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(l-r) Iris Kyle, Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia

Iris Kyle won her 7th Ms. Olympia crown tonight at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Despite being less sharply defined than at this morning’s prejudging, Kyle still managed to edge out runner-up Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia of Venezuela and in doing so comes one more victory closer to topping Lenda Murray’s record of 8 Ms. Olympia wins.

Rounding out the rest of the top six were Brigita Brezovac, of Slovenia, at number 3, Debbie Laszewski, USA, at number 4 and Alina Popa, Switzerland, & Sheila Bleck, USA, holding the 5th & 6th spots respectively.

Mah-Ann Mendoza

At the end of the pose-down, emcee Bob Chicherillo announced that this would be the last Olympia for competitors Dayana Cadeau & Mah-Ann Mendoza. Mendoza, 52, is a recent survivor of cancer, overcoming both the disease and after effects of chemotherapy in order to qualify for the Olympia.

Brennan Storr writes the blog Largely the Truth