International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness

2017 WORLD BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS – BENIDORM, SPAIN AMAZING RIVARLY OF KOREA VS. IRAN

by Andrew Michalak
photo: Igor Kopcek (www.eastlabs.sk)
The Sunday program began with the opening ceremony, which included the Parade of Nations with 85 countries participated in. Not so easy to place all of them on the stage and around (only 1 delegate per country). IFBB President, Dr. Rafael Santonja, opened these the biggest ever World Men’s Championships. And now we know that the next edition of this event will be held in Marbella, Spain, a city hosted a couple of the previous Olympia Amateur Spain editions.
85 countries participated in the Championships this year and 55 of them entered the best teams classification (earned 1 point at least, what means placed competitor(s) in the top 10 in any category).
The Men Bodybuilding categories were continued, started with the 85 kg category and 2 brilliant victories of Oman stars. First, 2016 World Championships runner-up Haitham Al-Zadjali (Oman) moved up to the top. A couple of minutes later his team-mate, Ahmed Al Harthi, won the 90 kg category, following his final places in 2013 and 2015. 2016 world champion, Hossein Kalateh (Iran) moved to the 95 kg category and also won the gold medal. The 100 kg category had its dramatic changes. 2015 world champion Szymon Lada (Poland) was a bit overlooked in the semifinals (6th position) but clearly moved up the top in both final rounds, regaining the “gold”. Semifinal leader, Mazaher Abarghani, dropped to 3rd place, with Spanish Carlos Blanco keeping his 2nd position.
2016 over 100 kg class bronze medal winner, Mohsen Samadi (Iran) was unbeatable this time and later on has done something much more difficult: won the overall title by 1 point over Haitham Al-Zadjali (Oman). His muscular body (118.3 kg) was really very impressive.
Men’s Physique categories
Up to 170 cm class: it was a e-match for the European Championships. This time the European bronze medal winner Nehdyar Ramadan (Netherlands) jumped to the top, pushing the European champion Kamran Elyasi down to the 2nd place.
Up to 173 cm class: all medals went to Asia but with no big changes: 2016 world champion, Shao Zhong Zheng (China) stays at the top and Shogo Sato (Japan) moved up from 3rd to 2nd place.
Up to 176 cm class: 2017 Arnold Classic Europe sensational winner, Dmytro Horobets (Ukraine) won the gold medal and it was not his final word, as he also dominated the overall category.
Up to 179 cm class: 2017 European champion, Waldemar Gustafsson-Ek (Sweden) won this class, 3 points ahead of the 2016 5th place winner Akbar Sarbaz of Iran.
Up to 182 cm class: sensational, unanimous win of a new Spanish star Pablo Ramis, who placed ahead of the 2017 European Championships bronze medal winner Mahmut Alan (Turkey).
Over 182 cm class: two medals for France: Thierry Bayala with gold and William Pluskota with bronze. They were separated by Atef Jendoubi from Tunisia.
In the overall, Dmytro Horobets (Ukraine) outpointed by 3 points Thierry Bayala (France) and by 4 points Waldemar Gustafsson-Ek (Sweden).
Muscular Men’s Physique
Twenty competitors and medals went to 3 continents: 2017 South American champion Briger Renteria (Colombia) received the best scores form the judges and won this class 4 points ahead of Ahmed Elhalawani (Egypt) who was tied with Alexis Autreau (France). The next three places also went to France! Amazing domination of the French stars in this category!

Let’s have a look what happened in each category.
Up to 85 kg category:
85 kg – 1: 2017 IFBB Bodybuilding up to 85 kg category world champion: Haitham AL-ZADJALI (Oman).

85 kg – 2: 2017 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships up to 85 kg category medal winners (from L to R): Hamed EINI (2nd place); Haitham AL-ZADJALI (1st place); Abdel Kader BEN ABDELLA (3rd place).

85 kg – 3: 2017 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships up to 85 kg category finalists (from L to R): Ott KIIVIKAS (6th place); Alberto ALONSO (4th place); Hamed EINI (2nd place); Haitham AL-ZADJALI (1st place); Abdel Kader BEN ABDELLA (3rd place); Zoheir MIHOUBI (5th place).

