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Amanda’s a Smash at the Culver City Clash

Some things are easy to predict. Precontest favorite Amanda Latona did indeed pick up win number three (number two for the ’11 Olympia season) at the MuscleContest Pro Bikini Championship, which was held at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Culver City, California, last night. And Dina Al-Sabah, fourth in St. Louis last week, did charge into town to take second, pulling ahead of a couple of ladies who beat her last fall in the same venue, at the ’10 Tournament of Champions.

Also easy to predict: That there’d be a passel of sass and pulchritude, not to mention hot physiques, onstage—and I’m not talking about the lineup at Southern California’s first-ever men’s physique division in the NPC MuscleContest show.

Sixteen curvy contenders came to walk it back and front at this second-year pro bikini contest from mega-promoter Jon Lindsay, Amanda, who was coming off a hugely disappointing sixth-place finish at the Bikini International, a few weeks ago, brought her A-game and a red-hot new bikini, and the judges gave her the show with a perfect score. Ditto for runner-up Dina, who had taken fifth at the TOC behind Anca Marcus and Zhana Rotar last fall but who turned the tables this time. Those two scored a tie here, with Zhana ultimately landing in fourth, and Anca having to settle for fifth.

Taking the MuscleContest third-place spot, also unanimously, was rookie Abbie Burrows, who wasted no time in her pro debut showing that she has the right stuff. Christina Vargas—moving up slowly but surely—got the panel’s vote for sixth.

Speaking of gals who have the right stuff: One point that did have me scratching my head as I perused the score sheet and my photos was how Laura Caulderon could have possibly finished in 12th?

Photo: Amanda knows how to stand out in a lineup, as this first-callout shot reveals (from left): Zhana Rotar, Abbie Burrows, Amanda Latona, Dina Al-Sabah and Anca Marcus.

Here are the complete results:

’11 MuscleContest Pro Bikini

1) Amanda Latona*
2) Dina Al-Sabah*
3) Abbie Burrows*
4) Zhanna Rotar
5) Anca Marcus
6) Christina Vargas
7) Leigh Brandt
8) Vanessa Prebyl
9) Jennifer Dietrick
10) Natalie Abrhiem
11) MaryJo Cooke-Elliott
12) Laura Calderon
13) Christie Marquez
14) Lindsey Morrison
15) Kelly Gonzalez
16) Jennifer Pimentel

*Qualifies for the ’11 Bikini International.

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