Zim bodybuilders shine in Italy

HARARE - Zimbabwe  bodybuilders Edvaldo Mateus and Masimba Nyamajiwa acquainted themselves well in their maiden International Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation championships held in Taranto and Bari in Italy last weekend.

Harare’s Oxygen Gym muscleman Mateus claimed gold in both events while his counterpart Nyamajiwa settled for silver in the two events as the local athletes made their dominance felt in Italy.

This was only Mateus’ third major show since bursting onto the scene by winning the Mr Novice title earlier in the year before going onto claim the top prize at the IBFF Zimbabwe Classic.

He has since relocated to the UAE where he is fine tuning his preparations for Saturday’s Mr Zimbabwe.

“IBFF held at Rheps Theatre was my first fitness model contest and my second competition after Novice. It helped me gain confidence on stage and also to learn about the category I fit best in,” Mateus told the Daily News from Dubai.

“For the Mr Zim show, I’m going to be competing in the men’s physic up to 177cm with the guidance of my coach Simba Mhaka.

“I’m preparing in Dubai for this week putting some few touch ups and all I can say is I’m gonna bring the best of me to the stage. With all the experience I have earned from all these past shows, I think it’s going to be an interesting contest.”

The two first competed in the Mr Universe contest held on October 15, in Taranto.

“The contest was made up of two rounds; the first one comprising of evening wear, quarter turns to the right while the second one was to do with fitness comparisons, quarter turns, announcement or results and awards,” Mateus said.

“We scored the highest points for most elegant look and classic wear, best appearance and presentation.”

At the second event, the Mr Galaxy contest they also claimed the top two places.

The overall show featured more than 12 countries that included hosts Italy, Serbia, India, Croatia, USA, England, South Africa and Zimbabwe among other countries.

Only two athletes managed to travel to Italy after the rest of the local contingent failed to secure sponsorship for the trip.

Nyamajiwa was able to make the trip after he was bankrolled by his parents while Mateus got sponsorship from his boss.


Comments (1)

it was a pleasure to represent this great country and sports that i so much love

edvaldo Mateus - 26 October 2016

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