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As Predicted Here, Gustavo Badell Wins IFBB Atlantic City Pro

Last September, we had five of the top six at the Mr. Olympia nailed in order the day before ( Then on Friday, Gustavo Badell was featured in our top story (…ntic-city-pro/) as being someone to keep your eye on at the IFBB Atlantic City Pro.

As bodybuilding fans all know by now, Badell took home the winner’s purse of $18,000 at the AC and now has set himself up for another run at the Olympia, where he finished in the top 10 last year. “The Freakin’ Rican” was not a surprise and anyone who feels that he was did not do their homework.


Badell has 11 years experience on the pro circuit and has won two shows (2005 Iron Man Pro, 2006 San Francisco Pro). In 2008, he finished second at the Iron Man, sixth at the Arnold Classic and 10th at the Olympia. He came into this year’s Arnold a little off and placed 11th but had plenty of time to prepare for this contest and obviously used it well.

In case you need further convincing, this is a guy who placed third at two consecutive Olympias only five short years ago.


At 5’8″ and 240 pounds, Badell had the size to get more than noticed. He came in condition and took the top spot against some quality competition in Hidetada Yamagishi, Troy Alves, Melvin Anthony and Leo Ingram.

  • 1991 Junior Caribbean Championships, overall winner
  • 1997 Caribbean Championships, overall winner (received pro card)
  • 1997 World Amateur Championships Heavyweight, 10th
  • 1998 Grand Prix Germany, 9th
  • 1999 Grand Prix England, 17th
  • 1999 Night of Champions, Did Not Place
  • 1999 [[World Pro Championships, 14th
  • 2000 Ironman Pro Invitational, 18th
  • 2000 Night of Champions, Did Not Place
  • 2000 Toronto Pro Invitational, Did Not Place



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