Champion sets sights on IFBB


HARARE – Newly crowned Mr Zimbabwe, Champion Chienderamwano, now wants to try his luck at the international IFBB contest after winning the country’s premier bodybuilding contest at the weekend.

The Botswana-based bodybuilder won his heavyweight division while Walter Karimanzira, defending champion Tarirai Chirume and Darren Gabbler finished in second, third and fourth place respectively at the event held at the Chi at the Harare International School on Saturday.

The Ms Zimbabwe title went to Lulu “The Iron lady” Moura, who beat Regina Jonga.

It was Chienderamwano’s second high profile crown in three months after he had already landed the Musclemania Zimbabwe title in August.

“I really appreciate people who put me where I am today. I have come a long way and winning Mr Zimbabwe is because of the support and advice.

“I’m proud that I am now among some of the country’s big names in bodybuilding. God is great. I have achieved the greatest thing in my life by becoming Mr Zimbabwe and now looking forward to compete at IFBB stage, I would like to thank my sponsors Nutritech.”

The 27-year-old was in a bullish mood ahead of the contest boasting of a well-defined frame heading into the main show.

“It’s in my hands, one step left to Mr Zimbabwe title; I’m looking big and ripped to the bone, don’t talk about my vascularity- it’s all over,” Chienderamwano posted on his Facebook page before the show.

Chienderamwano, who recently signed an endorsement deal worth R5 000 per month with South African company Nutritech, became the 15th Mr Zimbabwe in the history of the contest following his victory on Saturday.

National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) president, Otis Goredema, the organisers of the contest, said they were happy with Chienderamwano’s achievement.

“We are very proud of Champion “Mbewe” as our Mr. Zimbabwe. We are happy that he had a supplement sponsor but would like to emphasize that a good physique can be achieved simply with a good diet and training program,” said Goredema.

“Most of the athletes were not on any supplements but were eating regular clean foods which are all locally available.

“Supplements are useful but can be replaced easily with equivalent foods.”

Quiet Shangai, a local bodybuilding analysts and statistician, said Chienderamwano deserved the Mr Zimbabwe title.

“Champion Mbewe outclassed everyone. He collected 50 points which is a maximum while Walter Karimanzira had 43 and Tari 42 which shows that the competition in this category was between Tarirai and Walter,” said Shangai.

“I do not want to say Walter beat Tari but I will rather say that Tari lost to Walter because it was Walter in his best physique versus Tari in one of his not so good package.

“This category is the one that shocked all the bookmakers because the belief was that Champion and Tari were going to make life very difficult for the judges.”

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