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2023 Arnold Classic Friday Night Recap

By: 
Roger “Rock” Lockridge

We are at the halfway point of the 2023 Arnold Classic weekend. On Friday night, March 3rd, three of the seven IFBB Pro League shows held their finals at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and one of the champions crowned will bring her trophy back to Canada. Here is a summary of the evening’s festivities.

Kassandra Gillis Wins Wellness International

Canada’s own Kassandra Gillis is the second Wellness International winner, and she is the first Canadian to win a major Wellness title. Besides being interviewed by Arnold himself, Gillis is now qualified for the Wellness Olympia. Angela Borges is once again in second place, and Rayane Fogal took the bronze spot.

  1. Kassandra Gillis
  2. Angela Borges
  3. Rayane Fogal
  4. Alexis Adams
  5. Marissa Andrews
  6. Andrea Hrenko

 

Ariel Khadr Repeats in Fitness International

In the Fitnes division, Ariel Khadr was looking to go back-to-back, while Jaclyn Baker was looking to win her first championship in Columbus. After an incredible routine that got the fans loud, Khadr was not to be denied. She once again hoisted up the champion’s trophy and will look to seek redemption at the Olympia later this year. Baker finished as the runner-up.

  1. Ariel Khadr
  2. Jaclyn Baker
  3. Michelle Freda-Mensah
  4. Allison Kramer
  5. Tamara Vahn
  6. Tiffany Chandler

 

Ramon Dino is Classic Champ

The finals that most of the fans were waiting for was the Arnold Classic Physique contest. As many expected, it came down to Ramon “Dino” Rocha Querioz and “The Golden Bear” Urs Kalecinski. Kalecinski won the prestigious Ed Corney Award for being the best poser, but it would be Querioz that walked away with the overall championship. Kalecinski and former winner Alex Cambronero joined him in the top three. Now, all the fans will see how Querioz matches up against four-time Olympia winner Chris Bumstead.

  1. Ramon Rocha Querioz
  2. Urs Kalecinski
  3. Alex Cambronero
  4. Mike Sommerfeld
  5. Courage Opara
  6. Junior Javorski

 

Arnold Classic Prejudging

What do you get when you combine two Olympia 212 champs, two former Arnold Classic champions, a Mr. Olympia winner, and five rising stars in the men’s open? You get one incredible Arnold Classic lineup. The main event of the weekend didn’t disappoint in the first round of the contest. After several callouts, it appears that Nick Walker, Samson Dauda, and Andrew Jacked are your top three going into the Saturday night finals.

Another sight that many fans wanted to see was two-time Olympia 212 winner Shaun Clarida and two-time Mr. Olympia Big Ramy side-by-side. The view was as crazy as you would imagine it would be. Elssbiay dwarfed the New Jersey native and Mutant athlete, Clarida. However, the “Giant Killer” held his own on conditioning.

Stay tuned to Muscle Insider for further developments on the Arnold Classic weekend. We will provide full results from Saturday night. But you can also watch the show live on pay-per-view over on Fanmio.com .

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