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Mr. Tamil Nadu 2015 -Steelman Of Tamil Nadu 2015

Posted in Contests on March 29, 2015 by takeupsculpting

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The year 2015 began with a triple treat for the champions competing under the Tamil Nadu Amateur Body Building Association (TABBA) affiliated to the Indian Body Building and Fitness Federation (IBBFF). Three State contests were held within two months and several champions repeated their winning performance in the events. The major event, however, was conducted on January 26. Titled ‘Steelman of Tamil Nadu 2015,’ it was conducted by the Chairman of Chennai District Amateur Body Building Association, ‘Royapuram’ R. Mano. For the first time in the country, a State-level bodybuilding championship offered a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh for the competitor winning the overall champion of champions title and a total cash prize of Rs. 50,000 in each weight category. The sponsors – M. Pushparaj, Executive Director, Sanmuga Transport (P) Ltd., and V. Kopli Shanker, Pillayar Infrastructure (P) Ltd – took lot of interest in ensuring that the contest was one of the best ever organized in the country. The coordinator of the mega event, ‘Sky’ J. Babu, president, Chennai District Amateur Bodybuilding Association, needs special mention for his efforts.

Special guests

Senior official of the Indian Body Building and Fitness Federation, Benny Francis; president of Andhra Pradesh Body Building Association Ramakrishna; and general secretary of Telangana District Body Building Association Salim were the special guests at the mega event. Most of all the competitors were in their best shape adding excitement to the event.

Chief Guest, VIPs

The chief guest at the evening show was actor Vikram, bodybuilder-turned actor M. Kamaraj, Commonwealth gold medalist in weight lifting Satish Sivalingam and Vel’s University Chancellor ‘Aisari’ Ganesh.

55 kg category

  1. Gopalakrishnan of Kanchi was the clear winner in this class. M. Ramamurthy of Tiruvallur, a national champion, finished second. R. Ranjith of Chennai finished third. R. Ganesh Kumar of Coimbatore was fourth and N. Arivazhagan of Salem, fifth.

60 kg category

Haribabu of ICF, national champion, was in great shape and took the top spot. P. Krishna of Chennai finished second, and the ageless wonder, R. Rajendran of Chennai, at 55 years of age, placed third. C. Rajendran of Kanchi finished fourth and R. Rajkumar of Chennai was fifth.

65 kg category

Baskaran of ICF, former South Asian champion, looked incredible and dominated this class. A. Ahmed Sadiq of Vellore was in excellent shape and placed second. M. Arun Gandhi of Tiruppur was third, R. Anand Ramakrishnan of Chennai, fourth and R. Gubendiran of Kanchi, fifth.

70 kg category

Munusamy of Chennai won this category while G. Harikrishnan of Kanchi was back in good form to finish second. K. Jaishankar of Kanchi was third; M. Udayakumar of Tiruvallur, fourth; and G. Vikranth of Dindigul, fifth.

75 kg category

Kothandaraman of ICF, national champion, looked fantastic and won this category. V. Durai of Chennai and R. Aravindh of Kanchi finished second and third respectively. K. Serendran of Kanchi was fourth and S. Madhushankar of Sivaganga, fifth.

80 kg category

Jayaprakash of ICF, 3-time Mr. India, was at his absolute best and dominated this class. M.S. Kandan of Chennai, another national medalist, finished second; A. Baranidharan of Pudukottai, third; S. Anupkumar of Chennai, fourth; and C. Prabhakaran of Salem, fifth.

85 kg category National champion G. Kumar of Chennai won this weight class. S. Madan Subramanian of Kanchi finished second while M. Mahendran of Chennai, third. A. Abdul Malik of Tiruchi finished fourth and S. Keerthivasan of Kanchi won the fifth prize.

90 kg category

Gopi of Krishnagiri was awesomely big and in good condition to win the top prize in this class. Murali Vijayakumar of Chennai was second. C. Ramesh Tiruvallur finished third with a very few points behind the runner-up. K. Senthilkumar of Chennai placed fourth and J. Prasannakumar of Tiruchi, fifth.

