Augustine Hwata Sports Reporter
SO Zimbabwe’s strongest man can also cry?
Yes, Champion Chienderamwano shed some tears in front of hundreds of people when emotions got the better of him after he successfully defended the Mr Zimbabwe bodybuilding title at Harare International School in the early hours of yesterday. Going into the contest, the Botswana-based hulk had retained the Musclemania crown at Hatfield and seven days later he asserted his dominance on the local body-building scene when he staved off stiff competition from a much improved Patson Chatedzuka in the heavyweight section on his way to the final.
Some neutrals felt that Chatedzuka had everything that an athlete should bring on stage as he fought pound for pound with the defending champion in the big boys division.
An officer in the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Chatedzuka exhibited his best shape ever since he entered the sport and his individual artistic pose was also top drawer as he came waving the Zimbabwean flag, to the background of Henry Olonga’s song Our Zimbabwe.
Chatedzuka was judged Mr Zimbabwe heavyweight first runner up and now has every reason to believe that he has a chance to take either the overall title or the Iron Man if he works on his weak areas.
But the night once again belonged to Chiendaramwano who wept after he scooped the big trophy.
“I am so excited because I managed to defend the title. I am just coming from winning the Musclemania and now I have won Mr Zimbabwe, which is the biggest title in the country.
“This is an honour for me and to move around with the title of being called Mr Zimbabwe, I just can’t explain it,” said Chiederamwano.
Chienderamwano’s big thighs and the confidence he exuberated on stage were his greatest assets but he still has some weak points.
“My strength was in my thighs and arms but I think I still need to work on by back and legs. I always try to improve them every time.
“These guys gave me a good run, especially Vincent Kandiyero in the final round. This year the competition was tougher but I am certainly returning next year to defend the title,” said the 28 year old hulk.
In the overall round Chienderamwano beat Kandiyero, who had won the light heavyweight division, Blessing Samaringa, Mr Zimbabwe Middleweight and Mr Lightweight Lovemore Manyama.
This year’s competition was exciting in that it witnessed a significant number of entries in the female divisions like bikini and fitness and the big crowd just loved every moment as the contestants paraded on stage.
Seasoned athlete, Helen Costa, who won the Ms Zimbabwe Fitness Figure said she was happy to retain her title.
“I am so excited and I can’t believe it. This year we had an amazing turnout of women who looked magnificent. So for me it was a tough challenge and I am happy that I have conquered. I know I have improved from last year and I know my abbs are a killer but I would like my legs to be better defined,” said Costa.
Mr Zimbabwe Overall: Champion Chiendaramwano
Mr Zimbabwe heavyweight: Chienderamwano; First runner up: Patson Chatedzuka;
Second runner up : Upenyu Mahlaulo ; fourth position : Paul Goredema
Mr Zimbabwe light-heavyweight: Winner: Vincent Kandiyero, Nunurai Masosonora, Irvine Dekenya, Rutendo Banda
Mr Zimbabwe Middleweight: Winner: Blessing Samaringa, Isaac ‘Sugar” Chimuchenga, Tapiwa Chibota, Eddie Marondera, Blessing Nyapimbi
Mr Zimbabwe Lightweight: Winner; Lovemore Manyama, Eliah Samaringa
Mr Zimbabwe Junior – Reginald Pasara
Ms Zimbabwe Fitness Figure – Hellen Costa, Tara Lynn Humphreys, Lindsay Kruger, Tarryn Zelaw
Ms Zimbabwe bodybuilding champion – Wendy Hansen
Mr Fitness Physique Champion -Jonathan Muller
Ms Zimbabwe Bikini and Figure: Carla King