Rafael Brandao was victorious during the 2022 Arnold Classic South America Men’s Open Bodybuilding Show!
The 2022 Arnold Classic South America took place in Brazil about five weeks after competitors took the stage in Columbus, OH to open the bodybuilding season. Now, the action traveled to Brazil to see who would earn yet another bid to the 2022 Olympia. In the end, it was Rafael Brandao who was victorious in Men’s Open Bodybuilding division.
Brandão took the stage as the favorite in the event and looked the part early on. After pulling his name out of the action in Columbus, Brandão was able to bounce back in Brazil. This is a competition that he is familiar with, finishing as the runner-up in 2019. This is now his second professional victory. The first came last season when he was victorious during the Romania Muscle Fest.
Sibusiso Kotel came in as a dark-horse competitor having competed in shows such as the Vancouver Pro and Chicago Pro in his career. Kotel showed a strong physique and will make some noise on the biggest stage soon. In a strange development, Kotel was not present during the prejudging on Saturday night. He was featured during the Final round but did not receive a full score.
The full results from the show have been announced. This was a show with just one division, Men’s Open, leading the way. Below, check out the full results from the action along with the official score card from the event!
2022 Arnold Classic South America Full Results
- First Place – Rafael Brandao ($10,055)
- Second Place – Vitor Hugo Boff ($4,022)
- Third Place – Thiago Lins ($2,011)
- Fourth Place – William Martins
- Fifth Place – Emir Omeragic
2022 Arnold Classic South America Official Score Card