90 + kg category

Vimal Anand of Salem was big and in good shape to win first. B. Purnachandran of ICF was second prize while V. Satish of Chennai, third. K. Gopalakrishnan of Chennai finished fourth and B.R. Navin Kumar of Tiruvallur, fifth.

Physically challenged champions

Raja of Chennai, who has won several national titles in the differently abled category, was the unanimous winner. R. Prasad of Cuddalore finished second; R. Mohanraj of Tiruvallur, third; M. Santhoshkumar of Salem, fourth; and M. Thangadurai of Salem, fifth.

Champion of Champions

Jayaprakash won the champion of champions title. It was a tough job for the judges to decide the winner as three of the finalists chosen for the title were all incredible in their own way. Baskaran was extremely hard, dry and thick and pushed Jayaprakash hard for the title. Kothandaraman was too classic and gave a great fight in his own way. However, Jayaprakash’s complete physique combined with muscle maturity made him the hero of the event.

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Senior Mr. Tamil Nadu

The 43rd Senior Mr. Tamil Nadu was held on March 8 at Katpadi, Vellore. A young champion from Chennai, Karthik, turned up in great form and beat Kumar for the overall. Karthik rocked the 80 kg class where he beat M.S. Kandan ; while Kumar dominated the 85 kg category. Gopalakrishnan of Kanchi won the 55 kg class. Harikrishnan of Chennai displayed a beautiful physique to win the 70 kg class. Vimal Anand of Salem improved considerably from his previous performance to win against a great competitor in Senthil Kumar in the 90 kg class. Ramesh of Chennai was bigger and harder and won in the 90 + category.

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Mr. Tamil Nadu

‘Gold’ D. Prakash of Kanchi District Amateur Body Building Association conducted a State championship at AJS Nidhi School in Alandur, Chennai, on March 22.

Amazing Karthik

Amazing Karthik

Kumar once again won his class and beat Karthik to take home the overall championship and won a Tata Nano car. Munusamy was second in the overall fight while an incredibly conditioned Karthik placed third in the overall fight. The triple-treat to muscle fans ended with the association selecting the Tamil Nadu team to represent the State at the 55th Senior Mr. India scheduled for the second week of April in Pune.

– C. Lakshmi Kumar

Mr. India 2015

Posted in Contests on March 20, 2015 by takeupsculpting

8th Senior Men’s National Body Building Championship 2015 was held from February 2 to March 1 at Gandhidham, Kutch, Gujarat . The contest was organized by the Kutch Body Building and Physique Sports Association with the Gujarat State Body Building Association, affiliated to the Indian Body Builders Federation.

The best bodybuilders of the country participated in amazing form, making the contest one of the most spectacular events organised in the recent times.

The first prize winner in each category won Rs. 50,000; the second prize winner, Rs. 40,000; the third prize winner, Rs. 30,000;  the fourth and fifth prize winners Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 10,000 respectively.

Champion of champions

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Sangram Chougule of Maharashtra won the Overall Champion title and took home a cash prize of Rs 4 lakh.  Murali Kumar of the Indian Navy was the runner-up as the overall champion and won a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh.

Vipin Peter of the Navy was the second runner-up in the overall fight and won a sum of Rs. 1 lakh.

The best poser award went to Sarbo Singh of the Railways, with a cash prize of Rs. 50,000.

The most improved body builder award went to Sunit Jadhav of Maharashtra.

3 champs

Maharashtra won the team championship trophy.

The organizers had put on a fantastic show which is highly commendable. Special word of praise to Chetan Pathare, Baba Madhok, Talwarkar, Premchand, Basheer, Pauly and all the officials who were behind the success of this mega event.

(Photographs courtesy: Facebook, friends)

Here is how the champions finished in each weight class.

