Shawn Rhoden As He Becomes The New Mr. Olympia. For the first time since 2010, Philip Heath was not mentioned as the winner or crowned champion, it was a competitive weekend as Joe Weiders’s Mr. Olympia competition came to an end.
The event which started on Thursday and ended on Saturday at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas convention centre saw Shawn Rhoden defeating the Seven-time Mr. Olympia, Phil Heath.
As they stood next to each other, and the announcement came with these three words that have not been uttered by any announcer in the past eight years “And The New”, Shawn Rhoden pulled of the more improbable upset to defeat Philip (The Gift) Heath, the defending champion, the seven-time Mr. Olympia and became the new Mr. Olympia and the 14th man to have clinched bodybuilding’s most prestigious award.
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See the list of the 10 men standing before before Shwan and Phil became the last two men and finally, Shawn became the New Mr. Olympia.
1) Shawn Rhoden
2) Phil Heath
4) William Bonac
5) Brandon Curry
8) Nathan De Asha
9) Cedric McMillan
10) Steve Kuclo
Rhoden went home with a cool $400,000 in prize money, Rhoden’s winnings were part of a record $1.4 million in cash prizes, the biggest purse in the Mr. Olympia contest’s 53-year history.
Heath’s second place gave him $150,000 and Roelly Winklaar won the inaugural People’s Champion award, placing third made him $100,000 richer.
William Bonac from Ghana got $55,000 for finishing fourth and Brandon Curry rounded out the top five and went home with $45,000.