Suhas, Heera win silver at Amateur Mr. Olympia 2012
This year has been memorable to all bodybuilding fans in India because some of our champions have done extremely well in prestigious international events.
My good friend Suhas Khamkar and Heera Lal have won second place in Amateur Mr. Olympia contest held on November 29-30 in Kuwait.
Khamkar earlier won bronze medal in the world championship conducted by the International Federation of Body Builders (IFBB), at Ecuador.
Sangram rocks Mr. South Asia 2012
Another great friend of mine, Sangram Chougule, bagged ‘Mr. South Asia’ overall title at the Ninth South Asian Bodybuilding Championship held in November at Ludhiana, Punjab. It was held under the aegis of Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation (ABBF).
Participating countries included India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives and Nepal. India was represented by a 16-member team and bagged the Team Championship honour!!!
HIV positive Manipuri champion, Khundrakpam Pradipkumar, won the title in 65 kg weight category. Pradipkumar reportedly placed 8th in the world championship last year.
I wish all the champions the very best of luck in their forthcoming contests.
Here is a list of champions along with their placing at the South Asian Championship.
55 kg 1st place C. Kalaivanan
60 kg 2nd place Vivek Panwar
60 kg 4th place Swapnil Narwadkar
65 kg 1st place Khundrakpam Pradipkumar
65 kg 5th place S. Jeya Kumar
70 kg 1st place Raju Khan
70 kg 3rd place Damayant Singh
75 kg 2nd place Ramesh Kumar
75 kg 3rd place Govind Jha
80 kg 1st place Arambam Boby Singh
80 kg 3rd place Abdul Salim Ansari
85 kg 1st place Tanveer Akram
85 kg 4th place Vijay Bahadur
90 kg 1st place Sangarm Chougule
90 kg 3rd place Virender Singh
+90 kg 1st place Mukesh Singh
+90 kg 3rd place Vikram
_ C. Lakshmi Kumar
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Sangram photo and news courtesy: http://www.abbf.asia/