Shaun Clarida Is Your 2020 212 Olympia Champion

After coming in crazy shape, Clarida managed to win the 2020 212 Olympia.

The 212 division at the 2020 Mr. Olympia has come to a close. After pre-judging on Friday, Dec. 17, 2020, saw George Peterson, Shaun Clarida, Derek Lunsford, and 2019 212 Olympia champion Kamal Elgargni in final callouts. All four competitors were again in callouts together in the finals. Ultimately, Shaun Clarida emerged victorious to capture the title and the $50,000 prize that comes with it.

Seven-time 212 Olympia winner Flex Lewis draped the gold medal around a teary-eyed Clarida, who managed to present his best-ever package at the 2020 O. Though some fans may be surprised, as Elgarni also looked deserving, Clarida has been on an upswing his entire career. He competed at the 2016 Olympia and got 13th place. Then, he earned ninth in 2017 and seventh in 2018. Last year, Clarida came close with a third-place finish. His hard work finally paid off. 


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2020 212 Olympia Final Standings

The top tier of the 212 division mirrored 2019. It consisted of the reigning champ Elgargni, the 2019 runner-up Lunsford, and the 2019 third-place finisher Clarida. The rookie in the division was Peterson, who moved up to the 212 division after competing in the Classic Physique division in 2019 and placing third behind Breon Ansley and 2019 champion Chris Bumstead. When the clock struck midnight in Orlando, Florida, it became a two-horse race between Elgargni and Clarida, who showed up with impressive conditioning. Here’s a breakdown of the top five. 

  • Winner — Shaun Clarida, $50,000
  • Second Place — Kamal Elgargni, $20,000
  • Third Place —  George Peterson, $10,000
  • Fourth Place — Derek Lunsford, $6,000
  • Fifth Place — Ahmad Ashkanani, $4,000

So far, the Ms. Olympia winner has been announced, and Mr. Olympia pre-judging has commenced. Stay tuned to BarBend for more Olympia coverage over the course of the weekend. 

Featured image: Courtesy of Olympia LLC