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Mr. Olympia 2020 Results: Winner, Highlights, Prize Money and Twitter Reaction

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IDecember 20, 2020

Contestants participate in the final round of the National Amateur Body Builders' Association competition in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Dozens of glistening competitors took the stage for the annual body building and fitness competition. But behind the scenes, machismo makes way for cooperation. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Oded Balilty/Associated Press

The biggest surprise at Mr. Olympia 2020 may not be who won the famed bodybuilding competition, but who didn't. 

For the second consecutive year a new champion has emerged with Mamdouh 'Big Ramy' Elssbiay capturing the title and denying Phil Heath a record-breaking eighth victory. 

KingFut.com @King_Fut

🇪🇬 2020 Mr. Olympia BIG RAMY 💪😍 https://t.co/18o24bFbeZ

Last year's winner, Brandon Curry, was named runner-up while Heath finished third. Rounding out the top five were Hadi Choopan and William Bonac, respectively. 

A long-time fan favorite, Big Ramy finished second in 2017, then missed last year's competition with a shoulder injury. The field in 2019 was significantly diminished as Heath, Ramy and Shawn Rhoden all missed the event for various reasons leading to Curry's win. A second-place finish on Saturday vindicated the reigning champion as someone who deserved to be named among the sport's top athletes despite his inability to repeat.

Angelo John Gage @AngeloJohnGage

It's about damn time #BIGRAMY won #mrolympia2020 https://t.co/BEf7N4sOTI

VT @VusiThembekwayo

He been patiently waiting on the wings. Taking Ls. Well done @bigramyofficial Ladies & gentlemen. The new Mr Olympia. https://t.co/iglIO0q87u

Heath's third-place finish is a stunner. 

The 41-year-old won seven straight Mr. Olympia titles from 2011 to 2017 before Rhoden dethroned him in 2018. After taking last year off, it appeared 2020 would be the moment for Heath to claim his eighth victory. Instead he finished one spot lower than he did his last time out. 

Instead it's Big Ramy, 36, claiming the $400,000 first-place prize and a title known world-wide as an elite competitor. 

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