Jul 22, 2013 Sports
By Franklin Wilson
Even two blackouts by GPL didn’t deter bodybuilding fans and lovers from enjoying an evening of fierce competition that ended early on Sunday morning with Kerwin Clarke of Buddy’s Gym being crowned the new Mr. Guyana by president of the Guyana Amateur Body Building and Fitness Federation (GABBFF), Keavon Bess.
It brought to an end the GABBFF’s 2013 seniors competition which was held under the theme. ‘Bodies of Steel’.
The turnout of athletes and the high level of competitiveness witnessed signals that the sport is on the competitive rise again.
Clarke, who was exposed to several weeks of expert training in the USA by Internationally renowned Guyanese Hugh Ross, had earlier won the Light Heavyweight category. Looking well chiseled and balanced, Clarke had to pull out all the stops to fight off a gallant battle from Devon Davis of the Guyana Defence Force Gym and 2012 Mr. Guyana who topped the Bantamweight class, earlier.
The battle for the Mr. Guyana title also featured the following category winners, Alston Lancaster of Windero Gym of Berbice – the Lightweight champ, fellow gym mates Abdul Shaheer (Junior Under-21) and Dwayne Mars (Heavyweight), Godfrey Stoby (Welterweight) of Tower Gym and Kevin Bobb-Semple (Flyweight) of Total Fitness Gym.
The supporters of the various athletes did not let up in terms of vociferous support despite spending way longer than they had bargained for. The Judges had their work cut out given the fine work put in by the athletes to bring their bodies up to a very competitive standard.
Many were the comparisons on the night in four of the categories including the final pose down. Clarke wasn’t required for the comparison in the finals as requested by the judges and that in itself give some indication that he was in line for the title.
Davis, Dwayne Mars and Alston Lancaster were the three athletes required for the comparison and the former Mr. Guyana and CAC gold medalist got the nod for the runner up position.
Reigning Ms. Guyana, the multi talented Alisha Fortune of the Guyana Defence Force Gym, again proved her superiority on the distaff side by easily taking the Miss Body Fitness title from Winero’s Candace Lynch.
The largest and most competitive category on the night was among the Heavyweight’s, the clash of the big boys.
Nine (9) of Guyana’s best, lined up before the judges and audience as they sought to gain the nod as the best in this category. It wasn’t easily sailing as the judges had to seek three sets of comparisons before arriving at the top four.
Winner Dwayne Mars, 2nd placed Owen Jordan of Fitness Paradise and one of the favorites to win, Interline Fitness’ Andel Cameron who copped 3rd and veteran Lindie Sharpe of Universal Barbell Club of Linden who took the 4th place, were first up for comparisons.
Rhon Loncke of Buddy’s Gym, Cameron, Sharpe and Windero’s Alex Hamilton were next while the final four were Loncke, Xtreme Fitness’ Quincy Stoby, Total Fitness’ Michael Dos Santos and Abdul Shaheer of Windero Gym.
Shaheer had earlier won the Junior Under-21 class from three other juniors. Stoby easily won the Welterweight category from Buddy’s Ronair Caesar.
The Lightweight division also saw the judges requesting a comparison among the winner, Alston Lancaster, Marlon Bennette (Xtreme Fitness) who took 2nd and the 3rd placed Rawle Cole of Buddy’s Gym.
Kevin Bobb-Semple, who had placed second to Shaheer in the Junior Under-21s, returned to win the top spot in the Lightweight class, while 55-year-old Linde Sharpe was way too sharp for his rivals in the Masters Over-40 showdown which featured the oldest competitor on the night, 64-year-old Noel Cummings of Buddy’s Gym.
All the first place winners were presented with supplement hampers compliments of Fitness Express.
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