William Bonac Wins 30th Arnold Classic In Columbus Debut

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From Fitness Trainer March/April

William “The Conqueror” Bonac, a Ghana native now living in the Netherlands, won the 30th Anniversary Arnold Classic in his first professional appearance on the famed Arnold Classic stage. Bonac, who first made a name for himself in bodybuilding when he finished third in the heavyweight division at the 2011 Arnold Amateur, dominated all three rounds of judging in cruising to his first major professional victory. It was the fourth career win for Bonac, who was third at the 2017 Mr. Olympia.

Five-time Arnold Classic champion Dexter Jackson of Jacksonville, Fla., the winningest bodybuilder in history with 28 career wins, finished second and defending champion Cedric McMillan of Heath Springs, South Carolina was third.

Bonac received congratulations from Arnold Schwarzenegger, a check for $130,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket and the champion’s trophy from Catherine Colle of Midway Labs USA and Eric Hillman of Optimum Nutrition. Jackson, 47 received $75,000 and a medal from ROGUE Fitness and Jan Tana. The popular McMillan was third and received $50,000 from Animal and The Columbus Dispatch.

  • Roelly Winklaar of the Netherlands finished fourth and received $30,000 from Blackstone Labs and Bodybuilding.com
  • Steve Kuclo of Dallas, Texas was fifth in his Arnold Classic debut and received $15,000 from Rule One Proteins and Ricart Automotive.
  • Lionel Beyeke of France, competing in Columbus for the fourth time, was sixth and received $10,000 from Rivalus and MHP. His previous best finish was fourth in 2017.

Also competing and finishing seventh through 13th, respectively, were Justin Rodriquez (New York, New York), Jonathan De La Rosa (White Plains, New York), Lukas Osladil (Czech Republic), Hidetada Yamagishi (Japan), Fred Smalls (Townsend, Delaware), Dennis Wolf (Germany) and Maxx Charles (Huntington, New York). Paul Poloczek of Germany also competed but did not finish.

Whitney Jones Wins Fitness International For Biggest Win Of Her Career

Elgargni, Lewis-Carter, Grant and Ansley Also Earn IFBB Pro League Titles

Whitney Jones of Gilbert, Ariz., who has overcome a serious back injury in the past year, earned the biggest win of her career when she won the Fitness International for the first time. Jones received the champion’s trophy from Arnold, a $25,000 check, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket and congratulations from Catherine Colle of Midway Labs USA and Darin Sliker of Animal.

The remainder of the Fitness International top six:

  • 2nd place: Kate Errington of England received $13,000 and a trophy from VPX and Europa Sports.
  • 3rd place: Bethany Wagner of Somerset, N.J., received $8,000 and a trophy from Body Fortress and Pure Protein.
  • 4th place: Regiane Da Silva of Germany received $5,000 and a trophy from Musclegen Research and Jan Tana.
  • 5th place: Ariel Khadr Miami, Fla., received $3,000 and a trophy from Monster Energy and EAS.
  • 6th place: Derina Wilson of Islip Terrace, N.Y., received $2,000 and a trophy from MuscleEgg and the Columbus Dispatch.

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England’s Kamal Elgargni Wins Arnold Classic 212 In Columbus Debut

Kamal Elgargni, a Libya native now living in England, made a big splash in his first appearance in Columbus when he won the Arnold Classic 212. Elgargni received the champion’s trophy from d Schwarzenegger and $22,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket and congratulations from Catherine Colle of Midway Labs USA and Jan Tana of Jan Tana.

The remainder of the Arnold Classic top six:

  • 2nd place: Charles Dixon of Greenville, S.C., received $10,000 and a medal from Animal and MuscleEgg.
  • 3rd place: Samir Troudi of Dubai received $6,000 and a medal from the Columbus Dispatch and Body Fortress.
  • 4th place: David Henry of South Hadley, Mass., received $4,000 and a medal from MET-Rx and VPX.
  • 5th place: Jose Raymond of Peabody, Mass., received $2,000 and a medal from Europa Sports and Musclegen Research.
  • 6th place: Gaetano Cisternino Jr., of Branchburg, N.J., received $1,000 and a medal from PROSUPPS and Monster Energy.

Candice Lewis-Carter Repeats As Figure International Champ

In a repeat of 2017, Candice Lewis-Carter of Katy, Texas won the Figure International by besting second-place Cydney Gillon of Douglasville, Ga. Lewis-Carter received the champion’s trophy from Schwarzenegger and $16,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jackets and congratulations from Catherine Colle of Midway Labs USA and Eric Hillman of Europa Sports.

