SIBU: Despite a two-year break from active competition, hulkster Fong Hui Kong proved he is still a cut above the rest when he bagged the Champion of the Champions title at the Mr Sibu Bodybuilding Championship.
Fong, with his chiselled body, dethroned last year’s winner, Farrokh Ibtisan Ting of Solid Gym, for the title.
The Champion of the Champions pitted the winners of the four categories against each other in the championship, which was organised by Sibu Division Bodybuilding and Weightlifting Association, on Saturday night.
The four winners have now qualified to represent the division at the Mr Sarawak Bodybuilding championship which would take place here on April 23.
Met later, an elated Fong, 36, said it was good to be back with a bang.
“I took two years off from active body-building. During this period I slowed down by hitting the gym only two to three times a week instead of daily,” he said.
Fong said it was only last August that he started to slowly get back into shape by increasing his workouts and protein diet.
As for the Mr Sarawak Bodybuilding championship, Fong, a distributor of health supplements, said, “I will do my very best to win. The best position I got last time was second.”
If he wins, he will be representing Sarawak at the Mr Malaysia Bodybuilding championship to be held here in May.
Meanwhile, competitors from Solid Gym won the most prizes at the championship of five.
Farrok did the gym proud by retaining his title in the 70.01kg and above category.
He saw off the other five challengers where three of them were his gym mates.
Team mate Tie Siew Kean took the second runner-up prize while first runner-up went to Roger Ting Wei Ning from Mukah.
Competing for the first time, Allen Lee Meng Hieng managed to impress the judges by winning the first runner-up prize in the Novice category.
Lee was also placed fourth in the 70.01kg and above category.
He will be able to hit it big next time as he has the physique of a bodybuilder.
The other impressive performer from Solid Gym was Leslie Lau, who was placed third in the Novice category.
Alfie Khan Abdul Aziz and Tie Siew Kean increased the medal haul for the gym by getting first runner-up and second runner-up prizes in the respective categories.
Sibu Resident Hii Chang Kee, who officiated at the event, said the sport has been gaining popularity in recent years.
“We noticed that there are an increasing number of new gyms opening in town recently with sizeable memberships.
“This is an encouraging sign that people are becoming more involved in body fitness and bodybuilding. Today, bodybuilding is indeed a recognised sport and hobby for many,” he added.
Bodybuilding, he added, was not only seen as a physical sport or hobby but an art form as well.
“This is particularly so when we observe the grace that bodybuilders have when they perform and pose on stage to show off their sculpted bodies and the tricks and tips they use in order to acquire the results,” he added.
1.Eugene Lai Yong Wen (Body Fitness Gym) 2. Allen Lee Meng Hieng (Solid Gym) 3. Leslie Lau Lik.Mei (Solid Gym)
65kg & below:
1. Ahmad Linggie (SDWLBA) 2. Jovian Roderick (Spartan Gym) 3. Daniel Ting Lee Ang (Spartan Gym)
1. Fong Hui Kong (SDWBA) 2. Alfie Khan Abdul Aziz (Solid) 3. Muhammad Fazzrin (Mukah) 3. Tie Siew Kean (Solid Gym)
70.01kg and Above:
1. Farrokh Ibtisan Ting (Solid Gym) 2. Roger Ting Wei Ning (Mukah) 3. Tie Siew Kean (Solid Gym)