Green­land thrilled to win women bikini fit­ness body­build­ing cham­pi­onships

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NOT be­ing able to de­fend the cat­e­gory she has won over the past two years at the Zim­babwe Na­tional Body­build­ing Cham­pi­onships held in Harare last Sat­ur­day did not de­ter Shantel Green­land with the Bu­l­awayo-based ath­lete pick­ing up yet an­other ac­co­lade in a dif­fer­ent clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

Green­land com­peted in two cat­e­gories at the na­tional event, the first be­ing a ti­tle de­fence of the beach bikini which she has won for two years in a row. Things did not go her way when she fin­ished third. She ex­plained that judges felt that her body had be­come too de­fined for beach bikini, so she de­cided to also en­ter bikini fit­ness.

“I was too de­fined for beach bikini and suit­able for bikini fit­ness. I’ve be­come too hard for beach bikini so I was marked down,’’ she said.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing third in the beach bikini, the 32-year-old took part in the bikini fit­ness where she came out best. She was de­lighted to land the bikini fit­ness at the first time of try­ing.

“I felt so awe­some, it’s my first time in that cat­e­gory which is more chal­leng­ing and I’ve taken the ti­tle so I am re­ally over­whelmed,’’ Green­land.

The Body Works Gym ath­lete said she had a feel­ing that she had been marked down by the judges in the beach bikini but she knew she had also en­tered an­other cat­e­gory so she knew that her chances of walk­ing away with a top prize were not yet over.

In terms of train­ing, she feels that it was slightly dif­fer­ent as com­pared to pre­vi­ous com­pe­ti­tions and her body re­sponded well.

Last Sat­ur­day’s show was a good out­ing for Bu­l­awayo fe­male ath­letes at the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion with Char­ity Juma win­ning the women’s physique and Mitchell Mat­sito was crowned the women body fit­ness cham­pion.

Marko Mwale of Dy­nam­ics Gym de­fended his ti­tle in the men’s wheelchair cat­e­gory where Mu­goni Chikove who trains at Body Works Gym was third.

South Africa-based Ndu­miso Dlodlo, who grew up in Bu­l­awayo was once again ad­judged as the best over­all men’s cham­pion for the sec­ond year in a row.

Shantel Green­land

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