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Mr. Tamil Nadu Open State Championship 2010 (Salem)

Posted in Contests on August 25, 2010 by takeupsculpting

Excitement, surprise, disappointment, and a lot more – the open State championship conducted at Salem on August 8 was really a potpourri of emotions.

The overall championship went to Sasikumar

Even before a word on the show, I first thank our dear friend and well-wisher, Gurumurthy of Lee Sports, who ensured that we were very comfortable at Salem. The man and his friends made members of Team Masters understand the meaning of ‘Home away from home.’
Painful start
It took a lot out of members of Team Masters to make up our mind to go to Salem, as the previous two weeks were not kind on every one of us.  However, as one of our members, Murali Vijayakumar, was participating in the event, I forced myself into accompanying him on his trip to Salem. We reached Koyambedu bus terminus at 12.30 a.m. on Friday night (August 6), straight from my office. As there weren’t direct buses to Salem till 3 a.m., we boarded a bus bound for Kallakurichi. Crammed between two closely fixed seats, Big Lee felt more uncomfortable than I. Sleep was the last thing that could come to persons going through so much of discomfort. It was around 7 a.m. when we reached Kallakurichi. The bus we boarded there was comfortable but the journey wasn’t. We were literally getting tossed every two minutes, thanks to a road full of potholes.  By the time we arrived at a luxury hotel in Salem, my ‘big’ friend was almost crying out of back pain!
Hours later…..
The weigh-in was conducted in a manner which would stop people from alleging the officials of extending ‘special favours’ to any competitor.

M. Chandran (left) was the winner from the word ‘go.’ K. Ramamoorthy gave him good fight.

Secretary of Tamil Nadu Amateur Body Building Association M. Arasu and other officials ensured that none of the competitors sneaked into any class in an unethical manner.
Thanks to Gurumurthy, I got a chance to see some of our Salem competitors whom we helped, much before the show. However, the contest wasn’t cakewalk even for those warriors.
55 kg category
‘Son of the soil’ M. Chandran was the winner from the word ‘go.’ The surprise package was K. Ramamoorthy from Cuddalore. But for a pair of less-than-stunning quadriceps, he looked like a serious threat to Chandran’s undisputed top spot. The little freak-in-making, K. Mariappan of Salem, was drier and harder than what he was at Chennai two weeks ago. However, he still needs a little more size to take on Chandran.
60 kg class
Another new sensation from Salem, Sasikumar, stole the show. His muscularity was stunning and he was definitely a contender for the overall title.
65 kg category
P. Navaraj from Chennai was hard, cut and muscular.

P. Navaraj (right) and M. Suresh (centre) compare abs.

Though not that dry, his was a well-deserved victory. M. Balamurugan from Kanchi was second. M. Suresh from Nilgiris placed third. My heartfelt wishes to this gentleman, whom I have been watching for the past couple of years. His progress has been slow yet steady.
70 kg class
A much improved A.J. Nijam from Nagai beat Salem’s favourite, Prabhakaran. I remember seeing Nijam in 2008 November at a State meet organised by my friend, Mohan Kumar, in Chennai. Wearing a trunk numbered 44, he was out of top 10 then.

Nijam had made excellent improvement.

Man, what an improvement! Prabhakaran’s lack of muscle maturity, perhaps, cost him the title. The young man needs more time to hone and polish that beautiful physique. All said and done, this was the toughest class, at least according to me. The gap between every competitor was, I should say, pretty close.
Mohammed Hussain Yusuf of Chennai was at his best and placed fourth in this line-up. Keep moving ahead brother, you have finally arrived and can win the damn thing in a year.
75 kg class
An awesome K. Mathanakaran from Madurai took on Murali Vijayakumar.

Mathanakaran (left) was harder than Murali Vijayakumar.

The experienced warrior from Madurai was harder than Big Lee and showed more muscle maturity. K. Gopinath from Chennai was slightly off and ended up in third place behind Mathanakaran and Vijayakumar.
80 Kg class
Man, the results of this category, though very fair, were a bit hard on me. R. Mohanarangam of Salem was bigger, harder, drier and in the best shape of his life. He looked every inch a champion, head to toe. After battling genetic limitations for almost a decade, Mohan had finally made it to the level of the “big boys.”

