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Two-Time Champion William Bonac, 212 Mr. Olympia Shaun Clarida Highlight 2023 Arnold Classic Field

Two-time Arnold Classic champion William “The Conqueror” Bonac and reigning 212 Mr. Olympia Shaun "GK" Clarida headline the field at the 35th Arnold Classic men’s open bodybuilding championships at the 2023 Arnold Sports Festival.

Bonac, who won the Arnold Classic in 2018 and 2020, is vying to become just the fifth bodybuilder to win the Arnold Classic at least three times and join an exclusive list that includes five-time champion Dexter Jackson, four-time winner Flex Wheeler and three-time champs Kai Greene and Jay Cutler.

Clarida will make his debut in the Arnold Classic after winning the 212 Mr. Olympia in 2020 and 2022. Clarida took first place in his only other men’s open competition, winning the title at the 2021 Legion Sports Fest.

Also in the men’s open field are Samson Dauda, fresh of an incredibly impressive 6th place finish at the 2022 Olympia, former 212 Arnold and 212 Olympia Champion Kamal Elgarni and IFBB Pro champions Justin Rodriguez, Akim Williams, Blessing Awodibu and Charles Griffen.

The Arnold Sports Festival will feature IFBB Pro League contests in seven divisions in 2023.

A field of nine in Arnold Classic Physique is topped by Ramon “Dino” Rocha Queiroz who backed up a second-place finish in Columbus last year with a second-place showing at the Classic Physique Olympia. To win his first Arnold title he will need to beat 2020 champ Alex Cambronero and Urs Kalecinski, third on the Arnold and Olympia stages in 2022.

Defending champion Erin Banks is back in Arnold Men’s Physique after adding the Men’s Physique Olympia title to his impressive resume. Emanuel Hunter, second in Columbus in 2022, and Diogo Montenegro, third here a year ago, are also in the field of 10. Juan Manuel Gomez earned an automatic invite for winning the overall at the 2022 Arnold Amateur.

Ariel Khadr is back to defend her title in Fitness International after winning for the first time in 2022 and placing third at the Fitness Olympia.  Contenders looking to take away her title include four-time Fitness I champ Oksana Grishina and Jacyn Baker, who finished third in Columbus last year and second at 2022 Fitness Olympia. 2022 Arnold Amateur champ Kristin Pope earned an automatic invitation.

Lauralie Chapados returns to defend her title in the Bikini International. She will be challenged by Maureen Blanquisco, who won the Bikini Olympia after finishing second in Columbus last year; two-time Arnold winner Ashley Kaltwasser, who was third in Columbus and the Olympia in 2022; and Jennifer Dorie, who returns to the stage after taking home the Arnold and Olympia titles in 2021. Two-time Bikini International champ India Paulino is also in the deep field of 10.

Lauralie Chapados returns to Columbus to defend her title against one of the most competitive lineups ever! This year's field boasts an unprecedented four Bikini International and three Bikini Olympia champions. Chapados will be challenged by Maureen Blanquisco, who’s fresh off winning this year’s Bikini Olympia after finishing second in Columbus in 2022. Also among the field of 10 are two-time Bikini International and three-time Olympia Champion Ashley Kaltwasser, 2021 Bikini International and Olympia champion Jennifer Dorie and two-time Bikini International champ India Paulino.

Defending champion Isabelle Nunes leads a field of 10 in Wellness International as the top four from 2022 return, including runner-up Angela Borges, Sunny Andrews (third) and Julia Chitarra (fourth).

Defending champion Gabriele Andriulli and five-time champion Harold Kelley are among 10 contenders for the Arnold Pro Wheelchair title.

The Arnold Classic Men’s Open Prejudging and Arnold Classic Physique, Fitness International and Wellness International will be held on Friday, March 3, 2023; while the Arnold Classic Finals and Arnold Men’s Physique, Bikini International will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

From Arnold Classic Press Release

2023 Arnold Classic - Men's Bodybuilding

William Bonac
Shaun Clarida
Samson Dauda
Kamal Elgarni
Chinedu Andrew Obiekea
Patrick Moore
Justin Rodriguez
Nick Walker
Akim Williams

2023 Arnold Classic - Classic Physique

Jason Brown
Alex Cambronero
Neil Currey
Urs Kalecinski
Mehdi Larijani
Courage Opara
Ramon Rocha Queiroz
Mike Sommerfeld
Darwin Uribe

2023 Arnold Classic - Men's Physique

Erin Banks
Ali Bilal
Vitor Chavez
Carlos DeOliveira
Edvan Ferreira Palmeira
Juan Manuel Gomez
Emanual Hunter
Diogo Montenegro
Jahvair Mullings
Antoine Weatherspoon

2023 Arnold Classic - Pro Wheelchair

Gabriele Andriulli
Anand Arnold
Woody Belfort
James Berger
Bradley Betts
Tim Caldwell
Tory Jones
Harold Kelley
Antoni Khadraoui
Bryan Williams

2023 Arnold Classic - Fitness International

Jaclyn Baker
Tiffany Chandler
Michelle Freda-Mensah
Oksana Grishina
Ariel Khadr
Allison Kramer
Minna Pajulahti
Terra Plum
Kristin Pope
Tamara Vahn

2023 Arnold Classic - Bikini International

Romina Basualdo
Maureen Blanquisco
Lauralie Chapados
Jennifer Dorie
Ivanna Escandar
Eli Fernandez
Phoebe Hagan
Ashley Kaltwasser
Ukachi Onyejiaka
India Paulino

2023 Arnold Classic - Wellness International

Marissa Andrews
Sunny Andrews
Yarishna Ayala
Angela Borges
Julia Chitarra
Rayane Fogal
Kassandra Gillis
Andrea Hrenko
Giselle Machado
Isabelle Nunes

Bonac has stage one Palumboism and Clarida looks like a Picnic Bar

Is that the best they can offer?

Samson for the win

Gym Rat:

--- Quote from: Ron on January 06, 2023, 02:56:24 PM ---2023 Arnold Classic - Fitness International

Jaclyn Baker
Tiffany Chandler
Michelle Freda-Mensah
Oksana Grishina
Ariel Khadr
Allison Kramer
Minna Pajulahti
Terra Plum
Kristin Pope <-------------- Popes Cheeks on Display
Tamara Vahn

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