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55 KG CATEGORY

NITIN MHATRE MAHARASHTRA

2 RAHUL SALUNKE INDIAN RAILWAY

3 C V ARUN DAS INDIAN NAVY

5 J.J. CHAKRBORTHY INDIAN RAILWAY

4 SUNIL SAKPAL MAHARASHTRA

 60 KG CATEGORY

1 SWAPNIL NARWADKAR MAHARASHTRA

2 K HARIBABU ICF

3 BALAL KHAN ODISHA

4 SANJAYA KUMAR SAHU ODISHA

5 PAWAN MANHOTRA PUNJAB

65 KG CATEGORY

1 S BHASKARAN ICF

2 RIYAS T.K. KERALA

3 SANJAY SHRIWAS VIDARBHA 90

4 ARNOLD FUDGE WEST BENGAL 85

5 FAIYAZ SHAIKH GOA

70 KG CLASS

1 V. JAYAPRAKASH ICF

2 RAJU KHAN DELHI

3 RAJKISHOR NAYAK

4 SRINIVAS WASKE

5 M KOTHANDARAMAN ICF

 75 KG CATEGORY

1 B.MAHESWARAN MAHARASHTRA

2 N SARBO SINGH INDIAN RAILWAY

3 SALIM ANSASRI MAHARASHTRA

4 APPALA SWAMI INDIAN NAVY

5 VINIT SHARMA PUNJAB

80 KG CATEGORY

1 A. BOBBY SINGH INDIAN RAILWAY

2 E KARTHIK TAMIL NADU

3 S SATEESH KUMAR TAMIL NADU

4 M ROBI MEITEI ASSAM

5 SACHIN DONGRE MAHARASHTRA

 85 KG CATEGORY

1 VIPIN PETER INDIAN NAVY

2 SUNIT JADHAV MAHARASHTRA

3 RAHUL BHIST INDIAN RAILWAY

4 JAGAT KUMAR DELHI

5 SAGAR MALI MAHARASHTRA

 90 KG CATEGORY

1 SANGRAM CHOUGULE MAHARASHTRA

2 JAGDISH LAD MAHARASHTRA

3 VIJAY BAHADUR INDIAN RAILWAY

4 SATYAJIT PRATIHARI ODISHA

5 MOHD ASHRAF UTTAR PRADESH

100 KG CLASS

1 R MURALI KUMAR INDIAN NAVY

2 MAHENDRA CHAVAN GOA

3 RAM NIVAS INDIAN RAILWAY

4 VIKRAM HARYANA

5 AKSHAY CHOPRA GUJRAT

 100 + CATEGORY

1 HARI PRASAD INDIAN NAVY

2 DEEPAK TRIPATHI MAHARASHTRA

3 JAAVED ALI KHAN INDIAN RAILWAY

4 D P CHANDRAN INDIAN NAVY

5 AKSHAY MOGARKAR GOA

World Bodybuilding Championship 2014

Posted in Contests on December 11, 2014 by takeupsculpting

 

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It’s a matter of pride that Indian champions continue to take the sport of body building to new heights. This year (2014) offered us plenty of happiness and some disappointments too.

Waiting for triumph

The incredible Suhas Khamkar participated in IFBB world championship held in Brazil in November.

Khamkar was bigger than before and in great condition. However, he was out of top 5 (a decision which came as a blow to many persons, including me). But, being the incredible champion he is, I’m sure Suhas Khamkar will bounce back big and win the top prize soon. Dinesh Kamble placed third in his weight category.

Karan Singh made our country proud by finishing runner-up in Amateur Mr. Olympia.

WBPF World Championship

The first week of December 2014 was great with several Indian champions winning medals in the WBPF sixth World Bodybuilding Championship held in Mumbai.

Hats off to all these iron warriors who rocked the world. Our wishes to all the great champions of our country who have rocked the stage.

