The 2022 Arnold Classic (AC) UK took place on Sept. 24-25 in Birmingham, England. With the 2022 Olympia inching ever closer, this edition of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League contest held a lot of significant weight as another step in the qualification process.
The 2022 AC UK featured nine divisions, with Chinedu Andrew Obiekea (aka “Andrew Jacked”) winning the Men’s Open category as one of the headliners. The 2022 AC UK is a Tier 2 competition under the IFBB’s official standards. That means the second through fifth place finishers earned points ranging from eight to five in the Olympia season standings. If they hadn’t already, the winners of the respective divisions earned automatic berths to the Olympia stage in Las Vegas, NV, on Dec. 16-18, 2022.
2022 Arnold Classic UK Winners
Men’s Open: Andrew Jacked (aka Chinedu Andrew Obiekea)
212 Bodybuilding: Naser Mohamed
Classic Physique: Michael Daboul
Men’s Physique: Ali Bilal
Wheelchair: Gabriele Andriulli
Women’s Physique: Anne-Lorraine Mohn
Fitness: Terra Plum
Figure: Lola Montez
Bikini: Ashley Kaltwasser
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The final point standings for the 2022 Olympia will be locked into place on Nov. 20, 2022. Those athletes who wish to compete in the Olympia but haven’t won an IFBB Pro League contest by then will have to be in the top three of their respective divisions by that time.
Here’s a short rundown of the results from the Men’s Open category at the 2022 Arnold Classic UK:
Vlad Alfred Chiriac
After a sparkling Pro League debut with a win at the 2022 Texas Pro in August, Jacked followed that performance by winning the 2022 AC UK, which was in its sophomore year as a promotion. Should he not compete again until December in Las Vegas, these two results could help carry the ascending Jacked and his impressive mass to a sterling debut on the Olympia stage.
Here’s an overview of the results from the other divisions at the 2022 Arnold Classic UK:
Jose Maria Mete Bueriberi
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Here’s a rundown of the Women’s divisions at the 2022 Arnold Classic UK.
According to NPC News Online, Ashley Kaltwasser’s victory in the Bikini category at the 2022 AC UK continues a recent spate of stellar results. In 10 contests in 2022, Kaltwasser has won on six occasions and otherwise qualified for the podium in every instance. She is also a three-time Bikini Olympia winner (2013-2015) who has proven that she can still perform at the top level.
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Megan Sylvester Cielen
Corinne Elizabeth Bean
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For some of these competitors still looking to stake a claim on a place in the Olympia, there will be a short turnaround from the 2022 AC UK. The 2022 Ben Weider Pro is next on the IFBB contest calendar. The IFBB Tier 4 competition will take place in France from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2022.
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