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Caribbean duo for Olympia

Mike King

Caribbean duo for Olympia

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Barbadian?Andrew Jemmott and Trinidad and?Tobago’s Darrem Charles will give the Caribbean a strong presence at the season-ending Masters Olympia pro bodybuilding contest in Miami this weekend.
Both Charles, a former Caribbean champion, and Jemmott, who was born in Proute, St Thomas, and spent time in Kellman Land, Black Rock, are seeking to make the top six of the contest which has a first prize of $100 000 and $50 000 to the runner-up.
Both men have given exhibitions at the annual Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic in Barbados.
Charles, 44, guest posed last year while Jemmott, 40, who earned his pro card by capturing the masters title at the North American Championships in Philadelphia, appeared at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in October.
Dexter Jackson, who was an impressive fourth in this year’s Mr Olympia, is the heavy favourite to win the first Masters Olympia in nine years. There is no doubt that he would like to be the second man to hold both a Mr Olympia and a Masters Olympia title.
The show was first held in 1994 and was last on the calendar in 2003 when Claude Grouix won the title.
Barbadian Bernard “Teddy”?Sealy took sixth in the 1994 contest while Patrick NIcholls was third in 1995 behind Sonny Schmidt and Robby Robinson.
Jackson, the 2008 Mr Olympia winner, could face his strongest challenge from Toney Freeman and Dennis “The Menace”?James.
Freeman was just earning his IFBB Pro Card in 2002 when James and Jackson faced off at the British Grand Prix. Like both men, he’s had his time on the Olympia stage.
This year, he’s also had a slew of top five placings with his last win being the 2011 Europa SuperShow.
Jackson did not compete there, and James had retired after the previous year’s Olympia, leaving to question how will these men compare if each shows up at his all-time best?
Will Freeman’s giant X-Frame prove too much? Will Jackson’s aesthetics please the judges? Or will Dennis James’ freaky mass rule all?
Much will also be expected of Germany’s Ronny Rockel and Americans Troy Alves and Ed Nunn.
The Masters Olympia was originally to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, but was switched to Jackie Gleason Theatre at the Fillmore Miami Beach – the same venue where promoter Jarka Lorie Schneider held last year’s Pro World Masters and Bikini Championships.