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Sept 11 Mr Europe Pro Competitor List Heating Up! Rockel-Kefalianos-Dennis James-Shelestov

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    2010 IFBB Mr. Europe Pro Preview

    By Brian Bullman BSc./IFBB Pro Judge



    While we here in the good ole U.S of A are remembering the fallen heroes of 9-11, Europe’s bodybuilding elite will be taking center stage in Madrid, Spain for 2010 IFBB Mr. Europe Pro where the final three invitations for the 46th Mr. Olympia will be up for grabs. There are very few big names taking the stage in Spain this weekend, but a few is all it takes for the fans to get their money’s worth. Several athletes are in the running for the victory. The mass monster that is Paco Bautista is the home favorite and has habitually done well when competing on his home turf, but that was without the tank top king, Dennis James, being one of his competitors. James has been one of the IFBB’s superstars for over a decade and he has decided to put all of his eggs in one basket this year in his quest for Olympia qualification. He is looking awesome in his usual pre contest web photos and could easily take home the title. However, this year’s Arnold Classic 6th place finisher, Ronny Rockell, might have something to say about who is winning this weekend. Rockell has also thrown his hat into the mix and could very well earn his first IFBB Pro victory close to his native land of Germany.

    The Competitors

    . Oliver Adzievski - Sweden
    . Vladimir Agrinsky – Russia
    . Jimmy Atienza – Spain
    . Grigori Atoyan - USA
    . Francisco Bautista - Spain
    . Markus Becht - Germany
    . Dainius Barzinskas - Lithuania
    . Alfonso del Rio - Spain
    . Dennis James - Germany
    . Manolis Karamanlakis - Greece
    . Michael Kefalianos - Australia
    . Marc Lavoie - Canada
    . Francisco Javier Mula - Spain
    . Alexandre Nataf - France
    . Ntuk Nootka - Nigeria
    . Dragan Paunovic - Serbia
    . Gian Enrico Pica - Italy
    . Robert Piotrkowicz - Poland
    . Ronny Rockell - Germany
    . Sergey Shelestov - Russia
    . Cvetko Stojmenovki - Germany
    . Phil Von Kaenel – Switzerland



    The Contenders:

    Paco Bautista – This man mountain carries more striated muscle than most in the IFBB and when onstage, his vascularity is unparalleled. On the down side, he does not have one of the nicer physiques on stage and his weaknesses have become increasingly apparent when up against more polished competitors. That being said, he has managed to earn himself a qualification spot for the Mr. Olympia here in Spain on more than one occasion. In essence, Bautista finishing in the top three would not be something that would surprise the bodybuilding pundits of the world.

    Dennis James – It would be a foolish man to write off ‘The Menace’ as he carries more muscle on his frame than any other IFBB pro, and in his usual pre contest pictures he looks like he should be Mr. Olympia. Finding any weakness in his physique is not unlike trying to find Waldo, but that’s in the pictures, not onstage. D.J has always had trouble bringing the physique that has made him an internet pre contest favorite to the stage. If he can do this in Madrid, it will be lights out and the rest of the competitors will be battling for 2nd and 3rd.

    Michael Kefalianos – Australia’s current top IFBB Pro has spent all of this year in the posedown but never quite made it to the podium and earned that elusive Olympia invite. He has managed to pack a huge amount of muscle onto his small frame and always steps onstage in amazing condition. However, when he is compared to the more seasoned IFBB Pros his flaws become far more evident. Madrid will be his 6th contest this year and it may prove to be one contest too many. Then again, it may prove to be his saving grace and he could be rewarded for an amazing year with a trip to Vegas the following week.

    Robert Piotrkowicz – The Russian was in the same boat as Australia’s Kefalianos a little over a year ago. He competed in more shows than I care to count and missed Olympia qualification by one place several times, but his persistence paid off. He has made a name for himself this past season and he will be one to look out for when it comes time to award those final three golden tickets.

    Ronny Rockell - This guy has to be the favorite going into this show. After two great performances at the Olympia and Arnold, he possesses the right combination of mass, symmetry and conditioning to be the man that comes out in top in Madrid this weekend. If this were a betting game, my money would be on him.

    Sergey Shelestrov – I wrote this guy off last year for the Arnold and learned my lesson when he made the posedown. I will never write this guy off again! However that being said, he has not repeated his conditioning from that contest and has suffered in the standings since. If he puts it all together again, his combination of mass, symmetry and conditioning could very well earn him a podium finish.



    So, twenty two men are going to take the stage in Madrid this coming September 11th, six of whom stand a realistic chance of qualifying for the Olympia. Only three will qualify. I have not made a prediction for some time and I am going to go out on a limb here and predict the future.

    Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets:

    1st Place – Ronny Rockell

    2nd Place – Dennis James

    3rd Place – Paco Bautista

    4th Place – Michael Kefalianos

    5th Place – Robert Piotrkowicz

    6th Place – Sergey Shelestrov


    I wonder what odds they would give me at the Orleans Casino on those results.



    Brian Bullman BSc.
    6 Time Irish National Champion
    World Bench Press Champion
    IFBB Pro League Judge

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    • #17
      Robert P is polish

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      • #18
        Robert P is polish
        I concur!

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        • #19
          Best of luck to Greg Atoyan! He's in the running for "hardest working man in bodybuilding"- I think this is his 7th competition since turining pro last year.
          Go Get Em Coach, You Deserve it!

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          • #20
            anyone will cover the contest? dennis is in a really good shape too
            Victor Bortoletto - Brazilian ifbb States Champ

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Shawn Ray View Post
              Rockell has also thrown his hat into the mix and could very well earn his first IFBB Pro victory close to his native land of Germany.
              Yo Shawn, Rockell has an IFBB Pro victory to his belt already.
              Shall he win the Mr. Europe, it will be his second.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by M.O View Post
                Yo Shawn, Rockell has an IFBB Pro victory to his belt already.
                Shall he win the Mr. Europe, it will be his second.
                Yeah he won the Australian Grand Prix 2005.
                btw it's Rockel, not Rockell (I know just nitpicking).

                Here's a shot of DJ 2 days before the show. Don't if it has been posted before.

                Get Ripped, Get Laid.

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                • #23
                  Rockel's winning this show, with ease.

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                  • #24
                    Where can i find pics? I think the prejudging should be over by now.

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                    • #25
                      Michael Kefalianos quad shot from weigh ins

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                      • #26
                        Rockel did win the Aussie in 05, I think he beat Dexter didn't he?

                        Oh well, spelling was never my strongest assest but I try.

                        Ronnie is my pick for the win!

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                        • #27
                          ronny rockel is the 2006 australian pro champ
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Shawn Ray View Post
                            Rockel did win the Aussie in 05, I think he beat Dexter didn't he?

                            Oh well, spelling was never my strongest assest but I try.

                            Ronnie is my pick for the win!
                            No. It was '06 and he beat Lee Priest and a returning Vince Taylor (as well as Branch and a returning Benfatto).

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                            • #29
                              any news about the contest?
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                              • #30
                                No. It was '06 and he beat Lee Priest

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