55 kg

Nitin Mhatre – 2

Arundas – 4

Amit Mehta – 5

60 kg

Swapnil Narwadkar- 3

Indranil Maity – 3

65 kg

Shiv Kumar – 2

Raju Khan – 3

70 kg

Maheshwaran -1

Anil Gochhikar – 3

Neeraj Kumar – 4

75 kg

Bobby Singh -3

Yatinder Singh – 4

Moirangthem Robi Meiti – 5

80 kg

Vipin Peter – 2

Sunit Jadhav – 3

85 kg

Sangram Chougule – 1

Rahul Bisht- 4

90 kg

Jagdish Lad – 2

Ram Niwas – 3

Sagar Pramod Mali – 4

100 kg

Vikram – 5

100 + kg

Hari Prasad – 2

— C. Lakshmi Kumar (Pics courtesy Facebook)

Mr. India 2014

Posted in Contests on May 27, 2014 by takeupsculpting
Mahendra Pagade of Maharashtra won the overall ‘Champion of Champions’ title.

Mahendra Pagade of Maharashtra won the overall ‘Champion of Champions’ title.

The 54th Senior National and 9th women’s fitness championship was conducted at Aurangabad, Maharashtra, on May 21, 222 and 23, 2014. It was held under the aegis of the Indian Body Building and Fitness Federation affiliated to the Interenational Federation of Body Building and Fitness.

Mahendra Pagade of Maharashtra won the overall ‘Champion of Champions’ title. Manoj Kumar representing Gorkhaland won the best poser award. Prahlad of Delhi won the ‘Most improved body builder’ award.

Vinay Kumar  who won the 100+ category

Vinay Kumar who won the 100+ category

The Team Championship trophy went to Delhi and runner-up trophy went to Maharashtra.

Kamalika Mukherjee of West Bengal won the Miss India Champion of Champions trophy.

I take pride in saying that champions from my State such as M. Ramamurthy,  M. Kandhan, N. Shankar and P. Parsuraman won high places. Here is the list of champions who placed in the Top 5.