The remainder of the Figure International top six:

  • 2nd place: Cydney Gillon of Douglasville, Ga., received $10,000 and a trophy from PROSUPPS and MET-Rx.
  • 3rd place: Heather Dees of Lehi, Utah received $8,000 and trophy from Animal and Jan Tana.
  • 4th place: Michele Silva of Brasil received $5,000 and a trophy from EAS and Grunt Style.
  • 5th place: Bojana Vasiljevic of Palm Desert, Calif., received $3,000 and a trophy from the Columbus Dispatch and Iso-Sport.
  • 6th place: Maria Luisa Baeza Diaz of Melrose, Mass., received $2,000 and a trophy from VPX and Pure Protein.

Shanique Grant Wins Women’s Physique International Crown

Shanique Grant of Chicago, Ill., received the champion’s trophy from Schwarzenegger and $5,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jackets and congratulations from Catherine Colle of Midway Labs USA and Eric Hillman of Europa Sports.

The remainder of the Women’s Physique International top six:

  • 2nd place: Natalia Coelho received $2,000 and a trophy from Jan Tana and Iso-Sport.
  • 3rd place: Margita Zamolova received $1,500 and trophy from Animal and MET-RX.
  • 4th place: Michaela Aycock received $1,000 and a trophy from the Columbus Dispatch and PROSUPPS.
  • 5th place: Kira Neuman received $1,000 and a trophy from VPX and Grunt Style.
  • 6th place: Priscila Cavilha received $500 and a trophy from Body Fortress and EAS.

California’s Breon Ansley Wins Inaugural Arnold Classic Physique

Breon Ansley of Rowland Heights, Calif., made history when he won the inaugural Arnold Classic Physique title. Ansley received the champion’s trophy from Schwarzenegger and

$5,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jackets and congratulations from Catherine Colle of Midway Labs USA and Darin Sliker of Animal.

 

The remainder of the Arnold Classic Physique top six:

  • 2nd place: Arash Rahbar received $2,000 and a trophy from Monster Energy and Europa Sports.
  • 3rd place: Courage Opara received $1,500 and trophy Jan Tana and VPX.
  • 4th place: Danny Hester received $1,000 and a trophy from Grunt Style and Iso-Sport.
  • 5th place: Kevin Ford received $1,000 and a trophy from the Columbus Dispatch and MuscleEgg.
  • 6th place: Dani Younan received $500 and a trophy from Musclegen Research and Pure Protein.

Brasilian Native Angelica Teixeira Wins 2018 Bikini International

Angelica Teixeira, a native of Brasil who lives in Bergenfield New Jersey, won the Bikini International for the second straight year at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival.

Teixeira, who won her sixth contest overall and fifth in a row, received congratulations from Schwarzenegger, $7,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket and the champion’s trophy from Catherine Colle Midway Labs USA and Eric Hillman of Optimum Nutrition.

The remainder of the Bikini International top six:

  • 2nd place: Janet Layug of Lakeland, Fla., received $3,000 and a trophy from ROGUE Fitness and Blackstone Labs.
  • 3rd place: Casey Samsel of Antioch, Tenn., received $2,000 and a trophy from Optimum Nutrition and Jan Tana.
  • 4th place: Romina Basauldo of Argentina, received $1,000 and a trophy from Animal and the Columbus Dispatch.
  • 5th place: Jennifer Ronzitti of Glen Burnie, Md., received $1,000 and a trophy from Rivalus and VPX.
  • 6th place: Breena Martinez of Walnut Creek, Calif. received $1,000 and a trophy from Bodybuilding.com and LYFT.

Andre Ferguson Wins First Arnold Men’s Physique Title

Andre Ferguson (USA) outlasted a field of 28 competitors to win the Arnold Classic Men’s Physique for the biggest win of his IFBB Pro League. Ferguson received congratulations from Schwarzenegger, $5,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket and the champion’s trophy from Catherine Colle of Midway Labs USA and Steve Slater of ROGUE Fitness. Ferguson was second in Columbus in 2017.

The remainder of the Arnold Men’s Physique top six:

  • 2nd place: Raymont Edwards (USA) received $2,000 and a trophy from Europa Sports and Ricart Automotive.
  • 3rd place: 2016 champion Brandon Hendrickson of Bartlett, Ill., received $1,500 and a trophy from VPX and Black Skull.
  • 4th place: Logan Franklin (USA) received $1,000 and a trophy from Optimum Nutrition and MHP.
  • 5th place: George Brown of Columbus, Ohio received $1,000 and a trophy from LYFT and Blackstone Labs.
  • 6th place: Steven Cao (USA) received $500 and a trophy from Rule One Proteins and Animal.

