Organized by the Italian Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation leaded by Mr. Benedetto Mondello, the 2017 IFBB Diamond Cup Rome was held in the capital city of Italia, between 21st to 22nd October; bringing new Pro Elite status to the most highlighted athletes.
Samson Dauda (United Kingdom) won the Bodybuilding Super Final, after winning the Heavyweight category (+90 kg), defeating Mika Sihvonen (Finland), by only 2 points (8 to 10 points) and the other 3 Italian champions: Mattia Vecchi, Thomas Ruggini and Pasquale D´Angelo.
Roberto Casavecchia (Italy) was the overall winner in Masters Bodybuilding.
Aristide Mbomni (Germany) was the overall winner in Classic Bodybuilding defeating by only 1 point Antonio Ludovico (Italy).
Spain dominated Men´s Physique with 3 gold medals and Alejandro Ruiz winning the overall title with the same 11 points that Davide Fiorini (Italy). In Muscular Men´s Physique category it was an interesting battle with Gregory Lac (France), defeating Omar Pellejero (Spain) and Fabio Rodrigues (Portugal) by 3 points.
In Women´s disciplines, Malta’s Blanche Coppola won the Women’s Physique Open overall title, finishing way ahead of Italy’s Anna Bochicchio.
Carla Fernandez (Spain) won the Wellness Fitness open title, defeating Linda Giovanazzi (Italy) by only 1 point.
In Women’s Bodyfitness, the overall title went to Spanish resident Maria Bozinovska (Macedonia), defeating Giusy Dezio (Italy) by 1 point, as well Anna Nawrot (Poland) and Ipek Altun (Turkey).
With all this close battles, the Super Final in Bikini Fitness was even more unpredictable: the title went to Oksana Brygidyr (Ukraine) with the same 10 points that Natalia Lugovskikh (Russia). Both athletes, undefeated in their respective categories during 2017, will offer an amazing last battle for Elite Ranking, in next World Championships (Biarritz).
In Master Bikini Fitness, the title went to Luciana Del Giudice (United Kingdom), while the Junior title went to Timea Trajtelova (Slovakia).
Picture (by Pippo Impelizzeri): Samson Dauda (United Kingdom) won the Bodybuilding Super Final and the Pro Elite Card.