2019 Tampa Pro: The battle for Olympia qualification moves to Florida.
The 2019 Tamp Pro has become one of the biggest and most important events in the 2019 NPC/Pro League competition calendar.
The Tampa Pro is the final chance for a number of athletes to earn their qualification for the 2019 Olympia Weekend.
It will be the final chance for athletes to earn their qualification in the Open and 212 Bodybuilding division.
We will be looking at the open class bodybuilding division in this report.
2008 Mr. Olympia winner, Dexter Jackson* has made it known all season that he will be competing at this show. It is rumored that this will be the final season of professional bodybuilding for the man that has the most pro victories in bodybuilding history.
Dexter already is already qualified for the Olympia since he is a previous winner. Many fans are wondering why Dexter is competing in Tampa. In reality, if he wins, he is taking the place of another athlete that desperately needs a victory or a high placing.
At the same time, if you want to compete with the best, you have to defeat the best, so Dexter should not be a factor in this, even though he is a favorite to win.
Looking at the other athletes in the open bodybuilding division, it will be a battle to the end for the final Olympia spots.
Since the top three qualify for the Olympia in the points system, it is still all open.
At the moment, the athletes that can still qualify for the Olympia in the open bodybuilding class points system are as follows:
Akim Williams (USA), 23 pts
Lukas Osladil (Czech Republic), 20 pts
Cedric McMillan (USA), 16 pts
Luke Sandoe (UK), 16 pts
Iain Valliere (Canada), 15 pts
Milan Sadek (Czech Republic), 13 pts
Josh Wade (USA), 13 pts
Essa Obaid (UAE), 11 pts
Samson Dauda (UK), 10 pts
Rafael Brandao (Brazil), 9 pts
Eddie Bracamontes (USA), 9 pts
At the Tampa Pro, the competition is registered as a Tier 2 competition and the points are awarded as follows:
1st place – Automatic Olympia qualification
2nd place – 8 pts
3rd place – 7 pts
4th place – 6 pts
5th place – 5 pts
The favorites to take the top three final spots are Akim Williams, Lukas Osladil and Luke Sandoe.
Luke and Lukas are both competing and if they place in the top five in Tampa, they basically secure their place for the Olympia Weekend.
If Iain Valliere and Milan Sadek, who are also competing in Tampa place higher than Luke Sandoe or Lukas Osladil, they can easily cause an upset and take their spots on the Olympia stage.
Luke Sandoe originally was not going to compete again thinking his qualification for the Olympia Weekend was guaranteed. But with consistent results from Ian Valliere and Milan Sadek, Luke was put in the deep end and his qualification for the Olympia was hanging by a thread. Luke will need to place in the top three to be safe.
Cedric McMillan, who at the moment is tied with Luke Sandoe in the points standings, looks to be ousted from the Olympia. Cedric has literally disappeared in the 2019 season. Unless Cedric makes a surprise entry in Tampa, it looks as he will not qualify for the 2019 Olympia Weekend.
Taking all this in consideration, whoever wins the Tampa Pro are obviously guaranteed a spot on the Olympia stage.
The Tampa Pro will be catering to all divisions with a good number of athletes in each division.
* Dexter Jackson is still not included on the competitors list as of 29 July, 2019. Evolutionofbodybuilding.net will update the competitors list when published.