Osbert Mashonganyika Sports Correspondent
VETERAN bodybuilder Nunurai Masosonere scooped this year’s Mr Manicaland title after a tight contest held last Saturday at Crocodile Motel in Rusape.
Masosonere takes the title from Blessing Nyapimbi who won the first edition of Mr Manicaland in 2017.
Nyapimbi came second.
The event was a success even though funding had been an obstacle. A total of 55 contestants, including ladies, took part in the event but three people were crowned in the Senior Men 75kg and up, Men’s fitness physique and women’s Bikini categories.
Masosonere proved to the judges that he has all that it takes to compete at a high level.
The Senior Men’s 75kgs and up category was nicknamed “Battle of Giants” as it was the final battle which closed the 2019 Manicaland bodybuilding classics with a bang.
For Men’s fitness physique Blessing Sithole, also known as CcBanks, was crowned the first prize winner while Lynette Thomu romped to victory in the women’s Bikini and women’s fitness physique.
Renowned fitness trainer and Body Focus gym owner Siba Guzha, secretary General for the Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness Association, Quiet Shangani the secretary general for Bulawayo Bodybuilding and Fitness Association, Simon Gama the Chief of Security for Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness were part of the judges panel.
Former Mr Zimbabwe Tobias ‘Tubbs’ Madzime, who was part of the organising team as well as sponsor for the event, urged females to take up bodybuilding as a sport.
“We are generally happy with how the event went on though we still call upon corporates to partner bodybuilding and tap into the marketing mileage that abounds in the sport.
“We really want to urge women to take up bodybuilding as a sport.
This is something that can benefit our women in many ways apart from it being just sport. In the same breadth, we want to urge our male participants to be more aggressive in their training so that Zimbabwe can compete favourably on the international stage,” he said.