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2016 WORLD BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS – BENIDORM, SPAIN

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by Andrew Michalak
photo: Igor Kopcek (www.eastlabs.sk)
The first day of this year’s World Bodybuilding Championships were mainly devoted to Classic Bodybuilding (all five categories) but as prelude we could see the battles in two new Games Classic Bodybuilding categories. Two lightest bodybuilding categories were the closing part of the day.
IFBB President Dr. Rafael Santonja and Vice-Presidents: Mr. Paul Graham (Australia and Oceania), Mr. Albert Busek (Europe) and Mr. Javier Pollock (Caribbean) were present at the venue and presented trophies to the winners. As usual, IFBB Judges Committee Chairman Mr. Pawel Filleborn was on duty, running all categories as a Chief Judge. Mrs. Natalia Nazarenko and Mr. Guillermo Rengifo worked as Stage Directors.
The venue – marvelous Benidorm Palace – is located around 400 m from the Deloix Hotel, so there was no problem with the transport as all participants preferred walking and the weather was very “friendly” this time – less sunny but nicely warm.
The back wall of the stage was in a form of a big screen, where the IFBB logo was displayed. At both sides another two screens showing the battle on the stage. The front part of the audience was composed of chairs, the rest in the restaurant style, with tables and sofas.
Classic Bodybuilding was born in Europe 10 years ago, with the first World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic in 2006, so it was their 11th edition. Traditional Bodybuilding has a much longer history as the 70th edition is celebrated in Benidorm this year.
Games Classic Bodybuilding and Classic Bodybuilding were dominated by Iran and Korea, with singe medals going to other countries but the most prestigious Classic Bodybuilding overall title went to Ukraine, to Andrii Buzovetskyi – a competitor who first time participated in the international competition! If you are gifted, you may win even over the Iranian and Korean superstars.
Nearly 30 bodybuilders decided to try the new division – Games Classic Bodybuilding. Later on, most of them participated in the Classic Bodybuilding categories as well. The most successful competitor of the day was Seyedroohollah Mirnoorallahi of Iran, who won 3 gold medals: in Games Bodybuilding short class, Games Bodybuilding overall as well as Classic Bodybuilding 168 cm category. In both categories he had to run a very tough battle against double world champion Kikwan Seol (Korea) and won 2 times. In 2013 he won over Seol but then lost 2 times. Now regained the title, so they are tied, having two world titles each. But Seol has never dropped below 2nd place, having 2 gold and 3 silver medals in his collection. Exciting rivalry!
Iran also won the Best Teams Classification, over Korea, Spain, Ukraine and Poland.
The first two Bodybuilding titles went to Korea (Kyeongmo Park) and Iran (Mahdi Heydari) as well; however, the rivalry in this division is more “intercontinental” as other medals went to UAE, Oman, Ecuador and Spain. To be continued….

GAMES CLASSIC BODYBUILDING

Up to 175 cm category
Mirnoorallahi won the first two rounds over Seol but in the third round they were tied 10:10, with Aristide Mbomni Tiam (Germany) just behind them. Then, extremely close battle of the next three competitors: Michele Massaro (Italy), Daniel Cubeddu (France) and Gabriele Giansante (Italy) who were scored: 74-75-76 points at the end!

Pictures:
Games 1: 2016 IFBB Games Classic Bodybuilding up to 175 cm category world champion: Seyedroohollah MIRNOORALLAHI (Iran).

Games 2: 2016 IFBB World Games Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 175 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Kikwan SEOL (2nd place); Seyed MIRNOOROLLAHI (1st place); Aristide Mbomni TIAM (3rd place).

Games 3: 2016 IFBB World Games Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 175 cm category finalists (from L to R): Gabriele GIANSANTE (6th place); Michele MASSARO (4th place); Kikwan SEOL (2nd place); Seyed MIRNOOROLLAHI (1st place); Aristide Mbomni TIAM (3rd place); Daniel CUBEDDU (5th place).

