If we told you that Phil Heath was first, Kai Greene second, Dennis Wolf third, and Shawn Rhoden fourth, you would think we were referring to the Mr. Olympia contest, right? Wrong. This was the result for the Men’s Pro Bodybuilding category at the 3rd annual Arnold Classic Europe at the Casa de Campo in Madrid this past weekend. The 2012 winner Shawn Rhoden, and 2012 runner-up Dennis Wolf  came prepared, but were relegated to fourth and third respectively by the entry of the reigning Mr. Olympia Phil Heath, and this year’s Olympia runner-up Kai Greene. When those two guys are in their top form, they are virtually impossible to beat. So, as it turns out, the top four placings at the A.C.E. were identical to the Mr. O. two weeks earlier. Even the scorecards were virtually the same.

In  a pattern established by past multiple Olympia champions such as Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler, it is very unusual to see a reigning Olympia Champion enter any contest other than the Olympia, especially a Tier 3 contest such as the A.C.E. We applaud Phil in breaking this pattern. Although limited exposure of the Champion does add special cachet to the Big O., his presence considerably raises the prestige and the public interest in Tier 2 and 3 contests, and this is better for the sport overall.  On a personal level, it is smart too, as you never know how long you will be at the top. In a business where you have to push your body to its physical limits, a sudden injury can turn the lights out on a career in a flash. So it is wise to make hay while the sun is shining, and the A.C.E. has a very nice payday. Congratulations to Phil for his big win. Here are the results for the Men’s Pro Bodybuilding Open Category.

Arnold Classic Europe 2013 October 12, 2013

Madrid, Spain

Place/ name/ nationality/

1. Phil Heath- U.S.A.
2. Kai Greene- U.S.A.
3. Dennis Wolf- Germany
4. Shawn Rhoden- U.S.A.
5. Victor Martinez- U.S.A.
6. Roelly Winklaar- Netherlands
7. Toney Freeman- U.S.A.
8. Brandon Curry- U.S.A.
9. Lionel Beyeke- France
10. Fred Smalls- U.S.A.