottya Agoston (Hungary) 35
4. Karina Permiakova (Russia B) 39
5. Endla Vaher (Estonia) 45
6. Oona Ylitolonen (Finland) 52

First time a complete semifinal and even more (16 competitors) from 11 countries. And the top sport level of most of them! Last year’s runner-up Nazar Kharkhun (Ukraine) slightly won the first three rounds and yet lost the gold medal in the 4th round (physique assessment). Oleg Anissimov (Estonia), as always very smart and technically perfect, returned to the throne after his world title won in 2011 and then lost. What’s interesting and very promising for this sport: many competitors from new countries, even outside Europe (China, Ecuador, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey) who showed top sport quality and two of them entered the finals. Chen Jianchun (China) even won the bronze medal, just behind the two superstars, and Yusuf Özkan (Turkey) took the 6th position.

The key semifinal comparison:
1st comparison:
Chen Jianchun – Oleg Anissimov – Nazar Kharkhun – Yusuf Özkan – Alexander Abramov.
2nd comparison: Adamjan Kozhanazar – Ádám Schneider – Anton Mushtanov – Sindre Ferstad – Cai Lulu.
3rd comparison: Miroslav Yonchev – Carlos Garcia – Dario Molina – Burak Saglam – Rene Vanderkco.

Top 6:
1. Oleg Anissimov (Estonia) 19
2. Nazar Kharkhun (Ukraine) 24
3. Chen Jianchun (China) 32
4. Ádám Schneider (Hungary B) 36
5. Anton Mushtanov (Russia) 46
6. Yusuf Özkan (Turkey) 55

Very close combat of two superstars: Angela Derzapf (Germany) and Inna Trofymenkova (Ukraine) as well as new face from Finland, Tanja Räsänen. Derzapf already had silver and bronze medals from the Worlds, Trofymenkova only bronze medal. Räsänen appeared at the recent Nicole Wilkins Championships in Lahti finishing in the 2nd place. Trofymenkova displayed almost ideal body condition for this sport and slightly won both rounds, while Räsänen was close to make a big sensation, taking the 2nd place after Prejudging but then Derzapf overtook her in the finals by one point. 2014 South American overall champion Maria Mernes (Argentina) finished in 4th place in her Worlds debut.

The key semifinal comparison:
1st comparison:
Inna Trofymenkova – Tanja Räsänen – Maria Mernes – Angela Derzapf.
2nd comparison: Silvia Cecchinato – Roberta Visintainer – Karen de Beer – Szandra Hidasi – Kayoko Eto.
3rd comparison: Vanja Paladin – Tatiana Bayzel – Rafaela Rabi – Xiang Zaihua – Bienvenida Bevia.

Top 6:
1. Inna Trofymenkova (Ukraine) 9
2. Angela Derzapf (Germany) 12
3. Tanja Räsänen (Finland) 13
4. Maria Mernes (Argentina) 21
5. Silvia Cecchinato (Italy) 24
6. Szandra Hidasi (Hungary) 29

Many well-known stars in the line-up and mist of them qualified to the finals. Situation after the first round was not clear: last year’s 5th place winner Julie Oftedal (Norway) was at the top but only one point ahead of the European champion Antonina Lazukova (Russia). Oftedal received even better scores in the finals and won the world title. Former world champion Zrinka Fišer (Croatia) successfully attacked form the 5th position and moved up to 5th place. Lazukova and a new star from Portugal, Filipa Silva, were tied 15:15 but finally Lazukova was declared the bronze medal winner.

The key semifinal comparison:
1st comparison:
Zrinka Fišer – Julie Oftedal – Outi Nenonen – Antonina Lazukova – Filipa Silva.
2nd comparison: Cristina Menini – Michelle Guest – Outi Nenonen – Cristina Romano – Margita Zámolová.
3rd comparison: Renáta Móczár – Michaela Kohutová – Opek Altun – Ludmila Marcil – Renata Baic – Meryem Uzundal – Alina Aschillam.

