Phil Heath Makes It Two in a Row With Sheru Classic Win in India
By Joe Pietaro for MuscleSport Mag
If anyone thought that Phil Heath’s victory at the 2011 Mr. Olympia was a fluke, the man known as ‘The Gift’ backed it up by staying in top condition and winning the inaugural Sheru Classic in Mumbai, India. He bested his good friend Jay Cutler for the second time in a week, with the former champion settling for the runner-up spot again.
The top six resembled the one in Las Vegas in more ways, with Dexter Jackson being the one exception. ‘The Blade’ sat this show out, so Toney Freeman moved up from seventh at the O to sixth here. Kai Greene (third), Victor Martinez (fourth) and Dennis Wolf (fifth) placed the same.
The big names in bodybuilding will now enter a much deserved offseason in anticipation for an action packed 2012. In March, of course, the Arnold Classic takes place and we surely will see the likes of Martinez, Wolf and Freeman. But there will be questions if Greene will compete in Ohio again. It seems a given that Cutler and Heath will choose to prepare year round for the Olympia.
The final placings at the IFBB Sheru Classic were as follows:
1- Phil Heath
2- Jay Cutler
3- Kai Greene
4- Victor Martinez
5- Dennis Wolf
6- Toney Freeman
7- Michael Kefalianos
8- Alfonso Del Rio Valencia
9- Mohammed Touri
10- Ntuk Sunday
11- Varinder Singh Ghuman