Arnold Classic Europe 2012: spectacular Shawn Rhoden
SPECTACULAR SHAWN RHODEN
Past week end in Madrid, at the Arnold Classic Europe, while all eyes were turned to 2012 Mr Olympia revelation, Shawn RHODEN, who eventually took the Arnold after a spectacular show, the African bodybuilding community had a special attention to the performance of its ambassadors, 9 in total, including competitors from the diaspora.
Big expectations were put on Cameroonian Lionel BEYEKE in the pro division, and South African Vusumzi NJISANE in the amateur.
disappointing Lionel Beyeke
Lionel BEYEKE who competed for France, where he resides, made a poor performance related to his potential ending 11th in the pro division. Since the strong impression he made at the Arnold Classic Amateur in 2009, where he placed 2nd and got his pro card, Lionel has a hard time to convince and seems stagnating or even regressing.
South African “BULLDOZER” Vusumzi NJISANE appeared with a lack of conditioning and ended 15th in the over 100kg amateur men’s bodybuilding division. This conditioning issue is a recurring problem for 2011 South Africa champion, who lost his title one month ago and placed 4th at BBSA* national for this peculiar reason.
South Africa Vus missed his conditioning
The day Vus will succeed his pre contest conditioning he will enter the pro division and become one of the top bodybuilder of his generation. His physique being just insane…
Omar Riahi, 6th up to 80kg
While the favorites performed under the expectations, 3 of our ambassadors made us proud:
Moroccan Omar RIAHI placed 6th in the up to 80kg amateur men’s bodybuilding, despite a food poisoning he caught in Marrakech one week before that ruined part of his preparation.
Oarabile Botshelo, 4th up to 75kg
South Africa Oarabile BOTSHELO placed 4th in the up to 75kg amateur men’s bodybuilding, another remarkable performance after his 3rd place at the IFBB world classic bodybuilding in Tallinn – Estonia, past year.
Ricardo Correia, 3rd up to 90kg
Ricardo CORREIA, competing for the United Kingdom where he lives, appeared in a terrific shape and placed 3rd in a tough up to 90kg amateur men’s bodybuilding, beside the eventual overall champion Alexander KODZOEV. Ricardo CORREIA whose nickname his O FUTURO is definitely one of the future names of the bodybuilding planet.
Ghanaian Gabriel OPARE competed for Spain and placed 12th in the up to 85kg division. South Africa was represented in the Bikini divisions by Olivia VAUGHAN, 8th in the over 168cm division and Jenny LITHGOW in the under 168cm division while their compatriot Dion FRIEDLAND placed 6th in the Master Men over 60 years.