COUNTDOWN TO THE ARNOLD!

The countdown to the Arnold Classic Europe is on!

Well over 1,000 competitors are expected to line-up on stage at the event, which takes place over three days from September 28-30 in Barcelona.

The Arnold, which Arnold himself is due to attend, along with IFBB president Dr Rafael Sanjonja, is Europe's largest multi-sport festival, featuring more than 40 sports such as weightlifting, mixed martial arts and powerlifting.

 Nick Swann, who was second in the over-50s at last year's British Championships. PHOTO: Christopher Bailey

Nick Swann, who was second in the over-50s at last year's British Championships. PHOTO: Christopher Bailey

Now in its eighth year, it attracts 50,000 visitors, 5,000 athletes and 150 companies in total.

The physique events are open to athletes affiliated to the IFBB. There are 197 national IFBB organisations, and the UKBFF will be strongly represented.

This weekend's UKBFF North-East Championships in Pudsey is the final chance to qualify so contact the UKBFF if you wish to take part and try to book your place in Barcelona.

The UK team highlights the sport's diversity, with athletes ranging from the likes of over-50s bodybuilder Nick Swann to up-and-coming bikini fitness stars, such as Marta Mila and Rebeka Tunegova.

 Reigning British junior bikini fitness champion Marta Mila will compete in the seniors. PHOTO: Christopher Bailey

Reigning British junior bikini fitness champion Marta Mila will compete in the seniors. PHOTO: Christopher Bailey

One of the features of the IFBB Elite Pro's $1m pro division this year has been the more even distribution between categories, with women earning about the same as men.

Remember, IFBB events are recognised by more than 90 national Olympic committees, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and SportAccord, the umbrella body for international sports federations.

The Elite Pro division will make its debut at the Arnold and ticket sales for this Saturday night event are currently up on the same time for last year's pro show.

The pro show has classes for bodybuilding, classic bodybuilding, men's physique, bikini fitness and fitness. Rasto Valent will represent the UK in men's physique.

 Men's physique star Rasto Valent is going for glory in the IFBB Elite Pro show.

Men's physique star Rasto Valent is going for glory in the IFBB Elite Pro show.

 

Team UK

1

Alaa Kanone

Classic Bodybuilding

2

Alex Woods

Junior Men’s Physique

3

Alexander Brimelow

Masters Men’s Physique

4

Amy Payne

Wellness

5

Anna Pearson

Bikini Fitness -169 cm and Masters Bikini

6

Anna Stapley

Master Bikini 1982

7

Anne Bulmer

Masters Bikini Fitness up to 163 cm

8

Austin Williams

Classic Bodybuilding

9

Becky Goodall

Master Bikini Fitness Over 163 cm

10

Becky West

Bikini Fitness over 172 cm

11

Ben Smith

Men’s Physique up to 182 cm

12

Carly Howlett

Master Bikini Fitness up to 163 cm

13

Cassie Hunter

Bikini Fitness Over 169 cm

14

Chloe Greenwood

Bikini Fitness -158

15

Claire Johnson

Women's Physique

16

Davide Nuzzo

Muscular MPH

17

Dominika Korzen

Bikini Fitness over 172 cm

18

Emi Wokoma

Bodyfitness

19

Etin Nosa

MPH +182 cm

20

Giancarlo Brigginshaw

Men’s Bodybuilding 80 kg

21

Giuliano Mateas

Junior Men's Physique

22

Greta Supinaite

Bikini Fitness up to 169 cm

23

Jade Packer

Wellness

24

Jay Howlett

Master Men’s Physique

25

Jodie Frazer

Wellness Bikini Fitness

26

Josiah Cave

BB -70 kg

27

Kate Batten

Bikini Fitness up to 160 cm

28

Katerina Jakubcova

Master Bikini Fitness

29

Keith Turner

Classic Bodybuilding

30

Kieran Westlake

Classic Bodybuilding -178 cm

31

Kristie Sanderson

Bodyfitness

32

Leticia Vecchi

Wellness

33

Luis Hurley

Junior Men's Physique

34

Maggie Turner

Fitness

35

Marta Mila

Bikini Fitness over 172 cm

36

Martin Dawes

Muscular MPH

37

Megan Healey

Bikini Fitness up to 160 cm

38

Mel Maguire

Wellness Bikini Fitness

39

Michal Konta

MPH +182 cm

40

Michal Uliwiak

Classic BB +180 cm

41

Mitra Pishyareh

Bikini Fitness -166 cm

42

Nathan Barnes

Bodybuilding up to 80 kg

43

Nick Swann

Masters over 55 yrs

44

Nicola Rungo

Men’s Physique up to 173 cm

45

Olga Upelniece

Bikini Fitness -172 cm and Masters Bikini

46

Rebeka Tunegova

Bikini Fitness -172 cm and Junior Bikini Fitness

47

Ricky Beckford

Master MPH

48

Robert Thurston

Master Men’s Physique over 45 yrs

49

Syed Rahat

Master Men’s Physique

50

Theo Ojideh

BB -100 kg

51

Toby Owen

Junior Men’s Physique

52

Waldemar Biernacki

Classic BB -178 cm

53

Walter Rajah

Master MPH over 45

54

Zoe Green

Junior Bikini Fitness

55

Ruth Pierronnet

Masters Bodyfitness