2010 IFBB Sacramento 202 Pro Review!

No fewer than 18 of the IFBB's top 202 competitors made the trip out to the west coast to battle it out and be the first to earn a place on the most prestigious bodybuilding stage of all time, Joe Weider's Mr. Olympia.
Article Summary:
  • Tricky Jackson has made up for his 8th position at the Olympia by taking first.
  • Peter Putnam came to the Sacramento with his best showing yet.
  • Jose Raymond was supposed to be the man to beat, but his conditioning was a little off.

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2010 IFBB Sacramento 202 Pro Review

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The first qualifying event for the 2011 Mr. Olympia 202 Showdown got underway in Sacramento, California on Saturday November 6th. No fewer than 18 of the IFBB's top 202 competitors made the trip out to the west coast to battle it out and be the first to earn a place on the most prestigious bodybuilding stage of all time, Joe Weider's Mr. Olympia.

The top 4 was hotly contested as former 202 Champions, Tricky Jackson, Jose Raymond, and Stan McQuay were chased down by former USA and Nationals Champion, Peter Putnam. They all came to California with winning on their minds. Coming into this show, three athletes stood out amongst the rest of the lineup; Jose Raymond who took 4th at the Olympia, Stan McQuay who took 7th and veteran competitor, Tricky Jackson, who finished 8th. On paper it seemed the rest of the competitors had their work cut out for them.

Jackson made amends for missing out on the top six at the Olympia by taking out both Stan McQuay, who finished one place ahead of him at the Olympia, and Jose Raymond who is now ranked 4th in the World. The biggest surprise of the night was from Peter Putnam who came to Sacramento much fuller and more detailed than I have ever seen him. The young pro was only lacking the maturity that comes with time, and pushed real hard for a qualification in his first Olympia.


1. Tricky Jackson - USA

Jackson added to his Europa Pro win and redeemed what I thought was a lackluster performance in Vegas a little over a month ago. He nailed his conditioning and improved fullness to his physique, which has been lacking recently.

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Tricky Jackson At The 2010 Sacramento Pro.
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2. Jose Raymond - USA

This guy packs some serious muscle to his short frame. He was without a doubt the thickest guy onstage. His balance and symmetry is second to none, but since adding the extra mass from his amateur days his waistline is no longer as streamlined as it once was. Being the top ranking 202 competitor coming to Sacramento, Raymond should have been the man to beat. However, he was holding a little water and had far too much oil on. This most certainly cost him the title.

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3. Stan McQuay - USA

Stan "The Man" McQuay showed some great lines and looked a lot fuller here than he did in Vegas. That being said I felt his condition suffered because of it and he was not as sharp as the Olympia or when he won the Detroit Pro. He did possess enough to secure an invite to the big dance in Vegas for 2011.

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Stan McQuay At The 2010 Sacramento Pro.
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4. Peter Putnam - USA

The former 2 time USA winner and former Nationals winner made dramatic improvements to his physique from his rookie year. Putnam added some much needed thickness and improved on his conditioning, even his back which was his most notable weakness was improved. However, it was not enough to secure a ticket to the O.

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Outside The Top Four

Other notable competitors in this lineup were Mexico's Pedro Barron, the Bay Area's Branden Ray and England's James Llewellin. Where do I start with these guys?

Branden Ray, who finished in 7th place, has probably the best symmetry I have seen since Flex Wheeler; long full muscle bellies and near perfect shoulder to waist ratio, so why didn't he place higher? He came into the show holding more water than a Sparkletts truck. If he wants to forge a career in the IFBB he will need to dial in his conditioning.

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Branden Ray At The 2010 Sacramento Pro.
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Mexico's Pedro Barron Cullas, who finished in 11th place, is to the 202 division what Dennis James has been to the Olympia for the past decade. Barron looks like he is the rightful heir to the 202 Olympia crown when you see him in the gym. As one of the shorter competitors at approximately 5'2, Barron carries slabs of thick striated muscle. However, when we see him onstage alongside the best of what the IFBB has to offer, his weaknesses become more apparent. His upper body is slight in comparison to his legs, which are some of the thickest most vascular that I have ever seen. Should he bring his upper body up, who knows how well he can do?

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Pedro Barron Cullas At The 2010 Sacramento Pro.
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James Llewellin of the UK tied for 15th. This guy won the British Championships a couple of years back and was set to give the UK's own, James Flex Lewis, a run for his money in the 202 division. Llewellin, who was known for insane conditioning when competing in the UK, has yet to replicate the shredded look that earned him his pro card on a professional stage. When he does, I have no doubt that it will earn him a trip to the Olympia.

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James Llewellin At The 2010 Sacramento Pro.
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Here is where the rest of the competitors finished:

5. Charles Arde - USA
6. Vinny Galanti - USA
7. Branden Ray - USA
8. Ahmad Ahmad - Sweden
9. Edward Duque - Venezuela
10. PD Devers - USA
11. Pedro Barron Cullas - Mexico
12. Rixio Tapia - Venezuela
13. Daron Lytle - USA
14. Pablo Arevelo - Peru
15. Roger Ferrer - USA
15. James Llewellin - UK
NP Carlos Rabiei - Canada
NP Jimmy Canyon - USA
NP Amit Sapir - Israel


Conclusion

So, at the end of California's only men's bodybuilding event of 2010 we have seen two new names added to the list of competitors for the 2011 Olympia Showdown in the shape of Stan McQuay and Sacramento Pro Champion, Tricky Jackson. We have also managed to get a sneak preview of who to look out for in the 2011 Pre Olympia circuit. Peter Putnam was inches from snatching an invite and Brandon Ray showed that he has the mass and most definitely has the symmetry If he can pull it together in 2011 we will surely be seeing him in Vegas next September. The 2010 Pro season could not have ended on a higher note. I am looking forward to the short break over the Holidays and seeing who has done their homework when we start the 2011 Pro Season right here in California for the Flex Pro.

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