Bodybuilding action resumed this weekend in Alicante, Spain at the 2023 Europa Pro Championships on September 17. Athletes from the Men’s Open, Men’s 212 Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, Men’s Physique Women’s Physique, Women’s Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini, and Wellness divisions battled it out for a chance at gold.
However, there was more than just a first-place trophy on the line this weekend as this event served as a crucial qualifier for the upcoming 2023 Mr. Olympia competition, set to take place in Orlando, Florida inside the Orange County Convention Center from November 2-5. With no point system in place, qualifying has been more challenging this season.
The headlining act in Spain saw the defending 2022 Europa Pro champion Theo Leguerrier back in action, The Open lineup was absolutely stacked with high-profile names bringing their best like UK’s Nathan De Asha, Canadian mass monster Regan Grimes, and consistent podium finisher Roman Fritz.
2023 Europa Pro Winners
- Men’s Open: Regan Grimes
- Men’s 212 Bodybuilding: Oleh Kryvyi
- Classic Physique: Wesley Vissers
- Men’s Physique: Sidy Pouye
- Women’s Bodybuilding: Chelsea Dion
- Women’s Physique: Karina Goncalves
- Figure: Gabriela Linhartova
- Fitness: Michaela Pavleova
- Bikini: Valerya Fedorenko
- Wellness: Sandra Colorado Acal
2023 Europa Pro Results Breakdown
- Winner — Regan Grimes
- Second Place — Nathan De Asha
- Third Place — Tim Budesheim
- Fourth Place — Theo Leguerrier
- Fifth Place — Roman Fritz
- Sixth Place — Pablo Llopis
- Seventh Place — Volodymyr Byruk
- Eighth Place — Jan Turek
- Ninth Place — Dorian Haywood
- Tenth Place — Liang Yan
In the second leg of their European showdown, contenders Nathan De Asha and Regan Grimes brought exceptional physiques with improvements to their conditioning from last week. Fans were curious how today’s event would play out after Nathan De Asha raised gold above his head at the 2023 Flex Weekend Pro in Milan, Italy.
While conditioning put Nathan ahead in their last outing, Regan appeared to be much closer in terms of dryness this time around, especially his hamstrings. Having just taken runner-up to De Asha, Grimes had a chip on his shoulder entering this contest as he had yet to secure his qualification for the 2023 Olympia.
After being separated by only two points on the scorecards, Regan Grimes won first and stamped his ticket to Olympia! De Asha took second and Tim Budeshiem brought a stellar package to take third.
Men’s 212 Bodybuilding
- Winner — Oleh Kryvyi
- Second Place — Marco Ruz
- Third Place — Francisco Barrios Vik
- Fourth Place — Dobromir Delev
- Fifth Place — Dean White
- Sixth Place — Tomas Tabaciar
- Seventh Place — Ayat Najd Baghri
- Eighth Place — Cesar Oyarce Auladell
- Ninth Place — Pedro Navarro Delgado
- Tenth Place — Asmawi Zolkifli
In the finals, Maro Ruz and Oleh Kryvyi commanded the stage with density, conditioning, and proportions. Making it tough on the judges, Ruz looked to have made major improvements from the last time he stepped on stage at the 2022 Olympia contest where he wasn’t able to finish in the top 15.
Kryvyi also appeared to be a major threat and drew eyes to his physique with a number of strong back poses. He last competed on the 2022 Olympia stage as well, though managed to earn a fifth-place finish. Carrying that momentum into this weekend, Oleh Kryvyi took home gold and secured his qualification for the sport’s biggest show of the year.