Over 175 cm category
It was a war: Norway vs. United Kingdom as both countries had 2 bodybuilders each in the finals. Gold medal went to Aage Bunde (Norway), who slightly won both rounds over Zack McGuirk (Unird Kingdom). They were strongly pressed by Marius Arlauskas (Lithuania) who evenj won the routine round but lost too many points in muscularity assessment round to make any damage to the top two. Then Reno Banks (United Kingdom) with fantastic body symmetry and second Norwegian Viktor Mathisen.

Games 4: 2016 IFBB Games Classic Bodybuilding over 175 cm category world champion: Aage BUNDE (Norway).

Games 5: 2016 IFBB World Games Classic Bodybuilding Championships over 175 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Zack MCGUIRK (2nd place); Aage BUNDE (1st place); Marius ARLAUSKAS (3rd place).

Games 6: 2016 IFBB World Games Classic Bodybuilding Championships over 175 cm category finalists (from L to R): Zlatko PIRALIĆ (6th place); Reno BANKS (4th place); Zack MCGUIRK (2nd place); Aage BUNDE (1st place); Marius ARLAUSKAS (3rd place); Viktor MATHISEN (5th place).

Mirnoorallahi won the overall title with perfect scores (5 points).

Games 7: 2016 IFBB World Games Classic Bodybuilding Championships overall winner Seyedroohollah MIRNOORALLAHI (Iran), congratulated by IFBB President Dr. Rafael SANTONJA (right) and Iranian Federation President Nasser POUR ALIFARD.

Games 8: 2016 IFBB World Games Classic Bodybuilding Championships overall winner Seyedroohollah MIRNOORALLAHI (Iran).

CLASSIC BODYBUILDING

Up to 168 cm category

Next tough battle of two classic bodybuilding superstars: Kikwan Seol (Korea) and Seyedroohollah Mirnoorollahi (Iran) but in the first round only (9:7). Both final rounds were unanimously won by Mirnoorollahi. Two European champions: Stanislav Vizenher (2016, Ukraine) and Daniel Cubeddu (2015, France) took the next two places, then 2015 Asian Championships overall winner Xu Demin (China) and Yeongseok Kim (Korea), who were separated by 2 points only.

Pictures:
168 cm – 1: 2016 IFBB Classic Bodybuilding up to 168 cm category world champion: Seyedroohollah MIRNOOROLLAHI (Iran).

168 cm – 2: 2016 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 168 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Kikwan SEOL (2nd place); Seyedroohollah MIRNOOROLLAHI (1st place); Stanislav VIZENHER (3rd place).

168 cm – 3: 2016 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 168 cm category finalists (from L to R): Yeongseok KIM (6th place); Daniel CUBEDDU (4th place); Kikwan SEOL (2nd place); Seyed MIRNOOROLLAHI (1st place); Stanislav VIZENHER (3rd place); Xu DEMIN (5th place).

Up to 171 cm category
Not “friendly” category for last year’s stars: 2015 world champion Hyojung Kim dropped to the 5th position; his team-mate and last year’s finalist Ki Ho Mun out of the top 10. Great comeback of the 2014 bronze medal winner Mahdi Parvani (Iran), who is the only winner who got the perfect scores in all three rounds! 2016 Arnold USA winner Fawaz Alhalawa (Kuwait) displayed perfect body proportions but needs to improve his routine. Bronze medal went to Amateur Olympia Spain winner Aristide Mbomni Tiam (Germany). Then China’s Zhao Zhanglei, who was tied with Hyojung Kim but got the 4th position.

Pictures:

171 cm – 1: 2016 IFBB Classic Bodybuilding up to 171 cm category world champion: Mahdi PARVANI (Iran).

171 cm – 2: 2016 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 171 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Fawaz ALHALAWA (2nd place); Mahdi PARVANI (1st place); Aristide Mbomni TIAM (3rd place).