Nishant (right) was too big for the sculpted Mohanarangam.

However, P.K. Nishant of Nilgiris, who won the title in 85  kg class two weeks ago, had trimmed down to enter the 80 kg class. He was too damn big for Mohan! Every muscle of his was huge. The awesome package he displayed onstage that day pushed a beautifully sculpted Mohan to second place.
In the plus 85 kg class, R. Vimal Anand of Salem and C. Ramesh of Tiruvallur locked horns once again. This time, Ramesh was drier and his muscularity stood out better than ever before. He placed first and Vimal second.
Special awards
The award for most improved bodybuilder went to Nijam, who won the 70 kg class. The most muscular man award went to Nishant. The best poser award went to Murali Vijayakumar, who brought down the house when he posed to “The eye of the tiger” from Rocky III.
The overall championship went to Sasikumar.
Even as I boarded the train to Chennai, I couldn’t stop the pleasant memories of the trip and hospitality of my host from flooding my mind.

55 kg
1.    M. Chandran – Salem
2.    K. Ramamoorthy – Cuddalore
3.    K. Mariappan – Salem
4.    M. Rammurthy – Thiruppur
5.    V. Kumaresan – Vellore
60 kg
1.    M. Sasikumar – Salem
2.    D. Kumar – Tiruvallur
3.    A. Abdul Rahman – Nilgris
4.    K.Sivakumar – Cuddalore
5.    S. Naresh – Tiruvallur
65 kg
1.    P. Navaraj – Chennai
2.    M. Balamurugan – Kanchee
3.    M. Suresh – Nilgris
4.    P. Vijayakumar – Chennai
5.    C. Kalaivannan – Salem
70 kg
1.    A.J. Nijam – Nagai
2.    C. Prabhakaran – Salem
3.    C. Sekar – Krishnagiri
4.    V.A. Md. Husssain Yusuf – Chennai
5.    E. Jayaprakash – Krishnagiri
75 Kg
1.    K. Mathanakaran – Madurai
2.    Murali Vijayakumar – Chennai
3.    K. Gopinath – Chennai
4.    R. Gavaskar – Salem
5.    K. Venkatesan – Salem
80 kg
1.    P.K. Nishanth – Nilgris
2.    R. Mohanarangam – Salem
3.    V. Sridar – Trichy
4.    P. Arun – Kanniyakumari
5.    A. Dinesh – Salem
85 kg
1.    P.S. Anish – Chennai
2.    C. Nataraja – Salem
3.    R. Ramachandran – Tiruppur
4.    L. Victor Jesudoss – Kanchee
5.    S. Sivanraj – Virudhunagar
Plus 85 kg
1.    C. Ramesh – Tiruvallur
2.    R. Vimal Anand – Salem
3.    S.M. Krishna – Vellore
4.    S. Nithiyanandham – Tiruppur
5.    A. John – Chennai

–    C. Lakshmi  Kumar


Mr. Tamil Nadu Open State Bodybuilding Championship

Posted in Contests on August 3, 2010 by takeupsculpting

It was back to ‘Ambedkar Arangam,’ ICF, Chennai.
‘Mr. Tamil Nadu’ and National champion (silver medalist) N. Perumal Durai had organised ‘Mr. Tamil Nadu Open State Bodybuilding Championship ’ on July 25.

Murali Vijayakumar (left), Murugan

Sasikumar of Salem (left) and Srinivasan of Chennai

Durai had left no stone unturned in making the event a grand success. He had taken special care in getting the right kind of sponsors (AMA Group of companies) who helped him arrange every single thing – right from the stage backdrop to trophies – in a grand manner.
Durai offered good cash prizes to competitors and ensured that many of them went home happy. The highlight of the event was offering cash awards for the ‘most improved bodybuilder (Rs. 15,000),’ ‘best poser (Rs.10,000),’ ‘most muscular man(Rs.10,000 )’ and overall champion (Rs.25,000).

Medalists in each category were also given cash awards – first place Rs. 5,000; second place Rs. 3,000; and third place Rs. 2,000.

Most improved bodybuilder award was presented to P.K. Nishant of Nilgiris.

