by Andrew Michalak
Photo: Igor Kopcek
The battle on the stage took the whole Saturday and Sunday but it was Sunday afternoon when the most prestigious titles were awarded: the overall winners! Let’s see who is the fitness “queen of queens” or “king of kings” for this year.
WOMEN’S FITNESS: ANNA DUDUSHKINA (RUSSIA)
Anna is not a newcomer. Her long competitive career started very early and brought to her the European junior fitness title in 2007 and the word junior fitness title in 2008 (under her maiden name Mekhnina). After some break and maternity she returned to the stage and won the 2012 European Fitness Championships. And now this amazing success at the World Fitness Championships, first in her category up to 163 cm and then, over her team-mate Tatiana Dvortsova in the overall. Unbeatable in the physique assessment rounds, show a very creative and perfectly performed fitness routine, ended with a phrase “Fitness must be beautiful!” And it was.
WOMEN’S BIKINI-FITNESS: OLGA PUTROVA (RUSSIA)
Olga appeared internationally at the 2012 Arnold Europe taking the 5th position but in 2013 won this contest as well as the 2014 European Championships and 2014 World Championships but not in overall. This year in Budapest she was an unquestionable bikini-fitness queen, grasping the overall title as well. Her grace, personal charm and elegant style of presentation were very impressive.
WOMEN’S BODYFITNESS: RENATA BENIGNO-WISSKIRCHEN (GERMANY)
The most sensational winner among the overall stars. Appeared at the 2015 German Nationals and won her class. Then went to Olympia Amateur Prague taking 2nd place, only 1 point behind the European overall champion Olena Chumakova. And now the third contest and this great, unexpected success. First, won her class, up to 168 cm, over the other 32 competitors, and then the overall battle over three other world champions. Fantastic body condition as for bodyfitness division, could be displayed as an example of faultless figure goddess.
WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE: DANIELY CASTILHO (BRASIL)
If we want to point out who was the biggest dark horse of these Championships, Dany Castilho should be preferred. “Today I won my first World Championship, and I think it would be most unlikely to happen” – she said. Her expressway to the world title was simple and short: she entered her first contest – Amazonas State Championships in Manaus – at the beginning of July and won it, then a month later won the Brazilian Nationals in Brasilia and 3 months later came to Budapest to conquer the globe and she did it. She is a wife, a student and a worker – as she declared. And now a world champion.
MEN’S PHYSIQUE: MATHEUS NERY DE OLIVEIRA (BRASIL)
The sport career of Matheus has also been very short and full of successes: living in Belo Horizonte, he won the Minas Gerais State Championships overall title, Brazilian Nationals overall and now Mundial overall. In the meantime, he finished 6th at the Arnold Classic Brazil in May. The next infant prodigy of Brazilian physique sports? For sure! Graduated from the Claretiano High School, he works as a trainer in the gym Caverna Academia. And now he will have to answer to the really tough question: to turn Pro or to stay amateur?
MEN’S FITNESS: OLEG ANISSIMOV (ESTONIA)
Men’s fitness is currently run as one open category. Oleg won his first Estonian Nationals in 2010 and just the next year, in 2011, was awarded his first World Championships gold medal. Later on finished 2nd twice or didn’t participate, so in Budapest regained the title and in a great style, in the 4th round, over Nazar Kharkhun. Anissimov is famous of his creative routines, performed with ideal technical perfection.
MIXED PAIRS: EVA RUSAN – SANDI IMEROVIC (CROATIA)
After over ten-year break the mixed pairs division returned to the World Championships last year, so it was the 2nd edition of “new” mixed pars, open for all IFBB sports. The winning couple is composed of bodyfitness girl and classic bodybuilder. They presented a harmonious, well-choreographed routine as well as balanced and well-matched physiques.