Up to 90 kg category:
90 kg – 1: 2017 IFBB Bodybuilding up to 90 kg category world champion: Ahmed AL HARTHI (Oman).

90 kg – 2: 2017 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships up to 90 kg category medal winners (from L to R): Mahdi GHANAVATI (2nd place); Ahmed AL HARTHI (1st place); Vicente OLOMBRADA (3rd place).

90 kg – 3: 2017 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships up to 90 kg category finalists (from L to R): Joan CANNEGIETER (6th place); Ralph DECELIS (4th place); Mahdi GHANAVATI (2nd place); Ahmed AL HARTHI (1st place); Vicente OLOMBRADA (3rd place); Nikolay KOSTADINOV (5th place).

Up to 95 kg category:
95 kg – 1: 2017 IFBB Bodybuilding up to 95 kg category world champion: Hossein KALATEH (Iran).

95 kg – 2: 2017 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships up to 95 kg category medal winners (from L to R): Volodymyr BYRUK (2nd place); Hossein KALATEH (1st place); Peter TATARKA (3rd place).

95 kg – 3: 2017 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships up to 95 kg category finalists (from L to R): Gerhard NEL (6th place); Morad ZAHIR (4th place); Volodymyr BYRUK (2nd place); Hossein KALATEH (1st place); Peter TATARKA (3rd place); Johnny AFOA (5th place).

Up to 100 kg category:
100 kg – 1: 2017 IFBB Bodybuilding up to 100 kg category world champion: Szymon LADA (Poland).

100 kg – 2: 2017 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships up to 100 kg category medal winners (from L to R): ); Carlos BLANCO (2nd place); Szymon LADA (1st place); Mazaher ABARGHANI (3rd place).

100 kg – 3: 2017 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships up to 100 kg category finalists (from L to R): Lorenzo LEEUWE (6th place); Pablo LLOPIS (4th place); Carlos BLANCO (2nd place); Szymon LADA (1st place); Mazaher ABARGHANI (3rd place); Karim ALI (5th place).

Over 100 kg category:
Over 100 kg – 1: 2017 IFBB Bodybuilding over 100 kg category world champion: Mohsen SAMADI (Iran).

Over 100 kg – 2: 2017 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships over 100 kg category medal winners (from L to R): Blessing AWODIBU (2nd place); Mohsen SAMADI (1st place); Andrzej KOLODZIEJCZYK (3rd place).

Over 100 kg – 3: 2017 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships over 100 kg category finalists (from L to R): Adam KOZYRA (6th place); Théo LEGUERRIER (4th place); Blessing AWODIBU (2nd place); Mohsen SAMADI (1st place); Andrzej KOLODZIEJCZYK (3rd place); Maksim TRZIN (5th place).

Overall:
Overall – 1: 2017 IFBB World Championships bodybuilding overall winner Mohsen SAMADI (Iran) congratulated by IFBB President Dr. Rafael SANTONJA (left) and Spanish Federation President as well as IFBB Executive, Jose RAMOS (right).

Overall – 2: 2017 IFBB World Championships bodybuilding overall winner Mohsen SAMADI (Iran) with Iranian Federation President, Mr. Nasser POURALIFARD.

