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by Andrew Michalak Sunday noon, a very special moment at the Arnold Classic Europe in Madrid: seven bodybuilding champions – winners of seven bodyweight categories enter the stage to fight for the “champion of the champions” title. Who will be the best bodybuilder of this year’s Arnold Classic Europe? Who will pass to the IFBB [...]
by Andrew Michalak
Sunday noon, a very special moment at the Arnold Classic Europe in Madrid: seven bodybuilding champions – winners of seven bodyweight categories enter the stage to fight for the “champion of the champions” title. Who will be the best bodybuilder of this year’s Arnold Classic Europe? Who will pass to the IFBB history? Who will follow three previous ACE overall winners: Feras Saied (2011), Alexander Kodzoev (2012) and Sandro Hofer (2013)?
All seven pretenders perform seven compulsory poses as a group. And again, in the changed order of competitors. Then a short posedown for the public because judges must be already ready with their notes. This time they are unanimous, putting the same bodybuilder in the first place. The new Arnold Classic Europe bodybuilding king is the super heavyweight champion Vitaly Fateev of Russia! He is the first Arnold Europe overall champion, who won this title with perfect scores of 5 points in total.
Fateev started his competitive bodybuilding in 2003, participating as a junior in the Krasnodar Province Championships, then in the South Russian Championships. In 2005 he moved into the seniors division. In 2007 moved to Moscow, winning the Moscow Championships and the Moscow Region Championships, both in overall. 2008 was the next milestone in his career: he won the Russian Nationals (super heavyweight) and in overall lost to Alexander Kodzoev only. The next four years were less successful to him. In 2012 he participated in his first international contest: Arnold Classic Europe, but didn’t enter the semifinals. Bigger progress came in 2013 when he focused on the Arnold Europe only. Much better muscle quality resulted in the 3rd place. This achievement built up his self-confidence and proved that his new training and nutrition methods were the best for his body. He repeated this system this year with even bigger success. Congratulations!
The next attraction of the Arnold Europe super finals was the fitness category. In the short class, up to 163 cm, there were a close battle of three athletes: current European champion Anna Dudushkina (Mekhnina) of Russia, the latest Amateur Olympia winner Nikolett Szabó (Hungary) and the European Championships bronze medal winner Pia Pajunen (Finland). Szabó won the routine round, Dudushkina won the physique assessment round but the winner of this category was… Pajunen, who placed 2nd in both rounds.
In the tall class, over 163 cm, the last year’s Arnold Europe 3rd place winner Giorgia Foroni (Italy) moved up to the top, leaving behind Marina Zvancuka of Latvia and Stephanie Hebert of France.
The women’s fitness overall title went to Pia Pajunen (Finland) and this success is a good sign for her before the upcoming World Fitness Championships in Montreal.
*Nobody could challenge the current men’s fitness world champion Konstantin Nekrasov, who easily grasped the title. The only serious opponent to him, Oleg Anissimov of Estonia, was nominated to this contest but didn’t come.
Vitaly Fateev (Russia), Arnold Classic Europe 2014 Amateur IFBB Overall Champion, congratulated by Governor Schwarzenegger and President Santonja
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