2022 Prague Pro Bodybuilding Show Preview: Michal Križo Makes His Pro Debut

The bodybuilding season is coming down the home stretch.

The 2022 Prague Pro bodybuilding event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Prague, Czech Republic, and it’s one of the final shows before the Olympia.

There will be six IFBB Pro League contests held at this event, but none have more hype around them than the Men’s Open bodybuilding showdown. And most — if not all — of that has to do with the fact that this is the IFBB Pro League debut of Michal Križo Križánek, a competitor who former Mr. Olympia winners like Jay Cutler and Samir Bannout believe can make some real noise at this year’s Mr. O if he qualifies.

Here’s the full lineup for Men’s Open as of Oct. 28:

2022 Prague Pro Men’s Open Bodybuilding Roster

  • Kokeny Bela
  • Pavel Beran
  • Lewis Breed
  • Adolf Burghardt
  • Pavel Cervinka
  • Chams-Eddine El-Bey
  • Enrico Hoffmann
  • Vladimir Iacovlev
  • Michal Križo Križánek
  • Ahmad Mahmoud
  • Milan Sadek
  • Marian Sramko
  • Jan Turek

Favorites to Watch

If you’re looking for a cheat sheet of competitors to keep an eye on, here are three with big-time potential to walk away with a win.

Michal Križo Križánek

After being recognized as the number one bodybuilder for the IFBB Elite Pro for several years, Križánek will make his pro debut less than one month after earning his new pro card. If he wins this contest, he will earn a trip to the 2022 Mr. Olympia, scheduled to take place Dec. 16-18, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV.

Since Krizanek is starting his road to the Olympia so late in the season, he wouldn’t be able to earn enough points to qualify through the Olympia Qualification System. In other words, he must win one of the pro shows between the Prague Pro and the end of the season on November 20 to earn a spot at the O.

Milan Sadek

Milan Sadek is one of the veterans of this lineup, having competed as a pro since 2015. He appeared on the Olympia stage as a 212 competitor in 2017, when he placed sixth. And while he hasn’t won a pro show as an Open competitor, this contest could be an opportunity for him to change that. He will just have to counter Križánek’s size with razor-sharp definition and conditioning.

Marian Sramko

This is also Marian Sramko’s pro debut, and he could easily be the dark horse of the bunch. He won the 2021 NPC Worldwide British champion, thanks to his jaw-dropping legs. And his upper body isn’t too bad, either.

Sramko likes to use classic poses in his individual routine, which could impress the judges and push him up the scorecard. The only question for him will be if he can withstand the intensity and pressure that comes with being on a pro stage with an Olympia qualification on the line.

Olympia Qualification System

The second- through fifth-place finishers in all six divisions will earn Tier 4 points in the Olympia Qualification System, and those points can be valuable. The top three in the standings as of November 20 will also move on to the Olympia. The points per position are below.

  • 2nd – 4 points
  • 3rd – 3 points
  • 4th – 2 points
  • 5th – 1 point

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Other Divisions

The lineups for the other five contests (212, Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Bikini, and Wellness)  are below. In total, more than 70 pros across all six divisions will represent 20 countries. No Americans are in the lineup for this contest. 

212 Bodybuilding

  • Abdulrahman Alkhashti
  • Steve Benthin
  • Jamal Changezi
  • Dawid Cnota
  • Pasquale D’Angelo
  • Peter Molnar
  • Daniel Sticco
  • Tomas Tabaciar
  • Jorge Zamorano
  • Mihoubi Zohir

Classic Physique

  • George Acheampong
  • Thomas Baier
  • Luca Corrado
  • Petar Duper
  • Djallel Feidi
  • Sebastian Guncik
  • Patrik Herczik
  • Kelvin Hinde
  • Jakub Kolinek
  • Fatih Terzioglu
  • Andrej Varga

Men’s Physique

  • Hashem Alfotewi
  • Omer Bahmed
  • Tamas Csernoch
  • Dimitri Desheraud
  • Furkan Er
  • Miroslav Juricek
  • Daniel Leone
  • Mohamed Magdy
  • Davide Mazzolari
  • Andrea Mosti
  • Abisai Pietersz
  • Miroslav Priban
  • Manuel Santalucia
  • Filip Steflovic
  • Oskar Tchorzewski
  • Daniel Tulok
  • Rafal Zabawa

Bikini

  • Anastazja Biedka
  • Andreea Cazaceanu
  • Martyna Derlat
  • Valerya Fedorenko
  • Klaudia Ignasiak
  • Tatiana Lanovenko
  • Ottavia Mazza
  • Zsofia Reka Molnar
  • Eszter Oczella
  • Mie Kirstine Rommelhoff
  • Henrieta Skupekova
  • Aneta Szoltysek
  • Allison Testu

Wellness

  • Aysegul Besli
  • Mari Carvalho
  • Leonida Ciobu
  • Aline Machado Galvao Freitas
  • Lidia Melero
  • Anna Mroczkovska
  • Lexy Oliver
  • Maria Paulette
  • Figen Sahin
  • Clara Sella
  • Lara Tasharofi
  • Danai Theodoropoulou
  • Sabrina Diaz Urdaneta
  • Michelle Vogelsgesang

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