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Despite very strong competition from both Dennis Wolf at his best ever and Victor Martinez in top condition, Branch Warren did indeed leave the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium tonight not only with his fifth Most Muscular award, but also first place and all that goes with it: a $130,000 check, a $20,000 Audemars Piquet watch, a Tony Nowak leather jacket, and a Joska crystal trophy. He also now joins the list of legends that have won the Arnold Classic that includes Rich Gaspari, Shawn Ray, Kevin Levrone, Flex Wheeler, Ronnie Coleman, and Jay Cutler.
After hearing his name announced by emcee Lonnie Teper as the winner, Branch dropped to the floor much the way Ronnie Coleman was known to do back in the day. Arnold came out to give the congratulatory interview, and commended Branch for refusing to give up even though he came up short at this event several times over the last four years. Branch took the time to thank his Lord and savior Jesus Christ, his wife Trish, his good friend Brian Dobson who believed in his potential twenty years ago when no one else did, and his sponsors: Steve Blechman and MD, Muscletech, and GASP clothing, and his nutrition coach George Farah. read more »
Ronny Rockel owns Europe — at least for this night. Rockel captured the inaugural Mr. Europe title and in the process qualified for the 2010 Mr. Olympia in the last men’s open qualifying event of the season. He placed 7th at last year’s Olympia and is a legitimate threat to crack the top 6 in Las Vegas in two weeks.
Dennis James, competing for the first time in 2010, finished as the runner-up to qualify for his 9th Olympia. Hometown favorite Francisco “Paco” Bautista placed third to grab the third and final qualifying spot for this year’s Mr. Olympia competition.
For those of you living in a cave, the Olympia will be held just under two weeks from today, on September 24-25 in Las Vegas, Nevada. MORE ABOUT OLYMPIA WEEKEND 2010
1. Ronny Rockell
2. Dennis James
3. Francisco Bautista
4. Robert Piotrkowicz
5. Alfonso Del Rio Valencia
6. Michael Kefalianos read more »
It was just about a full year ago that we were all talking about how deep the 2009 Mr. Olympia line-up was going to be. Dexter Jackson was coming in as the defending champion, Kai Greene was making his first appearance on the Las Vegas stage after dominating at the Arnold Classic, Phil Heath was returning for his second shot at the Sandow after taking third in his maiden O, Dennis Wolf was the ‘sexy’ pick and Jay Cutler was hardly being mentioned.
We all know what happened, with Cutler besting Branch Warren to reclaim what was once his. Jackson fell to third, with Greene and Heath following. Wolf did not even place and has been quiet of late. With such unexpected results then, who knows what is going to occur this time?
The men who have qualified so far are Cutler, Jackson, Warren, Greene, Heath, Wolf, Melvin Anthony, Erik Frankhouser, Toney Freeman, Marcus Haley, Victor Martinez, Evengy Mishin, Robert Piotrkowicz, Craig Richardson, Ronny Rockel, Roelly Winklaar and Hidetada Yamagishi. read more »