Ma­sosonere wins Mr Iron­man

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MR Novice 2012 Nunurai Ma­sosonere fi­nally struck the right chord to win the newly named Mr Zim­babwe Body­build­ing and Fit­ness Cham­pi­onships and Iron­man 2016 held at the Longcheng Plaza in Harare on Satur­day night.

The event was pre­vi­ously known as Mr and Ms Iron­man Zim­babwe.

Ma­sosonere took over the crown from Botswan­abased cham­pion Chien­der­amwano, who has taken a sab­bat­i­cal from the sport.

On a night of sur­prises, Mr Novice 2014 fi­nal­ist Gideon Te­guru came sec­ond, while Gweru-based vet­eran Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga was third, the same plac­ing he achieved in last year’s event in Kadoma.

Juliet Chim­bodza scooped the Ms Zim­babwe Body­build­ing and Fit­ness Cham­pi­onships and Iron­man un­chal­lenged, tak­ing the crown from Regina Jonga, who did not par­tic­i­pate in this year’s con­test.

Ma­sosonere at­trib­uted his vic­tory to hard work, say­ing it was the be­gin­ning of big­ger things to come.

“Since win­ning Mr Novice, I have al­ways been com­ing too close in th­ese ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions, but this time around I pushed my­self to the ex­treme and I am happy that the hard work paid off,” said Ma­sosonere.

“I be­lieve win­ning this com­pe­ti­tion will open doors to big­ger things in my ca­reer and I am now look­ing for­ward to Mr Zim­babwe.”

In the se­nior men’s wheel­chair body­build­ing cat­e­gory, Bu­l­awayo’s Marko Mwale clinched his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive crown, rel­e­gat­ing Manners Muku­viri into sec­ond and Pear­son Taz­vivinga third po­si­tion.

Mwale said he would now turn his fo­cus to re­gional com­pe­ti­tions.

“It feels good to win once again, es­pe­cially when the com­pe­ti­tion keeps get­ting tighter like we wit­nessed to­day. I am go­ing to keep work­ing hard so that I also com­pete in re­gional com­pe­ti­tions,” Mwale said.

Fern Roses up­staged favourite Shantel BatchGreen­land to claim the women’s fit­ness bikini in which they were the only en­trants.

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