Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
NIGEL “Spartan” Maphosa was crowned the 2019 Mr Zimbabwe at the 7Arts Theatre in Harare on Saturday night.
The Gweru-based hulk defied the odds to beat several athletes in the Zimpapers-sponsored event.
Speaking after the win Maphosa, who also bagged the men’s middleweight title, said he was thrilled to come out tops.
“Getting here was difficult and I thank the judges,’’ he said.
“I have worked hard to reach this far and I am now looking forward to taking part in some international contests in South Africa. I thank my team for supporting me all the way and I am happy to have managed to keep the Midlands Province in the limelight.
“Growing up, we were encouraged by some body-builders like Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga and today we are emulating them by winning titles.
In the women’s category, Kirsty Baxter, was the toast of the day as she won the masters bikini fitness contest.
Kylie McDonald beat Colleen Wall into second place in the Women Body Fitness while Charity Juma won the women physique.
The senior men’s body-building light-heavyweight division was very competitive.
Edward Mutero won, Ndumiso Dlodlo was second and Mathew Humphreys finished third.
Junior Women Bikini Fitness
Demmi Ferreira, Morejoy Manjepa.
Masters Bikini Fitness
Men’s physique up to, and including 176cm
Genius Gweru, Prichard Hoko, Luke Gumbi
Chamunorwa Marange, Givemore Kamuronjo, Masimba Nyamajiwa, Donald Munashe
Middleweight men body-building
Nigel Maphosa, Lovemore Munyamana, Eliah Samaringa
Lightweight men body-building
Francis Tatanca Chideme, Knowledge Mudzingwa, Talent Bonde, Delvin Page, Solomon Shlokwe, Wesley Sanders
Junior men body-building
Gerald Gorden, Ryan Woodend, Zibusiso N. Khumalo, Paradzai Kureva, David Weir. Ngonidzashe Gwama, Thompson Jagada
Women Body fitness
Kylie McDonald, Colleen Wall
Women Wellness fitness
Diana Georgina Machakaire
Senior men body-building
light heavyweight division
Edward Mutero, Ndumiso Dlodlo, Mathew Humphreys, Gideon Teguru, Alister Dimba, Enock Mugariwa
Justice Fungai Chikava
Men Fitness Model
Njabulo Mateyu, Robin Mozhenty, Tafadzwa Mikiya, Francois Joey T. Nyashanu, Devison T. Luzane, Courage kadawe
Wheelchair men body-building
Marko Mwale, Lewis Hlahla, Lesley Payne Gondo, Tendai Muzavazi, Pearson Tazvivinga, Mugoni Nomphepe Chikove
Masters Men Body-building
Chrispen Tivaone, Partson Chatedzuka, Suwali Masiye, Domingo Lunga
Men’s physique overall
Tinotenda Ryan Gumbo
Senior men body-building
Mark Anthony Valisatos, Irvine Dekeya, Simbarashe Nyamukondiwa, Kulekhani Ndlovu
Most outstanding female athlete
Sharaine Charlaine Rama
Senior men body-building overall winner
Men’s physique over 176 cm
Tinotenda Ryan Gumbo, CC Banks, Lancelot Ndlovu