Pro men’s bodybuilding returns to Sacramento

By Zack Zeigler

November 3, 2009


It’s back! After a one-year hiatus, the IFBB Sacramento Men’s Pro Bodybuilding & Pro Figure Grand Prix returns to the historic Crest Theater in Sacramento California, November 7, 2009. With the top three earning early qualification for the 2010 Mr. Olympia, the competition is sure to be fierce.

IFBB Pro League figure athletes and NPC bodybuilding, fitness, figure and bikini athletes are also scheduled to compete.

WHAT: 2009 IFBB Sacramento Men’s Pro Bodybuilding & Pro Figure Grand Prix and 2009 NPC Sacramento Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure & Bikini Championships
WHERE: Crest Theater, Sacramento CA
WHEN: Saturday, November 7
FINALS: 6:30 p.m. PST

Toney Freeman is the heavy favorite. The X-man is looking to extend his streak of notching at least one pro win a year since 2006. After what he called a subpar Friday night performance at the ’09 Mr. Olympia — where he finished eighth — Freeman will be looking to redeem himself in Sacramento.

But Darrem Charles, Mark Dudgale, Ed Nunn and Martin Kjellstrom will have a thing or two to say about that.

Charles is looking to extend a wining streak of his own, one even more impressive than Freeman’s – Charles has won at least one contest a year since 2002, including last year’s win in the master’s division of the Atlantic City Pro.

Dugdale will be moving back to the open class after spending most of this year in the 202 class. He fared well in the 202s, with two runner-up finishes (Pittsburgh Pro, New York Pro) and a fourth at the 202 Showdown. Now, he will conclude the year where he began it, in the open class. Dugdale started the 2009 season with a ninth-place finish at the Ironman Pro Invitational.

Nunn, who won the overall at the 2008 NPC Nationals, made his professional debut at the Europa Super Show in August, where he placed seventh.

Kjellstrom, meanwhile, is coming off his first Olympia appearance. The big Swede placed out of the top 15 in Las Vegas, but has the size and conditioning to make waves in Sacramento.

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  1. Serdar Aktolga
  2. Khalid Almohsinawi
  3. Grigori Atoyan
  4. Jorge Barrios
  5. Markus Becht
  6. Eric Castagnet
  7. Darrem Charles
  8. Adorthus Cherry
  9. Rob Churchill
  10. Kris Dim
  11. Mark Dugdale
  12. Aiman Faour
  13. Toney Freeman
  14. Pavol Jablonicky
  15. Emmanouil Karamanlakis
  16. Martin Kjellstrom
  17. Jo Jo Ntiforo
  18. Edward Nunn
  19. Robert Piotkowicz
  20. Craig Richardson
  21. Frederic Sauvage
  22. Heinz Senior