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The two-day bodybuilding extravaganza that has been the Arnold Classic Europe drew to a detailed Saturday in Seville, Spain.
Arnold Classic Europe Winners
- Bodybuilding (around 95 kg): Soepe Koese (Suriname)
- Bodybuilding:Mika Sihvonen (Finland)
- Men’s Physique: Dmytro Horobets (Ukraine)
- Classic Physique:Sergey Sherechsev (Kazakhstan)
- Women’s Physique: Yasmina Gouaich (France)
- Bodyfitness: Alina Yaman (Ukraine)
- Women’s Fitness:Eszter Balogh (Hungary)
- Wellness: Fernanda Pignation (Brazil)
The lack of reigning bodybuilding champion Michal Krizanek exposed this year’s field a little. Sihvonen, who was simply runner-up to the Slovakian this past year and in 2020, headed to Spain because the clear favorite and much more than lived around the hype.
Sihvonen may have preferred to best Krizanek on the way to the title, but that’s unlikely to take any enjoyment from his achievement.
In men’s physique, Dmytro Horobets once more reigned supreme and continued his dominance in the category. Thierry Bayala had to stay for second place after finishing second to Horobets in 2020 and 2021.
It had been exactly the same story in classic physique, with Sergey Sherechsev successfully defending his 2021 title and the Jakub Kolinek settling for second.
Yasmina Gouaich continued the trend in women’s physique. The 2021 winner narrowly edged out Aline Beck to stand tall in the four-woman field.
Soepe Koese provided possibly the biggest surprise along with his win in the 95 kg and under bodybuilding competition.
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The Suriname native finished before Venancio Bento Epolua and Pedro Esteves. Jir Cermak, the 2021 winner, was completely down in 11th when all was said and done.