Top 6:
1. Julie Oftedal (Norway) 6
2. Zrinka Fišer (Croatia) 13
3. Antonina Lazukova (Russia) 15
4. Filipa Silva (Portugal) 15
5. Outi Nenonen (Finland) 23
6. Margita Zámolová (Czech Republic) 28

Long line-up with 33 athletes, compared to 12 girls previous year. A couple of well-known champions ended in the elimination round, including 2nd in Europe Roberta Arecco and two last year’s finalists from Montreal: Hanna Saario and Michaela Ružičkova. But the biggest sensation was the presence of the 2014 European overall champion and 2015 Arnold Europe winner Olena Chumakova (Ukraine) in just the third comparison. It resulted in her 11th place. She “likes” to surprise us: after winning the 2014 European overall title she dropped to the 8th place at the Worlds in Montreal, then won 2015 Arnold Classic Europe to finish in the 11th position now. Very unstable conditions. Eva Rusan (Croatia) won the mixed-pairs category but in this class finished in the 9th position. All medals went to less experienced but gifted rising stars. Renata Beningno Wisskirchen (Germany) placed 2nd at Olympia Europe in Prague (behind Chumakova) but came to Budapest in really perfect conditions and it was great pleaser and esteem to watch her faultless body moving on the stage. Later on her top quality was confirmed by her triumph on the overall. Other “newcomers” at the world level: Tatyana Tymoshenko (Switzerland) and Farnaz Safaei (Hungary) were running a tough battle for silver medal who finally went to Tymoshenko. Aurelie Sefi (Canada) was the runner-up last year (in 163 cm class) but this year performed in 168 cm category and took the 5th position.

The key semifinal comparison:
1st comparison:
Aurelie Sefi – Juliana Figueiredo – Renata Benigno-Wisskirchen – Farnaz Safaei – Tatyana Tymoshenko.
2nd comparison: Tatsiana Belavinskaya – Aurelie Sefi – Juliana Figueiredo – Giusy Dezio – Melinda Mercz – Eva Rusan – Olga Maslova.
3rd comparison: Olena Chumakova – Stanislava Ticha – Lucie Jakešová – Katarzyna Dudek – Susana Martin-Romo.

Top 6:
1. Renata Benigno-Wisskirchen (Germany) 5
2. Tatyana Tymoshenko (Switzerland) 14
3. Farnaz Safaei (Hungary) 18
4. Juliana Figueiredo (Brazil) 20
5. Aurelie Sefi (Canada) 21
6. Melinda Mercz (Hungary) 25

The most intriguing matter was the comeback of 2011 world overall champion Yulia Ushakova (Russia). Ushakova, 25, is still a very young lady but now needs to perform in a bit “matured” style. Ushakova looked very well and won this class but had a demanding opponents: her team-mate Anna Kalugina and new German star Diana Petry (lost to Ushakova by 2 points only in the first round). Kalugina finished 2nd at Arnold USA and 2nd now at the Worlds, just 2 points behind Ushakova, what means that she will be a top player in this class for a longer time and will be walking at Ushakova’s heels. Following her top places in Liverpool and Lahti, Lesley Barents (Netherland) took the 4th position in Budapest, proving that she has reached a top world level. In the 4th place Eliana Romano (Argentina) who won, beside the continental title, also this year’s Arnold Brazil. Fantastic group of the top stars!

The key semifinal comparison:
1st comparison:
Anna Kalugina – Diana Petry – Yulia Ushakova – Eliana Romano.
2nd comparison: Katarzyna Skrzypiec – Olga Shestoperova – Lesley Barents – Maaret Nousiainen – Eliana Romano.
3rd comparison: Sabine Braunsteiner – Jeanette Dalseghagen – Annie Giokala – Emillie-Jean Bisgrove Cole – Mu Cong – Marcelle Collison – Hanna Kryuda.

Top 6:
1. Yulia Ushakova (Russia) 10
2. Anna Kalugina (Russia) 12
3. Diana Petry (Germany) 16
4. Lesley Barents (Netherland) 18
5. Eliana Romano (Argentina) 23
6. Olga Shestoperova (Russia) 27

