Mr. Olympia 2015 Results: Prize Money Payouts for Winner and Top Contestants

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2015

2012 Mr. Olympia, Phil Heath, poses for a portrait Wednesday, September 18, 2013, in Los Angeles. Heath's quest for the Olympia title is the focal point of director, Vlad Yudin's bodybuilding documentary,
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Phil Heath took home Mr. Olympia glory for the fifth consecutive year Saturday in Las Vegas, and his star is only continuing to rise as he eyes the esteemed records owned by Ronnie Coleman and Lee Haney.

"No one has won five in a row since Ronnie Coleman," Heath said following his win, according to RX Muscle on Twitter. "That pushes me." 

And while Heath has yet to catch Coleman, he can take solace in the fact that he took home a Mr. Olympia record grand prize of $400,000, per Muscle Phone. Last year, Heath won $275,000 for his first-place finish, while Kai Greene clocked in at $130,000 for second, per GetBig.com

So while Heath's prize payout took a $125,000 leap, the second-place jump was a mere $20,000. 

Muscle Phone provided a rundown of the cash prizes handed out to the competition's top bodybuilders: 

As those figures show, it pays to be on top of your game. Heath's $400,000 first-place prize clocked in just $64,000 shy of the combined payouts taken home by the nine competitors beneath him.

"When you're willing to do the work, beyond all odds, nothing can touch you," Heath said, per RX Muscle. "I can guarantee you that."

Prize presentations for the top five finishers can be viewed below, courtesy of BodyMix TV:

Heath's muscular theatrics remain unmatched in the bodybuilding world, but one has to wonder if Greene's absence from this year's competition helped put the five-time champion in a more favorable position. 

However, that's not to say Heath didn't have some rock-solid competition on the stage Saturday night in Sin City. 

Shawn Rhoden clocked in third with a prize payout of $100,000, and as Bleacher Report's Chris Roling explained, the veteran bodybuilder is starting to hit his stride despite being on the wrong side of 40. 

"Rhoden has been on the rise for a while now, placing fourth at the competition in 2013 and third last year behind Heath and Greene," Roling wrote. "The Kingston, Jamaica, native might be 40 years old, but it's hard not to notice his continued rise, breaking into what has been a two-man show for quite a while now."

The story's not quite as happy for Dennis Wolf. 

Although he came in wielding confidence, saying, "I think it's time for me," per MuscleRX, Wolf couldn't crack the podium and finished fourth for the second straight year. 

Soon to be 37 years old, it appears as though Wolf is running out of time to break through into a top tier that includes Heath, Greene and Rhoden. His presence in the top five of Mr. Olympia has emerged as a staple over the past few years, but it's time to consider that his ceiling may be capped in a sport that's become dominated by a select few names.

With Heath's drive for five complete, focus will shift to next year's competition and the reigning champion's ability to nab a sixth straight Mr. Olympia title. If he does just that, he'll inch to within two titles of Coleman and Haney and a spot in the pantheon of bodybuilding. 

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