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Arnold Classic Pro Bodybuilding

Victor Martinez seeks second win in men’s bodybuilding

Columbus, Ohio – Victor Martinez returns to the 2009 Arnold Classic to defend his win two years ago, and to show the world that he has recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him for a year.  Martinez and 12 other bodybuilders will compete here March 7 for the richest prize in bodybuilding, a $130,000 check, a $20,000 Audemars Piquet watch, a Tony Nowak jacket, a trophy and first place in the 21st Arnold Classic.

Others competing for the title and another $200,000 in prize money are Gustavo Badell, Moe El Moussawi, Toney Freeman, Kai Green. Ahmad Haidar, Marcus Haley, Johnnie Jackson, Dennis James, Ronny Rockel, Silvio Samuel, Sergey Shelestov and Branch Warren.

“We are extremely pleased that we have another great field of competitors for the 2009 Arnold Classic,” said Jim Lorimer, co-producer of what is now the world’s largest multi-sport fitness weekend.  “This is the 21st year of the Arnold Classic. Each year the level of competition gets better.”

Preliminary judging for the Arnold Classic will be at noon March 7 on the stage at Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 300 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH.  Finals will follow at 7 pm.

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com/arnold, or 800-745-3000.  Tickets for Prejudging are $50 and $75; tickets for Finals are $50 and $75.  A VIP ticket package is available for $350, which includes men’s prejudging and finals, women’s bodybuilding, fitness and figure contests, the new Arnold Party with the Pros, a fitness training seminar with Arnold and the champs, and 3-day admission to the 700-booth Arnold Fitness EXPO.


Arnold Sports Festival National Sponsors:  GNC, All American EFX, Amino Vital, Bodybuilding.com, Champion Nutrition, Gaspari Nutrition, German American Technologies, Gold’s Gym, Jan Tana, MHP, MuscleTech, NetJets, Optimum Nutrition, Star Trac, Supro, Twinlab, Universal Nutrition, and Vitamin Shoppe.

Arnold Fitness EXPO Sponsors: Bodybuilding.com, BodyWell, Bulk Nutrition, EP2, ISS, Labrada Nutrition, MET-Rx, MRI, MRM, NxLabs, Prolab, Proto Whey, SAN, and Triarco Industries.

Arnold Sports Festival Local Sponsors:  3 Point, American Dairy Association Mideast (3-A Day), City Scene Magazine, Columbus Dispatch (Alive), Huntington Banks, Metro Fitness, NetJets, Qfm96, Raisin Rack, Ricart.com, and Time Warner Cable.


For more information see our website:  www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.

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