Dexter rules Olympia Europe
DEXTER “THE BLADE” JACKSON was the class of the field in Germany at the latest International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) pro event, capturing the first ever Olympia Europe contest in Dortmund, over the weekend.
Jackson, who turns 47 next month, was a straights first winner of the nine-man contest with his shape, proportion and muscle detail especially in his upper torso, setting him apart.
It was an impressive comeback from the 5 ft, 6 in, Jackson, who had to settle for third place, three weeks ago at the Prague Pro in the Czech Republic behind William Bonac of the Netherlands and towering Kuwaiti Big Ramy.
This time, Bonac was third, with the Jamaican Shawn “The Flexatron” Rhoden, second.
This was the fourth victory of the season for Jackson, following wins in the New York Pro, Arnold Classic South Africa and Arnold Classic Europe.
Lionel Beyeke of France, who has had problems getting in top condition, was arguably in his best shape and was a solid fourth ahead of a below par Roelly Winklaar of Curacao.
Both Big Ramy and Cedric McMillan, missed the event. Ramy has a severe knee injury while McMillan, who just over a week ago guest posed at the Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic in Barbados, was ill.
McMillan had complained of being unwell at the Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic and said he had defied doctor’s orders to come on stage at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
The 6 ft 1 in McMillan, a staff sergeant in the United States military, has been sick for the last two weeks and has not been able to eat or drink much in the last ten days.
Contest promoter of the Darcy Beckles Classic, Roger Boyce, told the MIDWEEK NATION, that since leaving Barbados, McMillan had been hospitalised and is reportedly resting.
McMillan is expected to take a break and return to the stage in March for the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. At this year’s Arnold, he was an impressive second behind Kai “The Predator” Greene.