2022 212 Olympia Pre-Judging Report

Who would win the vacated 212 Olympia title in Las Vegas?

Thanks to 2021 Olympia 212 Champion Derek Lunsford moving up to the Open, we were guaranteed a new 212 Olympia champion in 2022. Twenty-five athletes faced the judges at the Venetian in Las Vegas, NV, with hopes of being in the final callout of the opening round of this prestigious contest.

Among those men were 2020 winner Shaun Clarida and 2019 champion Kamal Elgargni. The popular Eduardo Correa also made his return to the Olympia stage after five years out of the sport.

After introductions were made, the posing comparisons began, and the crowd all had their favorites. The pressure was now on the judges to determine the best 212 competitor in the world.

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This was the largest lineup in the division’s history, and each athlete needed to be evaluated properly. The first and last callouts will determine the favorites.

2022 212 Olympia Pre-Judging

Callout 1

  • Kerrith Bajjo
  • Ahmad Ashkanani
  • Kamal Elgargni
  • Shaun Clarida
  • Angel Calderon Frias
  • Oleh Kryvyi
  • Keone Pearson

Callout 2

  • Naser Mohamed
  • Yunlong Ping
  • Bryan Balzano
  • Felipe Moraes
  • Dean White
  • Radoslav Angelov

Callout 3

  • Oswaldo Gonzalez
  • Mohamed El Azim
  • Lucas Silva Coelho
  • Peter Molnar
  • Dectric Lewis

Callout 4

  • Abdullah Alsaif
  • Anwar Al Balushi
  • Douglas Connor
  • Ahmed Fawzi
  • Eduardo Correa
  • Daniel Sticco
  • Romain Ramassamy

Callout 5 

  • Kerrith Bajjo
  • Oleh Kryvyi
  • Keone Pearson
  • Ahmad Ashkanani
  • Felipe Moraes

Callout 6

  • Shaun Clarida
  • Kamal Elgargni
  • Angel Calderon Frias

The final callout featured both former champions and Angel Calderon Frias. Each man had their turn in the center for comparisons. They are the top three contenders going into the finals.

The Olympia 212 Finals are a part of the Friday night event at the Zappos Theater in Las Vegas. You can watch that competition, as well as the other competitions from the opening day of the 2022 Olympia Weekend, by purchasing the pay-per-view at the Olympia Productions website. You can also check back with BarBend for updates throughout the show and all weekend from Sin City.

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The 2022 Olympia Schedule

Below is the schedule for the rest of the 2022 Olympia weekend. The divisions below are listed in the same order as they appear on the schedule of mrolympia.com/weekend-schedule.

The start times for each division’s pre-judging and finals have not been announced. The morning sessions and evening sessions on Dec. 16, 2022, begin at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., respectively. The morning and evening sessions on Dec. 17, 2022, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2022

9:00 a.m. — Pre-Judging

6:00 p.m. — Finals

  • 212 Olympia
  • Fitness Olympia
  • Figure Olympia
  • Women’s Physique Olympia
  • Ms. Olympia
  • Wellness Olympia

6:00 p.m. — Mr. Olympia Pre-Judging

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022

9:00 a.m. — Pre-Judging

7:00 p.m. — Finals

  • Mr. Olympia
  • Men’s Physique Olympia
  • Bikini Olympia
  • Classic Physique Olympia

BarBend is producing live coverage of the pre-judging and finals for each division.

Featured image: @shaunclarida on Instagram