Big men do cry

HARARE - Champion “Mbewe” Chienderamwano was overwhelmed with emotions after successfully defending his Mr Zimbabwe title on Saturday night.

The Botswana-based bodybuilder dropped to the ground on his knees, hysterically punching the air while tears streamed down his cheeks after the result was announced.

TEARS OF JOY: Champion "Mbewe" Chienderamwano, centre, is overwhelmed by emotions after winning defending the Mr Zimbabwe title on Saturday night at Harare International School. Picture: Clay Jospeh

Was this sheer joy or disbelief? The 28-year-old bodybuilder explained he had just been vindicated of allegations of buying judges to aid his success on the podium.

“Those were tears of the hard work that I put in to be where I am today,” Chienderamwano told the Daily News.

“There had been a lot of pub-talk where other bodybuilders probably jealous of my achievements who had insinuated that I had been bribing judges.

“If you looked at the panel of judges that we had at this contest, we had some who had travelled all the way from South Africa to judge on the day which I think puts to end all the baseless allegations levelled against me.”

Chienderamwano triumphed in his heavyweight category to book a place in the final four-man overall line-up.

He beat Partson Chatedzuka into second place in the heavyweights, Upenyu Mahlaulo finished in third place, while Paul Goredema and Thompson Mpala occupied fourth and fifth place respectively.

The overall Mr Zimbabwe line-up comprised of respective category winners; Vincent Kandiyero (light heavyweight), Blessing Samaringa (middleweight), Lovemore Munyanyiwa (lightweight) and the eventually champion, Chienderamwano winner of the heavyweight.

The victory put Chienderamwano joint on two titles with yesteryear great Vaughn Carl, who won Mr Zim consecutively in 1997 and 1998 but still has work to do if he is to match the heroics of three-time champion Bible Mhizha.

The United States based Mhizha won the title in 1985, 1986 and 1988.

The late George Takundwa and Givemore Marume won the title on four occasions while Innocent Choga remains the country’s finest bodybuilder with six Mr Zimbabwe crowns.

“I’m concerned about setting my own record without necessarily looking at what those who came before achieved. I’m still 28 and believe I have got a bright future ahead,” added Chienderamwano.

Meanwhile, Hellen Costa also complimented a double when she successfully defended her ladies fitness figure title for the second year in succession.

She remained bullish that next year, she would be around to defend her title again.

“I have been working on my weak points as well my strengths too,” said Costa.

“I am going to defend my title again next year and with the amount of competition I faced this year; I am going to work extremely hard to improve on my frame.”

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