Mar 19, 2009

Sergey Shelestov: Arnold Classic, 8th

Sergey Shelestov, the 37 year old, big 5'11" Russian began his serious competive bodybuilding career back in 1997 after retiring from the Red Army in 1996. In 1998 he won the heavies at the European and World Amateur championships. In 2000 he won the Overall at the Worlds, but was disqualified upon failing a drug test (which happened again at a 2001 contest).

After taking a few years off, Sergey placed third behind Coleman and Cutler at the 2006 Romanian Grand Prix Romania but has again since failed to live up to such potential. He qualified for, but didn't place at either the 2007 or 2008 Olympias, and only placed as high as 4th at one of the smaller IFBB shows, the 2008 New Zealand Grand Prix.

Here he is placing 8th at the Arnold a couple of weeks ago, along with a pre-contest shots just a week before (more of which can be found here).