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Mr. Classic – Inter-district Championship

Posted in Contests on August 24, 2012 by takeupsculpting

The overall title once again went to Krishna.

I admire some persons for their untiring efforts at organising competitions on a regular basis. E. Dayalan of Classic Fitness Centre is one such person whose name figures among the best of contest organisers. He successfully conducted Mr. Tamil Nadu 2011 Open State Championship at Tambaram last September and repeated that feat this year by organising an inter-district contest for champions from Chennai and Kanchi on August 19. That this event was held to mark the eleventh anniversary of his gym and happened to be his eleventh annual contest need special mention.

Manikandan of Chennai, who finished second in 55 kg class, came close to winning the title.

The competitors who finished in top five places were showered with gifts. Here is an overview of how some of the best competitors fared:
55 kg class
K. Nehru of Kanchi district won the title. However, M. Manikandan of Chennai, who finished second, came close to taking away the title from Nehru. Mani, who finished third the previous weekend at the ‘Mr. Chennai,’ presented a much-improved package. He had a fantastic V-taper, incredible back details and good abs. With a little more size and muscularity in the legs, this young man can comfortably move into the winners’ circle. C. Vinayakamurthi of Kanchi finished third.
60 kg class
K. Sriram of Kanchi was outstanding in this category. His quads and hamstrings were A-grade and the rest of his physique was nothing less either. With a little more effort, Sriram can win medals at the nationals. Rajasekar of Chennai finished second and P. Saravanan of Chennai, third.
65 kg class
The fight was between P. Krishna and I.K. Huzaifa, both representing Chennai. Krishna entered 65 kg category this contest against his usual 60 kg division. He was bigger and drier than the previous weekend. Huzaifa was holding a little water and had to finish second behind Krishna. However, Huzaifa’s quads were freakily cut and ripped. Not a bad year at all for the young man, who has made a mark as a competitor.
Yasin of Chennai placed third.

Sriram of Kanchi can win medals at the nationals.

70 kg class
P. Prashant of Chennai was beautiful in this weight category. He had the right blend of size, shape and muscularity to walk over the rest in the line-up. The fight for second place was between Maria Jijo of Kanchi and C. Vijaya Baskar of Chennai. Jijo was a little more ripped and drier which gave him an edge. Baskar, who used to compete in 55 kg class three years ago, had packed on a lot of quality muscle and entered the top-five zone. With the kind of leg training he is doing right now, I am confident that his once-weak quads will soon become a weapon.

Baskar (right), who used to compete in 55 kg class three years ago, has packed on a lot of quality muscle.

75 kg class
Shaliya and my good friend D. Saravanan, both representing Chennai, fought for the title here. The former grabbed the top spot, thanks to his muscularity and conditioning. I hope Saravanan nails it right and wins the State championship this October.
80 kg class
Balaguru of Chennai was at his freakiest and won hands-down in this weight division. His conditioning was amazing even though his body fat percentage was not the lowest. He is focused at hitting the peak for a national-level contest scheduled in September and I wish him luck.

Balaguru of Chennai was at his freakiest in the 80 kg class.

S. Sheik Hussain and my friend Ranjith Kumar finished second and third respectively. The bronze winner was an unexpected entrant and his higher-than-usual body fat level made it evident. But, Ranjth had put on a lot of muscle, especially in the legs, and is sure to present a bigger and freakier package next March.

The high point of the evening finals came when competitors over the age of 40 flexed in the Masters’ division.

85, 85-plus classes
Kandan of Chennai and M. Raghul of Chennai won the title in the two classes respectively. Kandan, who threatened to take the overall title the previous weekend, was a bit off. However, he was too good to finish anything less than first in his weight class. Raghul is a new kid on the block. I could see significant improvements in his physique and posing. Let’s wait for a couple of years to see how this young competitor blossoms.
Veterans’ show
The high point of the evening finals came when competitors over the age of 40 flexed in the Masters’ division. That these seniors are still battling the weights at the gym and looking good enough for the stage need appreciation.
Champion of Champions
The overall title once again went to Krishna.
I wish the rest of the class winners the very best of luck for winning overall title in their future contests.
– C. Lakshmi Kumar

 

 

 

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Mr. Chennai

Posted in Contests on August 16, 2012 by takeupsculpting
Krishna, who won the overall title, with special guest Ameer, organizer Mohan Kumar and IBBF high official T.K. Gurunathan

Krishna, who won the overall title, with special guest Ameer, organizer Mohan Kumar and IBBF high official T.K. Gurunathan

If passion for pumping iron needs appreciation, so does the passion for conducting contests. My good friend Mohan Kumar of Yuva Fitness should be commended for conducting competitions regularly and encouraging bodybuilders. That he tries to do something unique at every show to bring bodybuilding into the limelight is what sets him apart from the rest of my friends.

