2022 Bigman Weekend Pro Bodybuilding Show Preview: The First 2023 Olympia Qualifier Is Here – BarBend

The qualifiers for the 2022 Olympia Weekend are now official, but some bodybuilders can jump on an early chance to take part in the 2023 contests by competing in the Bigman Weekend Pro. This is the first show of the 2022-2023 bodybuilding season, and it features contests in both the Men’s Open and Bikini divisions. The show itself takes place on Sunday, Nov. 27, in Alicante, Spain.

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There are 23 bodybuilders from 15 countries competing in Men’s Open at the Bigman Weekend Pro this year, and the winner will earn the first qualifying spot for the 2023 Mr. Olympia. But since the qualification system for 2023 hasn’t been announced yet, we don’t know if the rest of the top five will earn points toward next year’s O.

Here’s the full roster:

  • Khaled Al-Kazim
  • Kökény Béla
  • James Bondi
  • Vlad Alfred Chiriac
  • Roman Fritz
  • Eiren Gauley
  • Kobi Ifrach
  • Dani Kaganovich
  • Sibusiso Kotelo
  • Theo Leguerrier
  • Sergio Lima
  • Gianluca Di Lorenzo
  • Justin Maki
  • Pablo Llopis Munoz
  • Andrea Muzi
  • Cem Nazim
  • Diogo Nunes
  • Cristian Pancorbo
  • Andrea Presti
  • Milan Sadek
  • Vincente Santamaria
  • Jan Turek
  • Brett Wilkin

Favorites to Watch in Men’s Open

As the opener for the 2022-2023 bodybuilding season, there’s naturally a lot of intrigue over who can qualify for the Mr. Olympia first. Here are a few competitors to look out for:

Brett Wilkin

Brett Wilkin is still looking for his first professional victory. He finished second twice in his young career, the most recent being at the Romania Muscle Fest Pro on Nov. 13, 2022, where he was runner-up to Behrooz Tabani Abar Ghani of Iran.

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Wilkin displayed a much-improved physique at that show compared to his performance at the 2022 Arnold Classic, where he placed sixth. He may not be able to go to this year’s Mr. Olympia, but if he wins here, he can take a whole year to improve before the 2023 competition.

Theo Leguerrier

Theo Leguerrier qualified for this year’s Olympia after securing his first pro victory at the 2022 Europa Pro in Alicante, where the Bigman is also held. Jumping into this show is a smart move because he would already be close to contest condition, and he can secure his second Olympia qualification early.

The matchup with Wilkin will be a fun one for the fans in attendance, and if they both show up in great shape, the judges will have a tough decision to make.

Andrea Presti

Andrea Presti has a pair of victories in his career, with both coming at the Mr. Big Evolution Pro in 2021 and 2022. Presti looks massive in the side poses and has a great upper back. He has to make sure he’s ripped and not holding any water if he wants to win his third contest as a pro against Wilkin and Leguerrier.

The Bikini Division

The Bikini contest is the only other pro contest held at the Bigman Weekend Pro. The winner of this show will also qualify for the Olympia, but like in Men’s Open, it’s unclear if the rest of the top five will earn any points heading into the 2023 season.

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Here’s the full roster of Bikini competitors as of Nov. 25, 2022:

  • Claudia Clemente
  • Irene Iravedra Cuñarro
  • Aleksandra Duba
  • Amanda Wing Shan Lam
  • Tatiana Lanovenko
  • Giannina Lujan
  • Angela Valenzuela Martinez
  • Sarah Neuheisel
  • Rosario Orihuela
  • Giuditta Taccani

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