- Winner — Wesley Vissers
- Second Place — Jose Maria Mete Bueriberi
- Third Place — German Pastor
- Fourth Place — Roberto Martinez
- Fifth Place — Ruben Lopez Reyes
- Sixth Place — Zhivko Nikolaev Petkov
- Seventh Place — Miguel Malimo
- Eighth Place — Esteban Smith
- Ninth Place — Valeri Enchev
- Tenth Place — Thomas Kunz
Classic Physique talent delivered this weekend in Spain. During prejudging rounds, Jose Maria Mete Bueriberi and Wesley Vissers stood out despite the apparent differences in their physiques. Jose Maria Mete Bueriberi’s stout dense build carried him to the finals whereas Vissers’ thin waist, massive chest, and conditioning impressed judges early.
Bueriberi last stepped on stage at the 2021 Bigman Weekend Pro Spain in first place. Meanwhile, Visser’s last performance came at the 2022 Olympia in eighth place. Following a ‘David vs. Goliath’ battle on stage, Wesley Vissers walked away victorious! Jose Maria Mete Bueriberi finished second and German Pastor took third.
- Winner — Sidy Pouye
- Second Place — Ali Bilal
- Third Place — Adeyemi Awoyemi
- Fourth Place — Isaac Francis
- Fifth Place — Mohammad Ali
- Sixth Place — Febo Gambacorta
- Seventh Place — Alessandro Cavagnola
- Eighth Place — Happy Edodo Oguieva
- Ninth Place — Alvaro Rios Del Coa
- Tenth Place — Tunde Hassan
Spain welcomed some high-level Men’s Physique competitors on September 17 like Ali Bilal and Sidy Pouye, who cemented themselves as frontrunners early with symmetry and conditioning. Considering how little time was left to qualify for Olympia, there was palpable pressure felt through the crowd. Pouye last impressed fans in first place at the 2023 Mr. Big Evolution Pro in July.
Bilal, on the other hand, was riding high off momentum following his victory last week at the 2023 Flex Weekend Pro. With arguably one of the best packages of his career, Sidy Pouye picked up another victory in Spain. Ali Bilal took second and Adeyemi Awoyemi finished third.
- Winner — Chelsea Dion
- Second Place — Viktoria Knysh
- Third Place — Jacqueline Fuchs
- Fourth Place — Julia Foery
- Fifth Place — Virginia Sanchez
- Sixth Place — Ivana Dvorakova
- Seventh Place — Lisa Kudrey
- Eighth Place — Cristina Arellano Goy
Women’s Bodybuilding contenders brought the heat during prejudging. Viktoria Knysh’s muscularity was impossible to ignore and judges took notice of her from the moment she stepped on stage. Chelsea Dion also commanded the audience’s attention with a ripped physique and an impressive individual routine.
Viktoria Knysh returned from a brief hiatus after taking 14th place at the 2022 Romania Muscle Fest Pro. Chelsea Dion continues to improve show to show, with her last event happening at the 2022 Ms. Olympia contest in ninth place. Following a few comparisons, Chelsea Dion won first place! Viktoria Knysh and Jacqueline Fuchs finished second and third.
- Winner — Karina Goncalves
- Second Place — Caroline Alves dos Santos
- Third Place — Sarah Bradley
- Fourth Place — Emila Balkova
- Fifth Place — Joanna Romano
- Sixth Place — Marina Kassinopoullou
- Seventh Place — Kerstin Telker
- Eighth Place — Tatiana Bulut
- Ninth Place — Anastasia Papoutsaki
- Tenth Place — Alessandra Patricia Da Silva
In the Women’s Physique category, the shape and beautiful structure of Caroline Alves dos Santos turned her into an instant contender for gold. However, fans also appreciated the aesthetics and conditioning of Karina Goncalves.
Caroline Alves dos Santos’ last appearance saw her take to the epic 2023 Masters Olympia stage in August, where she narrowly took second place. As for Goncalves, she recently claimed gold at the 2023 Mr. Big Evolution Pro. After a few tough call-outs, Karina Goncalves earned first place this weekend. Caroline Alves dos Santos walked away with silver and Sarah Bradley took bronze.
