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

Photo courtesy: Facebook

Sangram photo and news courtesy: http://www.abbf.asia/

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