International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness

2016 OLYMPIA AMATEUR SPAIN– DAY 1

by Andrew Michalak

Photo: Igor Kopcek

The first day of the 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain was very interesting and in some categories has brought unexpected results. Even great champions, if not in a peak condition that day, are dethroned and drop to lower places. This is the quintessence of our physique sport, its beauty and its intriguing unpredictability.

The first example happened in bodybuilding 70 kg category. Taking into account previous achievements, the recent European Championships finalist and IFBB Diamond Cup runner-up Alexandre Bozonet (France) should play the key role. But we saw a great metamorphosis of Sandro Brocca (Italy). Sandro’s best years were 2010 and 2011 where he won the European Championships bronze medal and entered the Arnold Classic Europe finals. The next years were not so good for him and now, being a master bodybuilder, he exploded with peak condition and won this prestigious Olympia title. Congratulations!

Being massive but a bit too smooth, Bozonet placed out of the medal zone this time, behind the next two Italians: Gennaro Angelillo and Vincenzo Amatuzzi, who debuted at so big IFBB international competition. Triple triumph of the Italian bodybuilders!

80 kg category: As it was expected, Alex Zuccaro (Italy) came in a peak condition, with deeply separated quadriceps and won this class with perfect scores in both final rounds. It is his first victory since 2011, so he may be happy! Then, Nour El Felyly (Spain) and Artur Szudrowicz (Poland) were running a close battle for the runner-up position which finally went to El Felyly

85 kg category: at the top an exciting, close duel of Samir Troudi (Sweden) and Norbert Zajac (Slovakia). After the first round only 9:10 for Troudi, Similar result in the second round but in the routine round Troudi increased his advantage. Then, the equally tough battle for the 3rd place between the European Championships runner-up Jonathan Quintero (Spain) and Arnold Classic Europe finalist Mohammed Al Naama (Qatar). In both final rounds there was the minimal possible gap between them, giving Quintero the 3rd position. In the 5th and 6th positions two former famous classic bodybuilders: Viktor Simkin (Russia) and Mariusz Balazinski (Poland). One of the main favourites, Andriy Sharapov (Ukraine), came too late to the venue and missed his category. Fortunately to him, IFBB President allowed him to participate in the heavier class (90 kg) on Sunday.

100 kg category: one clear leader, who unanimously won all three rounds: Pascal Chuckwu (Netherlands). Behind him close battle for the 2nd place between former European Championships bronze medal winner and Arnold Europe finalist Tomasz Bobrowski (Poland) and World Championships finalist in +100 kg class Ivan Vodyanov (Russia). They were tied in the first two rounds but Vodyanov was better scored in the routine round, so… he won his third 2nd place at Olympia, after events in Prague and Moscow. Then, a nice comeback of the 2005 European Junior champion  Tomasz Slodkiewicz (Poland) who finished 4th, ahead of Luigi Quinto (Italy) and two favourites: current European champion Luis Llorente (Spain) and last year’s runner-up Ludovic Bogaert (France). One of the top favourites, Avraam Kyriacou (Cyprus) came too late and will have to compete in +100 kg class on Sunday.

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding up to 171 cm: Aristide Mbomni (Germany), who moved here from bodybuilding 70 kg class, dominated the battle receiving perfect scores. His wonderful body proportions were very impressive. Will he stay in the classic version for a longer time? Omar Obino couldn’t do better than finishing in the 2nd position.

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding up to 180 cm: European Championships runner-up Antonio De La Torre (Spain) didn’t fail and moved to the top this time, ahead of his compatriot Prudencio Roldan and Jacek Malogocki (Ireland).

Women’s Bodyfitness up to 163 cm: in the absence of the last year’s Olympia winner Maria Bozinovska (Spain), European champion Irina Topoleva (Russia) had easier task, winning both rounds. Then a tough battle of Roberta Visintainer (Italy) and Arnold Classic Africa winner Patricia Martinez (Spain). First round to Visintainer by 1 point, the second round to Martinez by 1 point and this gave her the silver medal.

Women’s Bikini-fitness up to 160 cm: with Giannina Lujan-Ripoll measured over 160 cm, this category belonged to new stars. Dóra Bodó (Hungary) appeared the best one, ahead of Yarilys Sanchez (Spain) and Ana Tapu (Moldova).

Women’s Bikini-fitness up to 166 cm: unexpected reshuffles at the top. Some renown favourites: last year winner Ekaterina Krasavina (Russia), South American champion Eliana Medina (Venezuela) and Diamond Cup winner Federica Gobbetti (Italy) dropped to lower positions while Frida Sjöström (Sweden) returned to the top after a couple of less successful contests. Following her 3rd place at the Diamond Cup, Evgeniia Krasnova (Russia) advanced to the runner-up position, ahead of the European Championships runner-up Vivien Lengyel (Hungary).

Women’s Bikini-fitness up to 172 cm: European champion and Diamond Cup overall winner Saskia Cakoci (Slovakia) remains at the top, being pressed by the 2015 Arnold Europe winner Ekaterina Lapteva (Russia).

Master Women’s Bikini-fitness open: first sensation: Arnold Classic Africa winner Elsa Pena (Portugal) out of the top 10! Too many contests in so short period of time? Frida Sjöström (Sweden) in 3rd place, behind well-known British star Liz Richardson. At the top sensational IFBB Diamond Cup winner Nikol Raszyková (Czech Republic).

