Zimbabwe's Strongest Man lives to its billing

HARARE - The rebranded Zimbabwe’s Strongest Man — a competition pitting some of the country’s fitness junkies — lived up to its billing at the weekend.

This was largely due to the field of competitors who increased from 11 to 22 at this year’s event which changed from Harare’s Strongest Man challenge to Zimbabwe’s Strongest Man, giving it a national feel.

Event director, Henry Bindu was pleased with the response and outcome of the competition which involved Zimbabwe’s former top bodybuilders.

A strong-field of 22 strongmen tussled for $1 000, two nights and three days at Nyanga’s Troutbeck Hotel and a floating trophy which was on offer for the winner.

The first and second runners-up won $500 and $250 respectively as well as shields.

Reigning Botswana Strongman, Gift Sango, a Zimbabwean, scooped the first prize. The 33-year-old went about his business with relative ease making the whole sweating process look so easy.

“Next year, I would like to win by a wider margin because as you witnessed I fell (I’m not supposed to fall) while I was pushing the truck which spoke a bit about my levels of fitness,” said Sango.

“I had given myself enough time to train and told myself that I had to win and backed that up by doing my best in training just to make sure that I was fit enough to face anything that was going to come on the day of the contest.

“It was really tough, I don’t want to lie but I really tried to prepare adequately for the contest that’s why it looked like it was very easy when I was going through my paces but the truth of the matter is that it wasn’t easy at all.”

Prosper Saungweme from Mutare’s Jade Studios finished second while Mr Harare champion from last year’s competition Munyaradzi Runganga came in third position.

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