Heath and Wilkins Victorious At The First Annual Sheru Classic
September 25, 2011
It's nearly 9,000 miles and more than halfway around the world away, but on Saturday night Mumbai, India looked a lot like Las Vegas as Phil Heath and Nicole Wilkins both won their respective divisions at the inaugural Sheru Classic.
Heath, who dethroned four-time winner and reigning champ Jay Cutler one week ago at the Olympia in Las Vegas, solidified his standing as the No. 1 bodybuilder in the world by defeating a field that included five of the Olympia's top six finishers. He did so in impressive fashion, coming in noticeably tighter and drier than he was last week. Cutler had his hands full with an improved Kai Greene, but managed to collect another second-place finish. Victor Martinez placed fourth while Dennis Wolf and Toney Freeman rounded out the top six.
In figure, Wilkins continued her record-setting year by outdueling rival Erin Stern once again. Last week, Wilkins became the first competitor in history to win the Figure International and Figure Olympia titles in the same calendar year. With her win in Mumbai, Wilkins won a record five contests in the same year. Stern placed a solid second and did nothing to hurt her standing as one of the top two competitors in the figure ranks. Candace Keene moved up one spot from last week to finish third while Ava Cowan and Cheryl Brown placed fourth and fifth, respectively.