Last update: 22.1.2020: 13:30
Welcome back to my blog. Friday the 13th ... a bad day for some, but a lucky day for friends of bodybuilding this year: The Mr. Olympia 2019 starts its hot phase on Friday the 13th. The best bodybuilders in the world (unlike other competitions, the Mr. Olympia is a qualification competition) compete in various classes for the crown of bodybuilding.
In this post I would like to summarize the results of the Mr. Olympia 2019 for you.
For reasons of scope, I limit myself to the male classes, as in my last post (Mr. Olympia: The most important competition in bodybuilding), I'll write my own post on the female classes of Mr. Olympia.
I wrote this article live on the weekend of Mr. Olympia and updated and restructured it again and again in order to be able to offer you the latest results for the individual classes. The linguistic representation may therefore vary. I apologize for this.
Here you can find the final scorecards of all competitions of the Mr. Olympia:
Would you like to find out something about the Arnold Classic 2020? Read my article "Arnold Classic 2020: Results and Summary"That I keep updating for you.
Las Vegas: venue and schedule
As in previous years, this year's Mr. Olympia 2019 traditionally takes place in Las Vegas. This means that the bodybuilding friends in Germany have to allow for a larger time difference in order to follow the competition.
The time difference between Germany and the venue Las Vegas is 9 hours. That means: if it is 12 noon in Germany, it is only 3 in the morning in Las Vegas. Here is a small list of selected competition times in local and German time.
Schedule Mr. Olympia 2019 in Las Vegas
|Local time||German time|
|212 Prejudging||Friday 10 a.m.||Friday 7pm|
|212 Finale||Friday 7 p.m.||Saturday 4 a.m.|
|Mr. Olympia Prejudging||Friday 7 p.m.||Saturday 4 a.m.|
|Classic Physique Prejudging||Saturday 10 a.m.||Saturday 7pm|
|Men’s Physique Prejudging||Saturday 10 a.m.||Saturday 7pm|
|Mr. Olympia Finale||Saturday: 7 p.m.||Sunday 4 a.m.|
|Classic Physique Finale||Saturday 7. p.m.||Sunday 4 a.m.|
|Men’s Physique Prejudging||Saturday 7. p.m.||Sunday 4 a.m.|
Mr. Olympia 2019: Men's Open
Mr. Olympia 2019: Men's Open Pejudging
Already on Saturday morning at 4 a.m. German time (Friday 7 p.m. local time in Las Vegas), the pre-judging of the Men’s Open took place. There is no weight limit here as in the 212 pound class, evaluation criteria should be muscle mass, symmetry and hardness (condition / shape).
The long-time winner Phil Heath was ousted from the throne last year, and his successor in 2018 (Shawn Rhoden) is also not in the field this year (see also my personal opinion on the Shawn Rhoden case below). In this class it is clear in advance that a new Mr. Olympia will be chosen.
The final score and placement will be determined in two rounds. In the first round, the prejudging, the athletes meet for the first time. The second, final round is the finals on Sunday morning German time. Since the points from the prejudging and the final are added together, the foundation stone for the later placement is laid here.
In the callouts, the athletes are divided by the judges according to their assessment of their appearance.
Die Prejudging Callouts der Men's Open
The first 6 athletes have a very good chance of asserting themselves in the final and finding the first 6 places among themselves. Slight shifts are possible, however, two athletes from the first and second callout were compared in the fourth callout.
So Dexter Jackson and Steve Kuclo still have to tremble whether they will not be surpassed by Lukas Osladil or Akim Williams in the final. So it remains exciting: Who will be the new Mr. Olympia and who can secure the following places?
The first 4 places should (if nothing unforeseen happens) the 4 participants of the final callout William Bonac, Hadi Choopan, Brandon Curry and Roelly Winklaar. Will the judges prefer the symmetry and definition of a Hadi Choopan, the small clenched muscles and definition of William Bonac, or the sheer bulk of Roelly Winklaar or Brandon Curry? Last year a more beautiful line by Shawn Rhoden was the key to the title.
Mr. Olympia 2019: The winners of the Men's Open
And the new Mr. Olympia is called Brandon Curry!
After it was already clear in advance that both Shawn Rhoden and his predecessor Phil Heath would not take part in this year's Mr. Olympia in the men's open class, the door was wide open for a new title holder. In addition, other well-known competitors such as Big Ramy and Nathan De Asha were missing.
Overall, 4 of the top 10 athletes from last year were missing.
Brandon Curry was traded in advance as a favorite for a victory in the premier class of the Mr. Oympia. He was able to underline his ambitions for the title after finishing 5th at the Mr. Olympia 2018 with a win at the Arnold Classic and has shown great development in recent months. His sheer muscle mass seems to have made the difference for the judges. William Bonac, who has a smaller and more compact stature, landed in second place with his enormous muscle density.
Third place went to Hadi Choopan from Iran, who finally received a visa for the USA. While Hadi usually starts in the 212 class, which in my opinion he would have dominated absolutely, his very good form was enough for third place in the open class.
