Finland's Mika Sihvonen was among those to impress in Lahti ©IFBB

Finland's Anna-Sofia Pekkarinen was among leading home athletes to impress at the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Ben Weider Legacy Cup in Lahti.

Pekkarinen performed well in the up to 163kg bodyfitness category to win by three points over Turkish opponent Ipek Altun at the Expo Centre in the Finnish city.

She scored nine points in comparison with 12 for Altun and 13 for third placed Irina Vasilkova of Russia. 

Compatriot Mika Sihvonen, a middleweight, also gained victory in the super final.

The Finn overpowered young Irish rival Blessing Awodibu by three points after scoring just six in the final event.

Another Finn in Antti Halmo finished third on 15 points.

Crowds attending the competition in Lahti ©IFBB
Crowds attending the competition in Lahti ©IFBB

Anna Nawrot of Poland was among other winners, triumphing in the women's up to 168cm bodyfitness category.

She produced a series of consistent performances to finish on a total score of just eight.

Silvia Guillen Martin of Spain finished two points behind in second place while Hanna Saario of Finland finished a distant third on 19.

The competition formed part of a series of IFBB international events organised to commemorate IFBB co-founder and first President Ben Weider. 

They are organised on an annual basis at regional or continental level and are included in the IFBB Elite World Ranking qualifiers.

One more Ben Weider Legacy Cup is due to be held this year.

It will take place in Toronto between October 20 and 23.