The course of events in this category reflects all problems IFBB has had with this sport division. Following the elimination round, top 15 semifinalists entered the stage. Panel judges provided their propositions of the first callout and the Chief Judge called to the first comparison the following four athletes: Andrea Mosti, Dennis Johansen, Grzegorz Placzkowski and Edvard Muhanha. At first glance they looked great! But after a closer look some doubts arose if all of them display the level of muscular development acceptable in this sport? After consultation with all panel judges, the Chief Judge decided to send back to the line-up two most muscular competitors: Andrea Mosti and Dennis Johansen. It was an unanimous decision of the panel, what means that each and every judge recognized the above competitors as too muscular. It was a tough decision for each of them but is there any other way to control this sport division and protect it from bodybuilding-style athletes? Otherwise, it will quickly evolve into next version of extreme bodybuilding, in short pants this time. We can suppose that some athletes didn’t enter the semifinal for the same reason. This was a clear message to athletes: if you are too muscular to compete in Men’s Physique, turn to Men’s Classic Bodybuilding, where you will have the same chance to win medals (like Wastecley Moraes Costalima at the Olympia Liverpool). If you are too muscular to compete in Classic Bodybuilding, turn to extreme Bodybuilding (like world classic bodybuilding champion Andryj Kukharchuk at the World Championships in Benidorm).

Following the above perturbations, four new stars advanced to the final plus last year’s runner-up Grzegorz Placzkowski (Poland) and European champion Jones Ahmad (Sweden). Gold medal went to Brazilian athlete Matheus Nery de Oliveira – a competitor of lighter, delicate frame and unbelievably small waist. He won both rounds; however, in the second round Maxime Parisi (France) came up to him for 1 point distance. Ahmad took the bronze medal, then we see Liudas Vaisieta (Lithuania) and Placzkowski, with 1 point gap between them.

The key semifinal comparison:
1st comparison:
Maxime Parisi – Alexander Ivanov – Matheus de Oliveira – Jones Ahmad – Grzegorz Placzkowski – Edvard Muhanha – Liudas Vaisieta – Diego Rosa.
2nd comparison: Jakub Cenek – Alexander Ivanov – Ilya Tsarev – Can Dogru – Grzegorz Placzkowski – Edvard Muhanha – Diego Rosa.
3rd comparison: Christian Simedo – Mohammad Hamad – Andrea Mosti – Dennis Johansen.

Top 6:
1. Matheus Nery de Oliveira (Brazil) 11
2. Maxime Parisi (France) 12
3. Jones Ahmad (Sweden) 16
4. Liudas Vaisieta (Lithuania) 19
5. Grzegorz Placzkowski (Poland) 20
6. Diego Rosa (Brazil) 29

Nobody from the finals of the previous Worlds in Montreal but top two from the recent European Championships: Jorge Sanchez (Spain) and Andre Merzdorf (Germany). Merzdorf has been on the top in the recent moths, finishing 2nd at Olympia Prague (behind Francesco Montouri) and continued his series of successes in Budapest winning the final round (after being tied with Martin Montazeri in the semifinals). Merzdorf had every detail of his presentation refined and trained to perfection. Many guessed that he could be the overall winner as well. The next three competitors received 14:15:15 points, so the battle was very close. Montazeri dropped to the 4th position, with Sanchez grasping the bronze medal and South African new star Wiehann van Wyk as a runner-up.

The key semifinal comparison:
1st comparison:
Martin Montazeri – Wiehann van Wyk – Andre Merzdorf – Jorge Sanchez – Li Meng.
2nd comparison: Kaspar Tõnisson – Viktor Minár – Sami Hamidi – Rômulo Rocha.
3rd comparison: Adrian Dzielak – Marko Vukotic – Remus Boroiu – Gokhan Kuden – Marko Vukotic – Mohamed Magdy.

Top 6:
1. Andre Merzdorf (Germany) 11
2. Wiehann van Wyk (South Africa) 14
3. Jorge Sanchez (Spain) 15
4. Martin Montazeri (Sweden) 15
5. Sami Hamidi (Azerbaijan) 25
6. Li Meng (China) 26

The longest category at these Championships, with 41 athletes. All stars qualified to the semifinals but some of them finished outside of the top 10: South American champion Eliana Medina in the 14th place, last year’s finalist Reet Reimets in 13th position and last year’s bronze medal winner Camilla Back in 10th place. Most of the finalists are less-experienced rising stars. Only Oksana Brygidyr (Ukraine) is a “winning machine”. After her victories at the European Championships and Olympia Prague he came to Budapest, won both rounds and left the city with gold medal in her bag. The next four girls were running a tough battle for rest of medals. After the semifinals, Caroline Deveaux (France) was tied Valeria Marcisovska (Slovakia) in the 2nd place, with Zaneta Szlezak (Poland) just 1 point behind them. In the finals all three were overtaken by new Swiss star Priscila Leimbacher. Can you believe that Priscila took part in her first contest only 3 weeks earlier, winning the overall at the Swiss Nationals? So gifted by nature she is! Deveaux and Szlezak were tied 16:16 in the 3rd place but it was Deveaux who was granted the bronze medal.

