Commentary and photo galleries from the 2008 Houston Pro Prejudging
July 4, 2008
The 2008 Houston Pro was billed as a showdown between two of the best-conditioned bodybuilders in the professional ranks, Silvio Samuel and Darrem Charles. On Friday night's prejudging, only one of the two lived up to their end of the bargain.
Samuel, displaying his trademark razor-sharp conditioning, vaulted to the front of the order as expected. Charles, however, did not, and could find himself as low as fourth or fifth in the order when it is all said and done tomorrow night.
Craig Richardson and Leo Ingram seemed to benefit most from Charles' subpar outing, and appear to be just behind Samuel in the order. Richardson took the stage in Houston slightly better than he was two months ago in New York, when he placed fifth. Ingram, a second-year pro, stepped onstage in his best ever condition, and could place third and wrap up an Olympia qualification.
After that, Charles will likely battle it out with Bill Wilmore and Armin Scholz for the remaining spots in the top six.
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In the men's Under 202-pound class, Ray Arde looks to be in the lead. Arde was the sharpest of the seven competitors in that class.
In figure prejudging, Lenay Hernandez, Felicia Romero, Jelena Abbou, Paola Almerico, Heather Mae French and Houng Arcinas are jockeying for position for the top three spots and Olympia qualifications. With Romero, French and Almerico already qualified, a potential fourth-place finisher could also earn a qualification.
Check back tomorrow night for final results.
HOUSTON PRO PREJUDGING GALLERIES