Hidetada Yamagishi Wins Europa Show of Champions/Orlando Pro

Hidetada Yamagishi Wins Europa Show of Champions/Orlando Pro
by Joe Pietaro

Right after the pre-judging was completed at the 2010 Arnold Classic, Hidetada Yamagishi was not satisfied. “I tried my best but I want to win this show so I [hoped] to be in the first call-out,” he said backstage. The six-year pro made the second call-out and eventually placed eighth in a very deep line-up.

But that all changed six weeks later when Yamagishi stood in the winner’s circle at the second annual Europa Show of Champions in Orlando, Florida. The native of Japan was looking much sharper than he did in Ohio and was rewarded by the judges. Marcus Haley and Evgeny “Eugene” Mishin – two bodybuilders that needed a strong show at this point in their careers – finished second and third, respectively.

Eduardo Correa Da Silva won the 202 class and was followed by Roc Shabazz and Jose Raymond. Erin Stern prevailed in the figure category, with Marcy Porter and Cheryl Brown next. In fitness, a few surprises occurred with Erin Riley and Nicole Duncan not even placing, while Camala Rodriguez was named the winner. Regiane Da Silva was the runner-up while Myriam Capes finished third. Nathalia Melo Moreira won the bikini division and Jamie Baird (second) and Missy Coles (third) right behind her.

Haley, 37, had his highest placing as a professional and also took home the Best Poser award. Last year, the Florida resident finished ninth at the Iron Man Pro, 13th at the Arnold, 10th at the Tampa Pro and 12th at the Europa Super Show. The Russian Mishin has always had the size at 6?2? and 300 pounds, but had only one top-10 placing since his pro debut at the 2003 Night of the Champions. That came at his previous show, the 2009 New York Pro, at which he finished eighth.

By earning his first pro win, Yamagshi can finally let the three second place finishes behind him. He was the runner-up to Troy Alves at the inaugural Europa Show of Champions, Gustavo Badell at the 2009 Atlantic City Pro and Melvin Anthony in January’s Phoenix Pro.

How does Yamagishi get prepared for so many shows in a calendar year? “It doesn’t bother me because I am used to it from being an amateur,” Yamagishi said. With three shows already behind him in 2010, you have to figure that Yamagishi will compete at the Mr. Olympia. The top three in all the categories (minus bikini) at the April 17 show qualify to take the stage in Las Vegas come September.

And now when people talk about a stacked competitor list, Yamagishi will be amongst that group.

The 2010 Europa Show of Champions in Orlando, Florida on April 17-18 brought as a whole new slew of competitors which are now qualified to compete in the 2010 Olympia (Top three in each contest). Congratulations to the winners. Here the results.

IFBB Men’s Open

1. Hidetada Yamagishi
2. Marcus Haley
3. Eugene Mishin
4. Michael Kefalianos
5. Constantinos Demetriou
6. Tarek Elsetouhi
7. Omar Deckard
8. Mark Antonek
9. Oliver Adzievski
10. Nathan Wonsley
11. Damaso Chacon
12. Stan Efferding
13. Mano Van Steenberghe
14. Joe Palumbo
15. Heinz Senior
16. Grigori Atoyan DNF

IFBB Men’s 202

1. Eduardo Da Silva Correa
2. Roc Shabazz
3. Jose Raymond
4. James Llewellin
5. Michael Valentino
6. Pierre Chamoun
7. John Arendsz
8. Rod Ketchen
9. Vincent Wawryk

IFBB Bikini

1. Nathalia Melo
2. Jaime Baird
3. Missy Coles
4. Kira Rivera
5. Janet Harding
6. Khanh Nguyen
7. Marzia Prince
8. Jessica Lawrence
9. Shay Monroe
10. Shelsea Montes
11. Sheryln Roy
12. Kat Holmes
13. Safiya Johnson
14. Julie Costa

IFBB Fitness

1. Camala Rodriguez
2. Myriam Capes
3. Regiane Da Silva
4. Erin Riley
5. Kristina Rojas
6. Allison Either
7. Sylvia Tremblay
8. Nicole Duncan
9. Melissa Fredrick
10. Kayde Puckett
11. Sandi Stuart
12. Victoria Larvie

IFBB Figure

1. Erin Stern
2. Marcy Porter
3. Cheryl Brown
4. Latisha Wilder
5. Candice Keene
6. Marie Ann Newman
7. Petra Metrl
8. Ann Titone
9. Candice John
10. Danielle Kifer
11. Elvimar Sanchez
12. Jessica Wright
13. Linda Fodor
14. Tessa Wood-Thomas
15. Listy Allen
16. Tammy Strome
16. Taylor Waldrop
16. Ginette Delhaes
16. Nina DiTommaso Morgan