IFBB Pro League bodybuilder and 2019 British Grand Prix Champion Nathan DeAsha has now been added to the already loaded lineup of the 2020 Arnold Classic which will take place on March 7 in Columbus, Ohio. Brent Lalonde of the Arnold Sports Festival reported the news directly to BarBend.
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The man known as “The Prophecy” fills the void made by the withdrawal of 2018 People’s Champion Roelly Winklaar. He is opting to not compete at all until the 2020 Mr. Olympia which he is already qualified for thanks to his 5th place finish in last year’s Olympia. DeAsha is also qualified for that contest thanks to his victory in South Korea at the Monsterzym Pro. However, the Arnold Classic is considered the second “major” title in the sport so it makes sense for DeAsha to be a part of this contest because a victory could elevate him immediately to the list of top contenders for Brandon Curry’s Mr. Olympia title.
DeAsha’s Career Summary
DeAsha turned professional after winning the 2014 British Championships. So far in his career he has had six victories. The most notable of those was his 2018 New York Pro victory. He has qualified for the Mr. Olympia four times and been onstage for three of those years. His highest placing was 7th in 2017. He was unable to compete in the 2019 contest due to legal commitments in the United Kingdom.
As for the Arnold Classic, this will actually be his first time competing in Columbus. He joins other first timers Sergio Oliva Jr. and Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay. He had competed in the 2017 Arnold Europe contest and placed 5th in that show. He has had success against many of the men in the lineup for the early March posedown so it’s possible he could place in the Top 5.
Stay tuned to BarBend for more news regarding the Arnold Classic as they develop.
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