IFBB Pro League Bikini athlete Yurika Shigemoto has won the 2023 Musclecontest Irongames Pro. Shigemoto placed atop the list of 14 competitors who entered the contest on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, in Anaheim, CA, to score her second contest victory in as many weeks.
Malu Duarte was second in the lineup, and Tara Grier rounded out the top three. The final standings for all 14 athletes are below:
2023 Musclecontest Irongames Pro Results
- Yurika Shigemoto (USA)
- Malu Duarte (Brazil)
- Tara Grier (USA)
- Jessica Nicole Dolias (USA)
- Maya Soleil Astabie (USA)
- Ndeye Ndour (USA)
- Chantel Hall (USA)
- Laura Moore-Shay (USA)
- Erin Mayrhofer (USA)
- Mandy Watanabe (USA)
- Kasie Rodriguez (USA)
- Hong Chen (USA)
- Erin Mahon (USA)
- Sammy Jo (USA)
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Winner — Yurika Shigemoto
This is Shigemoto’s second consecutive win in as many weeks and the third of her pro career. She was also the champion of the 2023 Tokyo Pro in Tokyo, Japan.
The 2023 Musclecontest Irongames Pro winner would have qualified for the 2023 Bikini Olympia, slated for the weekend of Nov. 2-5, 2023, in Orlando, FL. However, Shigemoto had already qualified thanks to her previous victory. As a result, no qualification for this show was offered. Only contest winners can advance to the 2023 Olympia at this stage of the season.
Second Place — Malu Duarte
This was Duarte’s fourth show of the 2023 season, and it came with her highest finish thus far. The four-year pro looked great in this outing but was one place short of winning the contest. She will have to win a future show before Oct. 9, 2023, if she wants to advance to Orlando in November.
Third Place — Tara Grier
Grier was in a similar position as Shigemoto. Her Olympia qualification was secured thanks to winning the 2023 Lenda Murray Atlanta Pro show in July. She hoped to take this title and keep a rival from earning a coveted Olympia slot.
Even though Grier didn’t win this show, her 2023 Bikini Olympia lineup spot is still secured. This was Grier’s sixth show of the 2023 season.
The next chance for Bikini division athletes to qualify for the 2023 Olympia is on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, at the 2023 Sasquatch Pro in Federal Way, WA. The following day, Sunday, Sept. 10, another Bikini show, the 2023 Flex Weekend Pro, is scheduled in Milan, Italy.
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