Bodybuilding’s biggest spectacle, Mr. Olympia, ended last weekend with Phil Heath winning his fifth straight title, the Sandow trophy, and the $400,000 grand prize. Here’s a recap:
Here are the top 10 finishers for Mr. Olympia 2015:
#1 – Phil Heath
#2 – Dexter Jackson
#3 – Shawn Rhoden
#4 – Dennis Wolf
#5 – Mamdouh Elssbiay
#6 – Branch Warren
#7 – Roelly Winklaar
#8 – William Bonac
#9 – Victor Martinez
#10 – Essa Obaid
Phil Heath Could Beat the Record
Heath is feeling more confident than ever and believes he has a chance to surpass Ronnie Coleman and Lee Haney’s joint record of 8 straight Mr. Olympia titles.
“I figured out the other day that Ronnie Coleman won his first of eight Sandows at the age of 34. I won four by 34, and I’m 35 now. So I think I’ve still got time,” said Heath in an interview with Flex.
Jay Cutler was the last biggest threat to the record, winning 4 Mr. Olympia titles in 5 years. Recently, it seems as though Cutler’s age is catching up to him and is unlikely to win another title.
Heath is the biggest threat to catch King Ronnie right now. Only 13 men have won the Sandow Trophy in its 65-year history. This is a sport built off long periods of dominance by individuals. This is undoubtedly Heath’s era.
No Kai Greene Hurt the Competition
Kai Greene, who finished runner up to Heath the last three years, was ineligible to compete this year. This was possibly due to sponsorship money issues, although the exact reason hasn’t been fully disclosed. With the “Phil vs. Kai” competition no longer in effect, this year’s Mr. Olympia was one of the few in recent memory devoid of a real rivalry. Many believe that Kai losing again to Heath would’ve legitimized Heath’s dominance even more.
Just check out Kai’s Instagram photo below showing the type of physique he would’ve brought to this year’s Olympia stage. He was a serious threat to Heath, perhaps more than ever.
Dexter Jackson Still Got It
At 45 years of age, Dexter Jackson finished runner up to Heath this year. Jackson won his only Mr. Olympia title in 2008 so it’s pretty amazing he could be a true factor to potentially win again this year. Jackson is a great example that consistent hard work is the recipe for success. Many didn’t think Dexter could compete with bodybuilders 10-15 years younger but he proved them wrong and worked hard on his craft.