Friday was the second day of the 2016 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio, and the day belonged to Hidetada Yamagishi and Latorya Watts.
Watts took home the top prize in the Figure International competition, with Camala Rodriguez and Gennifer Strobo finishing second and third, respectively. An emotional Watts was brought to tears when her name was announced, per NPC News Online:
NPC News Online @NPCNewsOnline
@LatoryaWatts Wins The @ArnoldSports Figure International. Scores and photos are up at https://t.co/Gi1uIdX6lK https://t.co/zbOWnLzcib3/5/2016, 2:26:06 AM
RX Muscle provided a breakdown of the results:
Figure International 1 - Latorya Watts 2 - Camala Rodriguez 3 - Gennifer Strobo 4 - Candice Lewis 5 - Cydney Gillon 6 - Heather Dees3/5/2016, 2:25:53 AM
In the Arnold Classic 212 competition, the Japanese native Yamagishi took home first place and the $22,000 prize. Jose Raymond and former Mr. Olympia winner David Henry rounded out the top three. NPC News Online provided a clip of an emotional Yamagishi accepting his award:
NPC News Online @NPCNewsOnline
Hidetada Yamagishi wins 2012 Bodybuilding Title at @ArnoldSports photos, and scores at https://t.co/Gi1uIdX6lK https://t.co/VQ4iVBEkoN3/5/2016, 2:37:23 AM
Yamagishi's posing routine impressed host Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"Posing is very important," Yamagishi told Schwarzenegger after his win, per the webcast. "When I started, it was about one or two hours a day."
Schwarzenegger was looking for someone with a classic build, and it seemed as though Yamagishi listened to him, according to trainer Dale Alfred:
Dale Alfred @Bionic_Black
Arnold wanted "classic" posing Hidetada Yamagishi is one of the best at displaying his physique, looks great, enough to win? #ASF20163/5/2016, 12:54:05 AM
Schwarzenegger was so impressed that he took to social media on the stage to let his fans know, per RX Muscle:
Arnold takes a Snapchat with Hidetada on stage. #ArnoldClassic3/5/2016, 2:33:36 AM
Autumn Swansen won the Physique International competition over Dani Reardon and Mindi O'Brien.
Capping off the event's festivities, Oksana Grishina won her third consecutive Fitness International championship, taking the $25,000 prize over Whitney Jones and Bethany Wagner.
RX Muscle shared an image after Grishina's historic win:
Simply the best. Oksana Grishina makes it THREE Ms Fitness International titles in a row. #ArnoldClassic https://t.co/asVTmdAK1n3/5/2016, 2:59:05 AM
The weekend's festivities will continue Saturday with the Arnold Classic and the Bikini International finals, but Friday's performances by some of the top bodybuilders may be tough to follow.
Watts took to Instagram after the competition to express her gratitude to her fans for their support:
Now a three-time winner of the Fitness International, Grishina told David Baye of MuscularDevelopment.com that she was inspired by the King of Pop to do something great.
"Everyone loves Michael Jackson," Grishina said. "I was inspired by Michael Jackson's creations, and I thought I really should bring him to the stage."
Yamagishi has been waiting for a decade to have this moment.
"It couldn't be better than this," Yamagishi said, per Baye. "This is my first title in my 10-year career. I'm so happy."
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