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The 2007 INBF Muscletech Amateur World Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure and Ms. Fit Body Championships was held in New York City at the Martin Luther King Jr. High School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. There was a large field of competitors from over a dozen countries, with a large audience of spectators anxious to see them compete.
Competitions were held in Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure, as well as a Fit Body contest. For the 6th consecutive year, the INBF Amateur Worlds Championships was held in conjunction with the WNBF Nature’s Best Pro Natural World Championships. INBF Amateur World Champions earn Pro cards and the right to compete in the future at WNBF Pro Worlds shows.
Many sponsors were on site with booths in the Expo area and there was also a U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard presenting the U.S. flag at the opening of the finals. A donation was made to Toys for Tots in appreciation of the presence of the Marines at the show.
The men bodybuilders were judged in five open classes (Bantam, Light, Middle, Light-Heavy and Heavy), with an Overall winner to be determined in a posedown among the class winners. There is also a Masters competition, judged in two classes, ages 40-45 and over 45, also with an Overall posedown. In total, seventy-three men competed for trophies among all the classes and for overall honors.
Clement Yearwood (USA) won the 1st place trophy in a competitive field of ten Bantamweights from around the world. 2nd place went to Urs Zumstein (Switzerland) with David Barry (Australia) in 3rd, Jason Barnett (England) in 4th and Ramon Alicea, Jr. (USA) in 5th.
Frank Kaerger from Germany beat a field of twelve U.S. competitors to take the 1st place trophy. Also placing in the Lightweight class were Albert Arroyo (USA) in 2nd, Charles Walker (USA) in 3rd, Richard Grattam (USA) in 4th and Reynolds Shepherd (USA) in 5th.
Victorious among the seven Middleweight athletes was Deawaika Dolo (USA) who claimed the 1st place trophy. The 2nd place trophy went to Michael Macli (USA) with 3rd going to Martin Portner (Switzerland), 4th to Paul Valentine (Australia) and 5th to George Peterson (USA).
Twelve awesome Light-Heavyweights competed for top honors, which was won by Gary J. Masington (USA). Also placing were Christopher Scott (USA) in 2nd, Pean Saliasi (USA) in 3rd, Rudy Flores (Grand Cayman Islands) in 4th and Adi Sheintuch (USA) in 5th.
In a class of eight Heavyweight competitors, it was Bertrand Ndawele (Switzerland) who was victorious. The 2nd place trophy went to Ken Stewart (USA) and 3rd place went to Sigmund Barazutti (Switzerland). One of the biggest sponsors of athletes in the INBF, Robert Fulton of Fulton’s Fitness, came in 4th. The 5th place trophy went to Brandon Jackson (USA).
Battle For Overall:
The five open class winners battled it out on stage and in the end, the Heavyweight class winner Bertrand Ndawele (Switzerland) was ultimately the Overall Champion for the show, earning his Pro card. The Swiss competitors represented in the show this year were competitive in many classes. In general, this INBF Word’s show was just that, a worldwide group of top natural athletes from many countries.
Masters Men Ages 40-45:
A very strong group of 13 men aged 40-45 took the stage, and another Swiss competitor Michel Frauchieger proved victorious, taking 1st place. Also placing in this class were 2nd place Gary Masington (USA), 3rd place Frank Kaeger (Germany), 4th place Martin Portner (Switzerland) and 5th place Arroyo Albert (USA).
Masters Men Over-45:
Overcoming eleven Master’s competitors in the Over-45 class was David Barry (Australia) who placed 1st. The other winners were Sigmund Barazutti (Switzerland) in 2nd, Charles Walker (USA) in 3rd, Reynolds Shepherd (USA) in 4th and Mike Salmon (Grand Cayman Islands) in 5th.
In the Masters class posedown between the 40-45 class winner and the Over 45 winner, Michel Frauchieger , the Swiss competitor won, having too much size for the Aussie David Barry to overcome.
The women bodybuilders were judged in two weight classes: Lightweight and Heavyweight. There were a total of eleven women competing for trophies.
Nine Lightweight women took the stage, and it was Cheryl Belanger (USA) who took home the 1st place trophy beating Agueda Broderick (Cayman Islands) who placed 2nd and Marla Battles (USA) who took 3rd. Also placing were 4th place Alexandra Gargiso (USA) and 5th place Kimberly Hibbert (USA).
Two women faced-off in the Heavyweight class, and Gwen Carbone (Australia) proved unbeatable. 2nd place went to Susan Wadowsky (USA).
The Heavyweight class winner, Gwen Carbone (Australia), was judged to be the Overall Champion for the women.
There was only one Fitness competitor, Asher Dobson (Australia), but she did a real good job and deserved her 1st place trophy!
The INBF judged Figure in two classes, Short and Tall. There was a sizeable showing for Figure as twenty-six women competed for top honors.
The competitor from Denmark, Anita Rye Ottonsen, won 1st place honors among the thirteen Short class women. 2nd place went to Ellena Tsatsos (Australia) and 3rd place to Tiara Wall (USA). Also claiming trophies were Shelly Gunderson (USA) in 4th and Maddy Santiago (USA) in 5th.
Also with thirteen competitors, the Tall class competition was fierce but it was another Swiss competitor, Eleonara Pinter, who won 1st. In 2nd was Sarah Hansen (USA). Also placing were Molly McAmis (USA) in 3rd, Carol Ruiz-Sandi (USA) in 4th and Tracy Euker (USA) in 5th.
In the Overall between Anita Rye Ottonsen of Denmark and Eleonara Pinter of Switzerland, it was Anita Rye Ottonsen who was chosen by the judges to be the Overall Figure Champion!
Ms. Fit Body
This is a "hybrid" of Figure and Women's Bodybuilding that's popular in Europe and Australia/New Zealand. Eighteen women competed in the Ms. Fit Body contest, which was judged in two classes, Short and Tall, and with an Overall winner between the classes.
The top five in the Short class were Michelle Shepherd (USA) 1st, Tara Martin (USA) 2nd, Agueda Broderick (Grand Cayman Island) 3rd, Ellena Tsatsos (Australia) 4th and Ashley Cummings (USA) 5th. There were 9 women competing in the class.
There were also nine women competing in the Tall class in which the winner was Norah Josephsen (Denmark). The other women placing were Susan Hyman (USA) in 2nd, Wendy La Rouche (Australia) in 3rd, Nancy Waites (Australia) in 4th and Tracy Euker (USA) in 5th.
The Overall winner of the Ms. Fit Body contest was Norah Josephsen (Denmark).
Overall, the INBF Amateur Worlds show was quite a success with a large field of competitors drawn from all over the world. Congratulations to INBF President Cheh N. Low and to both INBF Chairman Charlie Carollo and Vice Chairman Steve Downs for a great job. Looking forward to the 2008 Worlds which will be announced at www.ibnf.net.