Not like most of his friends within the Males’s Open division, Derek Lunsford entered the 2023 Mr. Olympia weekend having already skilled the joys of getting a first-place medal put round his neck on the greatest bodybuilding present of the yr.
The battle for the celebrated Sandow Trophy began Friday throughout the prejudging spherical of the 59th version of the celebrated contest. Unsurprisingly, Lunsford and Choopan — who each prepare with legendary coach Hany Rambod — shortly separated themselves from the remainder of the pack with their elite conditioning and sheer quantity of muscle mass.
Dauda’s sizable body and imposing physique additionally stood out throughout the prejudging section. And regardless of hypothesis about probably bowing out as a consequence of well being points, 2019 Mr. Olympia Brandon Curry confirmed effectively throughout his newest try to climb again to the highest of the Males’s Open mountain.
The ultimate callout featured a dramatic three-person pose-off between Choopan, Lunsford, and Dauda. All three opponents placed on terrific showings, although Dauda appeared to tire a bit towards the top. There was nonetheless loads of anticipation about whether or not Lunsford might unseat Choopan, who displayed loads of power whereas interacting with the gang throughout his routine.
Lunsford appeared to have some luck on his facet when he earned the nod from the followers by profitable the 2023 Individuals’s Champion title and belt. Not lengthy after taking house the fan-voted award, the 2022 Mr. Olympia runner-up etched his place in bodybuilding historical past books by formally incomes the 2023 Mr. Olympia title and $400,000.
2023 Mr. Olympia Outcomes
Right here’s how the highest 5 shook out for the 2023 Mr. Olympia contest, together with the prize purse by place.
Proving he’s able to doing no matter’s essential to get his physique into championship form, Derek Lunsford deserves super credit score for turning into the 18th Mr. Olympia. It took an incredible quantity of dedication, diligent weight-reduction plan, and intense coaching to assemble a physique that satisfied the judges to place Choopan within the No. 2 spot in 2023.
Plus, the actual fact Lunsford achieved that feat simply two years after he asserted his dominance in a wholly totally different division speaks volumes about his genetic items, work ethic, and mindset.