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BODYBUILDING LEGED. OLEV ANNUS
OLEV ANNUS - the first professional bodybuilder in East EuropeSPORT CAREER OF ESTONIAS MOST IMPORTANT EXPORT:Over All Estonian ChampionOver All GEORG TENNO MEMORIAL ChampionOver All "Amber Prix" - International ChampionIFBB European ChampionNABBA World Professional ChampionNABBA Professional "Universe" third placeIFBB Senior "Mr.Olympia" finalist OLEV ANNUS started participating in bodybuilding contests in 1972. Then he won first place in Estonian Championships. Next year he was Over All Winner in Estonia nationals.In 1974 he won over VLADIMIR DUBININ (Leningrad, Russian Federation) in his GEORG TENNO MEMORIAL category, but lost Over All title to PRANAS MURAUSKAS (Vilnius, Lithuania). OLEV ANNUS won many contests. First real international start was in Poland, where he was taken by his former trainer and manager INNAR MARDO. Over All Winners title opened doors to international contests in East Europe. Both successfuly participated internationaly. From 1976 until 1981 OLEV ANNUS won all competitions where he participated. Bodybuilding magazines of those times wrote much about the athlete. "Muscle" (June - July, 1977) warned Western bodybuilders, saying: "Russians are coming. The new threat". OLEV ANNUS was the first in the USSR who had used proper diet. He cahanged his massive body from huge muscularity to a symetrical defined one (1976). Only then USSR bodybuilders evaluated the importance of proportions, symetry and definition. After winning an international contest in Lithuania being in "mass", OLEV ANNUS had been expected to loose in MEMORIAL to the top Lithuanian bodybuilder STASYS CUKANOVAS from Vilnius. But nobody could overcome Estonian Lion in 1976 GEORG TENNO MEMORIAL. His performance was sensational. Preparing to this competition OLEV ANNUS used the split system: Monday - Thursday Chest and TricepsTuesday - Friday Back and BicepsWednesday - Saturday Shoulders and Legs Abdominals were trained every day. All muscles OLEV ANNUS trained in super sets, resting 30 seconds in between. Without possibility to participate in European and World Championships (all were held in Western countries), OLEV ANNUS married a girl from Finland and left the USSR. OLEV ANNUS was a unique person. Participating in NABBA he got from IFBB officials "life disqualification", but managed to come back to IFBB and participate again.