Dexter "The Blade" Jackson could reach the 4th place in the high bodybuilding age of 49 years. Not undeserved, but surprising that he was able to overtake Roelly Winklaar, who is as always incredibly muscular. However, this was not as good as in previous competitions.
The winners of the Mr. Olympia 2019 in the Men’s Open:
1. Brandon Curry
2. William Bonac
3. Hadi Choopan
4. Dexter Jackson
5. Roelly Winklaar
6. Steve Kuclo
7. Cedric McMillan
8. Lukas Osladil
9. Akim Williams
10. Patrick Moore
The surprise in the open class
In addition to Hadi Choopan, who was expected in very good shape and surprisingly secured 3rd place when he took part in the Mr. Olympia for the first time, there was another surprise in the open class: Patrick Moore.
As a newcomer, who only recently received his Pro-Card, he was missing a few kilograms of muscle mass on the top of the world when he also made his first appearance at Mr. Olympia. However, it impressed with its great lines and to the point. If he continues his development, he could also fight for a top place in major competitions in the future.
Prize money Men's Open
As in every year, the highest prize money was paid out to the top athletes in the Men’s Open class:
My personal opinion on the expulsion of Shawn Rhoden
A short insert with my personal opinion on Shawn Rhoden:
The reigning Mr. Olympia from 2018 is not allowed to start at the Mr. Olympia this year, as allegations of rape were made against him in advance. Thereupon he was banned by the IFBB (the organizing association). The situation is complicated:
If the allegations against him are true, I believe that he must be punished with the full severity of the law.
Should the allegations prove to be unfounded, however, he was banned from participating in the largest competition in his sport for no reason. Not only does he lose the opportunity to defend his title. A loss of prize money and sponsors is also associated with this decision.
I don't want to be in the shoes of those responsible, in this situation I think everyone can only lose. I do not hope that, in light of the presumption of innocence, previously unproven criminal charges will be enough to exclude a world-class athlete from the competition.
So much for my personal opinion on the expulsion of Shawn Rhoden.
Mr. Olympia 2019: The 212 class
The pre-judging of the 212 class took place on Friday at 7 p.m. German time, the final on Saturday at 4 a.m.
After the long-time record winner (7 titles) James "Flex" Lewis announced his retirement from the 212 pound class, it was already clear that a new champion would be crowned in this class this year. Naturally, last year's top placements are contenders for this year's title. The order of the top 5 in 2018:
1. Flex Lewis
2. Derek Lunsford
3. Kamal Elgargni
4. Ahmad Ashkanani
5. Jose Raymond
So it was speculated in advance that Derek Lunsford could probably win the title of Mr. Olympia in the 212 pound class. But could he actually prevail against the strong competition?
The 212 Class Prejudging Callouts and Steve Benthins Placement
As the only athlete from Germany, Steve Benthin was able to qualify for the 2019 Mr. Olympia in the 212 pound class after a long season full of setbacks.
Unfortunately, the long season has left its mark, so that he could not make his first appearance at the Mr. Olympia in top form.
His goal, which he had declared in advance, not to be last or to place in the top 15, was unfortunately not possible. At first it looked as if Steve could fight for places 10-14, since he was brought on stage in the 3rd comparison. Unfortunately, he also had to go to the 4th comparison and finally finished his first Olympic competition in 16th place. Even if the distance to the vehicle in front was only 1 point wafer-thin.
Nevertheless, his big dream of being able to compete at least once in the Mr. Olympia has come true. I think he can be proud of himself and what he has achieved and I congratulate him on his fighting spirit and great form after such a long qualification.
|5.||Sami Al Haddad|
|1.||Eduardo Correa Da Silva|
|2.||Sami Al Haddad|
|3.||Ahmad Ahkanani ||
|1.||Angel Calderon Frias|
|5.||Fahad Zaid Hazzizi|
|6.||Fahad Zaid Hazzizi|
For more information on Steve Benthin's performance in the Mr. Olympia and the official 212 class scorecards, visit Team Andro:
The winners of the 212 class 2019
The winners of the Mr. Olympia 2019 in the 212 pound class:
1. Kamal Elgargni
2. Derek Lunsford
3. Shaun Clarida
4. John Jewett
5. Ahmad Ashkanani
So Kamal Elgargni created the sensation and prevailed against the previously favored Derek Lunsford. This performance is all the more impressive when you consider that Elgargni was able to prevail at the high bodybuilding age of 47 against the only 26 year old Lunsford.
Prize money 212 class
To express the appreciation for the 212 pound class, the prize money for the first two places has been increased a little (compare my article "Mr. Olympia: The most important competition in bodybuilding„):
Mr. Olympia 2019: Classic Physique
The Callouts and David Hoffmann
As expected, the top 3 from last year made it into the first callout. In addition to the reigning Mr. Olympia Classic Physique 2018 (Breon Ansley), Chris Bumstead and George Peterson, Alex Cambronero, Keone Pearson and Chen Kang completed the first callout. It was to be expected that the new (maybe old) title holder of the Classic Physique would be one of these athletes.
