Reigning Mr ZRP heavy weight body builder, Simbarashe Nyamukondiwa of Depot Province has competed for the first time at Mr Zimbabwe Bodybuilding Heavyweight Championships.

Nyamukondiwa who took part in the Senior Men Bodybuilding Heavy Weight Category, came fifth out of 10, in a competition dominated by foreign based athletes.

It was no mean achievement for the 26-year-old athlete who said his participation has encouraged and motivated him to aim for gold.

The competition held under the auspices of the National Federation of Zimbabwe Body Building and Fitness (NFZBBF) at 7Arts Theatre in Harare attracted the crème de la crème in the sport.

The body builder, however, decried lack of sponsorship which has seen him training with insufficient equipment.

“I was competing with foreign based athletes who have sponsors contrary to my situation where I am sponsoring myself. At the same time, I am using a gym that has old equipment,” he said.

Nyamukondiwa said the competition was tense to the extent that some of the seasoned local based body builders ended up withdrawing from the competition as they were intimidated by the presence of foreign athletes.

“Most of my peers developed cold feet at the eleventh hour after realizing that they were veteran international athletes. As a result, only 10 participants contested for the coveted prize and I was the only local based athlete,” he said.

Champion Mbewe, the Botswana based body builder was the ultimate winner, landing the Mr Zimbabwe title. Paul Goredema came second, while Thembikosi Lunga came third.

Speaking to The Outpost, Nyamukondiwa’s trainer, Alec Jaure, who is also a national Body Building and Fitness Judge and Chairperson of Harare Body Building Association commended the athlete, saying he was a humble student who is willing to learn.

“Nyamukondiwa is taking body building to greater heights and with his potential he is set to be a national champion in the near future,” he said.

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