Daraja Hill Wins 2023 Janet Layug Battle of the Bodies Bikini Division Show

Hill joins Layug in the 2023 Bikini Olympia.

Daraja Hill is the 2023 Janet Layug Battle of the Bodies show winner. Hill placed first out of 30 IFBB Pro League Bikini division competitors in the contest, which was held on Saturday, Sept. 16, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Hill is now eligible to compete at the 2023 Olympia Weekend in Orlando, FL, from Nov. 2-5.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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2023 Janet Layug Battle of the Bodies Bikini Division Show Results

This show only featured a Bikini division contest. Here are the full results:

  1. Daraja Hill (USA)
  2. Jessica Nicole Dolias (USA)
  3. Lauren Dannenmiller (USA)
  4. Ndeye Ndour (USA)
  5. Kristy Imsande (USA)
  6. Iulia Baba (Romania)
  7. Maria Vegas (USA)
  8. Sandra Merlo (Argentina)
  9. Lizzy Cunningham (USA)
  10. Rachael Oberst (USA)
  11. April Conley (USA)
  12. Megan D’Ginto (USA)
  13. Lauren Adams (USA)
  14. Claudia Garcia (USA)
  15. Cindy Van Empel-Popowich (Canada)

Tied for 16th

  • Paola Almerico (USA)
  • Kaitlin Bell (USA)
  • Hong Chen (USA)
  • Jacqueline Duke (USA)
  • Violeta Garcia (USA)
  • Kasey Gartner (USA)
  • Misty Gauthier (USA)
  • Renata Guimaraes (USA)
  • Courtney Janecek (USA)
  • Dalila Kindermann (USA)
  • Carolina Mestre (USA)
  • Cristina Meza (Mexico)
  • Dianet Pereda (USA)
  • Sophia Thaeter (USA)
  • Eng Jarriel (USA)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Winner Daraja Hill

Hill got the victory, but it didn’t come easy.  The prejudging round was the only scored round in the contest, and the judges gave her a one-point decision over runner-up Jessica Nicole Dolias.

Hill now has her fifth career victory in as many seasons, and her next objective is a strong showing at the Olympia, where she hopes to improve on her fourth-place finish from 2022. If she can make the top three in the 2023 contest, she automatically qualifies for the 2024 Olympia.

Second Place Jessica Nicole Dolias

This was Dolias’ second contest of the 2023 season; she recently scored fourth place at the Irongames Pro. This is the third time that she has finished as high as second in her career, but she needs an outright victory before the Oct. 9 cutoff to qualify for the Olympia.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Third Place Lauren Dannenmiller

After finishing ninth at the 2023 Tampa Pro, Lauren Dannenmiller improved for a third-place finish here, marking the highest finish of her season. Dannenmiller is trying to qualify for the Olympia so she can compete on that stage for the first time since finishing ninth in 2021. 

What’s Next?

This was one of two Bikini division shows taking place on the weekend of Sept. 16-17, 2023. The other two were at the Europa Pro in Alicante, Spain, which was won by Valerya Fedorenko, and the Sheru Classic Mexico Grand Battle Pro, won by Reyna Perez Mecalco. Both competitors have also qualified for the 2023 Bikini Olympia.

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