Saturday night, Phil Heath became just the 13th man to ever win the Mr. Olympia contest. Heath beat offstage friend and onstage rival Jay Cutler, a four time Mr. Olympia.
Heath showed up to prejudging in the best shape he has ever presented with an amazing blend of size and conditioning. Cutler came in strong as well, despite a left bicep injury, but could not keep up with the 31 year old Heath. But Cutler must get credit for his amazing fight til the end. As the winner was announced, Heath and Cutler were all smiles. Once the awards were presented, an emotional Heath accepted his new crown.
After fighting to become the top bodybuilder in the world, Phil Heath has finally edged out the likes of Jay Cutler and Kai Greene among the other greats on the Olympia stage to be able to finally say that he is officially the best bodybuilder in the world today.
As Cutler took second place, third place was awarded to Kai Greene. Victor Martinez grabbed fourth as Dennis Wolf took a disappointing fifth. Dexter Jackson placed sixth with big Toney Freeman at seventh. And up and comer Brandon Curry placed a fantastic eighth.
Nicole Wilkins was able to reclaim her Figure Olympia title from Erin Stern, knocking last year’s champion to second place. Third place was given to fan favorite, the ultra popular Ava Cowan.
The 202 Showdown was won by Kevin English. English has won the 202 title three years in a row now. Second place went to Flex Lewis and third place was taken by Jose Raymond.
In the bikini division, Nicole Nagrani took first place in a star-studded top five. Nathalia Melo grabbed second place followed by Diana Dahlgren, Jaime Baird, and Sonia Gonzales. Gonzales won the contest in 2010.
In the fitness division, Adela Garcia won for a dominating sixth consecutive time. Once again, Tanji Johnson had to settle for number two to Garcia, but certainly made a statement. Popular newcomer Oksana Grishina took fifth place.
In the women’s bodybuilding division, Iris Kyle continued her reign as the greatest female bodybuilder of all time. She easily defeated the competition, including Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, who took second to Kyle yet again.
Once again, the bodybuilding world shined bright on the Olympia stage as the best in the world showed off their bodies and showed the world just what hard work and determination is all about.
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