2019 WORLD BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS – FUJAIRAH, UAE THE WINNERS

by Andrew Michalak

photo: Jakub Csontos (www.eastlabs.sk)

The first day of the World Bodybuilding Championships were devoted to Games Classic Bodybuilding, Classic Bodybuilding, Classic Physique and Men’s Physique. Altogether, 18 categories plus 4 overalls, 333 competitors in total. It’s not a surprise that the battle on the stage was finished at 23:30!

Second day was devoted to all 10 Men’s Bodybuilding categories plus Muscular Men’s Physique and finished earlier, at 19:20, allowing to prepare the Farewell Banquet, which was delivered at the venue.

In short, the Championships in the Emirates established the historical record of  participation in the IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships: 590 athletes of 70 countries. IFBB World Championships held in the Middle East region are usually very popular as our male physique sports are very popular there and the access is much easier for them than if the Championships are held in the other parts of the world. We remember the World Championships in Cairo, Egypt (2002), Manama, Bahrain (2008) and Doha, Qatar (2009). And now the United Arab Emirates with the biggest-ever World Championships. Congratulations to the IFBB President, Dr. Rafael Santonja, for his decision to locate the World Championships in Fujairah and congratulations to the Emirates Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation President, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Sharqi for perfect preparation of the event.

National Teams of 70 countries entered the Championships what is also the IFBB historical record, so it can be said that this event was a great success. Regarding medals, 28 countries won medals. Gold medals went to 13 countries, silver medals to 20 countries and bronze medals to 14 countries.

The best team, Iran, won 10 gold medals and 4 silver. United Arab Emirates won 3 gold medals, 3 silver and 6 bronze. Poland, Slovakia, South Korea and Ukraine won 2 gold medal each. China, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Russia, Sri Lanka and Turkey has 1 gold medal each. Overall titles went to Iran (2), China, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates.

The best teams classification was dominated by Iran (225 points), ahead of United Arab Emirates (182 points), Russia (124 points), Republic of Korea (107 points) and Ukraine (100 points). 48 countries won points (placed competitors in the top 10). Iran regained the best team title; Korea, Ukraine and China in the top 6 once again. United Arab Emirates moved to the top 6 first time. Slovakia dropped out of the top 6 (to 9th place). Real renaissance of Egypt, which moved up from the 17th position in 2018 to 7th place now.

GAMES CLASSIC BODYBUILDING

 

Up to 175 cm category

 

2019 IFBB Games Classic Bodybuilding up to 175 cm category world champion: Tomas SMREK (Slovakia).

2019 IFBB World Games Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 175 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Eric SANCHEZ (2nd place); Tomas SMREK (1st place); Soonchul HWANG (3rd place).

Over 175 cm category

2019 IFBB Games Classic Bodybuilding over 175 cm category world champion: Khalifah SHAMROUKH (United Arab Emirates).

2019 IFBB World Games Classic Bodybuilding Championships over 175 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Yuri RODRZIGUES (2nd place); Khalifah SHAMROUKH (1st place); Jongmin PARK (3rd place).

 

OVERALL

2019 IFBB World Games Classic Bodybuilding Championships overall winner Khalifah SHAMROUKH (United Arab Emirates), congratulated by President SANTONJA and IFBB General Secretary William TIERNEY (right).

2019 IFBB World Games Classic Bodybuilding Championships overall winner Khalifah SHAMROUKH (United Arab Emirates).

CLASSIC BODYBUILDING

Up to 168 cm category

2019 IFBB Classic Bodybuilding up to 168 cm category world champion: Kikwan SEOL (Republic of Korea).

2019 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 168 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Xiang Cheng YUE (2nd place); Kikwan SEOL (1st place); Mohamed SEGHIR (3rd place).

Up to 171 cm category

2019 IFBB Classic Bodybuilding up to 171 cm category world champion: Mohsen POORSABER (Iran).

2019 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 171 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Zheng Shao ZHONG (2nd place); Mohsen POORSABER (1st place); Abdalla RASHED (3rd place).

Up to 175 cm category

2019 IFBB Classic Bodybuilding up to 175 cm category world champion: Jehyung RYU (Rep. of Korea).

2019 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 175 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Behzad AGHBOLAGH (2nd place); Jehyung RYU (1st place); Jose-Miguel GOMEZ (3rd place).

Up to 180 cm category



2019 IFBB Classic Bodybuilding up to 180 cm category world champion: Sajad CHEGENI (Iran).

2019 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships up to 180 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Tomas KAIRYS (2nd place); Sajad CHEGENI (1st place); Marwan SULAIMAN (3rd place).

Over 180 cm category

2019 IFBB Classic Bodybuilding over 180 cm category world champion: Benjamin JEWKO (Germany).

2019 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships over 180 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Khalifah ALHAMOUDI (2nd place); Benjamin JEWKO (1st place); Abdulla RABEI (3rd place).

Classic Bodybuilding Overall:

 

1 Sajad CHEGENI Iran 12
2 Benjamin JEWKO Germany 14
3 Mohsen POORSABER Iran 15
4 Kikwan SEOL Korea 16
5 Jehyung RYU Korea 19

 

2019 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships overall winner Sajad CHEGENI of Iran congratulated by the IFBB officials.

