The 2023 Romania Muscle Fest Pro, a pivotal event in the bodybuilding calendar, concluded with a flourish on November 11-12 in Bucharest, Romania. This competition, a qualifier for the 2024 Mr. Olympia, showcased the prowess of athletes across nine diverse divisions. These included Men’s Open, Men’s 212 Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Bikini, Women’s Bodybuilding, Figure, Women’s Physique, and Wellness.
Following the exciting conclusion of the 2023 Mr. Olympia, where Derek Lunsord claimed the Men’s Open title, the bodybuilding community’s focus shifted to the 2024 Mr. Olympia. Scheduled to mark its 60th anniversary in Las Vegas, Nevada, the next Mr. Olympia promises to be a monumental event. Competitors at the Romania Muscle Fest Pro, one of the earliest qualifiers for the 2024 showdown, displayed exceptional talent and determination, vying for a spot in this prestigious competition.
Among the standout winners, Samson Dauda, a recent third-place finisher at the 2023 Olympia, clinched the Men’s Open title. His impressive shape and detailed back musculature dominated the stage, solidifying his position as a top competitor. Other winners included Ahmad Ashkanani in Men’s 212, Wesley Vissers in Classic Physique, and Miroslav Juricek in Men’s Physique, each demonstrating superior conditioning and stage presence.
The full results are not available, check out the top 10 results for each division below:
2023 Romania Pro Results Breakdown
In a fiercely contested Men’s Open division, Samson Dauda emerged victorious, displaying remarkable shape and mass. Behrooz Tabani Abarghani, a defending champion who faced visa challenges for the 2023 Olympia, showed resilience and clinched second place. Marcello De Angelis, making an impressive Open debut, took third place, showcasing his potential in the sport. The division was a spectacle of muscle and mastery, as each competitor brought their best to the Romanian stage.
- First Place — Samson Dauda
- Second Place — Behrooz Tabani Abarghani
- Third Place — Marcello De Angelis
- Fourth Place — Nathan De Asha
- Fifth Place — Mohamed Foda
- Sixth Place — Andrea Presti
- Seventh Place — Alfred Chiriac
- Eighth Place — Volodymyr Byruk
- Ninth Place — Jan Turek
- Tenth Place — Kevin Brucher
Men’s 212 Bodybuilding
Ahmad Ashkanani, fresh from his fifth-place finish at the 2023 Mr. Olympia, dominated the Men’s 212 Bodybuilding division with a tighter and more defined package. He was closely followed by Christian Zagarella and Radoslav Angelov, who both displayed impressive conditioning and aesthetics. The division was a testament to the evolving standards of bodybuilding, with each athlete showcasing their dedication to the sport.
- Winner — Ahmad Ashkanani
- Second Place — Christian Zagarella
- Third Place — Radoslav Angelov
- Fourth Place — Alexandru Vasile Uta
- Fifth Place — Lucas Garcia
- Sixth Place — Dawid Cnota
- Seventh Place — Daniel Vasilica
- Eighth Place — Vincent Alliot
- Ninth Place — Junior Pagula
- Tenth Place — Morad Zahir
The Classic Physique category was a crowd-pleaser with Wesley Vissers taking home the trophy. His control over posing and an enhanced stage presence marked a significant improvement from his last performance at the 2023 Mr. Olympia. Competitors like Ruben Lopez Reyes and Alexander Westermeier also made strong impressions, making this division one of the most competitive and visually stunning.
- Winner — Wesley Vissers
- Second Place — Ruben Lopez Reyes
- Third Place — Alexander Westermeier
- Fourth Place — Sebastien Theurel
- Fifth Place — Ali Shams Ghamar
- Sixth Place — George Achampong
- Seventh Place — Nicolas Alberto Concepcion
- Eighth Place — Mehmed Mehmedov
- Ninth Place — Chris Pistolas
- Tenth Place — Pekka Kotipohja
Miroslav Juricek dominated the Men’s Physique division with his refined upper body and commanding stage presence. The competition was intense, with Caike DeOliveira and Furkan Er showcasing top-notch physiques and posing skills. This division illustrated the dynamic nature of Men’s Physique, where aesthetics and presentation play pivotal roles.
