IT was an exciting showdown at Mr Sarawak championships from start to finish, peppered with amusing antics by both guests and contestants.
The show began with the official launch by Sports Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin onstage, with contingents from Kuching, Miri and Sibu looking on.
As all gathered for a photo op, Lee then blurted: “To all representatives, please take your shirt off. You are bodybuilders. The crowds want to see your physiques!”
His abrupt remark had the audience laughing and cheering, which got even louder as the musclemen began flexing their bare torsos.
Next came the energetic guest performance by 2014 World Bodyclass Procard Women’s Fitness champion, Momo Kakhaen, which really had the crowd moving.
Immediately after that, emcee Hanafi Abu Bakar Al-Haj cautioned the audience against imitating Kakhaen’s acrobatic routine at home, but cheekily added a quip.
“Perhaps next year, MBBA president Puan Jamilah would perform for us — wouldn’t you, madam?”
The spectators across the fifth floor of Boulevard Shopping Mall roared.
The competition then kicked off with the Junior Under-21 category, which saw Jacob Jinggut Vincent, Churchill Ensir Gerald and Mohamad Dzulfadli Jaili emerging as the top three finalists.
As soon as the emcee announced Jacob as
the winner, the 19-year-old novice startled everybody by jumping and then kneeling onstage, noticeably overjoyed by the result.
“It was beyond my expectations. I had the confidence, but the announcement really overwhelmed me. I’m extremely happy,” an elated Jacob said when met afterwards.
On a more serious note, the Mirian was determined to show his best at the national outing next month.
“I only started (serious bodybuilding) last December at Body Evolution Gym. Now with this win, I have a heavier challenge waiting for me in Putrajaya.”
On his goal, Jacob said he would strive to
earn himself the Mr Malaysia title one day.
“I’ve been told that I’m still eligible for
2015 Malaysia Games, which I hope would
be another platform towards achieving my dream,” said the young bodybuilder, who would begin his tertiary studies at Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus.
On his idols, Jacob said he really looked up to US bodybuilding megastar Ronnie Coleman, who is an eight-time Mr Olympia champion.
Locally, he regarded eight-time Mr Miri, Saifulbahri Norsidi, as his hero.
“Now I get to train with Abang Saiful. It’s so thrilling as he’s been my icon for years.”
Speaking of Miri, former titleholder Jeremiah Rukong proved that switching places did not matter much when it came to giving a winning performance. Due to working commitment, the 33-year-old lab technician had been representing the division over the past five years before being re-transferred to home city Kuching late April.
What made it rather ironic this time around was that his sole contender in the Middleweight (80.1-85kg) category was Miri representative Hairol Tarmizi, who used to compete in Mr Kuching championships.
The annual state bodybuilding competition hosted by Miri last Saturday saw 38 participants vying for titles across nine categories.
Other winners were Nolan Chee Chean Szye (Masters Above-45), Joseph Ladi (Flyweight 55.1-60kg), Wilfred Harding (Bantamweight 60.1-65kg), Densi Runya (Lightweight 65.1-70kg) and Mohd Sani Sanawi (Welterweight 70.1-75kg).