- Winner — Gabriela Linhartova
- Second Place — Paula Ranta
- Third Place — Arya Bahar
- Fourth Place — Anna Kohckar
- Fifth Place — Nadine Claudia Huber
- Sixth Place — Lauren Green
- Seventh Place — Rejoice Godwin
- Eighth Place — Susana Serrano
- Ninth Place — Stella Miliani
- Tenth Place — Katja Nowak
Figure competitors brought their absolute best to the stage this weekend. Gabriela Linhartova immediately stood out as a frontrunner due to her conditioning and stage presence. She last took ninth at the 2023 T.R.U. Athlete Pro. Finalist Paula Ranta was also in attendance for that same event but finished in seventh place.
Ultimately, Gabriela Linhartova exacted her revenge and won gold! Paula Ranta took a close second, while Arya Bahar finished third, respectively.
- Winner — Michaela Pavleova
- Second Place — Amy Hamilton
- Third Place — Minna Pajulahti
- Fourth Place — Nikolett Szabo
- Fifth Place — Donnice Chow
- Sixth Place — Annika Drescher
In the Fitness category, Amy Hamilton and Michaela Pavleova received huge pops from the crowd during their individual routines. Michaela Pavleova last took seventh on the Fitness Olympia stage in December. She was up against Amy Hamilton, who has continued to make strides in this highly competitive division. Hamilton last appeared at this event last year (2022 Europa Pro) where she claimed the fourth-place position.
In the end, following a thrilling battle, Michaela Pavleova secured the big win. Amy Hamilton settled for second place and Minna Pajulahti took third.
- Winner — Valerya Fedorenko
- Second Place — Chantal Hill
- Third Place — Lisa Reith
- Fourth Place — Ottavia Mazza
- Fifth Place — Kristina Brunauer
- Sixth Place — Marisa Woo
- Seventh Place — Raina Stamatiadou
- Eighth Place — Angela Valenzuela
- Ninth Place — Giuditta Taccani
- Tenth Place — Noora Mahonen
The Bikini division continues to grow and has only gotten more competitive in recent years. Chantal Hill and Valerya Ferdorenko established themselves as lead contenders following some tense prejudging rounds. Chantal Hill was last seen in action in July at the 2023 Mr. Big Evolution Pro where she took second place in a narrowly contested battle.
Fedorenko, meanwhile, competed a week ago, when she stormed the 2023 Flex Weekend Pro stage in Italy, securing fourth place. This time around, Valerya Fedorenko left no doubt with the judges and won first place. Chantal Hill finished second and Lisa Reith claimed third.
- Winner — Sandra Colorado Acal
- Second Place — Klaudia Vanessa Csuri
- Third Place — Paula Dominguez Garcia
- Fourth Place — Nerilde Garcia Strey
- Fifth Place — Charline Mas
- Sixth Place — Lexy Oliver
- Seventh Place — Debora Boff
- Eighth Place — Anna Mroczkowska
- Ninth Place — Carlota Espin Salcedo
- Tenth Place — Paula Fernandez Lopez
With limited opportunities for athletes to earn qualifications for Olympia, Wellness competitors battled in a memorable event to decide who should square off with Francielle Mattos in November. Klaudia Vanessa Csuri and Sandra Colorado Acal both demanded center stage with impeccable lower body development.
In addition to demonstrating ideal proportions and symmetry, both contenders pushed each other on stage during comparisons. Csuri, who stood out early, last took to the stage at the 2022 Worldwide FitParade Pro Qualifier and took first.
In her way was Sandra Colorado Acal. Riding high with confidence off her win at the 2023 Toronto Pro Supershow, Acal brought her best. In the end, Sandra Colorado Acal claimed gold. Klaudia Vanessa Csuri finished second and Paula Dominguez Garcia took third place, wrapping up a historic night in Spain!
2023 Europa Pro Scorecards
Fitness Volt wishes the winners the best of luck on the Olympia stage!