Dec 08, 2015 Sports
By Franklin Wilson
On an entertaining and memorable evening at the National Cultural Centre, Sunday last, Suriname’s Wendel Sedro, winner of the Over 176lbs category was crowned Mr. Flex Night – Overall following a five-way tussle with local musclemen who were competitive but could not make the final cut as decided by the seven-member judging panel.
Barring minor decisions that did not go to the liking of the fair sized and appreciative audience, it was another quality show that saw the local athletes having to pull out all the stops to keep the well toned and competitive Surinamese contingent at bay.
Sedro, sporting a tattooed body was definitely a class above the local competitors as he flexed his way to the overall title, dethroning 2014 champion Godfrey Stoby, easy winner of the Under 176lbs title in a 2-way clash.
Sedro, in making the final, toppled fellow countrymen Melvin Tolud and Anthony Nekrui in a clean sweep of the top three positions in the Over 176lbs big boys showdown; either of the three could have been declared winner. The judges requested two sets of comparisons in order to satisfy them before their final decision was arrived at.
USA based Guyanese Timeon Peters had to settle for the 4th place in this class despite presenting a balanced and competitive body. On another night, minus the Surinamese, Peters, Rhon Loncke who placed 5th and company would have feared a whole lot better but they were not up to the level of the visitors.
Third overall was the indefatigable Marlon ‘Bolo’ Bennett who was a notch above his competition in the Under 154lbs division; no comparisons were requested by the judges to decide.
Fourth place overall went to another seasoned campaigner, Alfred Jordan who had earlier won the Under 165lbs battle that involved Guyana’s most successful competitor at the CAC level, Sylvan Gardner who had to settle for 2nd place.
The up and coming Zallim Bacchus of Berbice was 5th overall having qualified as a result of his first place in the Under 143lbs category staving off a close battle with fellow Berbician Chaitram Nagessar.
Returning to retain the Men’s Physique crown was Surinamese Deas Burgzorg who again relegated Emmerson Campbell to the runner-up position in the 10-man contest.
On the distaff side, Alisha Fortune who continues to defy the odds not only won the Ms. Flex Night – Best Legs (Overall) but created history as her daughter, Andrea Foster, also an athlete like her mom, became the first mother/daughter to compete on the Flex Night stage and probably any bodybuilding stage in Guyana.
Foster placed 9th of the 12 ladies in the best legs competition. Galimo Militia of Suriname who placed 2nd to Fortune in the best legs competition, and who many felt could have been the winner, turned the tables on Fortune in the Ms. Bikini (Overall) contest to take the top spot. Fortune could only manage 5th this time around as another crowd favourite, Kavita Ganpat placed 2nd to Militia.
Fortune, Militia and Burgzorg were all recipients of $100,000 for their efforts, while Mr. Flex Night was rewarded with $200,000; Stoby, ($150,000); Bennett ($100,000), Jordan ($50,000) and Bacchus, $25,000.
Following are the full results:
Men’s Physique – Daes Burgzorg, Emmerson Campbell, Yannick Grimes, Caerus Cipriani, Paul Meusa, Troy Major, Oswin Savory, Uree Varswyk, John Caesar, Troy Kattow.
Best Legs (Overall) – Alisha Fortune, Galimo Militia (Suriname), Suelle Shepherd (Suriname), Kavita Ganpat, Fiano Spencer, Joelle Issa (Suriname), Nadina Taharally, Junica Pluck, Andrea Foster, Denzlyn Clarke, Shirly Parta (Suriname), Shivene De Mendonca.
Under 143lbs – Zallim Bacchus, Chaitram Nagessar, Rashleigh Bentick, Faraad Mohamed, Anil Persaud, Bertrand Fitzpatrick, Mohamed Aslan Madina.
Under 154lbs – Marlon Bennett, Clifton Graham, Leonard Daphness, Raymond Rabindranauth, Linden Williams.
Under 165lbs – Alfred Jordan, Sylvan Gardner, Jermaine Bacchus, Robert Doe, Mahendra Singh, Timothy Fraser.
Ms. Bikini – Galimo Militia (Suriname), Kavita Ganpat, Joelle Issa (Suriname), Suelle Shepherd (Suriname), Alisha Fortune, Fiano Spencer, Junica Pluck, Denzlyn Clarke, Tekesia Taylor, Kenita Wilkinson, Shivene De Mendonca, Mahala Goodluck.
Under 176lbs – Godfrey Stoby, Pernell Christie.
Over 176lbs – Wendel Sedro (Suriname), Melvin Tolud (Suriname), Anthony Nekrui (Suriname), Timeon Peters (USA based), Rhon Lonke, Alex Hamilton, Christopher Miller.
Overall – Wendel Sedro (Suriname), Godfrey Stoby, Marlon Bennett, Alfred Jordan, Zallim Bacchus.
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