Men’s Physique up to 170 cm: new star was born: Gurnek Singh (Portugal) who left behind his team-mate and European Championships bronze medal winner Luis Postiga as well as Mediterranean champion Andrea Bertelloni (Italy).

Men’s Physique up to 178 cm: mixture of ups and downs: 2015 World Championships silver medal winner Maxime Parisi (France) moved up to the top, winning both rounds. Top two from the recent European Championships: Dennis Johansen (Norway) and Andrea Mosti (Italy) dropped to the 5th and 4th positions respectively. Silver and bronze medals went to new gifted competitors: Jonathan Bueno (Spain) and Benedikt Lukas (Germany)

Complete results of day 1 – LINK

 THE WINNERS:

MEN’S BODYBUILDING UP TO 70 KG

 70 kg – 1: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Bodybuilding up to 70 kg category winner: Sandro BROCCA (Italy).

70 kg – 2: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Bodybuilding up to 70 kg category top three (from L to R): Gennaro ANGELILLO (2nd place); Sandro BROCCA (1st place); Vincenzo AMATUZZI (3rd place).

MEN’S BODYBUILDING UP TO 80 KG

 80 kg – 1: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Bodybuilding up to 80 kg category winner: Alex ZUCCARO (Italy).

80 kg – 2: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Bodybuilding up to 80 kg category top three (from L to R): Nour EL FELYLY (2nd place); Alex ZUCCARO (1st place); Artur SZUDROWICZ (3rd place).

MEN’S BODYBUILDING UP TO 85 KG

85 kg – 1: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Bodybuilding up to 85 kg category winner: Samir TROUDI (Sweden).

85 kg – 2: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Bodybuilding up to 85 kg category top three (from L to R): Norbert ZAJAC (2nd place); Samir TROUDI (1st place); Jonathan QUINTERO (3rd place).

MEN’S BODYBUILDING UP TO 100 KG

 100 kg – 1: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Bodybuilding up to 100 kg category winner: Pascal CHUCKWU (Netherlands).

100 kg – 2: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Bodybuilding up to 100 kg category top three (from L to R): Ivan VODYANOV (2nd place); Pascal CHUCKWU (1st place); Tomasz BOBROWSKI (3rd place).

MEN’S CLASSIC BODYBUILDING UP TO 171 CM

171 cm – 1: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Classic Bodybuilding up to 171 cm category champion: Aristide MBOMNI (Germany).

171 cm – 2: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Classic Bodybuilding up to 171 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Omar OBINO (2nd place); Aristide MBOMNI (1st place); Pedro ORTEGA (3rd place).

MEN’S CLASSIC BODYBUILDING UP TO 180 CM

180 cm – 1: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Classic Bodybuilding up to 180 cm category champion: Antonio DE LA TORRE (Spain).

180 cm – 2: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Classic Bodybuilding up to 180 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Prudencio ROLDAN (2nd place); Antonio DE LA TORRE (1st place); Jacek MALAGOCKI (3rd place).

WOMEN’S BODYFITNESS UP TO 163 CM

BF – 1: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Women’s Bodyfitness up to 163 cm category champion: Irina TOPOLEVA (Russia).

BF – 2: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Women’s Bodyfitness up to 163 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Roberta VISINTAINER (2nd place); Irina TOPOLEVA (1st place); Patricia MARTINEZ (3rd place).

WOMEN’S BIKINI-FITNESS UP TO 160 CM

 Bikini – 1: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Women’s Bikini-fitness up to 160 cm category champion: Dóra BODÓ (Hungary).

Bikini – 2: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Women’s Bikini-fitness up to 160 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Yarilys SANCHEZ (2nd place); Dóra BODÓ (1st place); Ana TAPU (3rd place).

WOMEN’S BIKINI-FITNESS UP TO 166 CM

Bikini – 3: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Women’s Bikini-fitness up to 166 cm category champion: Frida SJÖSTRÖM (Sweden).
Bikini – 4: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Women’s Bikini-fitness up to 166 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Evgeniia KRASNOVA (2nd place); Frida SJÖSTRÖM (1st place); Vivien LENGYEL (3rd place).

WOMEN’S BIKINI-FITNESS UP TO 172 CM

 Bikini – 5: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Women’s Bikini-fitness up to 172 cm category champion: Saskia CAKOCI (Slovakia).

Bikini – 6: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Women’s Bikini-fitness up to 172 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Ekaterina LAPTEVA (2nd place); Saskia CAKOCI (1st place); Rita MAJOR (3rd place).

MASTER WOMEN’S BIKINI-FITNESS OPEN

Bikini – 7: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Master Women’s Bikini-fitness open category champion: Nikol RASZYKOVÁ (Czech Republic).

Bikini – 8: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Master Women’s Bikini-fitness open category medal winners (from L to R): Liz RICHARDSON (2nd place); Nikol RASZYKOVÁ (1st place); Frida SJÖSTRÖM (3rd place).

MEN’S PHYSIQUE UP TO 170 CM

 MPH – 1: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Physique up to 170 cm category champion: Gurnek SINGH (Portugal).

MPH – 2: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Physique up to 170 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Luis POSTIGA (2nd place); Gurnek SINGH (1st place); Andrea BERTELLONI (3rd place).

MEN’S PHYSIQUE UP TO 178 CM

 MPH – 3: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Physique up to 178 cm category champion: Maxime PARISI (France).

MPH – 4: 2016 Olympia Amateur Spain Men’s Physique up to 178 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Jonathan BUENO (2nd place); Maxime PARISI (1st place); Benedikt LUKAS (3rd place).