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With seventy-four Pro bodybuilders, fifty men and twenty-four women, and twenty-six Pro figure competitors in the house, the 2007 WNBF Pro Natural Nature's Best World Championships and WNBF Pro Natural Gatorz Ms. Exercise World Figure Contest was destined to be a huge success.
This was the 17th annual WNBF Pro Worlds show, and including this show, the WNBF has awarded more than $886,000 is prize money in seventy-eight competitions since 1990. Judging for this, the 17th WNBF Pro Worlds, took place on November 11, 2007, in New York City at Martin Luther King Jr. High School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Drug testing occurred the day before and before the start of the prejudging. The WNBF Worlds were promoted and held in conjunction with the WNBF Pro World Championships. The WNBF awarded a total of $35,000 in prize money in men's and women's bodybuilding and pro figure at the competition.
Men's Pro Bodybuilding
The fifty Pro men were judged in three weight classes: Lightweight, Middleweight and Heavyweight. An Overall Champion was determined in a posedown between the three class winners.
There were sixteen excellent competitors fighting it out for 1st place in the Bantamweights and the $2500 cash prize, but in the end, it was Brian Whitacre (USA) who won with unbelievable conditioning and excellent posing.
Right behind Brian were the 2 giant killers, Shawn Clarida (USA) who took 2nd place with $1100 and Luis Santiago (USA) who placed 3rd and won $1000. Also taking home trophies were Joe Valentino (USA) taking 4th and Tiger Wilson (Cayman Islands) taking 5th.
Another hard-to-judge class was the Middleweights which attracted 17 terrific Pro’s. It was a battle between the top 4, but the judges decided that the size and symmetry of Jim Cordova was enough to give him 1st place and $2500 over last year’s Pro winner Jon Harris (England) who had to settle for 2nd and $1100.
Many thought that Brandon Greenwood (England) who lost to Jon last year came in with enough improvement to beat Jon and also take the class, but the judges placed Brandon in 3rd with a cash prize of $1000 followed closely by Rafael Norat (USA) who had to settle for 4th. In 5th place was Panexce Pierre (USA).
Also with seventeen outstanding competitors, the Heavyweight class presented the judges with another tough decision, between Rodney Helaire and Ben “the Bull” Tennessen, both from the USA. It was decided that Rodney would take 1st place and $2500 while Ben would take 2nd and $1100. The 3rd place trophy and $1000 went to Lajos Konya (USA), with 4th going to Hugh Cotterell (Cayman Islands) and 5th to David Trantham (USA).
The Battle For Overall:
In the posedown between Lightweight winner Brian Whitacre, Middleweight winner Jim Cordova and Heavyweight winner Rodney Helaire, the judges decided that Jim Cordova had the total package to be named the Overall Pro Champion and an additional $3500 cash prize bringing his total purse to $6000.
Women's Pro Bodybuilding
The twenty-four Pro women were judged in two weight classes, Lightweight and Heavyweight, with twelve competitors in each class. An Overall winner was selected between the two class winners.
The twelve Lightweight Pro women bodybuilders battled it out, and the 1st place winner was Brenda Rahe (USA) who also earned $2000. In 2nd place and earning $1200 was Nancy Kornblum (USA), in 3rd place earning $1100 was Xin Li Cao (Mongolia) and in 4th place earning $1000 was Starlett Anderson (USA). The 5th place trophy went to Terri Reeves (USA).
Also with twelve competitors, the Heavyweight class saw Cheryl Myers (England) earn 1st place honors and $2000. In 2nd and earning $1200 was Karen Miller (USA), in 3rd place and earning $1000 was Katy Holmes (USA) and in 4th place and earning $1000 was Kathy DiMartino (USA). The 5th place trophy went to Joan Lopez (USA).
Overall Winner Pro Women:
The judges awarded the Lightweight competitor Brenda Rahe, as the Overall Women’s Pro Champion with an additional cash prize of $2000 bringing her total purse to $4000.
There were twenty-six gorgeous women entered in the 2007 WNBF Ms. Exercise World Figure Championships sponsored by Gatorz Sunglasses, who were judged in two classes, Short and Tall, and an Overall Champion to be decided between the class winners.
Coming out on top of the Short class which had 12 competitors was Angela Mraz (USA) who took 1st place and prize money of $1000. In 2nd and earning $650 was Arlene Lurey (USA) and in 3rd place and earning $300 was Karen Walsh (USA). Also getting trophies were 4th place Allison Frahn (USA) and 5th place Deanne Murphy (Australia).
Michelle Shepherd (USA) took 1st place and a prize of $1000 in the Tall class which had 14 competitors. In 2nd place was Janet Marsico (USA) who won $650 and in 3rd place was Norah Josephsen (Denmark) who won $300. Also placing at the top of the class were Charmaine Patterson (USA) who took 4th and Tracey Taylor (Australia) who took 5th place.
Overall Winner Figure:
It was the Short class winner Angela Mraz who repeated as the Overall Figure Champion beating the Tall class winner. Angela won an additional $1000 to bring her total cash purse to $2000.
Overall, the INBF Pro Natural World Bodybuilding and Figure Championships was a huge success as evidenced by the number and caliber of top natural athletes who competed. Thanks to sponsors Nature’s Best and Gatorz Sunglasses, and to the WNBF President Cheh N. Low and WNBF Chairman Steve Downs who ran a good event. Everyone is looking forward to the 2008 INBF Pro Worlds, and you can find out more about the details at www.WNBF.net.