Heath, Badell battle it out at the Ironman Pro prejudging
February 16, 2008
The 2008 Ironman prejudging is complete, and it looks like Phil Heath may be in line for his third professional victory. Heath, who has made massive improvements to his shoulder width, chest, traps, hamstrings and glutes, looked like he was ready to step on stage at the Arnold Classic and contend for that title. At 230, he was 15 pounds heavier than last year.
However, while Heath seems like he's got the title in his grasp, Gustavo Badell is making a charge. He has the requisite muscularity to earn what would be an upset, with his main flaw once again being his midsection. Badell has improved tremendously since falling to 8th at the 2007 Olympia and should have the runner-up spot locked up. However, Heath's razor-sharp condition and symmetry combined with a newfound confidence onstage will likely be too much. Silvio Samuel, meanwhile, likely is looking at third place, with surprising Moe Elmoussawi from New Zealand competing with Johnnie Jackson for fourth.
For a complete roundup of the action, check out the Ironman Prejudging thread on the Flexonline forums. And for exclusive post-prejudging video interviews with Gustavo Badell and Phil Heath, check back before the finals.
The finals start at 6:30 p.m. tonight Pacific time. Flex will be on the scene, giving you the results as they happen on the forums, along with a full recap afterward.
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