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2020 Arnold Classic USA: Four former winners to battle for the top prize

2020 Arnold Classic USA: Four former winners to battle for the top prize.

Five-time champion Dexter “The Blade” Jackson, the winningest professional bodybuilder in history, 2018 champion William “The Conqueror” Bonac and two other former champs will do battle at the 32nd Arnold Classic men’s bodybuilding championships in March 2020.

Jackson eclipsed Flex Wheeler’s record of four Arnold Classic titles when he won in Columbus in 2015. Jackson also took home the title in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2013. Bonac will try to earn his second Arnold Classic title, as will former champions Cedric McMillan (2017) and Victor Martinez (2007).

Others in the field of 14 expected to challenge for the title March 7, 2020 in Columbus during the Arnold Sports Festival include Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Ellsbiay, 2017 Arnold Classic Europe and 2015 Arnold Classic South America champion; 2018 Arnold Classic Australia winner Roelly Winklaar and Josh Lenartowicz.

One name that is missing is Shawn Rhoden. Controversy surrounding Shawn Rhoden when he appeared on a poster with Big Ramy promoting the event.

Not long after, it was confirmed that Shawn Rhoden would not be invited until his legal matters are cleared in regards to the rape charges against him.

READ MORE: Shawn Rhoden is currently not a member of the IFBB Professional League

The Arnold Sports Festival will again feature IFBB Pro League contests in eight divisions in 2019.

A new champion will be crowned in Fitness International as 2019 champion Ryall Graber is not returning. Missy Truscott, fourth last year and second at the Fitness Olympia, is among the favorites. Challengers include Tiffany Chandler, third in Columbus in 2019, and Jeanine Taddeo, sixth at the Olympia.  2019 Arnold Amateur winner Haley Lisenba will make her pro debut.

Figure International will see a new champion as Cydney Gillon will not return. Latorya Watts, a two-time Figure Olympia champion whio won the Figure International in 2016, returns to Columbus for the first time in three years, fresh off a second-place showing at the 2019 Olympia. Other contenders include Jessica Reyes Padilla, third in Columbus last year and fourth at the Olympia; and Tarryn Garlington and Ashley Soto, seventh and eighth at 2019 Olympia.

Janet Layug returns to defend her title in the Bikini International. She will be challenged by 2017 and 2018 champion Angelica Teixeira and 2019 Bikini Olympia winner Elisa Pecini. Two-time champion Ashley Kaltwasser is also in the field.

Arnold Classic Physique, Arnold Men’s Physique and Women’s Physique International will feature competitions open to any IFBB Pro League athlete who has finished in the top 3 in a pro contest in 2019.

The Fitness International, Figure International and Women’s Physique International will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020; while the Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic Physique, Arnold Men’s Physique and Bikini International will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 with prejudging and finals at Battelle Grand.

Arnold Classic (14)
Lionel Beyeke
William Bonac
Maxx Charles
Dexter Jackson
Johnnie Jackson
Steve Kuclo
Josh Lenartowicz
Victor Martinez
Cedric McMillan
Patrick Moore
Sergio Oliva Jr.
Mamdouh Ellsbiay
Akim Williams
Roelly Winklaar

Classic Physique (11)
Santiago Aragon
Alex Cambronero
Toto Djong
Klaus Drescher
Hyung Joo
Steve Laureus
Abner Logan
Orlando Maldona
Rickey Moten
Abtin Shekarabi
Jason Strayhand

Men’s Physique (12)
Sunny Akhigbe
George Brown
Steven Cao
Yasser Fernando Chala Blandon
Carlos DeOliveira
Andre Ferguson
Xavisus Gayden
Anthony Gilkes
Brandon Henderickson
Ryan John-Baptiste
Derrick Stevenson
Eric Wildberger

Fitness International (13)
Marta Aguiar
Darrian Borello
Tiffany Chandler
Kate Errington
Kristy Fenster-Avery
Ariel Khadr
Sara Kovach
Haley Lisenba
Katie Mitchell
Jeanine Taddeo
Missy Truscott
Aurika Tyrgale
Derina Wilson

Physique International (13)
Natalia Abraham
Desunka Dawson
Claudia Diaz
Jeannie Feldman
Mirea Henriquez
Katherine McLaurin
Valentina Mishina
Anne-Lorraine Mohn
Jennifer Taylor
Penpraghai Tiangngok
Trisha Vezirian
Sarah Villegas
Margita Zamolova

Bikini International (17)
Mahsa Akbarimehr
Romina Basualdo
Beatriz Biscaia
Alessia Facchin
Marcia Goncalves
Daraja Hill
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Priscila Leimbacher
Justine Munro
Elisa Pecini
Camile Periat
Yeshaira Robles
Jennifer Ronzitti
Alexandria Ross
Etila Santiago Santos
Angelica Teixeira

Figure International (18)
Maryam Bamdad
Anna Banks
Brittany Campbell
Tarryn Garlington
Rhea Gayle
Sandra Grajales
Tiffani Herbert-Lapoint
Michelle Lindsay
Lola Montez
Ericka Morales-Morgan
Jessica Reyes Padilla
Natalia Soltero
Ashley Soto
Frida Thestrup
Bojana Vasiljevic
Julia Waring
Latorya Watts
Martina Yabekova

Arnold Pro Wheelchair (9)
Gabriele Andriulli
Anand Arnold
Bradley Betts
Tyler Brey
Nadir Hajro
Harold Kelley
Antoni Khadraoui
Daniel Minster
Johnny Quinn

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