Harold Kelley Wins 2022 Wheelchair Olympia, Scores His Fifth Consecutive Title

Nearly a dozen competitors tried to overtake five-time champion Harold Kelley.

The second day of the 2022 Olympia on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, saw the first division crown a champion. In the Wheelchair division, the reigning champ emerged victorious. Harold “King Kong” Kelley scored his fifth consecutive win in the division and remains the only champion to wear the crown since its inception.

The man known as “King Kong” was the favorite going into the show, but he first had to get through the largest field in the Wheelchair division’s five-year history.

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This year’s contest consisted of 12 competitors and was hosted by Wheelchair Bodybuilding President Nick Scott. Find out how it went down here.

2022 Wheelchair Olympia Results

After introductions, it was time for the judges to do comparisons for this single-round contest. The title was on the line at this moment. Here’s how the top five shook out:

  1. Harold Kelley
  2. Gabriele Andriulli
  3. Antoni Khadraoui
  4. Jean Pierre Kavalin
  5. Adelfo Cerame, Jr.

Kelley finished his individual routine with a salute to the crowd.

2022 Wheelchair Olympia Recap

The athletes were each called for their introductions and individual routines before two callouts to feature the competitors against each other.

Callout 1

  • Gabriele Andriulli
  • Woody Belfort
  • Adelfo Cerame, Jr
  • Jean Pierre Kavalin
  • Antoni Khadraoui
  • Harold Kelley

To the surprise of no one, Kelley was called to the center immediately and stayed there throughout the lineup.

Callout 2

  • Anand Arnold
  • Bradley Betts
  • Tyler Brey
  • Tory Jones
  • Chad McCrary
  • Abraham Sanchez

The coveted middle position oscillated several times as the reigning champ was absent from this callout. The athletes moved through their poses, including the front double bicep, front lat spread, side chest, back double bicep, and side tricep.

When the time came for the athletes to take the stage all at once, there was a mix of camaraderie and competition.

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The 2022 Olympia Schedule

There are still four champions left to be determined. The Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Bikini, and Mr. Olympia contests all conclude at the Zappos Theater on the evening of Dec. 17, 2022. 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 finals have not been announced. The evening sessions on Dec. 17 begin at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively.

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022

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: Chris Bernacchi