55Kg

1 Manoj Kumar Gorkhaland

2 S.Sonu Delhi

3 M.Ramanurthy Tamilnadu

4 Vijay Shinde Maharashtra

5 Suraj Moon Pariya Punjab

60 Kg

1 Sumit Kumar Delhi

2 Raj Kanojia Delhi

3 Mohd.Irshad Utter Pradesh

4 Ganesh Karnataka

5 Kailash Telange Maharashtra

65Kg

1 Avin Haryana

2 Krishan Kumar Utter Pradesh

3 Ravi Kumar Punjab

4 Ranjit Shinde Maharashtra

5 Sandeep Jammu Kashmir

70 Kg

1 Deepak Delhi

2 Hira Lal Punjab

3 Ganesh Dusariya Maharashtra

4 Sandeep Mohd. Delhi

5 Vijay More Maharashtra

75 Kg

1 Shivshankar Karnataka

2 Amit Gupta Delhi

3 M. Kandhan Tamil Nadu

4 Ajinkya Redekar Maharashtra

5 Raju Bhadale Maharashtra

80 Kg

1 Pralhad Delhi

2 Imtiyaz Shaikh Maharashtra

3 Pushpinder Jammu Kashmir

4 Nilkanth Patil Maharashtra

5 Vitendar Maharashtra

85 Kg

1 Aneesh Raj.s Kerla

2 Harpreet Singh Punjab

3 Varun juneja Delhi

4 Praveen Tomar Utter Pradesh

5 Ajay Dedha Delhi

90 Kg

1 Kiran N. Dabhi Gujrat

2 Devendra Bhoir Maharashtra

3 N. Shankar Tamil Nadu

4 Pawan Kumar Maharashtra

5 P. Parsuraman Tamil Nadu

100 Kg

1 Mahendra Pagade Maharashtra

2 Sachin Galande Maharashtra

3 Anuj Kumar Karnataka

4 Punit Sandhu Punjab

5 Praveen Kumar Haryana

Above 100 Kg

1 Vinay Delhi

2 Ashutosh Pandey Haryana

3 Rajanikant Parmar Gujrat

4 Ganesh Shendge Maharashtra

5 Siddharth Choudhari Gujrat

Women’s championship

163cm

1 Diprina Bhatacharyya West Bengal

2 Sumidas West Bengal

3 Savitry Utter Pradesh

4 Durga Jadhav Maharashtra

5 Rakhi Podder West Bengal

Above 163cm

1 Kamalika Mukherjee West Bengal

2 Mouna Karmakar West Bengal

3 Surva Munda West Bengal

4 Poonam Sutar Maharashtra

5 Sudipa Patra West Bengal

–          C. Lakshmi Kumar

(Pics courtesy Facebook and friends)

Mr. India 2014

Posted in Contests on March 27, 2014 by takeupsculpting

Murli Kumar of the Indian Navy won the overall ‘Champion of Champions’ title at the Mr. India 2014 conducted at Balewadi, Pune in Maharashtra.

'Champion of Champions' - the incredible Murli Kumar of Indian Navy

‘Champion of Champions’ – the incredible Murli Kumar of Indian Navy

The competition was conducted under the aegis of Indian Body Builders’ Federation.

As an ardent fan of bodybuilding, I congratulate all the participants and convey my regards and respects to every single official and organizer who made this event a grand success.

Hari Babu was in tremendous shape

Hari Babu was in tremendous shape

The most improved bodybuilder award went to Maharashtra’s Sawpnil Narwadkar.

Indian Railways bagged the Team Championship award.

Here is how the top 5 competitors finished in each weight class.

55kg

JJ Chakraborty ( RAILWAYS )

Arundas  CV ( INDIAN NAVY )

Sunil Sakpal ( MAHARASHTRA )

Vinod Metri ( KARNATAKA )

Vipan Kumar ( PUNJAB )

 

The most improved bodybuilder award went to Maharashtra’s Sawpnil Narwadkar (middle)

The most improved bodybuilder award went to Maharashtra’s Sawpnil Narwadkar (middle)

60kg

Swapnil Narwadkar ( MAHARASHTRA )

K. Hari Babu ( RAILWAYS )

Anoop Raju ( RAILWAYS )

Indranil Meiti ( WEST BENGAL )

Vikram Giri ( UTTARAKHAND )

 

65kg

S Jeyakumar ( TAMILNADU )

M B Satish Kumar ( RAILWAYS )

Jeelani ( KARNATAKA )

T Rama Krishna ( ANDRA PRADESH )

Faiyaz Shaik ( MAHARASHTRA )

 

70kg

T Srinivas Rao ( INDIAN NAVY )

Riyas T K ( KERALA )

Anas Husain ( RAILWAYS )

Raju Khan ( DELHI )

Sachin Khambe ( MAHARASHTRA )

 

75kg

N Sarbo Singh ( RAILWAYS )

Sagar Katurde ( MAHARASHTRA )

Robinson PR ( INDIAN NAVY )

Jagdeep Singh ( DELHI )

Sachin Patil ( MAHARASHTRA )

 

The 70-kg class

The 70-kg class

80kg

B Maheshwaran  ( MAHARASHTRA )

Sunit Jadhav ( MAHARASHTRA )

Kamlesh Naik ( INDIAN NAVY )

E Karthik ( RAILWAYS )

Krishna Murthy ( KARNATAKA )

 

85kg

Rahul Bist ( RAILWAYS )

Sagar Mali ( MAHARASHTRA )

Shrikant Singh ( UTTAR PRADESH )

Uttam Kumar Pasi ( INDIAN NAVY )

Sanjoy Saha ( WEST BENGAL )

 

90kg

Ram Niwas ( RAILWAYS )

Rensu Chandran ( MAHARASHTRA )

Aneesh O ( INDIAN NAVY )

Divijay Singh ( UTTAR PRADESH )

B Ravi Kumar ( TELANGANA )

 

95kg

Murli Kumar ( INDIAN NAVY )

