Entering the stretch run of the season, few competitors were riding better streaks than Oksana Grishina, Yeshaira Robles and Candice Lewis. So the end result on Saturday night at the IFBB Ft. Lauderdale Cup, where each was called as the winner in their respective divisions, came as no real surprise.
Grishina, the lone veteran of the trio, came to Florida in the midst of a career-best year that included a first-ever win at the St. Louis Pro in March, followed by a runner-up finish at the Fitness Olympia. But that was just the appetizer, as Grishina shocked the Fitness world a week ago by doing the impossible and beating Adela Garcia at the Arnold Classic Europe. It was the second win of Grishina’s career, and it put an end to Garcia’s five-year undefeated run. Her win in Ft. Lauderdale, which came in the next-to-last IFBB Fitness event of 2012, was the icing on a year to remember.
Bethany Cisternino and Regiane DaSilva placed second and third, respectively.
With three wins already entering the weekend, Lewis had already shown she wasn’t your typical rookie, and she proved that yet again in Ft. Lauderdale. Competing in her mind-boggling sixth contest of the year, Lewis continued her torrid streak by capturing her fourth win of the season. This one puts her her one away from entering rare air – both Nicole Wilkins and Erin Stern hold the record for most wins in a single season with five. Lewis now has her sights set on joining that group at either the Kentucky Pro or the Miami Pro.
Rookie Kamla Macko finished as the runner-up for the second straight contest – Macko placed second at the Valenti Cup in her pro debut – while Camala Rodriguez placed third in her figure debut. Rodriguez had previously competed in the Fitness division before deciding to make the switch to figure.
For Robles, her win in the Bikini division was the second of her career and her second straight in Florida. She started September win a win at the Valenti Cup before placing ninth at the Bikini Olympia. Robles, who turned pro by winning her class at last year’s Team Universe, has competed six times this season, finishing in the top three in all but the Bikini Olympia.
Lacey DeLuca, competing in only her second pro contest, finished second to Robles once again. DeLuca placed second at the Valenti Cup in early September. Gigi Amurao rounded out the top three.