171 cm – 3: 2015 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 171 cm category finalists (from L to R): Michele MASSARO (6th place); Zhao ZHANGLEI (4th place); Fawaz ALHALAWA (2nd place); Mahdi PARVANI (1st place); Aristide Mbomni TIAM (3rd place); Hyojung KIM (5th place).

Up to 175 cm category
Big progress of the last year’s rising stars. Juhoon Lee (Korea) moved up from 7th place last year (in 180 cm class) to the top, winning all three rounds almost unanimously. South American star Julián Paredes (Argentina) advanced from 5th place to the runner-ups position. Naim Barhoumi (Tunisia) turned from Bodybuilding (13th place in 80 kg class) to Classic Bodybuilding and grasped the bronze medal. Andrea Felici (Italy) jumped from 8th place to 4th position. Who lost? Andrej Varga (Slovakia) dropped from 2nd place to 5th position, ahead of a new face from Japan, Takumi Onoda.

Pictures:

175 cm – 1: 2016 IFBB Classic Bodybuilding up to 175 cm category world champion: Juhoon LEE (Korea).

175 cm – 2: 2016 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 175 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Julián PAREDES (2nd place); Juhoon LEE (1st place); Naim BARHOUMI (3rd place).

175 cm – 3: 2016 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 175 cm category finalists (from L to R): Takumi ONODA (6th place); Andrea FELICI (4th place); Julián PAREDES (2nd place); Juhoon LEE (1st place); Naim BARHOUMI (3rd place); Andrej VARGA (5th place).

Up to 180 cm category
From among last year’s finalists only Antonio de la Torre (Spain), who was not in so good condition as at the latest European Championships (2nd place) and took the last place in the finals. Nobody could challenge a completely new athlete in the line-up, Andrii Buzovetskyi (Ukraine), who debuted internationally at this World Championships and occurred to be unstoppable! So, the new great champion was born. The same could be said about the runner-up, Jordi Romero (Spain) who was a similar sensation at 2016 Arnold Classic Europe, winning the overall title in his international debut. Now he met a rival with the similar, fantastic body quality and had to accept his silver medal. Then, the next new, gifted competitor: Mohammadreza Sartomi (Iran) with bronze medal in his international debut. To continue this series of new bodybuilding pearls, 4th place went to young, 24 years old Patryk Jaskiewicz (Poland), former successful junior, who was the sensation of the latest European Championships winning the gold medal over De La Torre. Now in 4th place in his first World Championships. Then, two experienced masters: Antonio Ludovico (Italy) and Antonio de la Torre (Sian), placing behind younger generation new stars.

Pictures:
180 cm – 1: 2016 IFBB Classic Bodybuilding up to 180 cm category world champion: Andrii BUZOVETSKYI (Ukraine).

180 cm – 2: 2016 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 180 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Jordi ROMERO (2nd place); Andrii BUZOVETSKYI (1st place); Alexander BARBASHIN (3rd place).

180 cm – 3: 2016 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 180 cm category finalists (from L to R): Antonio DE LA TORRE (6th place); Patryk JASKIEWICZ (4th place); Jordi ROMERO (2nd place); Andrii BUZOVETSKYI (1st place); Alexander BARBASHIN (3rd place); Antonio LUDOVICO (5th place).

Over 180 cm category
In the absence of the last year champion Ali Shamsghamar (Iran), other two medal winners were fighting for the top trophy. Keyvan Rezapour was victorious in this battle, moving up from 2nd place. Kaveh Jazani (Azerbaijan) remains in the 3rd place, while the silver medal went to second Iranian Hesam Larijani. They pushed down last year’s world champion Hubert Kulczynski (Poland) to 4th position, with the next former successful junior Adrian Cyronek (also from Poland) in 5th place. Francisco Galvan of Spain closed the order of the finalists.

Pictures:
Over 180 cm – 1: 2016 IFBB Classic Bodybuilding over 180 cm category world champion: Keyvan REZAPOUR (Iran).

