IFBB News: The greatest European Championships ever

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ifbblogoBodybuilding history accelerates quickly from the beginning of this year: every next event breaks the record of participation! This information comes from the National Championships and from the Regional Championships. To crown it all, the European Championships will also be a record breaking event, with altogether 783 competitors on the stage!
IFBB Patron and Santa Susanna Mayor Joan Campolier will friendly welcome all participants and this time, having altogether over 1200 guests from the EBFF circles, he will have the unquestionable right to name Santa Susanna the 2014 European Bodybuilding and Fitness Capital.
IFBB and EBFF President Dr. Rafael Santonja may be very glad: this peaking participation and popularity of our sports strongly support his efforts to get the IOC recognition. Not so many Olympic sports can have such successful continental championships. Anyway, this physique sports boom helps all of us to move our beloved sports to a new, higher level and gain more prestige. Our sports deserve for it! Let’s look at the numbers:

EUROPEAN BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS: 162 COMPETITORS 

Men’s Bodybuilding: 98 athletes in 8 bodyweight categories.
– 70 kg category: 10 competitors, with 2013 European champion Miroslav Skadra (Slovakia) and bronze medal winner Roman Iushchenko (Ukraine) plus former classic bodybuilding continental champion Petr Havlik (Czech Republic).
– 75 kg category: 7 competitors, with last year’s silver and bronze medal winners: Danijel Miklecic (Croatia) and Raigo Kuusnomm (Estonia).
– 80 kg category: 18 competitors, with 2013 bronze medal winner Georgi Yordanov (Bulgaria) and 5th place winner Fredrik Spang (Sweden) plus two former European champions: Peter Kokoska (2010) and Sergey Moskvin (2012) as well as two runner-ups: Oscar Marin (2008) and Aleksey Denisov (2012). Category packed with champions!
– 85 kg category: 16 competitors, with 2013 bronze medal winner Dragos Popescu (Romania) and 4th place winner  Vitaliy Kalensky (Ukraine).  Plus 2012 European champions Zoran Kolevsky (Macedonia), 2013 finalist from 80 kg class Krzystzof Skryplonek (Poland) and his team-mate: former World Classic Bodybuilding Championships runner-up Mariusz Balazinski.
– 90 kg category: 16 competitors, with two 2013 finalists: Ott Kiivikas (Estonia) and Pavlo Prontenko (Ukraine) plus 2010 classic bodybuilding overall winner Tomas Tabaciar (Slovakia), 2012 Arnold Europe runner-up Evgeniy Klochkov (Russia) and 2009 European junior champion Szymon Lada (Poland).
– 95 kg category: 11 competitors, with 2012 bronze medal winner Tomasz Pabiniak (Poland) and 2013 finalist in 90 kg class Sergiy Chernyak (Ukraine).
– 100 kg category: 12 competitors, with 2013 bronze medal winner Georgi Slavov (Bulgaria) and 5th place winner Relu Gauca (Ireland) plus two former runner-ups: Tomasz Lech (2010) and Miha Zupan (2011) and 2013 4th place winner from the 95 kg category: Przemyslaw Owczarek (Poland).
– Over 100 kg category: 9 competitors, with 2011 European champion Mikhail Sydorychev (Russia) and 2011 runner-up Simone Constantini (Italy). Plus last year’s finalist Krasimir Sarafov (Bulgaria).

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding: 61 athletes in 5 body height categories
– Up to 168 cm category: 7 athletes, with 2013 4th place winner Rain Kuusnomm (Estonia) and 2011 3rd and 4th place winners: Davut Solmaz (Turkey) and Giancarlo LaPiana (Italy).
– Up to 171 cm category: 6 athletes, with 2013 runner-up Antonio Primiceri (Italy)
– Up to 175 cm category: 10 athletes, with 2011 European champion Przemyslaw Zokowski (Poland), 2010 European, Worlds runner-up  Andrej Varga (Slovakia) and 2012 World Masters runner-up Serge Rouze (France).
– Up to 180 cm category: 21 athletes, with three last year’s finalists: 3rd place winner Oleg Kakorin (Ukraine), 4th place winner Imre Vahi (Estonia) and 6th place winner Bohumil Stepanek (Czech Rep.) plus 2012 world junior champion Tomas Horak (Czech Rep.).
– Over 180 cm category: 17 athletes, with 2012 runner-up Drazen Vrbancic (Croatia), 2012 5th place winner Boris Orava (Czech Rep.) and 2011 World Championships finalist Janar Rückenberg (Estonia).

