2008 MR. OLYMPIA: 202 SHOWDOWN

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Photos and report from the 202 Showdown at the 2008 Mr. Olympia

Photos and report from the 202 Showdown.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2008: Turnabout was fair play for David Henry, as he won the inaugural Olympia 202 Pound Showdown Saturday morning. In doing so, he defeated Kevin English, who relegated Henry to second at the first-ever 202 event at this May's New York Pro.

Henry and English were the favorites coming in. As the only crossover competitors also doing battle in the Mr. Olympia, neither disappointed in condition or muscularity. In the end, Henry was just too much to overcome for English or anyone else among his 13 fellow competitors on the Las Vegas Convention Center stage. With a killer V-taper and etched detail that impressed from every angle, Henry has set the standard for the fledgling 202-pound pro category.

In third was the youngest athlete in the lineup, 24-year old James "Flex" Lewis from Wales. Lewis, who won his pro card by taking the 2007 British Nationals overall title, qualified for his Olympia Weekend debut via his victory at the 2008 Europa under-202 event, and now solidifies himself as a force to be reckoned at the 202 level.

Fourth was Jason Arntz, the 1998 Nationals champion, whose career has found new life with the advent of the 202's. He was followed by Rochester, New York's George Farah, while Rashid "Roc" Shabazz - who boasted the best prop of the posing routine round when Ronnie Coleman accompanied him onstage - took sixth.

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202 SHOWDOWN FINAL RESULTS
1. David Henry
2. Kevin English
3. Flex Lewis
4. Jason Arntz
5. George Farah
6. Rashid "Roc" Shabazz
7. Curtis Bryant
8. Charles Ray Arde
9. Jaroslav Horvath
10. Charles Dixon
11. Richard "Tricky" Jackson
12. Jeff "Box" Long
13. Nathan Wonsley
14. Eric Castagnet

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Charles Dixon
Charles Ray Arde
Curtis Bryant
David Henry
Eric Castagnet
George Farah
James "Flex" Lewis
Jaroslav Horvath
Jason Arntz
Jeffrey "Box" Long
Kevin English
Nathan Wonsley
Rashid "Roc" Shabazz
Richard "Tricky" Jackson
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