Press Release

December 12, 2018

DEFENDING CHAMPION WILLIAM BONAC, FORMER CHAMPS CEDRIC McMILLAN, VICTOR MARTINEZ HIGHLIGHT 2019 ARNOLD CLASSIC FIELD

William "The Conqueror" Bonac, who won the 2018 Arnold Classic for the biggest victory of his professional career, and two former Arnold Classic champions will do battle as the prestigious professional men's bodybiulding competition celebrates its 31st year in 2019.

Bonac, 2017 winner Cedric McMillan and 2007 champion Victor Martinez lead a field of 13 professional bodybuilders who will take the stage in Columbus, Ohio for the 31st Annual Arnold Classic on March 2, 2019. Brandon Curry, who won Arnold Classic South America in 2013 and Arnold Classic Australia in 2017, and Roelly Winklaar, 2018 Arnold Classic Australia winner, will also contend for the title.

Whitney Jones, who overcame serious neck and knee injuries to win the Fitness International for the first time in 2018, is back to defend her title. She will be challenged by Kate Errington, second in Columbus in 2018; Fitness Olympia runner-up Ryall GraberMyriam Capes, third at the Fitness O in 2018.

A new champion will be crowned in Figure International as 2018 champion Candice Lewis-Carter has retired. Cydney Gillon, the two-time Figure Olympia champion who finished second in Columbus in 2017 and 2018, will be looking for her first Figure International crown. Nadia Wyatt, third at the Olympia in 2018, Bojana Vasilijevic and Jessica Reyes Padilla are also among the field of 14 contenders.

There will also be a new champ in Bikini International as 2017 and 2018 winner Angelica Teixeira will not compete. Challengers for the title include 2018 runner-up Janet Layug, two-time Bikini International champion Ashley Kaltwasser and Lauralie Chapados, fresh off a second-place finish at the Bikini Olympia and four IFBB Pro League wins in 2018.

Three-time defending Arnold Classic Pro Wheelchair champion Harold "King Kong" Kelley will try to make it four in a row.

Arnold Classic Physique, Arnold Men’s Physique and Women’s Physique International will feature competitions open to any IFBB Pro League athlete who finished in the top 5 in a pro contest in the past two years.

The Arnold Classic Physique, Fitness International, Figure International and Women’s Physique International will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019; while the Arnold Classic, Arnold Men’s Physique and Bikini International will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 with prejudging and finals at Battelle Grand. Arnold Classic Pro Wheelchair will be held on Saturday, March 2 at Battelle Grand.

 

2019 IFBB PRO LEAGUE INVITATION & COMPETITOR LISTS

Arnold Classic (12)
Lionel Beyeke
William Bonac
Rafael Brandao
Brandon Curry
Charles Dixon
Steve Kuclo
Joshua Lenartowicz
Victor Martinez
Cedric McMillan
Luke Sandoe
Mikhail Volinkin
Akim Williams
Roelly Winklaar

Fitness International (11)
Jaclyn Baker
Tiffany Chandler
Danielle Chikeles
Kate Errington
Allison Ethier
Missy Farrell-Truscott
Ryall Graber
Whitney Jones
Sara Kovach
Emma Paveley
Aurika Tyrgale

Classic Physique (19)
Khaled Chikhaoui
Garrott Coelho
Charles Curtis
Ali Emre
Dion Harris
Danny Hester
Lehjuan Jones
Steve Laureus
Fábio Lopes
Elijah Lorono
Jason Lowe
David Martinez Campos
Ro’Vonte Moody
Rickey Moten
Courage Opara
Keone Pearson
George Peterson
Panexce Pierre
Wesley Vissers

Figure International (14)
Maria Luisa Baeza Diaz
Melissa Bumstead
Brittany Campbell
Zulema Duran
Wendy Fortino
Cydney Gillon
Sandra Grajales
Michelle Lindsay
Lola Montez
Jessica Reyes Padilla
Noelia Segura
Natalia Soltero
Carly Starling-Horrell

Men’s Physique (35)
Bader Almualim
Clinton Barbadillo
Michael Bevins
Lindon Bond
Greg Brant
George Brown
Steve Cao
Rodrigue Chesnier
Scott Dennis
Youcef Djoudi
Viet Doan
Raymont Edmonds
Andre Ferguson
Logan Franklin
Anthony Gilkes
Sadik Hadzovic
Kyron Holden
Tave Jackson
Michael Lee
Devon Lindner
Ashwin Lucas
Antonio Mitchell
Diogo Montenegro
Stan Morrison
Kevin Nguyen
Ricardo Paul
Ramses Rams
Antonio Roseboro
Chase Savoie
Scott Schulze
Mark Sindayen
Antonio Smothers
Kimani Victor
Antoine Weatherspoon
Quincey Whittington
Justin Woodard

Women’s Physique International (24)
Bridgett Annett
MayLa Ash
Candice Carr
Mariko Cobbs
Natalia Abraham Coelho
Robin Connell
Antoinette Downie
Lenka Ferencukova
Jeannie Feldman
Ashley Radiance Fuller
Caroline Gaume
Mirea Henriquez
Sheronica Henton
Candrea Judd-Adams
Jodi Lyons
Robyn Mays
Liudmila Mikhailovskaia
Valentina Mishina
Anne Lorraine Mohn
Clarissa Rafanan
Lauren Rutan
Diana Schnaidt
Penpraghai Tianghgok
Brittany Watts
Margita Zamolova

Bikini International (19)
Lauralie Chapados
Jennifer Dorie
Monica Ellis
Eli Fernández
Marcia Goncalves
Kim Gutierrez
Ashley Jenelle
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Sonia Lewis
Breena Martinez
Raphaela Milagres
Cristobalina Pajares Torres
Frida Paulsen Stern
Jessica Palmer
India Paulino
Elisa Pecini
Camile Periat
Karina Skowronska

Pro Wheelchair (7)
Anand Arnold (INDIA)
Daniel Minster (Czech Republic)
Harold Kelley (USA)
Joshua Foster (USA)
Joshua Rucker (USA)
Kris Dim (USA)
Steve Lister (USA)