A world-renowned body builder from Nottinghamshire has failed in his bid to emulate Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Dubbed the UK’s fittest man, former plumber Ryan Terry was hoping to be named Mr Olympia at the finals of the biggest bodybuilding and fitness competition in the world in Las Vegas this weekend.
He was beaten to the title in the Men’s Physique category by American Brandon Hendrickson, but promised to return stronger.
He said: “Obviously I’m disappointed not to win but finishing in third place is still a great achievement.”
The third place builds upon what has already been an impressive rise to the top echelons of bodybuilder for the Retford lad, 29.
He added: “For me this year was about proving to myself that I am still worthy of being up there holding my own against the best men’s physique competitors in the world.
“Third in the world isn’t too shabby. I am extremely happy and proud of my placing. We are climbing back up there and I can promise you we will be fighting next year for that top spot.”
He also congratulated the winner, who he said looked “phenomenal”.
Ryan got into the sport after having an achilles injury, and then joining his stepdad, a former body builder, in the gym.
He previously told Nottinghamshire Live: “I started training with my stepdad at 14 because he was a bodybuilder.
I used to do a lot of sport before I joined the gym and then had an injury to my achilles and started to put weight on.
“I had to join the gym to get back into sport but I fell in love with it.
“I never intended to compete. It was more about self-confidence and I never wanted to be a huge bodybuilder.”
In 2010, Ryan got entered into a beauty competition and managed to dazzle the judges – winning both Mr Great Britain and Mr International.
He has previously finished second in the Mr Olympia competition, as well as an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) pro champion, and a two-time Arnold Classic winner in previous years.
He has also appeared on the front cover of numerous fitness magazines, including Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.