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Centopani Wins PBW Tampa Pro; Morel Runner-Up, Obiad Third

Evan Centopani left the Sunshine State with an Olympia qualification after winning the PBW Tampa Pro and his victory was a close one, indeed. Both Juan Morel and Essa Obiad made the decision tough for the judges and either could have made for a good argument to place higher. Lionel Beyeke placed a very disappointing fifth and once again, conditioning was the issue with him.

Tammy Jones beat out Rita Maria Bello in the women’s bodybuilding, with Tonia Moore, Tina Chandler and Helle Nielson rounding out the top five.

In men’s physique, Tory Woodward placed first, as did Valerie Gangi in the female counterpart of the newest IFBB division. Michelle Blank took the fitness, Mallory Haddleman in figure and Courtney King in bikini.

Centopani made some key improvements in a few of the poses – back double biceps, the most obvious – and may have something to say come September in Las Vegas. Obiad looked to be no worse than the runner-up, but Morel leapfrogged him, much to the chagrin of the crowd.

So now the Europa in Dallas next weekend seems like a definite for the competitors who missed out in Tampa.


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