It was a belated happy birthday weekend for Toney Freeman. The X-Man, who turned 45 at the end of July, got to celebrate two weeks later with his victory at the Europa Super Show in Dallas, Texas. It was the third time the 6’2", 275-pounder out of Atlanta, Georgia topped the field in this event; it also marked Freeman’s sixth victory in the pro ranks, including the 2007 IFBB IRON MAN PRO.
Although some people I talked to, including Shawn Ray, felt Ed Nunn should have been number one, the scorecard doesn’t agree: Freeman scored straight ones in his dominating triumph. Nunn finished second, with a best-ever Shawn Rhoden, who I thought looked great in pictures, landing in third. Mark Alvisi, one of the pre-contest faves, could only muster a fourth-place finish in Texas, with his longtime NPC battlemate, Mike Liberatore, rounding out the top five.
In the 202 division, Guy Cisterino took top honors, with Brazil’s Fernando Noronha finishing second. Tricky Jackson nabbed the third Olympia qualifying slot. Marvin Ward placed fourth, with Derik Farnsworth in fifth.