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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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