Arnold Classic: The Ladies Were the Talk of Columbus

By Ruth Silverman
Managing Editor

Congratulations to Ryall Graber, who surprised everyone with an upset victory at the Fitness International on March 1, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. It was the biggest win of her 10-year pro career as Graber nailed her routine with a perfect score and leaped over reigning champ—and 2018 Olympia champ—Whitney Jones to land in the winner’s spotlight with promoter Arnold Schwarzenegger. This prestigious competition is the oldest of the four IFBB Pro League women’s events held at the humongous Arnold Sports Festival and has been on the schedule since 1994. Ryall and Whitney are set for a rematch at the 2019 Fitness Olympia in September.

Ryall Graber with Arnold after 2019 Fitness title in Columbus

In the other divisions, two-time Olympia champ Cydney Gillon won her first-ever Figure International title, further cementing her position as the number-one figure athlete in the world.  Also winning for the first time at the Arnold was Janet Layug, who strolled her way to an easy win at the Bikini International. Ditto for Women’s Physique International champ Natalia Abraham Coelho. All three earned their victories with a perfect score.