Marondera wins Marondera Classics

MARONDERA - The aptly named Eddie Marondera is over the moon after clinching his first bodybuilding title when he won the Marondera Classics held at Barnies on Saturday night.

Marondera, who trains at the Raylton Body Forum Gym, beat a host of experienced athletes drawn from all over the country to win the inaugural tournament.

“I’m very excited to have won the title considering it’s the first time to be held in Marondera. It was a very good contest and I believe I did my level best, given that I was competing with best from various corners of the country,” Marondera told the Daily News.

“The judge’s decision was 100 percent fair because some of my competitors have big bodies but their bodies were not 100 percent in shape, that’s why I commend the fairness of judges’ decision.

“I have put so many things aside to commit myself to do this and I’m happy to see the results that if you work hard you gain hard and its actually amazing that I did something that I’m proud of.”

Marondera, who has an endorsement deal with National Eye Security, urged all local bodybuilders not to take part in the sport only for bragging rights but they must take it serious as it contributes meaningfully to a healthy lifestyle.

“Bodybuilding is good for everyone not just for competitions but for making your life healthy and flexible,” said the 28-year-old.

Marondera Classic organiser Felix Verenga was pleased that the newly established competition on the national calendar was able to attract various top bodybuilders.

“Marondera Classics is a new event and I’m happy to say the turnout was good because we managed to attract top bodybuilders such as the reigning Junior Mr Zimbabwe Reginald Pasara, Junior Mr Harare Donald Maphosa, current Mr Novice Blessing Nyapimbi and Leeroy Antonio, who competed for the first time,” he said.

“We want bodybuilding in Zimbabwe to grow hence there is need for us to spread it in various corners of the country.

“Bodybuilding has become popular only in Harare and we want to change that scenario by introducing it in various cities so as to boost the sport.

“We also ask for the corporate community to support the sport through sponsoring it.

“Funding remains an issue but we hope to build on the new relationships we established this year and we expect 2015 to have bigger and better shows and athletes.”

In the Junior category, Paul Matimba emerged the victor while Antonio scooped the Mr. Fitness Physique title.

Diana Machakaire won the first place in the Ms Figure category as she went uncontested.

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