Kandan (80 kg winner) and Balaguru (Plus-80 kg winner) battling for the overall title.

Kandan (80 kg winner) and Balaguru (Plus-80 kg winner) battling for the overall title.

Mohan did it again on August 12 by conducting Mr. Chennai 2012 at Dr. Ambedkar Arangam, ICF.

The team which worked on this event took special care from choosing the right colours for the stage backdrop to providing live video coverage. Promoting the show even before it began, two TV screens on either side of the stage showed clips of the earlier shows conducted by Mohan and proved to be a good curtain raiser.

Though not at his best, Murtuza entertained the audience with his sportive posedown with Munusamy.

Though not at his best, Murtuza entertained the audience with his sportive posedown with Munusamy.

Honouring trainers

The highlight of the event came at the evening finals when Mohan did a short interview of every weight class winner right on the stage! Mohan took the audience by surprise when he made each winner call out his coach to the stage and presented them a special memento.

Special guests

The morning event was inaugurated by Congress leader Karthi P. Chidambaram. Film director Ameer was the special guest at the evening finals and presented the overall and most-muscular awards.

Lanson Toyota was the main sponsor of the event. Mr. LankaLingam, Managing Director – Lanson Toyota was present in the evening.  Other sponsors include Hotel Bheemas, Vishnu Cars,  Jai and Jai Agencies, Century Ply and Score Health and Fitness Club.

Mr. LankaLingam being honoured by Mr. Mohan and other organisers

Event management was handled by Thinkcomm, which needs special mention.

Here is a short review of some of the contestants:

Manikandan, who finished third in 55 kg class, looked wide and had excellent proportion. Had the young man displayed a more bigger and muscular set of quads, he would have been the winner.

Sporting trunk number 35, Krishna looked big and extremely muscular in the 60 kg category. The young man won the same title on a Sunday last month on this very stage and looked like he would repeat his victory this Sunday too. A wide upper body, back and muscle hardness were his strong points.

 I.K. Huzaifa was cut, dry and full.

I.K. Huzaifa was cut, dry and full.

I.K. Huzaifa was the clear winner in the 65 kg class. The young upstart, who finished second in this event last month, was at his best and ready to grab the top spot. His muscles were ripped, full and pushing from beneath the skin. He had no competition at all during prejudging. Though a few others in the same class got much better and tried to give him a fight in the evening, Huzaifa was already ahead of them.

The 75-kg class had THE most interesting line-up in the entire show. It had the sensational Munusamy (who needs no introduction to hardcore fans of bodybuilding), Murtuza (one of the best bodybuilders of the State, according to the judges) and Arun Kumar (a competitor known for his perfect proportion).

However, none of the three was in top form. Muni was at his 80 per cent best and Murtuza looked like he was 8 weeks out from being ripped to shreds. Muni’s ripped back, triceps and hardness helped him beat Murtuza and finish first. The second place finisher told me that he intends getting to his best for the State championship in October, Satish Sugars Classic in November and staying in top form till Senior Mr. India scheduled for March 2013.

Arun Kumar was beautiful and full, but not ripped and dry. He finished third.

Kandan who won the 80 kg class was massive and had excellent structure. However, he too was not at his driest.

Balaguru, the plus-80 kg class winner, was close to his best ever form. He was huge, ripped and dry. That he didn’t sweat a bit under the powerful stage lights should tell anyone how dry he would have been.

Champion of Champions

Krishna’s muscularity was outstanding.

Krishna’s muscularity was outstanding.

The fight for the overall title was awesome. Judges picked Krishna, Kandan and Balaguru for the final fight and it was Krishna who was the last man standing.Balaguru won the most muscular man title.

Many of the top finishers at this contest will go on stage once again on August 19 at an inter-district championship scheduled at Tambaram.

_ C. Lakshmi Kumar