International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness

2016 ARNOLD AMATEUR NORTH AMERICA CLASSIC BODYBUILDING: THE OVERALL TITLE WENT TO SPAIN!

Andrew Michalak

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding has gradually been progressing at Arnold USA, from 24 competitors last year up to 47 this year, what is nearly 100% more. Especially, we can see more and more US classic bodybuilders what may indicate still raising popularity of this division in this huge country. Anyway, classic bodybuilder came to Columbus from all parts of the world: Kuwait, Mongolia, Australia, Paraguay, Brazil, Mexico and most of them from Europe.

MEN’S CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CLASS A, UP TO 170 CM
Ten competitors, mainly raising stars. The title went to Fawaaz Al Halawa from Kuwait (Oxygen Gym), who already participated in two American competitions: 2014 NPC Tim Gardner Extravaganza (1st place, 70 kg class) and 2015 Ronnie Coleman Classic in Mesquite, Texas (2nd place, 70 kg class). But in Columbus his victory in Columbus is his biggest success, showing his possibility to be successful at other top international IFBB competitions. Then, a close battle of two Italian bodybuilders: Omar Obino and Corrado Carbe’. Till 2013 Obino participated in other organizations’ competitions, qualifying to the medal zone. This start was his IFBB debut, what brought him the runner-up position, ahead of Carbe’ and two Americans: Torre Washington and Eric Libby.

MEN’S CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CLASS B, UP TO 180 CM
This was the biggest “classic” category, with impressive number of 23 competitors. In this crowd, many well-known classic bodybuilders ended in the elimination round (only top 5 qualified to the finals): Rodrigo Coelho, Antonio Ludovico, Radoslaw Smyk, Gerardo Samaniego. At the top a competitor with a long and interesting sport career: Adrian Ghit (Spain). Adrian began in Men’s Fitness, winning the 2005 World Cup. Then moved to Classic Bodybuilding but first success came in 2013 (5th place at Arnold Europe). Then a break and now this prestigious success at the beginning of the year. Lepomir Bakic (Serbia) finished as a runner-up. He began as a junior in 2005. Then a long break a his biggest achievement: 2nd place at the 2011 Arnold Europe. Disappeared after 2012 European Championships (6th place) and now is back, ready to fight for top trophies. In the 3rd place a new face from Switzerland, Gabroel Nastasi, then Marcel Przyszlak of Poland and promising bodybuilder from Belgium, Francesco Rossi, who just came to the IFBB from other organization.

MEN’S CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CLASS C, OVER 180 CM
Almost full semifinal (14 athletes) and many stars among them. The current European champion Krzysztof Rodkiewicz (Poland) out of the finals. But the next European champion and his team-mate Hubert Kulczynski compensated this lost and won this category. Kulczynski is 180 cm tall and won his gold medal in the up to 180 cm class. Now he moved to the higher category. In Columbus he met demanding opponents: 2015 Olympia Amateur overall winner Wastecley Moraes (Spain), last year’s Arnold USA winner Svetozar Milenkovic (Serbia) and the World Championships finalist Jacek Ratusznik (Poland). Kulczynski clearly won the first two rounds but in the third round the battle became more equal. This round belonged to Milenkovic (11 points) with Kulczynski and Moraes being tied 12:12. Finally, Moraes was a runner-up, pushing Milenkovic down to the 3rd place. Ratusznik and US athletes Branko Teodorovic finished in the next two places.
In the overall category there was no battle as Adrian Ghit (Spain) clearly dominated it. He showed the best body condition, with thin skin, low bodyfat level and impressive muscle separation (details). Moreover, his skin preparation (color, body oil) was much better than his opponents. The next two: Hubert Kulczynski (Poland) and Fawaaz Al Halawa (Kuwait) looked smoother.

Pictures:
by Matthias Busse, Igor Kopcek