Europa Super Show Prejudging Report and Galleries

August 15, 2008


After nearly 1,000 miles and six days, it’s highly likely that Toney Freeman and Dennis James are still separated by the slimmest of margins after Friday’s prejudging at the Europa Super Show in Dallas, Texas.

A week ago in Tampa, Freeman trailed James by two points after the morning prejudging only to storm back to a three-point win after the finals to win the Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships. In Dallas, their battle will undoubtedly carry over to tomorrow’s finals.

Freeman came to Dallas in much the same condition that saw him overtake James in last week’s finals. James, meanwhile, accomplished his goal over coming to Dallas fuller and harder without sacrificing any of last week’s condition. Tomorrow’s final decision should come down to this: Freeman’s shape, or James’ hardness and conditioning.

The fight for third through sixth should be just as competitive as the battle for top honors. Canada’s Fouad Abiad, a second-year pro seeking his first Olympia qualification, appears to have the inside track. Will Harris, Tarek Elsetouchi and Johnnie Jackson will also be in the mix.

202-Pound Class
With most of the competitors making the trip to both Tampa and Dallas – save for eventual winner David Henry, who is sitting this one out – the likely top five in 202-Pound Class at the Europa should include most of the same names. At the top of that list, once again, are Flex Lewis and Roc Shabazz.

Both improved upon their condition from a week ago, which should make for an interesting battle at the top. Lewis, for his part, came in fuller than he did a week ago and is slightly sharper than Shabazz from the back. Shabazz is the thicker of the two, which is evident in the side shots. But a week ago the judges rewarded Lewis’ superior lines and shape over everyone in the class but Henry, so it would be hard to see them reverse that trend that weekend, which should put Lewis in the catbird’s seat heading into tomorrow’s finals.

Frederick Sauvage, George Farah and Jaroslav Horvath should round out the top five, with Sauvage the most likely to slip into the top two should Shabazz or Lewis falter tomorrow. Curtis Bryant and Brian Chamberlain as could also be in the mix for the top five.

Jelena Abbou and Bernadette Galvan appear to be contending for the top spot here with Tayna Merryman and Shannon Meteraud also in the running for the top three.

In fitness, Tracey Greenwood is looking for her second win of the 2008 season. Greenwood won the sixth contest of her career last month in Houston and is the front-runner heading into tomorrow’s finals, where she will be looking for lucky No. 7.

In women’s lightweight bodybuilding, Nicole Ball and Jennifer Sedia are 1-2 after the prejudging. Ball, who won the Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships, is looking for her second win in the last two weeks. In the heavyweight division, Kim Perez, Annie Riveccio and Sherry Smith are contending for top honors.

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Andy Haman
Bob Weatherhill
Cesar Mendible-Baptista
Clarence Devis
Darrem Charles
Dennis James
Erik Frankhouser
Evgeny Mishin
Fedel Clarke
Fouad Abaid
Gian Enrico Pica
Heinz Senior
Jerry Nicholls
Joel Stubbs
Jojo Ntiforo
Johnnie Jackson
Lionel Brown
Lyndon Belgrave
Marcus Brecht
Mark Dugdale
Milton Holloway
Omar Deckard
Quincy Taylor
Rodney Davis
Tarek Elsetouhi
Tommi Thorvildsen
Toney Freeman
Troy Brown
Will Harris
Yildirim Mehmet
Mens Bodybuilding Comparisons Gallery One
Mens Bodybuilding Comparisons Gallery Two

Ahmad Ahmad
Anthony Finocchiaro
Brian Chamberlain
Clifton Torres
Curtis Bryant
Derik Farnsworth
Flavio Baccianini
Frederic Sauvage
George Farah
Guy Ducasse
James “Flex” Lewis
Jarslov Horvath
Jose Alves Jorge
Juan Marquez
Khalid Almohsinawi
Michael Kindrid
Michael Valentino
Randy Jackson Sr.
Richard “Tricky” Jackson
Roc Shabazz
Roland Huff
Steve Namat
Vincent Liu
202 Comparisons Gallery One
202 Comparisons Gallery Two

Benincia Lopez
Claudia Partenza
Carri Baldwin
Debbie Bramwell
Jennifer Sedia
Mary Ellen Jerumbo
Melanie DeRosa
Myriam Bustamante
Nicole Ball
Tonia Moore
Klaudia Larson
Womens Bodybuilding Lightweight Comparisons

Annie Rivieccio
Aurelia Grozajova
Irene Andersen
Jana Linke-Sippl
Jena Mackey
Kim Perez
Sherry Smith
Zoraida Figuero Rivera
Womens Bodybuilding Heavyweight Comparisons

Amy Lee Martin
Amy Peters
Andrea Dumon
Aprille DeShield
Becky Clawson
Bernadette Galvan
Candice John
Donna Louise Jones
Elisha Archibold
Elizabeth White-Lamm
Bernadette Galvan
Hazal Nelson
Jane Awad
Jelena Abbou
Jeni Briscoe
Jessica Lyons
Jill St. Laurent
Karen Mullarkey-Barringer
Kate Shelby
Marcy Porter
Marie Gibbon
Mascha Tieken
Melissa Pearo
Meriza DeGuzman
Nadia Castellas
Natalie Benson
Paolo Almerico
Patricia Mello
Petra Mertl
Rosa Maria Romero
Rosalind Vanterpool
Sandie Ward
Shannon Meteraud
Stephanie Tulin-Togrul
Susanne Niederhauser
Tanya Merryman
Teresa Gillian
Thais Cabrices-Werner
Tivisay Briceno
Figure Comparisons Gallery One
Figure Comparisons Gallery Two

Brenda Santiago
Erin Riley
Kristina Rojas
Leslie Rae Newton
Lisbeth Marquez
Lori Kimes
Maggie Blanchard
Michele Mayberry
Myriam Capes
Nicole Duncan
Nicole Rollolazo
Sandra Wickham
Susan Groshek
Tracey Greenwood
Traci Redding