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2023 Pharlabs Battle Bogota Pro Preview

The 2023 Pharlabs Battle Bogota Pro bodybuilding show is set for Saturday, Aug. 18, 2023, in Bogota, Colombia. The show features 11 IFBB Pro League athletes competing across the Classic Physique and Wellness divisions. The winner of each division will earn a qualification to compete in the 2024 Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, NV, on Oct. 10-13, 2023.

There will be an amateur contest held at this show as well. The overall amateur winners earn IFBB Pro League cards, making them eligible to enter these pro shows in the future.

2023 Pharlabs Battle Bogota Pro

The rosters for the pro contests as of Nov. 17, 2023, are listed below, with names in alphabetical order.

Classic Physique

Julio Cesar Perez Amarilla (Paraguay)
Martin Bueno (Colombia)
Julian Castano (Colombia)
Luis Ricardo Plata Duran (Colombia)
Jean Carlos Guerrero (Colombia)
Carlos Daniel Gonzalez Iglesias (Colombia)
Eric Wildberger Lisboa (Brazil)
Mike Sommerfeld (Germany)


Yuridia Berenice Morales Jaimes (Mexico)
Lidia Melero (Spain)
Alondra Granados Vargas (Mexico)

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Classic Physique Athletes to Watch

Below are athletes likely to score first callouts in Classic Physique:

Mike Sommerfeld

Germany’s Mike Sommerfeld is coming off an eighth-place finish at the 2023 Classic Physique Olympia, won by five-time reigning champion Chris Bumstead. This is Sommerfeld’s first time competing in South America. He will aim for his first pro win of the 2024 qualifying season, which would lock in his fourth consecutive Olympia qualification if successful.

Eric Wildberger Lisboa

Eric Wildberger Lisboa is coming off a third-place finish in the 2023 Texas State Pro, won by Urs Kalecinski. Prior to that, Wilderberger Lisboa stood alongside Sommerfeld on the 2023 Olympia stage, but Wilderberger Lisboa finished outside the top 15. This show could help him qualify for 2024 early so he can train through a longer off-season to prepare for the 2024 Olympia. His last pro win was at the 2023 Optimum Classic Pro.

Julian Castano

Julian Castano will represent the host country. He’s been a pro since 2019 and has one pro win to his name: the 2022 Argentina Sur Cup Pro show. Even though Castano qualified for the Olympia, he didn’t compete. Castano competed three times during the 2023 season. His best finish was second at the 2023 Sur Cup Pro.

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