IFBB President  Rafael Santonja met Rudy Panatta, founder of the iconic company Panatta, at the World Cup event in Rimini ©IFBB

Andrea Bolzoni was the star of the International Fitness and Bodybuilding Federation (IFBB) Panatta World Cup in Rimini in Italy.

The competition, created by the iconic bodybuilding patron Rudy Panatta, who founded the Italian physical training equipment company, Panatta, is crucial as it an IFBB Elite Pro Qualifier and 13 Elite Pro Cards were awarded over the two days of contests.

Over 2,000 spectators attended and witnessed Italy dominating the podiums followed by Spain, Luxembourg and United Kingdom, and €20,000 (£18,000/$22,500) in cash prizes was distributed in an event attended by IFBB President Rafael Santonja

More than 20 countries were represented by over 800 athletes from all over the world at the two-day event however it was the Italians that dominated the medals.

Bolzoni was the overall bodybuilding champion, with Spain’s Pedro Navarro in second place and Roberto Buonomo from Italy taking third. 

More than 20 countries were represented at the IFBB Panatta World Cup ©IFBB
More than 20 countries were represented at the IFBB Panatta World Cup ©IFBB

The classic bodybuilding was won by Italian Fabrizio de Silvestro, with Spain's Jose Miguel Gomez second and Poland’s Szymon Karelus third.

Italy took the first two places in the men’s physique with Andrea Bonello the winner and Giuseppe Riserbato in second place, with Spaniard David Tornay taking third.

Spain took first and second overall in the women’s bikini fitness with Anna Shorokina in first and Lina Bejarano Real in second place. Lisa Weichental from Germany took the third position.

Italy’s Alessia Amore took the crown in the women’s body fitness overall contest. Britain's Olga Upelniece placed second behind Marta Almendros of Italy.