The first phase of the Kai Greene comeback is in the books. Greene, who fell all the way to seventh at the 2010 Mr. Olympia after winning his second consecutive Arnold Classic a few months earlier, gave the hometown fans a lot to cheer about as he toppled the field at the New York Pro last Saturday.
I wasn't there, but in looking at the pictures on the various websites, Greene looked to be way better than he was at the Olympia, but not as good as he was at the Arnold. Which would make sense, since he now has another four months to tweak his physique (Greene needs to be tighter to challenge for the Sandow).
The Swami was right on for the top two placings; Ronny Rockel finished second behind Greene, but was way off for the next three slots as Craig Richardson (3rd), Lionel Beyeke (4th) and Robert Burneike (5th) rounded out the top five. Yogi Avidan had picked Cedric McMillan to finish second; I had Big Mac third. We both took a bath here, as McMillan could only muster an 11th place landing.
In the 202 division, Jose Raymond pulled off what many considered an upset (I didn't), by finishing ahead of Flex Lewis to nab top honors. Marvin Ward, the former Team Universe overall champion and 2008 NPC Nationals lightweight winner, was third in his pro debut.