Kiran Patil ( RAILWAYS )

Akshay Mogarkar ( MAHARASHTRA )

Ganesh Urankar ( MAHARASHTRA )

Mahendra Chavan ( MAHARASHTRA )

 

100kg & ABOVE

Hari Prasad  SP ( INDIAN NAVY )

Javed Ali Khan ( RAILWAYS )

SH Shyam Sharma ( RAILWAYS )

Premachandran D ( INDIAN NAVY )

Yogesh Yadav ( UTTAR PRADESH )

– C. Lakshmi Kumar

Pics Courtesy: Facebook

India Classic 2014

Posted in Contests on March 18, 2014 by takeupsculpting

Haryana Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association conducted India Classic 2014 national bodybuilding championship on March 15 and 16. The contest was held under the aegis of Indian Body Building and Fitness Federation affiliated to Ben Weider-founded IFBB. Hira Lal of Punjab beat an awesome line-up of champions and took away the top prize. I take pride in saying that my good friend Munusamy from Tamil Nadu placed eighth and I wish him all luck in his future contests.

Here is the list of top 15 champions.

1. Hira Lal
2. Borun Yumnum
3. Jagat
4. Amit Chetri
5. Prahlad Singh
6. Ravinder Malik
7. Tanveer Akram
8. R. Munusamy
9. Ravi Kumar
10. Avin Shrestha
11. Deepak
12. Puneet Sandhu
13. Shekher
14. Vinay Kumar
15. Manjeet Singh

Hira Lal wins silver at Arnold Amateur

Our Indian champions also made our country proud by participating in the Arnold Classic Amateur in early March at Columbus, Ohio. Hira Lal won silver in 70 kg category and repeated his earlier performance. We wish all our champions the very best of luck to win gold in the future contests and do well as Pro Bodybuilders. – C. Lakshmi Kumar – PICS courtesy: Facebook

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Mr. Classic 2014 Inter-districts bodybuilding Championship

Posted in Contests on March 9, 2014 by takeupsculpting

I take pride in writing about our good friend Dayaalan of Classic Fitness who has been organising bodybuilding competitions every year for over 12 years now in connection with the anniversary of his gym. Dayaalan conducted a contest between the districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kanchi on the occasion of his gym anniversary for the 13th time on March 2, 2014. The contest had two separate categories for Masters champions too – the 40 years class and over 50 years class. As many as 24 competitors participated in the 40 years division and about 10 in the 50 years division. 

A.J. Nijam

A.J. Nijam

As regards the regular weight classes, there was a talk among competitors that the show might not be that impressive and not many would be in top form. However, it was stunning to see that there were over 180 competitors and more than 80 per cent of them were ripped and ready to rock! The surprising part was that many of these impressive competitors were new and not those I was used to seeing regularly. There were some regulars in the line-up in several classes and most of them finished in Top 3.

Here is a brief note on some of those champions who looked very impressive.

Complete and classic physique

Ramamurthy of Chennai, who has already won State championship and represented Tamil Nadu in National events, entered the 55 kg category. Though he was looking complete, pleasing and had round and full muscles, Ramamurthy needed another 4 weeks to get to his best form. A couple of other champions who were ripped and drier looked as if they would give him a close fight for the first place. However, Ramamurthy’s structure, fullness and beautiful shape helped him win.

Ranjith representing Chennai was the star of the 60 kg class. He placed second in Mr. Chennai held on January 26, but was much improved at this contest. His muscularity, conditioning and natural skin colour made him look like he was cut out of rock. He was the clear winner from the word ‘Go.’

Praise-worthy effort

  One of the most classic physiques of the State belongs to my good friend Sriram of Kanchi, who competed in this category. At his 100 per cent best, there are only a few national players in our State who can beat Sriram. At this particular event, Sriram had not yet fully dialed in. Even as we chatted behind the stage, I gave him my assessment of his performance and he explained all constraints under which he got ready for this contest. As a contest-prep coach and still a competitor myself, I couldn’t help appreciating Sriram for what he had done under so much pressure. It was really an amazing job, and he placed fourth.

