KUCHING: Having just celebrated Hari Raya doesn’t stop Sharafuddin Samuri from showing the best that he has got.
The 25-year-old muscleman flexed his way to clinching the Under-70kg title in the first-ever Mr Sarawak Jubli Emas championship at Plaza Merdeka here.
“I only had a week to prepare for this competition as I knew about it right after Raya. My physique is not actually 100% top form,” he said, adding that he continued going to the gym during the fasting month.
Sharafuddin, who is currently undertaking his masters in electronics arts at University Malaysia Sarawak, is certainly no stranger in the local bodybuilding scene despite being a non-Sarawakian. The Kelantan-born man represented the state in Mr Malaysia competitions for several years and in this year’s outing in Penang, he finished fourth in the light middleweight category.
He told The Star that during secondary school, he was actually a sprinter.
“I only lifted weights for fun. It was in 2006 that I started competing.”
Another state bodybuilder Wilfred Harding also came out tops, winning the Under-70kg category.
Being relatively new to Sarawak bodybuilding, the 35-year-old teacher at SMK Serian made his debut representing Iron Hardcore Gym in the state-level Mr Gym 1Malaysia in May, where he claimed the “Champion of Champions” title.
Following that remarkable showing, he was qualified to represent Sarawak in Mr Malaysia in June and managed to place fifth in the bantamweight category. The championship seemed to celebrate newcomers of the sport.
In the Novice category, Leopas Bunsu Saba, 21, also from Iron Hardcore Gym, won.
“I have only started getting serious in bodybuilding in the last three years. My advice to new bodybuilders is to never give up and only with pain, comes gain,” he said.
For Iskandar Dzulfikar Ahmad, he was very happy to have been crowned Mr Fitness and placing second in the Under-70kg category.
The latter category, of which judging was based on male model qualities and photogenic appeal as well as muscle symmetry and development, did not require participants to perform in their posing trunks.
Some 27 contestants took part in that category, which according to state bodybuilding coach George Awi, was a good entry platform for those just starting to get serious about the sport.
Presenting the prizes to winners was Kuching City North Commission Datuk Bandar Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai and Sarawak Bodybuilding Association president Datuk Wee Hong Seng.
The event ended around 6pm with many members of the public taking the opportunity to take photos with the winners.