Harold “King Kong” Kelley Wins 3rd Straight Arnold Classic Pro Wheelchair

Harold Kelley of Grand Prairie, Texas, continued his dominance of the sport of professional wheelchair bodybuilding when he won the Arnold Classic Pro Wheelchair Presented by Bodybuilding.com for the third straight year.

Kelly earned $3,000 and a one-of-a-kind Arnold Classic Pro Wheelchair Championship Ring from event founder Nick Scott. Reggie Bennett (USA) finished second and earned $2,000, while Gabriele Andriulli (Italy) was third and earned $1,000. Daniel Minster (Czech Republic) was fourth and Steve Lister (USA) was fifth. Bennett was named Best Poser and earned an extra $500.

Hafthor Bjornsson Wins 1st Arnold Strongman Classic Crown

Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland broke through for his first major professional strongman victory when he won the Arnold Strongman Classic at the 30th Anniversary of the Arnold Sports Festival. The event also serves as the Arnold Pro Strongman World Championship.

Bjornsson was competing in the Arnold Strongman Classic for the 8th straight year. He finished second in 2017 and was fifth in 2016. He also finished second in World’s Strongest Man three of the past four years.

Three-time champion Brian Shaw of Lupton, Colo., finished second and Mikhail Shivlyakov of Russia was third.

Bjornsson, who is best known in some circles as the actor who plays “Mountain” on Game Of Thrones,” dominated with two first-place finishes (Elephant Bar Deadlift, Bag Over Bar) and two thirdplace efforts (The Stone Shoulder, Timber Carry) in the first four events to building a commanding 36- 32.5 lead over Shaw heading into the final event.

In the final event during the Arnold Classic Finals at Battelle Grand, Bjornsson and Shaw each pressed the 400-pound Appollon’s Wheels overhead three times in the allotted two minutes to finish tied for first. Bjornsson entered the final event only needing one rep to claim the title, but put the famed ROGUE Fitness apparatus overhead four times to the delight of the sold-out crowd.

Bjornsson set a new world record in the ROGUE Elephant Bar Deadlift by locking in an amazing 1,041 pounds. Shaw was second with a lift of 1,016 pounds. Bjornsson also won the Bag Over Bar by tossing a 95-pound, custom-made ROGUE Fitness bag over a 15-foot-high bar.

Mateusz Kieliszkowski of Poland won the The Stone Shoulder by lifting the 410-pound rock four times while Jerry Pritchett of the USA won the Timer Carry by moving the 1,102-pound wooden frame up a 35-foot ramp in an amazing 9.58 seconds.

For the victory, Bjornsson received congratulations from Arnold Schwarzenegger, $72,000 and the Louis Cyr Trophy. Shaw earned $22,000 for finishing second.

Bjornsson, a seven-time Iceland’s Strongest Man winner, qualified for the Arnold Strongman Classic by winning the Arnold Pro Strongman World Series qualifier held at Festival Hommes Forts Warwick in Quebec, Canada in July 2017. The Arnold Pro Strongman World Series features qualifying events at Arnold Sports Festival events and select stand-alone competitions around the world, with winners advancing to compete in the Arnold Pro Strongman World Series Championship at the Arnold Sports Festival.

2018 Arnold Pros Strongman Final Results

  • 1st place (45.5 points): Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland, $72,000
  • 2nd place (42): Brian Shaw of Lupton, Colo., $22,000
  • 3rd place (30): Mikhail Shivlyakov of Russia, $17,000
  • 4th place (29): Mateusz Kieliskowski of Poland, $12,000
  • 5th place (28): Jean-Francois Caron of Canada, $10,000
  • 6th place, tie (24): Jerry Pritchett of Phoenix, Ariz., $6,500
  • 6th place, tie (24): Matjaz Belsak of Slovenia, $6,500
  • 8th place (22.5): Rauno Heinla of Estonia, $4,000.
  • 9th place (18.5): Dimitar Savatinov of Bulgaria, $3,000.
  • 10th place (11.5): Mateusz Ostaszewski of Poland, $2,000.

The 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic was contested over two days in five events: Bag Over Bar, The Stone Shoulder, Timber Carry, ROGUE Elephant Bar Deadlift and Appolon’s Wheel. The Appolon’s Wheel was held at the Battelle Grand at the Greater Columbus Convention Center as part of the ArnoldClassic, Bikini International and Arnold Men’s Physique Finals.