– Wheelchair bodybuilding: 3 athletes

EUROPEAN FITNESS CHAMPIONSHIPS: 334 COMPETITORS

– Women Fitness up to 163 cm: 8 athletes, with two very interesting comebacks: 2008 world champion and 2014 World Ladies Cup winner Vera Egorova (Russia) and 2008 world junior champion Anna Mekhnina, who then married to the Russian world class bodybuilder Roman Dudushkin and now participates under the name Dudushkina.
Women Fitness over 163 cm: 9 athletes, with 2013 European overall winner Barbora Seckarova (Slovakia), 2013 Worlds runner-up and 2014 World Ladies Cup winner Liudmila Nikitina (Russia) and 2012 World Cup winner Olga Demchuk (Ukraine).
– Men Fitness open category: 8 athletes, with 2013 European champion Fedir Khashalov and 4th place winner Nazar Kharkhun (both of Ukraine).

Women Bodyfitness: 78 athletes in 4 body height categories:
– Women Bodyfitness up to 158 cm: 11 athletes, with one great star: 2013 European champion, 2012 Worlds runner-up, 2014 World Ladies Cup winner and both Arnolds (USA and Europe) winner Angela Derzpaf (Germany) plus last year’s finalist Stanislava Fockova (Slovakia) and top world master champion Maria Eriksson (Sweden).
– Women Bodyfitness up to 163 cm: 26 athletes, with 2013 runner-up Petra Urbankova (Czech Rep.), 2012 runner-up Cristina Romano (Italy), 2013 Worlds runner-up (in 158 cm class) Tetiana Paramonova (Ukraine), 2013 finalists Vilma Salaseviciute (Lithuania) and former four-time world junior bodybuilding champion Florina Cernat (Romania) and famous master, European and world master champion Carina Isaksson (Sweden).
– Women Bodyfitness up to 168 cm: 23 athletes, with 2013 Worlds bronze medal winner Eva Rusan (Croatia), 2014 World Ladies Cup winner Olga Chumakova (Ukraine), 2012 Arnold Europe winner Solveig Wilhelms (Norway), 2012 and 2013 Arnold Europe runner-up Veronica Gallego (Spain), 2013 World Championships finalists: Tatiana Volosi (Russia) and Marija Veresbaranji (Serbia).
– Women Bodyfitness over 168 cm: 17 athletes, with 2011 Arnold Europe winner and 2011 Worlds bronze medal winner Christine Schranz (Austria), 2013 Worlds finalist Viktorija Petraityte (Lithuania), 2013 European Championships finalist Kinga Szweda (Poland)  and former bikini fitness star, 2013 World Ladies Cup winner and European Championships finalist Elena Guseva (Ukraine), who will debut in bodyfitness now.

