Lafleur finishes fourth in Spain; Johnson finishes third
Bahamas professional bodybuilding athlete Lorraine Lafleur finished fourth in the women’s physique category at the 2019 International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness’ (IFBB) Elite Pro World Championships that wrapped up on Sunday, November 3 at the Tarragona Trade Fair and Congress Center in Tarragona, Spain.
Also at the same location was another Bahamian, Jason Johnson, who was in action at the 2019 IFBB Amateur World Cup. He finished third in the men’s physique up to 176 cm category as he racked up a score of 15.
Lafleur qualified for this event when she won the IFBB Elite Pro Montreal Show in Montreal, Québec, Canada back in August of this year.
“I decided to go with the same plan and routine that I did for August. I planned to go through with this one here. I started to get ready for this show but along the way I had a couple ailments, eye problems, an old shoulder injury came back. There were a couple little things that hindered me a bit and I think it threw me a tad bit off my game. I had to go through with the show because I had a couple of people already sponsor me so I decided to keep pushing for the show. I was hoping for the best outcome out of the show,” Lafleur stated.
There were nine women in her category. She was happy with her placement considering a tough period from August to now.
Winning her category was Michaela Kohutova from Czech Republic. Ukraine’s Nataliia Dichkovska was second and Maudienne Profas of St. Maarten was third.
“I guess I am happy with the fourth seeing that I didn’t get the tight conditioning that I was expecting due to all the stuff going on around me. Other than that, the experience was good for me,” Lafleur said.
Lafleur added that if it was not for those hiccups, she might have gotten second or third.
Johnson finished behind Alexander Khotyanovich of Montenegro who won that category and Gabriel Gomes of Belgium who finished second.
Johnson was a part of The Bahamas team that took part in the 46th Central America and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic last month.
He only began bodybuilding this year in April. This was his third time on the stage.
“This show was a great experience for me. I feel that coming third was a great opportunity for me in checking my physique and showing the judges that the Caribbean islands do have a lot of competitors, and showing that there are a lot of great physiques in the Caribbean islands,” Johnson said.
This is Lafleur’s second time at the IFBB World Cup, having participated in last year’s edition in China.
She is a 12-year veteran in bodybuilding and received her pro card in February of last year.
She is currently on a break as she looks to deal with ailments that have been bothering her before the show in Spain.
Having done two shows this year, Lafleur will look to do three or more shows next year.
“Hopefully by February or March the latest I can get back out into my training seriously and get on the first show, which might be the Arnold Classic again in South Africa, which will be in May. As early as I can get out is my plan for next year, God spare life,” Lafleur said.
Johnson is finished competing for the year also. Next year he wants to work more on his physique and work on what he needs to work on. He wants to go back to the IFBB World Cup again and place first in next year’s edition. The fairly new bodybuilder wants to put the Caribbean on the map.
Both Lafleur and Johnson train at the Better Bodies Gym on Shirley Street.
Locally, the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF) has wrapped up its season according to Joel Stubbs, president of the federation.
The Night of Champions, formerly the Faye Rolle Classic, has been postponed due to financial constraints and athletes’ participation.
Stubbs thanked the public and athletes for their support throughout the year. He hopes to recruit more athletes for next year’s Nationals and Novice Championships.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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