The overall championship went to R. Munusamy of Chennai; the best poser award was given to M. Chandran of Salem; the most improved bodybuilder award was presented to P.K. Nishant of Nilgiris; and the most muscular man award went to A. Srinivasan of Chennai.

The overall championship went to R. Munusamy (right)

As regards placing, Team Masters never complaints.

However, there are instances which made us wonder what could have gone in favour of a particular competitor or what could have cost another competitor a valuable placing.

A couple of competitors from Team Masters were unlucky to have lost good placing.

All said and done, it’s always the good old ‘Apples vs. Oranges’ stuff. Team Masters appreciates that and salutes all the judges for their tireless and thankless (yes, it IS thankless) job.

R. Mohanarangam of Salem (left) was just too good.

A couple of competitors from Team Masters were unlucky to have lost good placing. One of them was stressed out and started to hold a lot of water. Another competitor still needs a little muscularity in the legs to get into the top five and little more size to win a medal.
Special mention
We would like to congratulate L. Dhanaraj – trained by Team Masters – who had transformed his body from a flabby 90 + kg to 62 kg in 9 months. Though he didn’t place – as he went against toughest of competitors in 65 kg class – his metamorphosis at the age of around 46 is astounding! We wish that those who hear about him and see his picture realise that bodybuilding is truly a game where age is just a number.

L. Dhanaraj (before, at 90 +kg)

Nishant who won the 85 kg class can go a long way if he works on his conditioning and muscularity.

Salem supermen
Sasikumar of Salem blew our minds away by changing his body in the last couple of years and winning the 60 kg category. C. Nataraja of Salem, who competed in 85 kg class, has a lot of potential. The 85 kg + category winner, R. Vimal Anand of Salem (once again), has enough stuff to help him go places. Team Masters wishes him more success.
R. Mohanarangam of Salem was just too good when he flexed his much improved physique in the 80 kg line-up. With a little more time, and, perhaps a little bit of luck, he is sure to win big titles. K. Mariappan of Salem, who placed fifth in the 55 kg class, has a bright future. He just needs some more time to make it big.

L. Dhanaraj (now, at 62 kg)

Team Masters is finding it difficult to write enough about Munusamy as the little man just keeps moving ahead like a speeding bullet.
Even as we walked out of the venue, it was clear that this competition was kind of warm-up for another open State championship scheduled for August 8 at Salem.
There is going to be a rematch in some (if not all) categories in exactly two weeks.

55 kg
1. M. Chandran – Salem
2. V. Senthil Kumar – Tiruvallur
3. A. Balaguru – Chennai
4. M. Rammurthy – Thiruppur
5. K. Mariappan – Salem

60 kg
1. Sasikumar – Salem
2. A. Srinivasan – Chennai
3. N. Senguttuvan – Chennai
4. T. Kingsley – Chennai
5. D. Kumar – Tiruvallur

65 kg
1. R. Munusamy – Chennai
2. N. Dakshnamoorthy – Cuddalore
3. P. Navaraj – Chennai
4. P. Vijayakumar – Chennai
5. D. Karthik – Chennai

70 kg
1. K. Mathanakaran – Madurai
2. S. Pandiyan – Thiruvallur
3. M. Suresh – Nilgris
4. C. Prabhakaran – Salem
5. S. Dhinakaran – Chennai

75 Kg
1. K. Gopinath – Chennai
2. K. Sundar – Chennai
3. V. Saravanan – Kanchee
4. R. Kavaskar – Salem
5. K. Venkatesan – Salem

80 kg
1. T. Gopi – Chennai
2. R. Ramachandran – Thiruvallur
3. R. Mohanarangam – Salem
4. A.J. Nijam – Nagai
5. E. Suresh – Thiruvallur

85 kg
1. P.K. Nishanth – Nilgris
2. V. Murugan – Chennai
3. S. Nithiyanandam – Thiruvallur
4. Murali Vijayakumar – Chennai
5. C. Nataraja – Salem

Plus 85 kg
1. R. Vimal Anand – Salem
2. C. Ramesh – Tiruvallur
3. P.S. Anish – Chennai
4. E. Karthik – Chennai
5. D. Kamal Kumar – Salem

– C. LakshmiKumar