1998 Mr. Olympia (Historic DVD)
Hail the New Mr. Olympia! Ronnie Coleman is stunned by his own victory -- witness the most unforgetable and emotional announcement of the champion in the history of this contest! Rounds 1 and 2 were as different as can be.
Starring: Ronnie Coleman (1), Flex Wheeler (2), Nasser El Sonbaty (3), Kevin Levrone (4), Shawn Ray (5), Chris Cormier (6), Lee Priest (7), Ernie Taylor (8), Mike Matarazzo (9), Jean Pierre Fux (10), Milos Sarcev (11), Johnny Moya (12), Darrem Charles (13), Aaron Baker (14), Gunter Schlierkamp (15), Ahmad Haidar (16), Claude Groulx (17). Paul Dillett (withdrew due to illness).
This is an authorized and licensed copy made directly from the broadcast-quality master tape.
Running time: 90 minutes.
1998 Mr. Olympia Report:
This year, a new Mr. Olympia was crowned, and sadly Dorian Yates had to withdraw due to injury. There was great excitement over who would be the new Mr. Olympia and would Flex Wheeler finally take the title. Madison Square Garden theater was sold out, with over 5,600 fans screaming and yelling for their favorite. Dorian Yates was in the house, officially announcing his retirement, which saddened many who wanted to see him compete one last time in 1999.
With favorites 1998 Arnold Champion Flex Wheeler, 1997 Mr. Olympia runner up Nasser El Sonbaty, and 1998 Night of Champions & Toronto Pro winner Ronnie Coleman all competing for the Sandow, everyone knew it was going to be an awesome contest. Top that with Kevin Levrone (who had won 19 IFBB Pro shows to this point), and Shawn Ray (who was 3rd last year, and competing in his 10th Mr. O), and for the first time in years, no one knew who was going to be the new champion.
However the winner this evening was Ronnie Coleman, an Arlington Texas police officer, who edged out Flex Wheeler for the title. Both of these champions had awesome arms and backs, which was probably the main reason that Nasser El Sonbaty was in 3rd, although Nasser was definitely the crowd favorite on the night. Nasser was clearly the biggest man, weighing in at 275lbs.
During the second round, Paul Dillett suffered from severe hydration, and went to a hospital to be checked out. He was ruled OK, but did not return for the evening show. After the second round, Flex Wheeler was in first place, Ronnie Coleman 2nd, Nasser El Sonbaty 3rd; Shawn Ray 4th; and Kevin Levrone 5th.
How things can change. Ronnie Coleman finally overtook Flex in the 4th round, and won his first Olympia title by three points! It was an incredibly close contest - one that will be remembered for ever. This was #1 of 8 consecutive Mr. Olympia titles for RONNIE COLEMAN. The results were as follows:
1998 Mr. Olympia Results
October 10, 1998 New York, NY
1 Ronnie Coleman USA
2 Flex Wheeler USA
3 Nasser El Sonbaty Yugoslavia
4 Kevin Levrone USA
5 Shawn Ray USA
6 Chris Cormier USA
7 Lee Priest Australia
8 Ernie Taylor UK
9 Mike Matarazo USA
10 Jean Pierre Fux Switzerland
11 Milos Sarcev Yugoslavia
12 Johnny Moya USA
13 Darrem Charles Trinidad
14 Aaron Baker USA
15 Gunter Schlierkamp Germany
16 Ahmad Haidar Lebanon
17 Claude Groulx Canada
Withdrew - Paul Dillett Canada
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