MEN’S PHYSIQUE:
Up to 170 cm category:
MPH 1: 2017 IFBB men’s physique up to 170 cm category world champion: Nehdyar RAMADAN (Netherlands).
MPH 2: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique up to 170 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Kamran ELYASI (2nd place); Nehdyar RAMADAN (1st place); David RAMIREZ (3rd place).
MPH 3: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique up to 170 cm category finalists (from L to R): Tuan NYUGEN (6th place); Ryo TERASHIMA (4th place); Kamran ELYASI (2nd place); Nehdyar RAMADAN (1st place); David RAMIREZ (3rd place); Yukihiro YUASA (5th place).
Up to 173 cm category:
MPH 4: 2017 IFBB men’s physique up to 173 cm category world champion: Shao Zhong ZHENG (China).
MPH 5: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique up to 173 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Shogo SATO (2nd place); Shao Zhong ZHENG (1st place), Shantia LAKPOUR (3rd place).
MPH 6: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique up to 173 cm category finalists (from L to R): Ke-Shen LIAN (6th place); Eduardo RAMIREZ (4th place); Shogo SATO (2nd place); Shao Zhong ZHENG (1st place), Shantia LAKPOUR (3rd place); Yasin SAHIN (5th place).
Up to 176 cm category:
MPH 7: 2017 IFBB men’s physique up to 176 cm category world champion: Dmytro HOROBETS (Ukraune).
MPH 8: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique up to 176 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Jetmir GOQI (2nd place); Dmytro HOROBETS (1st place), Enrique GUTIERREZ (3rd place).
MPH 9: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique up to 176 cm category finalists (from L to R): Alexander LADSTEN (6th place); Ryuichiro KOMURA (4th place); Jetmir GOQI (2nd place); Dmytro HOROBETS (1st place), Enrique GUTIERREZ (3rd place); Mickael PRETOT (5th place).
Up to 179 cm category:
MPH 10: 2017 IFBB men’s physique up to 179 cm category world champion: Waldemar GUSTAFSSON-EK (Sweden).
MPH 11: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique up to 179 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Akbar SARBAZ (2nd place); Waldemar GUSTAFSSON-EK (1st place), Patrik HERCZÍK (3rd place).
MPH 12: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique up to 179 cm category finalists (from L to R): Chao PENG (6th place); Piotr ZIELINSKI (4th place); Akbar SARBAZ (2nd place); Waldemar GUSTAFSSON-EK (1st place), Patrik HERCZÍK (3rd place); Edvard MUHANHA (5th place).

Up to 182 cm category:
MPH 14: 2017 IFBB men’s physique up to 182 cm category world champion: Pablo RAMIS (Spain).
MPH 15: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique up to 182 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Mahmut ALAN (2nd place); Pablo RAMIS (1st place), Rocky KEWLEY (3rd place).
MPH 16: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique up to 182 cm category finalists (from L to R): Majdi BEN KHALIFA (6th place); Rebwar SOHRABI (4th place); Mahmut ALAN (2nd place); Pablo RAMIS (1st place), Rocky KEWLEY (3rd place); Mateusz DUDA (5th place).

Over 182 cm category:
MPH 17: 2017 IFBB men’s physique over 182 cm category world champion: Thierry BAYALA (France).
MPH 18: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique over 182 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Atef JENDOUBI (2nd place); Thierry BAYALA (1st place), William PLUSKOTA (3rd place).
MPH 19: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique over 182 cm category finalists (from L to R): Lukas GALDIKAS (6th place); Srboslav LAZIC (4th place); Atef JENDOUBI (2nd place); Thierry BAYALA (1st place), William PLUSKOTA (3rd place); Mohamed FERJANI (5th place).
OVERALL CATEGORY:
MPH 20: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique overall winner Dmytro HOROBETS (Ukraine) awarded by the
MPH 21: 2017 IFBB World Championships men’s physique overall winner: Dmytro HOROBETS (Ukraine).
MPH 22: Men’s physique overall winner: Dmytro HOROBETS (Ukraine).

MUSCULAR MEN’S PHYSIQUE CATEGORY:
MPH 23: 2017 IFBB muscular men’s physique open category world champion: Briger RENTERIA (Colombia).
MPH 24: 2017 IFBB World Championships muscular men’s physique open category medal winners (from L to R): Ahmed EL HALAWANI (2nd place); Briger RENTERIA (1st place), Alexis AUTREAU (3rd place).
MPH 25: 2017 IFBB World Championships muscular men’s physique open category finalists (from L to R): Gregory LAC (6th place); Maxime RATIER (4th place); Ahmed EL HALAWANI (2nd place); Briger RENTERIA (1st place), Alexis AUTREAU (3rd place); Maxime VILATTE (5th place).

THE BEST TEAMS
Teams 1: 2017 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships best teams awards (from L): Republic of Korea (2nd place); Iran (1st place); Spain (3rd place).
Teams 2: Iranian Federation President Naser POUR ALIFARD with the Best Team Trophy.