Women Bikini Fitness: 136 athletes in 6 body height categories:
There will be a new categories scheme, with new upper body height limits in bikini fitness, so “distribution” of champions will be different than in the past.
– Women Bikini Fitness up to 160 cm: 14 athletes, with 2013 European champion Iveta Kuglerova (Slovakia), 2013 Arnold Europe 3rd place winner  Maria Paulette (Spain), the next very experienced Spanish champion Inmaculada Gual, who always placed in the finals, always 4th place winner (2013 European and 2013 Worlds) Nikki Jenkins (United Kingdom) and two medal winners from the latest World Ladies Cup: Kateryna Tkachenko and Svitlana Sidorenko (both of Ukraine).
– Women Bikini Fitness up to 163 cm: the longest category, with 31 athletes. Among them: 2013 Arnold USA winner Marisa Lobato (Spain), 2012 finalist Ewa Zegan (Poland), 2013 Worlds finalist Maja Pavlovic (Serbia), 2013 European finalist Derya Mutlu (Turkey) and many rising stars of the national lelvel.
– Women Bikini Fitness up to 166 cm: 21 athletes, with 2013 runner-up Denisa Lipovska (Slovakia), 2013 Arnold Europe 3rd place winner Nina Ross (United Kingdom), 2013 World Ladies Cup 3rd place winner Olga Kyzym (Ukraine),
– Women Bikini Fitness up to 169 cm: 22 athletes. Among them two great stars, who won many medals at different world top championships: Olga Viazmentinova (Ukraine) and Egle Eller-Nabi (Estonia). Viazmetinova won the latest World Ladies Cup and placed 3rd at the last year’s Women’s Worlds. Eller-Nabi was the runner-up at the 2013 Arnold USA, 2013 World Cup and 2013 World Ladies Cup. How many 2nd places will she collect more?
– Women Bikini Fitness up to 172 cm: 16 athletes, with 2013 bronze medal winner and 2014 World Ladies Cup winner Alla Semenova (Ukraine), 2013 World Ladies Cup finalists: Reet Reimets and Kristina Nuut (both of Estonia) and Oksana Davydova (Ukraine) plus one of the bikini fitness pioneers in Europe Ramona Valerie Alb (Germany).
– Women Bikini Fitness over 172 cm: as many as 19 extra tall athletes. Among them: 2013 Worlds runner-up and 2013 Arnold Europe winner Olga Putrova (Russia), 2012 Arnold USA runner-up Adalheidur Olafsdottir  (Iceland) and 2014 World Ladies Cup runner-up Veronika Serzante (Latvia).

Women’s Physique: 36 athletes in 2 body height categories
A real mixture of athletes from different sports: women’s bodybuilding, athletic fitness, bodyfitness. All women, who are genetically gifted to develop bigger than usual but not extreme muscularity, are slowly flooding to this new discipline in the IFBB offer. Some of them decided to come back after few-year break, considering this new sport as a good opportunity for them.
– Women’s Physique up to 163 cm: 20 athletes, with 2013 world champion Olga Chernous (Ukraine), 2012 European Championships overall winner  and 2011 Worlds runner-up Liudmila Tuboltseva (Russia), 2013 European runner-up Semiran Dag (Sweden), 2012 Worlds runner-up Silvia Matta (Italy), 2011 Worlds finalist Renata Richterova and 2013 Masters Worlds runner-up Jana Bendova (both of the Czech Rep.) and 2013 European Athletic Fitness runner-up Esta Pilt (Estonia).
– Women’s Physique over 163 cm: 20 athletes, with 2011 masters world champion and 2013 World Championships finalist Elena Stasiukyniene (Lithuania), 2010 European runner-up Branislava Jovanovic (Serbia), 2013 World Ladies Cup finalist (bodyfitness) Dr. Caroline Bovelet (Germany) and the next former bodyfitness star Ester Parisi (Italy).

Men Physique: 59 athletes in 4 body height categories:
– Men Physique up to 170 cm: 9 athletes, all new faces at the international lelvel.
– Men Physique up to 174 cm: 10 athletes, with sensational 2014 Arnold USA winner Paulius Ratkevicius (Lithuania), 2013 European athletic fitness champion Belmir Berberovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina), 2014 Arnold USA finalists: Hashim Youshaa (Denmark) and Ben Noy (united Kingdom).
– Men Physique up to 178 cm: 18 athletes and great revenge battle: world champion Valentin Petkov (Bulgaria) vs. bronze medal winner Grzegorz Placzkowski (Poland) plus former top world junior fitness champion Anghel Birica (Romania).
– Men Physique over 178 cm: 22 athletes, with 2012 ACE winner Martin Mester and 2013 Worlds finalist Vladislav Novy (both of the Czech Rep.) plus many new faces.

EUROPEAN JUNIOR AND MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS: 287 COMPETITORS

Now junior women’s bodybuilding is out but we can see greater and greater popularity of junior bodyfitness (23 athletes) and junior women’s bikini fitness with incredible number of 39 athletes (over a double than a year ago). Very interesting junior women’s fitness over 163 cm class, with 2013 European champion Endla Vaher (Estonia), 2013 world champion Aleksandra Zhilina (Russia) and coming back 2009 European champion Zaneta Balsewicz (Poland).

Masters categories as usual packed with former champions, there is no enough place to mention them all. In master women’s bodyfitness 35-45 we will see: Maria Scotland (United Kingdom), Brigitte Subrin (France), Benvenida Bevia (Spain) and Christine Schranz (Austria). In the older class: Kristin Kristjansdottir (Iceland), Carina Isaksson (Sweden) and Esta Pilt (Estonia), Olga Stepanyuk (Russia), Federica Ghezzi (Italy) and Esther Serrano (Spain).

