As the 2022 Mr. and Ms. Olympia begin to inch closer and closer, many bodybuilding competitions leading up to mid-December may become more vital in that journey. One of those road markers was the recent 2022 International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Sheru Classic Italy Pro League contest, which took place on June 25, 2022, in Rome, Italy.

This year’s Sheru Classic Italian Pro featured three competitive divisions — Men’s Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, and Bikini. The winners of these categories were Marco Ruz (Classic Physique), Ali Bilal (Men’s Physique), and Kristina Brunauer (Bikini). With their respective victories, each of these athletes has earned automatic qualification for the upcoming Mr. and Ms. Olympia. Meanwhile, the second to fifth-place finishers in each division all earned points for their own hopeful qualifications. Both contests will occur on December 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV.

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Here’s a rundown of the Men’s Classic Physique results from the 2022 IFBB Sheru Classic Italy Pro, courtesy of NPC News Online:

2022 Italy Pro Results | Men’s Classic Physique

  1. Marco Ruz
  2. Emanuele Ricotti
  3. Edwin Underwood
  4. Mehmet Emin Baydill
  5. Shanti Mitchell
  6. Kelvin Hinde
  7. Issa Al Hasani
  8. Giovanni Randazzo
  9. Ayham Alaws
  10. Philipp Jendnelek

Ruz’s victory follows a recent relative hot streak. The French athlete previously most notably came in fourth place during the 2021 New York Pro. Before that, he came in second in the Middleweight division at the 2019 National Physique Committee (NPC) Worldwide Amateur Olympia. The size of Ruz’s muscles, his conditioning, and his work with body parts like his arms, legs, back, and abs were apparent. The bodybuilder has never competed in a Mr. Olympia before and will now get the opportunity this December.

In the other competitive Men’s division on hand at the 2022 Italy Pro, another athlete enjoyed one of the better finishes of their career. Here are the full results:

2022 Italy Pro Results | Men’s Physique

  1. Ali Bilal 
  2. Youcef Djoudi
  3. Furkan Er
  4. Fabian Faber
  5. Burak King
  6. Kenny Privet
  7. Nishant Bansal 
  8. Andrea Mosti
  9. Manoj Patil
  10. Marecl Treichler

Fresh off earning his IFBB Pro Card in December 2021, Bilal’s win will similarly give him his first chance to compete at the 2022 Mr. Olympia.

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Last but not least, there were the athletes competing in the Bikini category. Now that her automatic bid in the 2022 Ms. Olympia is official, winner Kristina Brunauer can try and improve upon a 16th-place finish from last year’s contest.

Here are the results for this division:

2022 Italy Pro Results | Bikini

  1. Kristina Brunauer
  2. Anna Setlak
  3. Stine Hansen
  4. Chloe Margraitner
  5. Lilan Lopez
  6. Lucrezla Marchi
  7. Eleonora Sundas
  8. Noemi Lava
  9. Soldea Bella 
  10. Alice Marchisio

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With approximately six months before the 2022 Mr. and Ms. Olympia contests, there are assuredly still plenty of opportunities for rising bodybuilders to earn their spots. The two competitions will take place concurrently on December 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV.

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