Las Vegas, NV – On Thursday night, Dexter Jackson took the high road when asked where he would finish in the Mr. Olympia competition. â€œNo predictions,â€ the humble one said. But surely he had to have an opinion inside, one that was very high. Who could blame him after winning three contests in the calendar year.
Winning the Arnold Classic, Australian Pro and New Zealand Grand Prix were incredible accomplishments, but paled in comparison to latest triumph by the Blade. On Saturday night in at the Orleans Arena, Dexter Jackson was named the new Mr. Olympia.
It came down to two men, both who stood on the stage awaiting the announcement from host Bob Cicherillo. As his name was read, Jackson was visibly emotional and went down to one knee and bowed his head. By the time he was able to arise, tears of joy were flowing down his face while the crowd erupted even louder.
It is hard to disagree with the judgesâ€™ decision. Jackson was well proportioned and appeared to be in better condition than Cutler. This is an amazing feat when you factor in that Jackson had to prepare and diet for four shows since March.
Jackson, 38, has been competing since 1992 and this was his 13th first place finish in his career. His first Mr. Olympia contest was in 1999, where he finished in ninth place. In 2000, he finished in the same spot but moved up one position a year later. In 2002, he broke into the top six, finishing in fourth, and then third 12 months later.
In 2004, Jackson fell back one slot and did not attend the Mr. O in â€˜05. He then finished in fourth and third, respectively, in 2006 and 2007.
Patience is a virtue, and showing it paid off for Jackson, who will sleep with the Sandow tonight.
Place Name Country
1 Dexter Jackson USA
2 Jay Cutler USA
3 Phil Heath USA
4 Dennis Wolf Germany
5 Toney Freeman USA
6 Melvin Anthony USA
7 Silvio Samuel Spain
8 Dennis James USA
9 Moe Elmoussawi New Zealand
10 Gustavo Badell Puerto Rico