Master women’s bikini fitness will be run for the first time, with 14 athletes in the list.

Masters men’s bodybuilding 50-59 looks great, with Antonio Vergiani (Italy), Jose Carlos Rebolo (Portugal), Wieslaw Kruk (Poland) and Aleksander Alekseev (Russia). This is a mixture of the European and world champions. In the over 65 years old class – multi world champion Rafael Vera (Spain). In the 40-49 division: Jakub Potocki (Poland), Danilo Barbi (Italy), Oscar Marin and Alfredo Fernandez (both of Spain), Fredrik Spand (Sweden), Dmitri Golubochkin (Russia), Maurizio Minoccari (Italy). Their battles will be extremely exciting and on the highest international level.

Juniors: 137 athletes

– Junior Men Classic Bodybuilding: 13 athletes
– Junior Men Bodybuilding: 22 athletes
– Junior Men Physique: 15
– Junior Women Bodyfitness: 23
– Junior Women Bikini Fitness: 39
– Junior Women Fitness: 16
– Junior Men Fitness: 9

Masters: 150 athletes
– Master Men Classic Bodybuilding: 18
– Master Men Bodybuilding 40-49 years: 51
– Master Men Bodybuilding 50-59 years: 22
– Master Men Bodybuilding over 60 years: 10
– Master Women Bikini Fitness: 14
– Master Women Bodyfitness 35-44 years: 17
– Master Women Bodyfitness over 45 years: 18

WHAT, WHERE, WHEN…
Short schedule of the 2014 European  bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, showing, when each category will be run onstage.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14TH, 2014

10:00 – 22:00 – Arrivals and continuous registration at the Caprici Verd Hotel

THURSDAY, MAY 15TH, 2014

09:00 – 13:30: MORNING SESSION: Men Classic Bodybuilding 168 cm, 171 cm, 175 cm, 180 cm, +180 cm
13:30 – 14:30: Lunch
14:30 – 21:30: AFTERNOON SESSION: Men Bodybuilding 70 kg, 75 kg, 80 kg, 85 kg, 90 kg, 95 kg, 100 kg, +100 kg

FRIDAY, MAY 16TH, 2014

09:00 – 13:30: MORNING SESSION:
– Junior Men Classic Bodybuilding open
– Junior Men Bodybuilding 75 kg, +75 kg
– Master Men Classic Bodybuilding 40-49, over 50
13:30 – 14:30: Lunch
14:30 – 22:00: AFTERNOON SESSION;
– Master Men Bodybuilding 40-49, 50-59, 60-65, over 65
– Men Physique 170 cm, 174 cm, 178 cm, +178 cm

SATURDAY, MAY 17TH, 2014

09:00 – 13:00: EBFF International Congress + Election
13:00 – 14:00: Lunch
14:30 – 20:00: AFTERNOON SESSION:
– Wheelchair bodybuilding
– Mixed Pairs
– Junior Men Physique open
– Women Fitness 163 cm, +163 cm (Prejudging)
– Men Fitness open (Prejudging)
– Junior Women Bodyfitness 163 cm, +163 cm
– Junior Women Bikini Fitness 163 cm, +163 cm
– Junior Women Fitness 163 cm, + 163 cm (Prejudging)
– Junior Men Fitness open (Prejudging)

SUNDAY, MAY 18TH, 2014

09:00 – 13:30: MORNING SESSION:
– Women Fitness 163 cm, +163 cm (Finals)
– Men Fitness open (Finals)
– Master Women Bikini Fitness open
– Master Women Bodyfitness 35-44, over 45
– Women’s Physique 163 cm, +163 cm
13:30 – 14:30: Lunch
14:30 – 21:30: AFTERNOON SESSION:
– Junior Women Fitness 163 cm, +163 cm (Finals)
– Junior Men Fitness open (Finals)
– Women Bodyfitness 158 cm, 163 cm, 168 cm, +168 cm
– Women Bikini Fitness 160 cm, 163 cm, 166 cm, 169 cm, 172 cm, +172 cm 22:00 – FARWELL BANQUET