Roelly stuns the stars in Prague

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Body Building - By MIKE KING

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).

ROELLY WIN­KLAAR 2017 Prague Open. and Wil­liam Bonac went toe-to-toe at the re­cent

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