- Winner — Miroslav Juricek
- Second Place — Caike DeOliveira
- Third Place — Furkan Er
- Fourth Place — Mohammad Ali
- Fifth Place — Jeffrey Darko
- Sixth Place — Alessandro Cavagnola
- Seventh Place — Mauro Fialho
- Eighth Place — Alexandru Panek
- Ninth Place — Alessandro Colacchi
- Tenth Place — Andrea Amato
Leyvina Rodrigues Barros emerged as the champion in the Women’s Bodybuilding division, showcasing a perfect blend of shape and muscularity. The competition was fierce, with Anastasia Korableva and Tiana Flex giving stellar performances. This division highlighted the extraordinary strength and dedication of women in bodybuilding.
- Winner — Leyvina Rodrigues Barros
- Second Place — Anastasia Korableva
- Third Place — Tiana Flex
- Fourth Place — MayLa Ash
- Fifth Place — Barbara de Freitas Moojen
- Sixth Place — Hagit Seindlis
- Seventh Place — Jacqueline Fuchs
- Eighth Place — Viktoria Knysh
- Ninth Place — Gemma Lancaster
- Tenth Place — Ivana Dvorakova
Alice Marchisio clinched the title in the Bikini division with her impeccable poise and aesthetic presentation. Her competition with Valerya Fedorenko and Giuditta Taccani was a captivating display of beauty, symmetry, and stage charisma, underlining the unique appeal of the Bikini division.
- Winner — Alice Marchisio
- Second Place — Valerya Fedorenko
- Third Place — Giuditta Taccani
- Fourth Place — Dorottya Zoe Toth
- Fifth Place — Kerry Sexton
- Sixth Place — Rania Stamatiadou
- Seventh Place — Irene Iravedra Cunarro
- Eighth Place — Violeta Palamarchuk
- Ninth Place — Lorena Blanco
- Tenth Place — Andrina Scharli
The Figure division was a showcase of finesse and muscle definition, with Tereza Linhartova taking the top spot. Her competitors, including Stefana Sandu and Rejoice Godwin, displayed impressive muscle tone and stage presence, making this one of the most closely contested divisions.
- Winner — Tereza Linhartova
- Second Place — Stefana Sandu
- Third Place — Rejoice Godwin
- Fourth Place — Jennifer Reece
- Fifth Place — Jennifer Zienert
- Sixth Place — Sonja Ivanov
- Seventh Place — Daiane Aparecida Freitas
- Eighth Place — Zulfiya Bitieva
- Ninth Place — Veronica Gallego Garcia
- Tenth Place — Anna Kohckar
Raluca Raducu stood out in the Women’s Physique division with her detailed muscle volume and clean aesthetics. The competition was intense, with Caroline Alves Dos Santos and Sahar Rahmani also delivering remarkable performances. This division showcased the incredible diversity and talent within women’s physique bodybuilding.
- Winner — Raluca Raducu
- Second Place — Caroline Alves Dos Santos
- Third Place — Sahar Rahmani
- Fourth Place — Natalia Bystrova
- Fifth Place — Silvia Cuartero Martinez
- Sixth Place —Julia Glazycheva
- Seventh Place — Jo Kelly
- Eighth Place — Modesta Halby
- Ninth Place — Marina Kassinopoullou
- Tenth Place — Emilija Martic
Gisele Machado emerged as the champion in the Wellness division, demonstrating a blend of strength, symmetry, and stage flair. Her contest with Paula Dominguez and Sandra Colorado Acal was a testament to the evolving standards in the Wellness category, highlighting the importance of balanced physiques.
- Winner — Gisele Machado
- Second Place — Paula Dominguez
- Third Place — Sandra Colorado Acal
- Fourth Place — Klaudia Vanessza Csuri
- Fifth Place — Dainora Dvarionaite
- Sixth Place — Lexy Oliver
- Seventh Place — Valentina Mabrouk
- Eighth Place — Houda Hmini
- Ninth Place — Rosa Benadero Munoz
- Tenth Place — Laleska Bruschi
2023 Romania Muscle Fest Pro Scorecards
MiddleEasy extends heartfelt congratulations to all the winners of the 2023 Romania Pro, celebrating their remarkable achievements in this prestigious competition. Their dedication, skill, and hard work are truly inspirational, and we look forward to their continued success in the world of bodybuilding.