The key semifinal comparison:
1st comparison:
Caroline Deveaux – Oksana Brygidyr – Zaneta Szlezak – Valeria Marcisovska – Priscila Leimbacher.
2nd comparison: Christin Rohlehr – Camilla Back – Ene Tomingas – Ellina Schmidt – Sarah Malta.
3rd comparison: Reet Reimets – Eliana Medina – Andrea Lackner – Linn Tovaas – Inna Rudakova.

Top 6:
1. Oksana Brygidyr (Ukraine) 9
2. Priscila Leimbacher (Switzerland) 12
3. Caroline Deveaux (France) 16
4. Zaneta Szlezak (Poland) 16
5. Valeria Marcisovska (Slovakia) 21
6. Ene Tomingas (Estonia) 30

Unusual situation: Saskia Cakoci (Slovakia) was a clear leader after the first round (6 points) but half an hour later three other competitors got better scores and placed ahead of her. The most fortunate one was Ekaterina Shokhina *Russia) who moved form the 5th place to the top. Her overall physique and “total package” are very attractive, so she impressed the judges by her “I-walking” presentation. Only 1 point behind her we can see two other stars: Marina Krause (Germany) and Mariia Kvasnikova (Ukraine) who were tied 15:15, with Krause getting the silver medal. This category was a real “catastrophe” for many top stars. Enough to say that European champion Nini Gothler, Olympia Prague winner Veronika Gulasova, last year’s finalist Kathrin Pfefferkorn and last year’s runner-up Kristina Nuut were called to the second comparison and finally took places from 10th to 13th. They participated in many contests prior to the Worlds. Maybe too many?

The key semifinal comparison:
1st comparison:
Marina Krause – Mariia Kvasnikova – Brigitta Békefi – Saskia Cakoci – Ekaterina Shokhina – Ekaterina Lapteva – Szonja Petruska.
2nd comparison: Helga Stibi – Nini Gothler – Veronika Gulasova – Jana Slívová – Kathrin Pfefferkorn.
3rd comparison: Veronika Wertheimová – Nini Gothler – Jenni Levävaara – Helga Stibi – Veronika Gulasova – Jana Slívová – Kathrin Pfefferkorn.

Top 6:
1. Ekaterina Shokhina (Russia) 14
2. Marina Krause (Germany) 15
3. Mariia Kvasnikova (Ukraine) 15
4. Saskia Cakoci (Slovakia) 16
5. Brigitta Békefi (Hungary) 18
6. Ekaterina Lapteva (Russia) 28

The next meet of the top four world megastars, who change places from contest to contest. This time Adéla Storzerová (Czech Republic) was clearly 4th but the others were running a tough battle for medals. After the semifinals Olivia Pohankova (Slovakia) was a leader, ahead of the last year’s world champion Olga Putrova (Russia) but failed to stay at the top and in the finals Putrova overcame her, so the top two are the same like last year in Montreal. Kseniia Sheveleva (Russia) was close to them in the first round but got a bit lower scores in the finals, taking the bronze medal. Veronika Seržante (Latvia) tried to combat for bronze medal in the semifinals but in the finals dropped from the 4th to 6th place. The only new face in the finals was Shirley van den Bos (Netherland) and this proves that she has entered the top elite and will be able to fight for medals next year.

The key semifinal comparison:
1st comparison: Veronika Seržante – Kseniia Sheveleva – Olivia Pohankova – Olga Putrova.
2nd comparison: Dominika Heuchert – Irina Mihailova – Adéla Storzerová – Shirley van den Bos.
3rd comparison: Maria Meyer – Dominika Heuchert – Biliana Yotovska – Szandra Horváth.
4th comparison: Alena Nabatova – Cassandre de Jager – Csilla Lengyel – Henrietta Kővágó.

Top 6:
1. Olga Putrova (Russia) 7
2. Olivia Pohankova (Slovakia) 11
3. Kseniia Sheveleva (Russia) 17
4. Adéla Storzerová (Czech Republic) 23
5. Shirley van den Bos (Netherland) 26
6. Veronika Seržante (Latvia) 26