Yaxeni Oriquen made history on Friday night, becomming the first competitor in the 20 year-history of the event to win four Ms. International titles. Perhaps equally noteworthy was the fact that the most dominant competitor in female bodybuilding over the past five years, three-time Ms. Olympia and three-time Arnold Classic champ Iris Kyle, was left out of the top six of this year's iteration of the annual Columbus musclefest.
Now four-time winner Yaxeni Oriquen brought a slimmer, more refined physique to bear as she collected the $25,000 first place prize, edging out Dayana Cadeau. Third place went to 50-year-old Lisa Aukland, fourth to 52-year-old Betty Pariso, fifth to Brenda Raganot and sixth to a hyper-striated Cathy Lefrancois.
Aside from Yaxeni's impressive win, the story of the night was clearly the judges' decision to leave Kyle, who was is good form, out of the finalist's row.
Clearly, they were as distracted as the audience by the panoply of abscesses on her corpus. Two large knobs adorned her glutes and another on her shoulder. So obtrusive were they that it became difficult to assess her physique, particularly in rear poses.
In fitness Kim Klein set herself up as the de facto favorite for this year's Olympia, with a spirited performance that was strong from start to finish. A very popular Jen Hendershott (she received the evening's biggest ovation) took second, despite a pair of balloon boobs and Hooter's outfit.
The rest of the top six in order were; 3rd- Julie Palmer, 4th- Julie Lohre, 5th- Tracey Greenwood and 6th- Regiane Da Silva.
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