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June 15, 2021

Bonac, Combronero, Truscott & Pecini to defend titles at 2021 Arnold Classic

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Defending champions William Bonac, Alex Cambronero, Missy Truscott and Elisa Pecini will defend their titles when the Arnold Classic and related IFBB Pro League events return to Columbus in September.


The four defending champions from the 2020 Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic Physique, Fitness International and Bikini International highlight the fields of IFBB Pro League athletes who will take the stage at the 33rd Arnold Classic at the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Battelle Grand on Sept. 25.

Bonac, who won the Arnold Classic in 2020 and 2018, will try to join Arnold Classic legends Dexter Jackson, Flex Wheeler, Jay Cutler and Kai Greene with at least three Arnold Classic titles. Jackson holds the record with five titles, while Wheeler has four and Cuter and Greene three each.

Those expected to challenge Bonac include Steve Kuclo, who finished a career-best fourth in Columbus in 2020; Sergio Oliva Jr., fifth here last year; and Akim Wllliams, seventh in 2020.

The Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic Physique, Fitness International and Bikini International will attract the world’s best bodybuilders and the fittest men and women on the planet to Columbus to battle for $412,000 in prize money.

The 2021 Arnold Sports Festival, originally scheduled for March, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cambronero, who won last year in his Arnold Classic debut, and 2020 runner-up Terrence Ruffin top a field of 10 in Arnold Classic Physique. Fabian Mayr earned the automatic invitation for winning the overall Classic Physique title at the 2020 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Championships.

Truscott, four-time champion Oksana Grishina and 2018 winner Whitney Jones highlight a field of 10 in the Fitness International. Amanda Ciani will make her Arnold debut after winning the overall at the 2020 Arnold Amateur.

In Bikini International, 2020 winner Pecini, two-time winner Ashley Kaltwasser and 2020 Arnold Amateur winner Gabriella Messias highlight a field of 10.

The Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic Physique, Fitness International and Bikini International will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Battelle Grand at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Finals will begin at 7 p.m. Prejudging will be held at 10 a.m. Tickets will go on sale July 1 at www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.


2021 Arnold Classic, Classic Physique, Fitness International and Bikini International Official Invite Lists:


Arnold Classic Athletes

  • Lionel Beyeke
  • William Bonac
  • Maxx Charles
  • Seung Chul Lee
  • Mokhamed El Eman
  • Steve Kuclo
  • Cedric McMillan
  • Hassan Mostafa
  • Sergio Oliva, Jr.
  • Justin Rodriguez
  • Iain Valliere
  • Nick Walker
  • Akim Williams
  • Roelly Winklaar

Classic Physique Athletes

  • Alex Cambronero
  • Deontrai Campbell
  • Jarek Crew
  • Logan Franklin
  • Bryan Jones
  • Fabian Mayr
  • Courage Opara
  • Terrence Ruffin
  • Tony Taveras
  • Dani Younan

Fitness International Athletes

  • Jaclyn Baker
  • Darrian Borello
  • Amanda Ciani
  • Oksana Grishina
  • Whitney Jones
  • Sally Kendall-Williams
  • Ariel Khadr
  • Minna Pajulahti
  • Missy Truscott
  • Aurika Tyrgale

Bikini International Athletes

  • Romina Basualdo
  • Lauralie Chapados
  • Jenn Dorie
  • Jasmine Gonzalez
  • Ashley Kaltwasser
  • Jourdanne Lee
  • Priscilla Leimbacher
  • Breena Martinez
  • Gabriella Messias
  • Elisa Pecini

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