Pune, Oct 06: Dinesh Singh of Manipur saw India off to a rousing start winning the gold medal in the men’s junior section of the three-day 52nd Asian Body Building and Physique Sports Championship which unfolded at the Balewadi sports complex here on Friday.
“This is for the entire country,” said Dinesh Singh, who finished with a silver medal in the 2017 championships, which was held in South Korea. Making his debut, Andhra Pradesh athlete Ravi Kumar added the bronze medal while the silver went to Ly Gia Huy of Vietnam.
Overwhelmed with the outcome, Dinesh a farmer’s son from Imphal West in Manipur said this is the first gold medal at this level. He also finished with a silver at the World championship held in Mongolia in 2017. Dinesh’s mentor is none other than Manipur’s highly-acclaimed bodybuilder, K Pradipkumar Singh, known for his personal struggle against HIV AIDS. “He is my guru and mentor and I dedicate this Gold to him,” said Dinesh.
Pradipkumar, who was diagnosed as HIV positive in 2000, had come out publicly about his condition in 2007, soon after winning the Mr. Manipur title. A drug addict during his younger years, he contracted the virus from a shared syringe.
In the above 75 kgs category Indian athletes returned empty handed as L Henary Sarma and Thokchom Gyanendra finished fifth and fourth respectively. Iran’s Hamed Ahmadi was adjudged as the best for the gold medal with Uzbekistan’s Vladimir Valinkin finishing behind the champion. Iraq’s Ahmed Ali Hussein won the bronze medal.
In the men’s Masters 40-49 years over 80 kgs there were four Indians in the final five, but it was the lone Uzbekistan athlete who caught the judges eye winning the gold medal while Viraj Sarmalkar and M Arasu both India won the silver and bronze respectively.At the time of going to the press, India had One gold, two silver and three bronze medals
Men's Junior Bodybuilding over 75kg: Hamed Ahmadi ( Iran)- Gold, Vladimir Valinkin (Uzbekistan) - Silver, Ahmed Ali Hussain (Iraq) - Bronze.
Men's Junior Bodybuilding upto 75kg: L. Dinesh Singh (India)- Gold, Ly Gia Huy (Vietnam) - Silver, N Ravi Kumar (India) – Bronze
Men's Master Bodybuilding 40-49 years up to 80kg: Khuntal Phuangpet(Thailand)- Gold, Tun Min (Myanmar) - Silver, Choi Yong Seok ( Korea) - Bronze.
Men's Master 40-49 years over 80kg: Pavel Umurzakov ( Uzbekistan) - Gold, Viraj Sarmalkar (India)- Silver, M Asaru (India) - Bronze
Men's Masters Bodybuilding 50-60 years: Qu Guiqian (China) - Gold,Sanjay Amberkar (India)- Silver, S Srinivasan ( India)-Bronze
Men's bodybuilding over 60 years: Lee Chang Rok (Korea) - Gold, Zhu Luwen (China)-Silver, Shakeel Ahmed Azmi ( India)- Bronze.
Women's Athletic Physique – Open: Gambagaa Ugalztsetseg (Mongolia)- Gold, Png Kim Tian (Singapore) - Silver, Yelena Nurayeva (Uzbekistan)- Bronze.
Women's Model Physique 30-40 years: Rapeeporn Aree (Thailand)- Gold, Nguyen Phan Nha Mien ( Vietnam)- Silver, Sayaka Kato ( Japan) - Bronze. (UNI)