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 bodybuilding 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 Graber; Myriam 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.