The Borneo Post Online – 5/5/2015
KUCHING: Awang Mohd Azizul Ghani of Kuching flexed his muscles to wow the judges and win the champion of champions title at the Mr Sarawak Bodybuilding Championship at the Kuching Civic Centre last Sunday.
The 29-year old who is under the sponsorship of Pheonix Gym beat six other champions from the fly, bantam, light, welter, middle and light heavy weight divisions for the coveted title.
This is the second time he has won the title after finishing as champion of champions in last year’s edition held in Miri.
Earlier, Azizul had won the light middle weight (75.1 kg – 80kg) by outperforming teammate Langgong Jipong, Mohd Faizal Bojing from Miri and Bong Kok Wei of Sibu.
“I feel happy to win today again and defend the champion of champions title. I was very confident of winning and I was confident with my physical condition although there was some pressure (to win) and tough competition from others,” he told the Borneo Post.
“I am looking forward to doing well again at the Mr Malaysia in Labuan from June 5-7 where I have targeted to win in the light middle weight section.”
“My thanks and gratitude goes to my coach Dr Melvern Abdullah, the Freak Team, Kuching team members and Sarawak Bodybuilding Association for their strong support and encouragement. My wife and four children have also supported me in this sport,” added Azizul.
Taking up bodybuilding only in 2011 to improve his body physique, health and to challenge for
titles in competitions, Azizul has won the Mr Kuching title for four times in 2011, 2012 and 2013 (welter weight) and 2014 (light middle weight).
He was Mr Sarawak from 2011-2013 (welter weight).
Apart from that, in the Mr Malaysia championship, Azizul finished fourth in the light middle weight in Putrajaya last year, second in the welter weight in Penang in 2013 and third in the welter weight in Sabah in 2012.
In his debut in the Mr Malaysia in 2011 in Johor, Azizul finished in 10th place out of 17 contestants for the welter weight category.
He was also the first runner-up in the Mr Borneo in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in 2011.
Meanwhile, Kuching were crowned the overall team champion when they captured four titles, six second placings and five third placings.
The champions from Kuching were Zulazaman Mohd Bujang (master – 45 years and above), Wilfred Harding Jiee (light weight, 65.1kg – 70kg), Awang Mohd Azizul Ghani (light middle weight), Aisa Rosli (middle weight, 80.1kg – 85kg) and Rajiv Vasutheran (light heavy weight, 85.1kg – 90kg).
Mir also put up a strong showing by winning the Youth (Under 21) through Jacob Jinggut Vincent, Azri Asmat Sefri (fly weight, 55.1kg – 60kg) and bantam weight (60.1kg – 65kg) via Hamizan Zaudin, while newcomer Farrokh Ibtisam Ting won Sibu’s only title in the welter weight (70.1kg – 75kg).
The Best Poser award went to Jeremiah Rukong of Kuching who also finished second in the middle weight category.