Mr. Tamil Nadu 2008
It has been a couple of years since a physique contest was staged in a grand manner at a reputable venue. It needs a lot of courage to organise a body building show on a grand scale. Hats-off to Mohan Kumar Joshua of Yuva Fitness, Chennai, for organising such a contest in our very own Chennai.
November 23, 2008
Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium reverberated with the grunting of bodybuilders pumping up their oiled physiques and the excitement of rambunctious audience.
All-India Congress Committee member Karthi P. Chidambaram inaugurated the show and presided. Iron J.P.R. Bose, Tamilnadu Amateur Body Building Association (TABBA) Treasurer, delivered welcome address.
M. Arasu, TABBA Secretary, T.K. Gurunathan, Working President, Chennai Amateur Body Building Association and P. Suresh, CABBA Secretary, spoke.
M. Rajendrakumar, Trichy District, Body Building Association Secretary, as emcee, left no stone unturned to get the audience applaud when his fellow iron warriors flexed their muscles under the gleaming stage lights.
Cash prizes to the tune of Rs. 3,000, Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 1,000 were given to top-three finishers in each weight category.
The overall winner, Champion of Champions, was presented a Yamaha Sports Bike FZ16, worth Rs. 75,000!
A total of 182 competitors participated in the event.
In the 60-kg category, A. Srinivasan of Chennai shocked the other competitors right from the day of weigh-in. His conditioning and muscle separation, especially thigh-hamstring delineation, kept getting better and better. However, N. Senguttavan, who represented Tuticorin, brought in a much-improved package than what we have been seeing in the past four years. Though his legs still needed a little more size, the newly-gained shoulder width, fullness and hardness got him the top spot. However, Srinivasan has a great physique and can do serious damage at any major show he enters. K. Haribabu of Chennai, who has a classic body, was not 100 per cent ready. His mentor Vinod has been preparing the wunderkind for the Federation Cup scheduled to be held in January 2009.
In the 65-kg category stood the incredibly ripped and dry competitor of the entire show. N. Perumal Durai of Chennai reminded me of Andreas Munzer and Hamadullah Aykutlug. The man’s muscles fibres looked more like a cobweb!!!
In the 75-kg class was the awesome T. Saravanan of Krishnagiri. Though blocky in structure, his dense, hard muscles, separation and dryness made him the hero of the day.
In the 80-kg category was a young man making his debut at the State-level. Murali Vijaykumar of Chennai won the title in his very first attempt, pushing a massive S. Sivakumar to second place.
Vijaykumar’s incredible separation in the legs, a great posing routine and graceful stage presence gave him the edge. However, he needs to put in more hard work to compete in bigger shows. Sivakumar needs more conditioning to win this title. I feel that coming in 75-kg class with more hardness and cuts would make him a dangerous competitor.
G. Saravanaraj of Chennai in the 85-kg category was hardcore beef. His incredible water manipulation in a few short days, though not desirable, was undoubtedly a feat!
Champion of Champions
The clash of titans? Not exactly.
It was clear that the fight was between Saravanan and Perumal Durai.
Even as the judges kept calling for more comparisons between Saravanan, Durai and R. Rajendran, my heart started to miss several beats. All the three were too exhausted and looked like they would cramp and crash right on the stage. Durai’s muscle fibres kept getting scarier like they would rip his skin apart and explode.
In the end, Saravanan’s size and hardness got him the title and there could not have been a more popular decision.
Though there were no complaints about the show, a small regret was expressed by the champions. The traditional medals were not presented to the top-three finishers. However, such a trivial issue should not be allowed to eclipse the hard work and passion of the organisers of the grand event. I feel that in the future, people like Mohan Kumar Joshua and his friends are what we need to bring body building shows from open grounds and cramped street-corners to reputable auditoriums and get our sport the attention of mainstream media.
Here’s is a list of top six finishers
55 kg Category
I Place – V. Senthil Kumar (Thiruvallur), II – S. Prabhakaran (Trichy), III – R. Ajay (Chennai), IV – D. Rajasekar (Thiruvallur), V – K. Mariappan (Salem), VI – Udhayakumar – (Chennai)
60 kg Category
I – N. Senguttuvan (Tuticorin), II – A. Srinivasan (Chennai) ,III – Haribabu (Chenai), IV – S. Ashok Kumar (Krishnagiri), V – S. Allaudin (Salem), VI – P.K. Saravanan (Kanchi)
65 kg Category
I – N. Perumal Durai (Chennai), II – S. Vairamuthu (Virudhunagar) , III – G. Babu (Kanchi), IV – R. Munusamy (Nilgris), V – S. Vignesh (Chennai), VI – S. Lakshman (Kanchi)
70 kg Category
I – R. Rajendran (Madurai) , II – B. Haribabu (Chennai), III – N. Murali (Chennai), IV – D. Michael (Thiruvallur), V – P. Shanmugam (Nilgris), VI – R. Narayanan (Kanchi)
75 kg Category
I – T. Saravanan (Krishnagiri), II – N. Kannan (Kanchi), III – P. Suresh (Chennai), IV – P. Karthik (Thiruvallur), V – V. Saravanan (Kanchi), VI – A. Yuvaraj (Thiruvallur)
80 kg Category
I – Murali Vijaykumar (Chennai), II – S. Shivakumar (Chennai), III – R. Mohana Rangam (Salem), IV – S. Vijaya kumar (Chennai), V – SM. Ragul Elankumaran (Kanchi), VI – A. Paul (Krishnagiri)
85 kg Category
I – G. Saravanaraj (Chennai), II – B. Karthik (Chennai), III – P.T. Suresh (Coimbatore), IV – R. Vimalanand (Salem), V – T. Nagalinga Raja (Virudhunagar), VI – A. Jayapal (Thiruvallur)
85 kg Plus Category
I – S. Venkatesan (Chennai), II – S. Riyaz (Madurai), III – John (Chennai), IV – SivaGurunathan (Cuddalore), V – R. Sathikumar (Tuticorin), VI – M. C. Yugendra Perumal (Thiruvallur)
_ C. Lakshmi Kumar