Masosonere living his dream

HARARE - Bodybuilder Nunurai Masosonere is over the moon after winning the Mr Ironman title at weekend — his second national title.

The 34-year-old bodybuilder from Raylton Gym in Harare made a grand entry onto the scene when he won the Mr Novice contest four years ago.

At that time, Masosonere, who hails from the suburb of Warren Park in the capital where yesteryear great Walter Munyikwa also comes from, declared his intentions to emulate his role model.

Munyikwa won the Mr Zimbabwe title consecutively in 2004 and 2005 having also won the Mr Ironman championship twice in succession in 2002 and 2003 before calling it quits without defending the country’s premier bodybuilding title in 2006.

Masosonere is slowly working towards his goal after upstaging veteran Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga and Gideon Teguru during the contest held at Longchen Plaza’s 1+1 Happy auditorium on Saturday.

“It is a great feeling to walk away with this coveted title. I have trained hard to achieve this and for now I can’t really think of my next step because I’m still celebrating this one,” Masosonere told the Daily News after the contest.

“I have always focused on myself when on stage and not really looking at what the other guys bring to the stage but yes it’s always a pleasure when you upset some of the established guys and to beat Chimuchenga among other athletes is but a dream come true.”

Teguru, 25, came second on a disappointing afternoon for Chimuchenga who could only settle for a third place.

Chimuchenga left the audience in stitches after walking onto the podium to receive his bronze medal even before event coordinator Givemore Marume had called out his name.

“I knew it that I had fared badly just by studying the look on people’s faces that’s why I went straight away to the podium to claim my prize,” Chimuchenga said.

“I was beaten fair and square, there were no two ways about that, I wasn’t fully prepared for the contest but just had to rush in at the last minute.

“I forced myself into it because Gweru had no representation; I have no regrets about it. I will be off for a regional whirlwind tour where I will be competing in countries such as Zambia, Botswana and Namibia before I bounce back at Mr Zimbabwe in October; Sugar is not finished yet, watch this space.”

Teguru said: “We have seen these guys competing in a long while and to beat someone like Sugar gives me hope that I can achieve greatness in bodybuilding, I’m grateful towards the second place finish and will continue to work hard to get that precious one.”

The Ms Ironman title was won by Juliet Chimbodza who was the only participant in the women body fitness (formerly bodybuilding) while Simbarashe Mhaka once again extended his dominance in the men’s physique beating Pardon Dube and Brian Sandombe to second and third place respectively.

Fern Roses claimed the fitness bikini as she outclassed Bulawayo’s Shantel Batch into second place while Marko Mwale walked away with the wheelchair man bodybuilding title ahead of Manners Mukuviri and Pearson Tazvivinga who finished in their respective second and third places.


Senior men bodybuilding: 1. Nunurai Masosonere, 2. Gideon Teguru, 3. Isaac Chimuchenga

Women body fitness: 1. Juliet Chimbodza

Wheelchair bodybuilding: 1. Marko Mwale, 2. Manners Mukuviri, 3. Pearson Tazvivinga

Women bikini fitness: 1. Fern Roses, 2. Shantel Batch

Men’s physique: 1. Simbarashe Mhaka, 2. Pardon Dube, 3. Brian Saundombe

Junior men under 23 bodybuilding: 1. Bruce Kakono, 2. Lee Dzinzi, 3. Delvin Page

Men’s fitness: 1. Masimba Nyamajiwa, 2. Tinotenda Gumbo, 3. Givemore Kamuronjo

Juniors up to and including 19 years: 1. Rodney Kuziva, 2. Zibusiso Kumalo, 3. Walter Siziba.

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