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Master Roderick (left) won his Pro Status while Czech Republic's Tomáš Kašpar won the Overall title at the 2018 Arnold Classic Africa.

Arnold Classic Africa makes history

The Elite Pro championships at the Arnold Classic Africa made history as the first event with nine different professional categories.

The newly established Elite Pro division has grown in leaps and bounds since the split between the IFBB International and the IFBB Pro League at the end of last year. Professional athletes in the following categories clashed on stage in Sandton, Johannesburg at the weekend:

  • Men’s Bodybuilding up to 90kg
  • Men’s Bodybuilding over 90kg
  • Men’s Classic Bodybuilding
  • Men’s Physique
  • Women’s Physique
  • Women’s Fitness
  • Body Fitness
  • Bikini Fitness
  • Wellness Fitness

The Czech Republic’s Tomáš Kašpar has won the 2018 Arnold Classic Africa Overall title. Competitors from all over the world have shown that with hard work, dedication and sacrifice it is possible to achieve greatness. South Africans who competed in the Pro ranks were Carine Kloene (5th in Women’s Physique), Angela Howden (5th in the Women’s Wellness Fitness), Carlos Nunes (4th in the Men’s Bodybuilding over 90kg) and Chanel Erwee (12th in the Women’s Bikini Fitness).

Overall winners in the amateur show were presented with their IFBB Elite Pro Cards. One of them was Alethea Borman who represented South Africa in the Women’s Body Fitness up to and including 1.58m category. Master Roderick from South Africa also received his IFBB Elite Pro Card after dominating the Men’s Bodybuilding over 95kg category.

Brasilian athlete Lourdes Quinteros scooped the Overall title in Body Fitness category, earning her IFBB Elite Pro Card. Oksana Oleynik from Russia won the Overall title in the Bikini Fitness class. One of the most challenging divisions at the ACA this year was Classic Bodybuilding but Mohammed Khedr from Qatar showed true class to win his Elite Pro Card by a majority decision from the IFBB judges. Loic Bourane from Reunion Island near Madagascar won his Pro Card after dominating the Men’s Physique divisions. Ghana’s Cyrille Kofi Adja earned his professional status by winning the Overall title in the Men’s Bodybuilding section.

The results in the professional show were:

Women’s Fitness

1. Eva Banikova – Slovakia

2. Nikolett Szabo – Hungary

3. Karina Permianova – Russia

Women’s Physique

1. Michaela Kohutova – Czech Republic

2. Ethel Heredia – Spain

3. Ade Bishop – United Kingdom

Women’s Wellness Fitness

1. Angela Borges – Brasil

2. Elaine Ranzatto – Angola

3. Sina Teresa – Angola

Women’s Bikini Fitness

1. Inge Daniela Moeller – Argentina

2. Deniz Saypinar – Turkey

3. Kristina Narbutaiyte – Lithuania

Women’s Body Fitness

1. Adela Ondrejovicova – Slovakia

2. Lourdes Quinteros – Brasil

3. Sidibe Khoudiedji – France

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding

1. Deividas Dubinas – Lithuania

2. Yassir Alhaj – Jordan

3. Luiz Santos – Brasil

Men’s Bodybuilding up to 90kg

1. Ruban Suana – Angola

2. Marcos Herrera – Spain

3. Omar Pellejero – Spain

Men’s Bodybuilding over 90kg

1. Tomáš Kašpar – Czech Republic

2. Andrzej Kolodziejczyk – Poland

3. Ahmed Darwesh – Egypt

The results in the amateur show were:

