Chamuchenga loses in dramatic scenes

KADOMA - Defending champion Isaac ‘‘Sugar” Chimuchenga was left seething with anger after losing his title to Champion Chienderamwano in the finals of the Mr Ironman held at the Odyssey Centre in Kadoma, on Saturday.

In the countdown to the Kadoma finale, Sugar, a master of mind games had claimed he was running out of time to defend his crown after failing to shake off malaria.

But on a dramatic Saturday, Chimuchenga sent emissaries for registration before making a majestic but late entry for the morning-prejudging meeting where he made it clear he would defend his crown.

“What’s he doing here, has he come to drop the trophy and leave because we are told he’s down with malaria,” Chienderamwano quipped when he saw his rival.

At the end of the night, Chienderamwano was proved right when he muscled his way to the title — condemning Chimuchenga to a third place finish.

Chimuchenga exhibited unsportsmanlike behaviour when he refused to accept he had been defeated and instead claimed judges had manipulated the results.

“You see these things always happen and the judges are not promoting the sport but killing it to be honest,” fumed Chimuchenga.

“You see most athletes didn’t want to participate in the first place but I had to sweet-talk them into getting into the contest but at the end of it all their fears were justified because I don’t think I deserved to lose this title; worse still, coming out number three.”

But one of the judges slammed Chimuchenga for refusing to acknowledge he had been beaten by better athletes on the night.

This was after he initially refused to join the other two winners on the podium where he refused to accept the medal as he refused to honour the results.

“We win some and we lose some but the most important thing in sport is to uphold the virtues of good sportsmanship,” said one of the judges.

“Sugar is a seasoned campaigner and we even envy him for the development that he’s bringing to the game by grooming not only male bodybuilders from Gweru but females as well.

But what sort of lesson is he trying to bring across to these upcoming athletes? This is really bad advertising for the sport.” queried one of the judges after the show.

Newly-crowned Mr Ironman Chienderamwano was pleased with his performance and was not bothered by Chimuchenga’s claims.

“It’s been a struggle for me to be where I am today and I give all the glory to the one above,” he said.

“I’m grateful for the support that I always get from bodybuilding fans and administrators. This is a done deal and all the focus is now on winning Mr Zimbabwe for the third time in succession.”

In other categories Regina Jonga won Ms Ironman uncontested while Precious Mujuru bagged the ladies fitness figure ahead of Shantel Batch and Mitchelle Mastifo who settled for second and third places, respectively, while Sandra Ncube finished fourth.

Goodwin Mhaka won in the male fitness figure by beating Brian Saundombe and Givemore Kamuronjo to second and third place, respectively.

The disabled male title went to Marko Mwale with Pearson Tazvivinga coming in second, Tinashe Mutero, third, and Collin Van Rooyn finishing, in fourth place.

Ray Mutandiri won the junior male category while Lee Dzinzi, Takudzwa

Kaisi and Shawn Sakala completed the top four placings in their respective positions.


Senior Men Bodybuilding: 1. Champion Chienderamwano, 2. Blessing Samaringa, 3. Isaac Chimuchenga, 4. Tapiwa Chibota, 5. Brighton Mazikana, 6. Lovemore Manyamana.

Ladies Bodybuilding: 1. Regina Jonga

Male Disabled: 1. Marko Mwale, 2. Pearson Tazvivinga, 3. Tinashe Mutero, 4. Collin Van Rooyn.

Juniors Men Bodybuilding: 1. Raymond Mutandiri, 2. Lee Dzinzi, 3. Takudzwa Kaisi, 4. Shawn Sakala, 5. Ojukwu Chukwuemeka.

Male Fitness Figure: 1. Goodwin Mhaka, 2. Brian Saundombe, 3. Givemore Kamuronjo, 4. Hillary Wingwiri, 5. Emmanuel Ndapasuwa, 6. Hakeem Mandaza.

Female Fitness Figure: 1. Precious Mujuru, 2. Shantel Batch, 3. Mitchelle Mastifo, 4. Sandra Ncube.Chimuchenga loses in dramatic scenes

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