Ahmad Ashkanani of Kuwait, who turned professional at the 2016 Arnold Classic Australia Amateur and finished second at the 2016 Olympia 212 Showdown, won the Arnold Classic 212 in his Columbus debut. Ashkanani received the champion’s trophy from Arnold Schwarzenegger and $22,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket and congratulations from Dr. Rafael Santonja of the International Federation of Body Building and Fitness and Jim Manion of the IFBB Pro League.
The remainder of the Arnold Classic top six:
- 2nd place: David Henry of South Hadley, Mass., received $10,000 and a medal from Midway Labs USA and Optimum Nutrition.
- 3rd place: Jose Raymond of North Reading, Mass., received $6,000 and a medal from MHP and Ultimate Nutrition.
- 4th place: Guy Cisternino of Branchburn, N.J., received $4,000 and a medal from Ricart Automotive and the Columbus Dispatch.
- 5th place: Zane Watson of Canada, received $2,000 and a medal from Laura’s Lean Beef and Nutrex.
- 6th place: Hidetada Yamagishi of Japan, received $1,000 and a medal from Ricart Automotive and Gold’s Gym.