Junior Women’s Bikini Fitness Open

1. Isabela Borba – Brasil

2. Ki-Yano Schoonraad – South Africa

3. Kristen Lingen – South Africa

Women’s Fitness Open

1. Kalina Zygowska – Poland

2. Philippa Wilkie – South Africa

3. Gladys Tladi – South Africa

Women’s Physique Open

1. Ade Bishop – United Kingdom

2. Adele Jacobs – South Africa

3. Katy Brand – South Africa

Women’s Body Fitness up to and including 1.58m

1. Alethea Borman – South Africa

2. Christa Erasmus – South Africa

3. Alyssa Ramdass – South Africa

Women’s Body Fitness over 1.58m

1. Lourdes Quinteros – Brasil

2. Samantha Martingano – South Africa

3. Leanne Keelips – South Africa

Overall – Women’s Body Fitness

1. Lourdes Quinteros – Brasil

Women’s Bikini Fitness up to and including 1.60m

1. Isabela Borba – Brasil

2. Karoline Lacaille – Australia

3. Camile Marins – Brasil

Women’s Bikini Fitness up to and including 1.63m

1. Claudia Jovanovski – South Africa

2. Delaine Sardinha – South Africa

3. Isabelle Klusener – South Africa

Women’s Bikini Fitness up to and including 1.66m

1. Aleksandra Hadinger – Austria

2. Shelby Neves – South Africa

3. Esmari Prinsloo – South Africa

Women’s Bikini Fitness up to and including 1.69m

1. Esther Garcia – Spain

2. Lisa-Marie Graham – United Kingdom

3. Ki-Yano Schoonraad – South Africa

Women’s Bikini Fitness over 1.69m

1. Oksana Oleinik – Russia

2. Zeynep Sayginer – Turkey

3. Cassandre Jager – South Africa

Overall – Women Bikini Fitness

1. Oksana Oleinik – Russia

Muscular Men’s Physique Open

1. Aleksandr Shatsman – Russia

2. Wagner Silva – United Kingdom

3. Karim Mohamed – Egypt

Women’s Wellness Fitness Open

1. Elaine Ranzatto – Angola

2. Ariana Martins – Angola

3. Sandra Costa – Angola

Junior Bodybuilding Open

1. Frederick van Heerden – South Africa

2. Stefan Marais – South Africa

3. Philani Czabela – South Africa

Junior Men’s Classic Bodybuilding Open

1. Tristan Marais – South Africa

Junior Men’s Physique Open

1. Jonathan Lambert – South Africa

2. Ayrton Freitas – South Africa

3. Kamal Malaka – South Africa

Masters Women’s Bikini Fitness Open

1. Oksana Oleinik – Russia

2. Izette Strydom – South Africa

3. Aleksandra Hadinger – Austria

Masters Men’s Physique Open

1. Alessandro Fumo – Portugal

2. Telmo Oliveira – Luxembourg

3. Koos Laas – South Africa

Men’s Physique up to and including 1.70m

1. Denilson Manuel – Angola

2. Sibusiso Majola – South Africa

3. Adel Meabed – Egypt

Men’s Physique up to and including 1.74m

1. Boaventura Macuacua – Mozambique

2. Aran Hafid – Sweden

3. Alessandro Fumo – Portugal

Men’s Physique up to and including 1.78m

1. Rashed Alhabsi – UAE

2. Omar Alawi – Jordan

3. Yahya Ak – Jordan

Men’s Physique over 1.78m

1. Loic Bourane – France

2. Ballas Mustafa – United Kingdom

3. Khulekani Mkhize – South Africa

Overall – Men’s Physique

1. Loic Bourane – France

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding up to and including 1.75m

1. Mohamed Khedr – Qatar

2. Jason Dunning – South Africa

3. Mohamed Ahmed – Qatar

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding up to and including 1.80m

1. Abbas Baran – Iran

2. Abdulla Alallaq – Qatar

3. Nuno Loth – Angola

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding over 1.80m

1. Mohammad Chavoshiav – Iran

2. Pieter Henri Swart – South Africa

3. Damien Ragoutan – France

Overall – Men’s Classic Bodybuilding

1. Mohamed Khedr – Qatar

Masters Bodybuilding 40-49 yrs Open

1. Zahir Morad – Morocca

2. Machael Diedericks – South Africa

3. Curtis Howells – South Africa

Masters Bodybuilding over 50 yrs Open

1. Dumisani Jali – South Africa

2. Naseer Khan – UAE

3. Mahmoud Zare – Iran

Overall – Masters Bodybuilding

1. Zahir Morad – Morocco

Men’s Bodybuilding up to and including 70kg

1. Miguel Malimo – Mozambique

2. Hassan Jaafari – Saudi Arabia

3. Adom Mobio – Ghana

Men’s Bodybuilding up to and including 75kg

1. Liaquat Baloch – UAE

2. Hilario Pinto – Angola

3. Garikayi Mujuru – Zimbabwe

Men’s Bodybuilding up to and including 80kg

1. Hamad Alaleeli – UAE

2. Mfanufikile Khoza – South Africa

3. Andreas Vannstrom – South Africa

Men’s Bodybuilding up to and including 85kg

1. Osmany Clemente – Angola

2. Pedro Pereira – Angola

3. Godwin Frimpong – Ghana

Men’s Bodybuilding up to and including 90kg

1. Cyrill Kofi Adja – Ghana

2. Rahid Guadimifaraj – Iran

3. Jaco Venter – South Africa

Men’s Bodybuilding up to and including 95kg

1. Yuri Valentin – Angola

2. Zahir Morad – Morocco

3. Mohammadreza Ooursaleh – Iran

Men’s Bodybuilding over 95kg

1. Master Roderick – South Africa

2. Malek Ayash – Jordan

3. Chitenge Mwila – Zambia

Overall – Men’s Bodybuilding

1. Cyrill Kofi Adja – Ghana

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