2007 Iron Man Recap - X-Man Wins Iron Man!

It was about two hours after the judging when I talked briefly with Freeman about how he felt he did during the prejudging... Here is a review of how the X-man felt and what the outcome was. Check it out!

"Who's gonna beat me?" asked Toney Freeman as he confidently lifted up his shirt and revealed his deeply-etched abs.

"Nobody," I replied. "You've got this one."

He smiled and replied, "That's right." I chatted a little longer, wished him luck and then stepped back and watched the kids behind me line up to get their photos taken with the X-Man at the VPX booth during the FitExpo.

"These photos are free too. I don't charge to have a picture taken with me. I ain't Lou Ferrigno," he joked.

It was about two hours after the judging when I talked briefly with Freeman about how he felt he did during the prejudging and what the outcome would be. Many of the other competitors had just arrived at the FitExpo too and they were walking about to kill some time before the night show and to mingle with the fans.

Toney Freeman's Posing Routine.
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They stood out too with their enormous frames and gaunt faces, which were painted brown from Pro Tan or some other bronzing agent. In a few hours they would perform their routines and find out who the lucky ones were to get an Olympia qualification at the IFBB season opener, the 2007 Iron Man.


Let The Battle Begin...

In past years, due to time constraints, only the top fifteen were able to perform their routines. This year, however, each athlete was given time to do his entire posing routine. I liked that and seemed only fair that every pro got some time on the stage.

As each competitor took the stage and performed his individual routine, I was analyzing each guy and trying to remember the condition they brought to the stage that morning. Most looked about the same.

I was curious to see if David Henry had improved as he has a tendency to become sharper for the evening shows. He didn't this year.


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David Henry.
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Silvio Samuel looked better in the finals than he did in the judging.


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Silvio Samuel.
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He was a tad sharper, which made him the sharpest in the show. I thought Moe El Moussawi looked better at the finals too.


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Moe El Moussawi.
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At the beginning of the show, scorecards were handed out to the crowd so everyone could try their hand at judging. This is a great tool to get the crowd involved and it really makes one think about how tough the judging really is.

Like I said in my judging review article, the order of the top five was easy, but the difficult picks were getting the top ten right because many guys were close to being equal. I almost got the top ten (I'm proud to say) but my order was switched with a couple of the guys compared to the judges placings and I had Moe El Moussawi in tenth place and Hidetada in eleventh.

Toney Freeman, Mark Dugdale and Eddie Abbew all held their conditioning from the morning show.


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Mark Dugdale.
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It was still apparent, as they came out individually, that they would get the top three placings. Each carried himself well on stage and displayed confidence during their routine.


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The Vince Gironda Award for best presentation was given to Silvio Samuel. I was surprised. Even though Silvio looked a tad sharper in the finals than he did during the judging, based on presentation, my vote would have been for Rusty Jeffers.


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Rusty had a classical routine with powerful sweeps, twists and great hand positions. His routine was very powerful and graceful. Samuel's routine, although the crowd loved it, was very ordinary to say the least and a bit long in my book.

Marcus Haley looked great, is very symmetrical and has great lines and structure. He definitely deserves to be on the Olympia stage this year.


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I was so excited to hear Ahmad Haidar's posing music because it wasn't Chariots of Fire. Now I hate to take credit for that because I doubt he even read my preview article, but I DID suggest he switch to another song. You can go read it if you want, but I'm sure a few other guys gave him the same suggestion.


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Ahmad Haidar.
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His posing style is very polished and classical. It's refreshing compared to the many routines that traditionally begin slow, have a music change and then the guy walks around on stage where he signals the crowd to cheer for him as he hits various most muscular shots. Haidar is a good poser and a joy to watch.

Joel Stubbs is huge, really huge. Until you see him standing next to the other massive guys, you can't really appreciate his enormous size. Seeing him strike his back shots is simply unreal. As I've said before and many others have too, he needs to bring up the legs and he'll do lots of damage.


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The Posedown

The final five competitors in the posedown looked very tired. It wasn't a long battle. Each guy looked eager to get off the stage and get something to eat and drink. I don't blame them; it had been a long day.


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Haley was announced in fifth and Samuel in fourth amid lots of booing and shouts of disapproval. Admittedly Samuel looked sharper and came on strong during the evening show, but he still was awarded fourth place. Eddie Abbew was awarded his highest place ever in a pro show. Dugdale was called out in second, which wasn't a surprise as we all knew the X-man had this show in the bag.


Kudos

The 2007 Iron Man was a well-run promotion. I was very impressed. The lighting of the stage was great as it has been in past years. There were very few, if any, technical glitches. The sound was great. It was the largest crowd I've seen at the event and the Gold Room access before the show for BodySpace ticket holders was a wonderful idea.


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The FitExpo was a little crowded, but I really appreciated that there were not several booths with music blaring so loudly that you couldn't carry on a conversation with the vendors. It's been like that at the Olympia the past few years. Overall I'd like to congratulate the promoters and sponsors on a job well done.


One Final Comment

Many Silvio Samuel fans expressed their disagreement with lots of booing and jeering after he was announced in fourth place. That's normal at almost any bodybuilding show because no matter who wins or how the judges call it, people disagree with the decision and claim the judges are clueless and blind. The winner didn't deserve it and it's all politics and so forth. It happens in all sports. The refs are blind and the umpires have their eyes shut during the big plays.

Some booing and shouts of disapproval are just part of being a fan. It's our right as fans. That being said, however, there comes a time when fans overstep their boundaries; they definitely crossed the line on Saturday night. A couple idiots (to put it politely) thought it was fun to keep yelling "SILVIO!" over and over.


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Silvio Samuel.
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The first couple times were funny, but they didn't stop, even after the athletes had left the stage and Freeman came up to the podium for a short victory speech with Lonnie Teper. Teper and Freeman were repeatedly interrupted by the one idiot in the back who kept yelling "SILVIO!" It was no longer funny but downright rude.

Freeman deserved the win hands down and Silvio deserved fourth - period. End of story. The idiots clearly showed their lack of knowledge in judging a physique competition. Yes, they have a right to disagree with the placings, but they don't have any right to interrupt the champ and steal his moment of joy immediately after a well-deserved victory. I have only one reply to those idiots - "TOOOONEY!"


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