Re­gains ul­ti­mate ti­tle af­ter en­dur­ing two years of pain

New Straits Times - - Sport - K. KANDIAH nst­

STEVEN Mark James came back with a vengeance af­ter two frus­trat­ing years to re­gain the ul­ti­mate Cham­pion of the Cham­pi­ons grand ti­tle at the Mr. Pe­nang bodybuilding cham­pi­onships at the Pe­nang Golf Club in Bukit Jam­bul re­cently.

The Ul­ti­mate Fit­ness Cen­tre body­builder was over­joyed with the vic­tory as he had worked hard to re­gain the ul­ti­mate ti­tle af­ter watch­ing from the side­lines the past two years.

Steven ded­i­cated his win to his boss Tan Tiang Huat who spon­sor the for­mer so that he could pur­sue his pas­sion.

Prior to clinch­ing the ul­ti­mate ti­tle, Steven flexed his mus­cles to de­feat three other con­tes­tants in the lightheavy weight cat­e­gory.

Elvin Ong Chia Wei of X Gym and San Suria Gym’s Sing­gara Veloo Sbra­ma­niam fin­ished sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

In the cham­pion of the cham­pi­ons con­test, Steven had to fend off tough com­pe­ti­tion from Mr Pe­nang Light weight cham­pion Lo­ganathan Chan­dran of NL Im­mo­tals Gym.

“I started bodybuilding about 10 years ago with the en­cour­age­ment of my late fa­ther, James who spon­sored me un­til his death two years ago which ren­dered me help­less.

I could not raise enough money to con­tinue un­til last year when my boss Tan Tiang Huat de­cided that I should con­tinue with bodybuilding and was will­ing to spon­sor me.

Now, I have re­paid his trust in me and am back as the cham­pion.

“This vic­tory has mo­ti­vated me to aim for the Mt. Malaysia 2017 Cham­pion of the Cham­pi­ons ul­ti­mate ti­tle,” said Steven.

Steven had won the Mr Pe­nang light­mid­dle ti­tle from 2010 till 2012 and again in 2014 where he also won the Mr Pe­nang cham­pion of the cham­pi­ons ti­tle.

At the na­tional level, the 27year-old bach­e­lor won the Mr Malaysia Ju­nior ti­tle in 2010 and 2011 and the Mr Malaysia light­mid­dle ti­tle in 2012 and 2014.

RE­SULTS — Mr. Pe­nang Ju­nior Be­low 70kg: 1 Chua Ping Chuan (Power House), 2 Tang Wei Hean (Pri­or­ity Fit­ness), 3 Dhaarevesh Ravin­dran (Seven Star).

Above 70kg: 1 Yeoh Wei Ern (Gold Masters), 2 Veeraniswaran Gu­nasee­lan (Power Mas­ter), 3 Seng Siew Tick (Power Mas­ter).

Masters: 1 Chong Kim Seng (Gold Masters), 2 Cheah Kheng Peng (Body Shaper), 3 Lem keong Chye (Grand Fit­ness).

Fly: 1 Ong Yin Sane (Power House), 2 Lau Kah Thuan (Grand Fit­ness), 3 Sheik Abror Shaik Ab­dul­lah (Ori­ent Fit­ness).

Ban­tam: 1 Harvien­der Singh Har­jin­der Singh (NL Im­mor­tails), 2 Dhaarevesh Ravin­dran (Seven Star), 3 Mo­gan Subra­mayiam (Ori­en­tal Fit­ness).

Light: 1 Lo­ganathan Chan­dran (NL Im­mo­tals Gym), 2 Muham­mad Has­mawi Ab­dul­lah (Ori­en­tal Fit­ness), 3 Hafizul Omar (Grand fit­ness).

Wel­ter: 1 Naraen­thran (Pri­or­ity Fit­ness), 2 Ivan Loh Wei Jia (Team Pow­er­house), 3 Veeraniswaran Gu­nasee­lan (Power Mas­ter).

Light­mid­dle: 1 Ng Kheng Loon (Grand Fit­ness), 2 Sim Chei Fong (NL Im­mor­tails), 3 Teoh Wei Ern (Gold Mas­ter).

Mid­dle: 1 Leong Soon Soon (NL Im­mor­tails) 2 Chong Kim Cheng (Gold Mas­ter), 3 Hamid Ka­reem K.A. Ahamed Meeran (Seven Star).

Lightheavy: 1 Steven Mark James (Ul­ti­mate Fit­ness Cen­tre), 2 Elvin Ong Chia Wei (X Gym), 3 Sing­gara Veloo Sbra­ma­niam (San Suria Gym).

Mr. Pe­nang 2017 Cham­pion of the Cham­pi­ons: Steven Mark James (Ul­ti­mate Fit­ness Cen­tre).


Steven Mark James cel­e­brates win­ning the Cham­pion of the Cham­pi­ons.

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