2022 Tampa Pro Results — Full Steam Ahead for Akim Williams
The veteran Williams excelled in his first contest of 2022.
On August 4-6, 2022, the annual Tampa Pro took place in Tampa Bay, Florida. The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League competition is one of the significant steps to the 2022 Mr. Olympia. Most every IFBB contest could play an important role in potential qualification for the prestigious Olympia.
This year’s Tampa Pro featured 10 different divisions with notable winners like Akim Williams (Men’s Open) at the head of the pack. The respective winners in each category earned automatic spots in the 2022 Mr. Olympia because the Tampa Pro is an official Pro League contest.
Here’s an overview of the results from the Men’s Open division at the 2022 Tampa Pro:
2022 Tampa Pro Results | Men’s Open
Williams’ victory is a solid result in his first contest since a ninth-place finish at the 2021 Mr. Olympia. The bodybuilder might channel this effort for a better result in December’s Olympia. His best career finish in the major contest was sixth place in the 2020 edition.
Williams’ dedicated work with aspects of his body like his shredded arms, shoulders, and legs was enough to overcome former 212 Olympia champ (2019) Kamal Elgargni — a newcomer to the Men’s Open division. While he didn’t win, a second-place finish is a quality result for Elgargni in his first time competing in a new category.
According to the IFBB Pro League’s qualification standards, the Tampa Pro is a Tier 2 contest. Second through fifth place finishers in this competition earned points ranging from eight to five in their respective quests to qualify for the Olympia. That means a fourth-place result for a rising star like Joe Mackey earned him six points as he works for potential Olympia hopes. Mackey has another pending opportunity for more points (or automatic qualification with a win) in a Tier 4 contest at the 2022 Texas Pro on August 12-13, 2022, in Irving, Texas.
The 2022 Olympia qualification period will conclude on November 20, 2022.
Here are the respective results for the other Men’s divisions competing in the 2022 Tampa Pro.
Ricky Moten Jr.
Ahmed El Wardany
Micah Thomas Jr.
Here are the results for the Women’s divisions competing at the 2022 Tampa Pro:
Tina Mauer Guadarrama
Maria Laura Cerbelli
Aimee Leann Velasquez
Jessica Reyes Padilla
Elena Aviles Romero
Yarelis Ramos Perez
Diana Laura Verduzco Carreno
Nerilde Garcia Strey
Bridgiamell Rodriguez Cruz
Alejandra La Fonseca
The next IFBB Pro League calendar contest will be the 2022 Texas Pro. That contest will take place on August 12-13, 2022, in Irving, Texas. The competition many of these athletes are working toward, the 2022 Mr. Olympia, will occur on December 16-18 in Las Vegas, NV.
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