Isaac Chimuchenga reasserted his credentials as the man of the moment on the Zimbabwean bodybuilding scene when he claimed the Mr Muscle and Fitness Open Classic in a contest held in Gweru on Saturday night.
Chimuchenga shrugged off stiff challenges from Simbarashe Ferro and Spenser Bhauti who had earlier on won the junior and middle/heavyweight sections respectively.
Chimuchenga had also lifted the lightweight title before he became too good for Ferro and Bhauti in the overall Mr Muscle and Fitness crown, to add the title to the Mr Iron Man, Mr Body Active and Mr Pro Fitness already under his belt.
Soon after his crowning moment, the Gweru-based Chimuchenga admitted that claiming success was not a stroll in the park and said he had now set his sights on international titles.
“The competition was very tough and I can tell you I had to sweat for this but if you train hard you will always do well. That is what I did, I prepared very well.
From now my number one priority is to take part in international competitions so I will keep on training hard to stay in shape,” said an elated Chimuchenga.
For his sterling efforts, Chimuchenga pocketed $1 000 and two floating trophies, while Ferro, Bhauti and the ladies category winner Christina Matange each walked away $500 richer.
Frank Stoddart, who is Chimuchenga and Ferro’s colleague at Muscle and Fitness Gym, lifted 550 pounds to claim the dead lift honour as Cephas Mupariwa pushed 440 pounds for the bench press title.
In winning the middle/heavyweight category, Bhauti who won the inaugural competition five years ago, saw off Champion Chienderamawo and Zumailer Eusen-Maman who came out second and third runners-up respectively.
Chienderamawo is the reigning Mr Botswana heavyweight title holder.
Competition director Malvin Van Gopal was pleased with the high level of competition, and lauded the youngsters who contested in the junior section for their impressive showing.
“I am very proud with the level of competition which was showcased tonight and the most good thing is that the quality of bodybuilders is improving every year. All the guys gave their all in the whole competition and fought hard for their titles. I have been most impressed by the juniors because it’s good when you see someone like Simba (Ferro) giving the seniors a good run for their money when they squared up for the overall title. The whole thing shows that nobody is bigger or smaller than the other,” said Van Gopal.
Van Gopal expressed his gratitude for the support from the Gweru business community and promised another scintillating contest next year.