David Hoffmann made it into the second callout, but was also placed in the third callout. Thus, a place in the top 10 was unfortunately unlikely. He should have won the third comparison and won to secure 10th place. Finally, David Hoffmann was able to move up to 11th place.
You can find more about David Hoffmann's competition here:
Dennis Wolf speculates on the reasons for David's placement and recapitulates the prejudging in this short video:
|3.||Henri pierre ano|
|6.||Stan De Longeaux|
|5.||Rylon McDuell Batiste|
The winners of the Classic Physique
The surprise is perfect: Chris Bumstead wins the Classic Physique! The young Canadian was able to return the favor for his second place last year and prevail against the reigning title holder Breon Ansley. If it was Bumstead who missed victory by 1 point last year (with health problems due to an autoimmune disease), he was now able to take the title with a 1 point lead.
The winners of the Mr. Olympia 2019 in the Classic Physique:
1. Chris Bumstead
2. Breon Ansley
3. George Peterson
4. Keone Pearson
5. Chen Kang
You can find the official scorecards of Classic Physique here:
Did Chris Bumstead deserve that win or was Breon Ansley stripped of the title?
Nick Miller (from Nick’s Strength and Power) asks whether Bumstead's victory was understandable:
Classic Physique prize money
As in the £ 212 class, the prize money in the Classic Physique has been increased slightly this year.
Mr. Olympia 2019: Men's Physique
I have to admit that I am less active in the Men's Physique than the other classes in men's bodybuilding. So here is a brief summary of this class.
With Brendan Hendrickson, the reigning title holder of 2018 takes part and tries to defend his title.
Prejudging Men's Physique
It's no surprise that the reigning title holder will be included in the first comparison in 2018.
The winners of the Men's Physique
The winner of the previous year was replaced and even passed on to 4th place due to the strong competition. The first three places were also made by the athletes among themselves who achieved the first three places at the Arnold Classic. Here are the placements.
The winners of the Mr. Olympia 2019 in Men’s Physique:
1. Raymont Edmonds
2. Andre Ferguson
3. Kyron Holden
4. Brandon Hendrickson
5. Ryan Terry
Men's Physique prize money
The prize money in Men’s Physique has also been increased slightly this year. They are now even a little higher than in the Classic Physique.
At this year's Men’s Open it was clear in advance that a new title holder would be crowned. With Shawn Rhoden, Phil Heath, Big Ramy and Nathan De Asha, 4 of the top 10 athletes from last year were missing. This opened the door for some athletes who might not have pushed their way forward that far if the competition was stronger.
In summary has Brandon Curry deserved to win in the field of participants, he combined muscle mass with good shape. It can also be stated that one (compared to the other athletes) is easier Hadi Choopan can get involved at the top due to his outstanding shape. Perhaps even greater successes are possible for him in the future if he consistently prepares for the Open Class instead of the 212.
After James "Flex" Lewis announced his retirement in the 212 pound class last year, it was clear that there would be a new title holder. In the run-up, the young Derek Lunsford was highly regarded as last year's runner-up. However, he couldn't handle the shape of the 47 year olds Kamal Elgargni who I think deserved to win. It's also nice to see that the American Lunsford was not awarded the victory out of sympathy, but rather the form was clearly important here. And with Elgargni that was to the point. It'll be exciting next year because Elgargni announced his resignation directly at the award ceremony. So there will be a new title holder in the 212 in 2020.
Steve Benthin unfortunately could not place himself, to 15th place 1 single point was missing. So he just landed on the shared 16th placewhich is no big deal for him. He was able to qualify for the Mr. Olympia and can rightly be proud of his performance after this long and difficult qualification.
In the Classic Physique, the expected head to head race between Chris Bumstead and Breon Ansley took place that Bumstead won this time. Last year he lost by just one point, but this time he was just one point ahead. George Peterson was also expected in third place. The biggest surprise for me was Chen Kang, whom very few people had on the note beforehand.
Unfortunately could David Hoffmann did not get a place in the top 10, but defended his 11th place from the previous year. In my opinion, it stood out for its size and mass, but it didn't look as good as usual. Nevertheless, he can be satisfied with his performance: He defended his place against a significantly larger and stronger competition.
I have to admit that I only follow the Men's Physique class on the side. I do not question the athletes' performance or appearance. But to me (and I think many spectators and maybe even the judges) the exact evaluation criteria are not very clear. The occupancy of the individual seats seems arbitrary and I am bothered by the fact that instead of the usual poses in bodybuilding only quarter turns are performed.
But now briefly to the results. Last year's winner Brandon Hendrickson fell to fourth place, the new winner is called Raymont Edmonds. The top 3 of the Arnold Classics occupy the top positions in a different order.
Finally, a video analysis of the Men’s Open of the Mr. Olympia 2019 by Nick Miller from Nick’s Strength and Power, which I think was successful. I can warmly recommend this channel to every bodybuilding fan.
This ends my summary of the results of the Mr. Olympia 2019. In my opinion, an exciting competition with a few surprises, even if the field of participants in the open class was a little weaker.
If you want to learn more about the Mr. Olympia, I recommend my article "Mr. Olympia: The most important competition in bodybuilding„.
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