Stunning comeback

I was pleasantly surprised to see former Mr. Tamil Nadu A.J. Nijam take the stage in the 65-kg category and win gold, after a break of few years. He was so stunning that I couldn’t believe it was the same champion who won the State title four years ago. Nijam is now serious stuff and can make a mark in Mr. South India and Nationals. 

 Star of the show

Champion of Champions Munusamy

Champion of Champions Munusamy

My friend Munusamy dominated the 70 kg class and the entire contest. The moment competitors of this class were assembled on the stage, Muni was the cynosure of all eyes. Often criticised for winning contests even at his 90 per cent form, Muni perhaps had decided to silence everybody. I could see that he was much more ripped, harder and drier than what he looked while winning overall in Mr. Tamil Nadu held a couple of months ago in Pallikaranai, Chennai. Muni was also full and his skin was extremely thin, making his muscles look like they were about to tear open the skin and burst out.

The favourite

Kandan (left) and Gopi (centre)

Kandan (left) and Gopi (right)

 

Gopi, representing Chennai, flexed his mighty muscles in 75 kg category. After a stunning overall victory at the Mr. Chennai on Januray 26, he was considered a favourite to take home the overall title at this event too. However, Gopi was not in that jaw-dropping condition we had seen earlier. I guess  he had taken a conscious decision of trying not to push himself too hard for this contest but give his best for the All India Inter-University Best Physique Contest scheduled to be held in Coimbatore on March 6 and 7. Kandan, who is a rugged and strong competitor, stood next to Gopi and challenged his claim to the title. To quote Kandan’s own words, he got ready at short notice, and hence, was not in the best shape. In my book, Kandan was almost near his best form, and it was a job well done. He finished second behind Gopi.

New faces

In the 80 kg class, I saw some competitors from Kanchi whom I had never seen before. Shankar, who won the title, was riped, dry, hard and strongly built. His legs were well-separated and vascular. Only a few points separated him and the challenger. Manimaran was a tough opponent to Shankar, but fell a tad short in the conditioning department.

Ripped and vascular - Shankar

Ripped and vascular – Shankar

The rest of the top five were equally big, full and ripped. The points between many of them were only a few, and that too in the conditioning or muscularity departments.

Mahendran Gopi who won in the 85+ category was as impressive as he was in the city contest held in January. He beat a veteran champion like Balaguru and won this class.

Masters champions

Kanniappan, who has won Mr. Tamil Nadu and medal in Masters Mr. India, won the title in 40+ age division. Rajendran, who won Masters Mr. Chennai on January 26, finished a close second behind him.

Babu Rajendran, a man who defies age, was first in the 50+ age division. His commitment to staying fit, healthy and in good shape for a lifetime deserves lot of respect. The stories he tells on the earlier days of bodybuilding in Tamil Nadu will be of great interest to many.

Overall champion

What is war without blood and contest without controversy, huh?

The class winners were brought to the stage amid thunderous applause. The crowd went crazy as the musclemen flexed bringing every muscle group to life. Even as the judges narrowed down to three competitors for the final decision,  the excitement among audience grew. The competitors flexed harder and harder bringing out every single vein on their body stand out like garden hose. The judges’ vote went to Munusamy and I personally felt it was a right decision. Muni was harder, drier, fuller and almost in his all-time best shape.

Dayaalan’s contests generally offer plenty of prizes to participants and as expected all competitors at this event were showered with gifts such as LCD TV sets, ironboxes, sweets, T-shirts, supplement boxes and many others. Dayaalan has earned a place for himself in the history of Tamil Nadu bodybuilding by organising competitions ever year for so many years straight and encouraging bodybuilders. His effort at promoting the sport of bodybuilding should be respected by every single person who dons the tanning cream in our State.

–          C. Lakshmi Kumar

 

 

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