Irish Bodybuilder Blessing Awodibu Aims for Mr. Olympia Qualification
Irish bodybuilder Blessing Awodibu is determined to rebound and secure his qualification for the 2023 Mr. Olympia competition. In a recent Instagram post, Awodibu showcased his improved physique in preparation for upcoming shows in Italy and Spain. His conditioning has significantly improved in recent weeks, with his broad shoulders and full chest creating the illusion of a smaller waist when he’s on stage. Awodibu made a name for himself in the IFBB Pro League last year, starting off the 2022 season with a victory at the Indy Pro. He then went on to win Steve Weinberger’s New York Pro, displaying his confidence and self-belief. However, despite all his success, Awodibu faced disappointment at his first-ever Mr. Olympia competition, failing to finish in the top 15.
Undeterred, Awodibu used the off-season to focus on building muscle mass and size. He recently competed at the 2023 Chicago Pro, securing a fourth-place finish. Reflecting on his performance, Awodibu admitted to struggling with his conditioning. However, his latest update on Instagram suggests that he is working hard to address this weakness. With his next competition just four weeks away, Awodibu shared a front double biceps pose that highlighted the symmetry of his physique. He expressed optimism about his progress, stating, “Super flat but we good right here 4 weeks out & condition improving daily.” Awodibu’s dedication and determination are evident as he strives to achieve his goals.
If Awodibu succeeds at his upcoming show, he will have the opportunity to join an elite lineup of Olympia talent. Reigning champion Hadi Choopan has been dominant this season, while Derek Lunsford, a frontrunner for the title, anticipates another battle with Choopan. However, Nick Walker, another top contender, does not believe Choopan will finish in the top two or retain his championship. Samson Dauda, who defeated “The Mutant” at the recent 2023 Arnold Classic, is also a formidable competitor. Coached by Milos Sarcev, Dauda aims to defeat Lunsford and Choopan in November, banking on his thicker back and improved conditioning to secure victory. Former two-time champion Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay is also set on reclaiming his title.
With such a high level of talent heading to Orlando, Florida, Awodibu is determined to secure his qualification before the October 9 deadline. The Mr. Olympia competition, the biggest event of the year, will take place from November 2-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Awodibu’s focus and dedication to his craft are evident as he works towards his goal of competing on the Olympia stage once again.
Published: 14 August 2023 | 8:38 PM EDT