Takundwa remembered at Iron Man

HARARE - The late Zimbabwe bodybuilding legend, George Takundwa, was remembered during the Mr and Ms Iron Man contest held in Kadoma last Saturday.

The auditorium at the Odyssey Centre rose to their feet to observe a minute of silence just before the contest in honour of a man who dedicated his entire life towards the development of the sport.

Takundwa passed away in January this year at the age of 58 after suffering a stroke.

At the time of his death he was the president of the Weightlifting Association after it was separated from bodybuilding in 2008.

Takundwa, who took up the sport in 1972, was crowned Mr Iron Man on seven consecutive occasions during his hey days and also claimed the Mr Rhodesia title once.

He also won the Mr Zimbabwe competition five times and represented the country at the Mr Universe contests in South Africa in 1980.

Takundwa also represented Zimbabwe at the World Championships held in Egypt in 1982.

Meanwhile, Vincent Kandiero successfully defended his Mr Iron Man title for the second time in succession in Kadoma.

The Pro Fitness athlete had declared that the contest would be only a stroll in the park but was given a run for his money by the Botswana-based Zimbabwean Champion Mbewe, who finished in second place.

“It was a bit tough, Champion tried to bring a different dimension to the contest but I was well prepared for any challenge,” Kandiero told the Daily News yesterday.

“Just before the winners were announced, Champion admitted on stage that I had beaten him, such sportsmanship rarely exists in Zimbabwe.

“Sugar (Isaac Chimuchenga) was lacking width and his cut wasn’t the same size he has exhibited over the past years.

“Eddie Marondera paraded a good body but I believe he doesn’t have somebody helping him with his training.”

Kandiero, who is the current holder of Muscle Mania Zimbabwe title, will take a short break before focusing on the 2013 Muscle Mania contest.

For defending his title in Kadoma, Kandiero walked away with a 32 inch LG plasma screen, food supplements, $350 in prize money and as floating trophy.

In the women’s category there apathy as only two athletes took part in the competition.

Regina Jonga won the Ms Iron Man title while Maureen Magudu had to settle for second place.

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