by Andrew Michalak
Second day, Saturday, was devoted to Men’s Bodybuilding and Men’s Physique. A marathon of 8 Bodybuilding categories started at 9:00 o’clock in the Prince Hamzah Hall. And started with Abedalrahman Bahlawan (Lebanon) victory in 70 kg class, where he placed ahead of two Egyptians: Mohamed Abdelgawad and former world champion (2009) Amr Nasr. Bahlawan brought attention at the latest Arnold Classic Europe, where he was the runner-up.
75 kg category title went to Jordanian Yassir Al-Haj, who debuted internationally at the 2016 Olympia Amateur Kuwait in April, taking 3rd place. In 80 kg category all three medals went to Egypt, with 1st place to Mohamed Abdelazim, 2014 World Junior Championships runner-up.
85 kg class was dominated by the latest World Championships runner-up Haitham Al-Zadjali (Oman), with 2 Kuwaitis behind him: Naser Ali Mohammad and Meshal Alshamlan. 2014 world champion (80 kg class) Osama Salama (Egypt) came 10 kg heavier and clearly won 90 kg category, ahead of Meshal Alshamlan (Libya). At the top of 90 kg category we can see 2015 World Championships bronze medal winner Ahmed Aboueldahab (Egypt) followed by his 3 team-mates.
The heavyweight, up to 100 kg, winner was former world top junior Ahmed Elmarhoumy (Egypt) over Ouaziz Zakaria (Lebanon). And the heaviest category, over 100 kg: 2015 world champion and 2016 runner-up Attia Shaalan (Egypt) unanimously won both final rounds but in the overall had to run a very tough battle against his compatriot Ahmed Elmarhoumy and… lost it, being tied 9:9.
While Bodybuilding was dominated by Egyptian athletes, Men’s Physique was dominated by Kuwaiti stars, who won 4 of 5 categories. The overall winner was Sanad Al-Sanad (Kuwait), who appeared internationally earlier this year, winning Arnold Classic Africa in Johannesburg.
Egypt and Kuwait, with 5 gold medals each, were the best teams, ahead of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. What is interesting, gold medals went to 9 countries, what means that the sport quality of top athletes are similar in the whole region (Middle East and North Africa). More and more IFBB international competitions, like this one in Amman, only accelerate bodybuilding development and popularity there.
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