2019 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships overall winner Sajad CHEGENI (Iran).

The Overall battle (from L): Jehyung RYU vs. Sajad CHEGENI.

CLASSIC PHYSIQUE

Up to 168 cm category

2019 IFBB Classic Physique up to 168 cm category world champion: Jorge PATZAN (Guatemala).

2019 IFBB World Classic Physique Championships up to 168 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Tomasz SADKOWSKI (2nd place); Jorge PATZAN (1st place); Djamel MANSOOURI (3rd place).

 

Up to 171 cm category

2019 IFBB Classic Physique up to 171 cm category world champion: Ege DEMIR (Turkey).

2019 IFBB World Classic Physique Championships up to 171 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Rami AKIL (2nd place); Ege DEMIR (1st place); Mahmoud CHEGRI (3rd place).

 

Up to 175 cm category

2019 IFBB Classic Physique up to 175 cm category world champion: Yurii ZYMOHLIAD (Ukraine).

2019 IFBB World Classic Physique Championships up to 175 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Dmitrii TITOV (2nd place); Yurii ZYMOHLIAD (1st place); Mohamed KHALIFA (3rd place).

Up to 180 cm category



2019 IFBB Classic Physique up to 180 cm category world champion: Roman KHALIULIN (Russia).

2019 IFBB World Classic Physique Championships up to 180 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Helal ALMHEIRI (2nd place); Roman KHALIULIN (1st place); Dmitrii KOSAREV (3rd place).

Over 180 cm category

2019 IFBB Classic Physique over 180 cm category world champion: Alireza HASANVAND (Iran).

2019 IFBB World Classic Physique Championships over 180 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Hamed ALAWADHI (2nd place); Alireza HASANVAND (1st place); Stanislav TARASOV (3rd place).

Classic Physique Overall:

 

1 Yurii ZYMOHLIAD Ukraine 12
2 Alireza HASANVAND Iran 14
3 Roman KHALIULIN Russia 14
4 Ege DEMIR Turkey 18
5 Jorge PATZAN Guatemala 18

 

2019 IFBB World Classic Physique Championships overall winner Yurii ZYMOHLIAD of Ukraine congratulated by President SANTONJA and Vice-President FILLEBORN (right).

2019 IFBB World Classic Physique Championships overall winner Yurii ZYMOHLIAD (Ukraine).

Overall winner Yurii ZYMOHLIAD (Ukraine).

MEN’S PHYSIQUE

Up to 170 cm category

2019 IFBB Men’s Physique up to 170 cm category world champion: Ryo TERASHIMA (Japan).

2019 IFBB World Men’s Physique Championships up to 170 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Naser KHODAMI (2nd place); Ryo TERASHIMA (1st place); Abdulla ALHAMMADI (3rd place).

Up to 173 cm category

2019 IFBB Men’s Physique up to 173 cm category world champion: Patryk WALCZUK (Poland).

2019 IFBB World Men’s Physique Championships up to 173 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Yaroslav KONONENKO (2nd place); Patryk WALCZUK (1st place); Ionut LEPADATU (3rd place).

Up to 176 cm category

2019 IFBB Men’s Physique up to 176 cm category world champion: Farid SHIRMOHAMMADZADEHLAHROUDI (Iran).

2019 IFBB World Men’s Physique Championships up to 176 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Khaled MUBARAK (2nd place); Farid SHIRMOHAMMADZADEHLAHROUDI (1st place); Mahmood KHALIL (3rd place).

Up to 179 cm category

 

2019 IFBB Men’s Physique up to 179 cm category world champion: Liu Mao YI (China).

2019 IFBB World Men’s Physique Championships up to 179 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Morteza GHASEMIVAFAEI (2nd place); Liu Mao YI (1st place); Khaled Jamal ALBLOOSHI (3rd place).

 

 

 

Up to 182 cm category



2019 IFBB Men’s Physique up to 182 cm category world champion: Oleg DANYSH (Ukraine).

2019 IFBB World Men’s Physique Championships up to 182 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Lin Zhen QU (2nd place); Oleg DANYSH (1st place); Vladislav ALEKSEEV (3rd place).

Over 180 cm category

2019 IFBB Men’s Physique over 182 cm category world champion: Abdullah RABIAQ (United Arab Emirates).

2019 IFBB World Men’s Physique Championships over 182 cm category medal winners (from L to R): Muhanned AL MAWLI (2nd place); Abdullah RABIAQ (1st place); Wu Chen LONG (3rd place).

Men’s Physique Overall:

 

1 Liu Mao YI China 7
2 Farid SHIRMOHAMMADZADEHLAHROUDI Iran 11
3 Abdullah RABIAQ UAE 17
4 Oleg DANYSH Ukraine 22
5 Ryo TERASHIMA Japan 24
6 Patryk WALCZUK Poland 27

2019 IFBB World Men’s Physique Championships overall winner Liu Mao YI of China congratulated by the IFBB officials.

2019 IFBB World Men’s Physique Championships overall winner Liu Mao YI (China).

Overall winner Liu Mao YI (China).

 

 

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