J K R Classic Mr. Tamil Nadu
Conducting a State-level bodybuilding competition at a fine venue and in a grand manner needs encouragement.
Mr. India J. Muniappan should be commended for organising ‘JKR Classic’ Mr. Tamil Nadu 2009 at Kalaivanar Arangam, Chennai, on October 5.
Over 150 contestants from all over Tamil Nadu participated in the event. The best part is that almost 80 per cent of them were in top form.
Though many of them looked good, I would like to mention the names of a few who were truly outstanding.
In 60-kg category, S. Murthy, who has won Mr. South India, was the hands down winner. It is happy to see the champ back in top form after a break. Welcome back, brother.
Bantamweight was perhaps the category that gave judges a lot of work. Team Masters’ Murtuza Rasheed, representing Chennai, was a sight to behold. He presented a package that was top-class in all departments such as mass, thickness, shape, conditioning and charisma. His quads looked freaky with deep separation in all the heads!
Chennai’s Udayakumar came close to Murtuza and was truly a contender for the title. However, Murtu’s ‘wheels,’ overall package and incredibly-confident posing got him gold.
Three former national champions appreciated Murtu telling him that if he repeats this kind of performance at Senior Nationals scheduled for March 2010 at Goa, he is sure to win a medal (i.e., finish in top three).
In 70-kg category, Nilgiris’ Munusamy beat Chennai’s favourite Mohammed Ashraf, to take second. That the wonder boy from the hills has jumped two categories and yet retained conditioning is a feat! Tamizhanban from Nagai was outstanding and a deserving first place finisher.
In 75-kg class, Federation Cup winner Kodandaraman was a surprise entrant. However, the competition was so tough that the former national champ could take home only bronze! Chennai’s Murugan, who impressed one and all with his incredible back thickness at the selection trials, presented a much improved package on the stage. But, Sathish from Nagai looked ‘rock solid’ and pushed Murugan to second spot.
T. Saravanan of Krishnagiri was the hero of the entire meet. He simply dominated the 80-kg category. Soon after the weigh-in on October 4, he told me that he was not in the kind of form he got to at last November’s State meet (where he won the 75-kg class and overall title).
However, even at this ‘less than top form,’ Saravanan was thick, full, hard and dry enough to win gold. Murali Vijayakumar of Team Masters won the Mr. Tamil Nadu title in his very first attempt last November. He competed in this category with much improved biceps peak, lat width and leg separation. Though Big Lee Murali was truly the biggest in the lineup, Saravanan’s incredible delt and arm thickness and overall hardness put him in second place right from the word ‘go.’
Though Murali was very sure of his placing, he was a true warrior on the stage. He followed Saravanan wherever he went and hit the same poses, which kept the crowd excited. For a moment, it looked like we were watching a Mr. Olympia final posedown.
Mr. India M. Kamaraj, who was a guest at the evening finals, told Big Lee that with more delt and arm size, he will rock the national scene.
Salem’s Mohanarangan has made tremendous improvement from his last year’s performance and finished third behind Murali.
In 85 kg category, Chennai’s Manimaran took home the first prize. Many in the audience felt that Vimal Anand from Salem could have finished first. The third place finisher, Annadurai from Tiruchi, surprised so many in the audience – he is 41 years young and has shown that body building need not be only for the youth.
Several of the competitors mentioned in this story have planned to compete in the Mr. South India scheduled for December 4,5,6 at Hyderabad and Federation Cup scheduled for December third week at Uttarkhand.
Let us all wish them the very best of luck and pray that they win team championship honour at both the meets.
C. Lakshmi Kumar