Roelly stuns the stars in Prague
DUTCH demolition man Roelly Winklaar knocked off favourites Dexter Jackson and Williac Bonac in a jaw-dropping win at the 2017 EVLS Prague Pro, the latest stop on the professional bodybuilding tour.
It was a huge feather in the cap for the Dutch beast as this victory gives him an automatic qualifying spot for next year’s Mr Olympia.
The 5ft, 7in, soft-spoken giant from the tiny island of Curaçao in the Dutch Antilles, walked away from the Czech Republic a few days ago, with a firstprize cheque of $40 000.
This was a memorable way to finish the pro season for Winklaar, who was sixth at this year’s Olympia behind Bonac, who was third, and Jackson, who took fourth.
Bonac, who was born in Ghana and raised in Australia, collected second place and $20 000.
The 48-year-old Jackson took third spot and a cheque for $10 000, while fast-rising British pro Nathan De asha, who hails from Liverpool, completed the top four.
Winklaar, 40, could do no better than fifth at last year’s Prague Open which was won by Bonac with Big Ramy second, Jackson third and Shawn “Flexatron” Rhoden fourth.
This year most eyes were on the durable Jackson, a five-time Arnold Classic champion and Bonac, who many fans had winning the contest.
On viewing live streaming, both Jackson and Bonac were noticeably off, but that doesn’t matter.
A win is a win. Winklaar, the owner of some of the best arms in triceps in the sport, earned the win and can enjoy the limelight that comes with being the best.
The question now is, what will he do next?
Winklaar, who has astonishing deltoids, is at a crossroads.
With a title as big as the Prague Pro, a title that will earn him unparalleled support in Europe, the Dutchman must contemplate whether or not he’ll take the full year to prepare for the Olympia – or – if he’ll try his hand at any number of smaller shows.
The plus in competing often is more income.
Additionally, competing more will give him more exposure (e.g. the ability to travel, see more fans, and participate among more line-ups).