Pictured: Melvin Anthony
It’s the final event prior to the Big Dance, and I’m going with Marvelous Melvin Anthony to defend his crown at the 24-man field at the Atlantic City Pro this weekend. Melvin, coming off back to back sixth place finishes at the Mr. Olympia the past two years, should get his stiffest competition from Gustavo Badell, with Troy Alves and Hidetada Yamagishi also battling for top five positioning, the Swami sez.
Anthony has been laying low for much of the 09 season; I did chat with him a bit at the Orange County Classic back in April, and he told me at the time it was just the AC and the Olympia for him this year. Will the 5’9”, 235-pounder, who turns 40 in November, still a viable factor in Las Vegas? This show might give us a clue.
There are several European competitors in the event, whom I admit I know little, or nothing about, so I’ll also list Leo Ingram, Canada’s and Robert Piotrkowicz as folks to keep an eye on. But, don’t hold me to it.