Over 180 cm – 2: 2016 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships over 180 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Hesam LARIJANI (2nd place); Keyvan REZAPOUR (1st place); Kaveh JAZANI (3rd place).

Over 180 cm – 3: 2016 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships over 180 cm category finalists (from L to R): Francisco GALVAN (6th place); Hubert KULCZYNSKI (4th place); Hesam LARIJANI (2nd place); Keyvan REZAPOUR (1st place); Kaveh JAZANI (3rd place); Adrian CYRONEK (5th place).

Classic Bodybuilding Overall:

1 Andrii Buzovetskyi Ukraine 9
2 Keyvan Rezapour Iran 12
3 Mahdi Parvani Iran 13
4 Seyed Mirnoorallahi Iran 17
5 Juhoon Lee Korea 25

CBB overall – 1: 2016 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships overall winner Andrii BUZOVETSKYI of Ukraine congratulated by IFBB President Dr. Rafael SANTONJA (right) and IFBB Vice-President Albert BUSEK (left).

CBB overall – 2: 2016 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships overall winner Andrii BUZOVETSKYI (Ukraine).

CBB overall – 3: Overall winner Andrii BUZOVETSKYI (Ukraine).

BODYBUILDING
Up to 65 kg category:
Last year champion Sungwon Kang (Korea) didn’t come but was successfully replaced by other Korean, Kyeongmo Park, who won both final rounds unanimously. Last year’s bronze medal winner Daniel Luna (Ecuador) tried to move up one place and was successful in the first round but in the finals dropped to 3rd position once again, being over passed by experienced UAE’s star Ayoob Alammar, who first time entered the medal zone at the Worlds. Iranian Gholamreza Alizadeh in the 4th position, ahead of 2015 Balkan champion Ciprian Solzaru (Romania) and former CAC champion Evaristo Cortes (Costa Rica), who first time entered the finals.

Pictures:

65 kg – 1: 2016 IFBB Bodybuilding up to 65 kg category world champion: Kyeongmo PARK (Korea).

65 kg – 2: 2016 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships up to 65 kg category medal winners (from L to R): Ayoob ALAMMAR (2nd place); Kyeongmo PARK (1st place); Ka Daniel LUNA (3rd place).

65 kg – 3: 2016 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships up to 65 kg category finalists (from L to R): Evaristo CORTES (6th place); Gholamreza ALIZADEH (4th place); Ayoob ALAMMAR (2nd place); Kyeongmo PARK (1st place); Daniel LUNA (3rd place); Ciprian SOLZARU (5th place).

Up to 70 kg category:
Two former world champions: Daniel Sticco and Corrado Maggiore (both of Italy) at the end of the top 10. Gold medal went to 2014 World Championships runner-up Mahdi Heydari (Iran), who received almost perfect scores. Double Asian champion Abdullah Al-Jabri (Oman) took the silver medal, ahead of 2016 Arnold Europe winner Jonay Mesa (Spain). Then, bodybuilder with almost 20-year contest history Makoto Tashiro (Japan), repeating his achievement from 2012 and 2016 Arnold USA winner Fawaz Alhalawa (Kuwait). The last finalist with also impressive achievements: former European and Arnold USA champion Marcin Kosel (Poland). Category packed with the superstars, where there was no place in the top 10 for other international champions like 2014 Arnold Europe winner Antonio Herrera or former European champion Miroslav Skadra (Slovakia).

Pictures:

70 kg – 1: 2016 IFBB Bodybuilding up to 70 kg category world champion: Mahdi HEYDARI (Iran).

70 kg – 2: 2016 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships up to 70 kg category medal winners (from L to R):

70 kg – 3: 2016 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships up to 70 kg category finalists (from L to R): Marcin KOSEL (6th place); Makoto TASHIRO (4th place); Abdullah AL-JABRI (2nd place); Mahdi HEYDARI (1st place); Jonay MESA (3rd place); Fawaz ALHALAWA (5th place).

RESULTS

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