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FIVE-TIME CHAMPION DEXTER JACKSON, FORMER CHAMPS WILLIAM BONAC, CEDRIC MCMILLAN TO BATTLE AT 2020 ARNOLD CLASSIC

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five-time champion Dexter “The Blade” Jackson, the winningest professional bodybuilder in history, 2018 champion William “The Conqueror” Bonac and two other former champs will do battle at the 32nd Arnold Classic men’s bodybuilding championships in March 2020.

Jackson eclipsed Flex Wheeler’s record of four Arnold Classic titles when he won in Columbus in 2015. Jackson also took home the title in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2013. Bonac will try to earn his second Arnold Classic title, as will former champions Cedric McMillan (2017) and Victor Martinez (2007).

Others in the field of 14 expected to challenge for the title March 7, 2020 in Columbus during the Arnold Sports Festival include Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Ellsbiay, 2017 Arnold Classic Europe and 2015 Arnold Classic South America champion; 2018 Arnold Classic Australia winner Roelly Winklaar and Josh Lenartowicz.

The Arnold Sports Festival will again feature IFBB Pro League contests in eight divisions in 2019.

A new champion will be crowned in Fitness International as 2019 champion Ryall Graber is not returning. Missy Truscott, fourth last year and second at the Fitness Olympia, is among the favorites. Challengers include Tiffany Chandler, third in Columbus in 2019, and Jeanine Taddeo, sixth at the Olympia.  2019 Arnold Amateur winner Haley Lisenba will make her pro debut.

Figure International will see a new champion as Cydney Gillon will not return. Latorya Watts, a two-time Figure Olympia champion whio won the Figure International in 2016, returns to Columbus for the first time in three years, fresh off a second-place showing at the 2019 Olympia. Other contenders include Jessica Reyes Padilla, third in Columbus last year and fourth at the Olympia; and Tarryn Garlington and Ashley Soto, seventh and eighth at 2019 Olympia.

Janet Layug returns to defend her title in the Bikini International. She will be challenged by 2017 and 2018 champion Angelica Teixeira and 2019 Bikini Olympia winner Elisa Pecini. Two-time champion Ashley Kaltwasser is also in the field.

Arnold Classic Physique, Arnold Men’s Physique and Women’s Physique International will feature competitions open to any IFBB Pro League athlete who has finished in the top 3 in a pro contest in 2019.

The Fitness International, Figure International and Women’s Physique International will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020; while the Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic Physique, Arnold Men’s Physique and Bikini International will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 with prejudging and finals at Battelle Grand.

2020 ARNOLD CLASSIC COMPETITORS

Arnold Classic (15)
Morgan Aste
Lionel Beyeke
William Bonac
Maxx Charles
Nathan De Asha
Mamdouh "Big Ramy" Ellsbiay
Dexter Jackson
Johnnie Jackson
Steve Kuclo
Josh Lenartowicz
Victor Martinez
Cedric McMillan
Patrick Moore
Sergio Oliva Jr.
Akim Williams

Classic Physique (13)
Santiago Aragon
Alex Cambronero
Jun Choi
Toto Djong
Klaus Drescher
Hyung Joo
Brandon Kidd
Steve Laureus
Abner Logan
Orlando Maldona
Rickey Moten
Terrence Ruffin
Abtin Shekarabi
Jason Strayhand




Fitness International (13)
Marta Aguiar
Darrian Borello
Tiffany Chandler
Kate Errington
Kristy Fenster-Avery
Ariel Khadr
Sara Kovach
Haley Lisenba
Katie Mitchell
Jeanine Taddeo
Missy Truscott
Aurika Tyrgale
Derina Wilson
Jenny Worth

Physique International (14)
Ruiying Bian
Natalia Abraham Coelho
Desunka Dawson
Claudia Diaz
Jeannie Feldman
Katherine McLaurin
Valentina Mishina
Anne-Lorraine Mohn
Laura Richards
Jennifer Taylor
Penpraghai Tiangngok
Trisha Vezirian
Sarah Villegas
Margita Zamolova

Figure International (17)
Maryam Bamdad
Anna Banks
Brittany Campbell
Tarryn Garlington
Rhea Gayle
Sandra Grajales
Tiffani Herbert-Lapoint
Michelle Lindsay
Lola Montez
Ericka Morales-Morgan
Jessica Reyes Padilla
Natalia Soltero
Ashley Soto
Frida Thestrup
Bojana Vasiljevic
Julia Waring
Martina Yabekova

Men’s Physique (12)
Sunny Akhigbe
George Brown
Steven Cao
Yasser Fernando Chala Blandon
Carlos DeOliveira
Andre Ferguson
Xavisus Gayden
Anthony Gilkes
Brandon Henderickson
Ryan John-Baptiste
Derrick Stevenson
Eric Wildberger

Bikini International (17)
Mahsa Akbarimehr
Romina Basualdo
Beatriz Biscaia
Alessia Facchin
Marcia Goncalves
Daraja Hill
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Priscila Leimbacher
Justine Munro
Elisa Pecini
Camile Periat
Yeshaira Robles
Jennifer Ronzitti
Alexandria Ross
Etila Santiago Santos
Angelica Teixeira

Arnold Pro Wheelchair (9)
Gabriele Andriulli
Anand Arnold
Bradley Betts
Tyler Brey
Nadir Hajro
Harold Kelley
Antoni Khadraoui
Daniel Minster
Johnny Quinn