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Muscle Sport Magazine

Shawn Rhoden Earns First Pro Win at 2012 IFBB PBW Tampa Pro (Full Scorecards & Review)

It was merely a matter of time. That has been the general consensus regarding Shawn Rhoden and first place finishes since he turned pro in 2009. The man known as ‘Flexatron’ is always in shape and has been impressive at every show he has entered this year, bringing back memories of the physiques common in the days before mass was en mass.

So many had silently – and publicly – hoped that someone with a pleasing, aesthetic look would leap over bulk and size and that guys like Rhoden would stick it out and stay with his program. Many thought it would take a while but the Maryland resident was able to taste victory in only his sixth pro show at the 2012 IFBB PRo Bodybuilding Weekly Tampa Pro.

Holding off someone like Toney Freeman was not an easy task, to say the least. The X-Man has been looking sharp of late and may have miscalculated his timing in Florida. He still was impressive, as was Hidetada Yamagishi (third), but Rhoden was the clear winner here.

In women’s bodybuilding, Sarah Hayes also earned her first win on the pro stage. The Dallas native’s victory came unexpected, with her placing 13th, 13th and 5th previously. Sheila Bleck was the runner-up and has been coming on strong of late and continued to make a statement with her fourth consecutive top-six finish since turning pro four years ago.

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