Ollyn Martin has once again become the bodybuilding king of Antigua and Barbuda after out-muscling all competitors in the Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Bodybuilding and Weightlifting Association’s (ABABWA) National championships last evening held at the Multipupose Cultural Center.
The heavyweight last won the title back in 2011.
“It’s been a while since I’ve won the overall so it’s a big big step for me moving forward,” said Martin of his victory.
Martin dominated a three-man field consisting of himself, Cleofoster Francis (2nd place) and third-placed veteran Dale Gardner.
He then went on to defeat tough lightweight champion Elvis Bailey and middleweight champion Rodney George.
Notably absent, however, were last year’s middle and heavyweight champions – Orson Martin and Kenny Jacobs (last year’s Mr. Antigua) respectively. Both athletes were suspended by the bodybuilding association late last year – Jacobs, for breaking code of conduct rules within the association.
The reason for Martin’s suspension is still yet to be revealed by the association.
Of his competitor’s absence, Ollyn said that, “Victory is sweeter when everybody is under the tent, yes. But a win is still a win. Hopefully next year everyone will come under the tent and we can really see who’s who.”
Ollyn will most likely be selected go on to compete in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s Games in Mexico, July 27 – 29. His best finish came in 2009 when he placed second in the heavyweight class.
Other bodybuilding results on the night are as follows:
1st Bernard Percival
2nd Shaquelle Thomas
3rd Richard Thomas
Chief Judge Errol Williams has described Percival as the association’s “next pro card winner”. Percival Jr. wowed and enthralled both audience members and co-competitors alike as he showed his class during his routines. Percival too, is very likely to be selected by the association to represent them at the CAC games.
Masters Bikini: Hazel Went
Masters Bodybuilding: Dale Gardner
1st Oj Maria Harris
2nd Sher-Rhonda Braithwaite
This decision by the judges left many in the crowd in shock as many thought that Braithwaite simply “checked off more boxes” such as ‘back’, ‘midsection’, etc. Harris herself seemed surprised by the decision as she broke down in tears and could barely hold her composure to receive her first place awards and pose for pictures by members in the media.
NEW CLASS: Bikini Wellness Class
1st Shari Brown
2nd Shaunette Roach
3rd Karen Lloyd
Bikini Open Class
1st Kimberly Ephraim
2nd Geanna Jules
3rd Melissa Seaforth
Kimberly Ephraim held onto her crown as she is now 6 time bikini champion despite a strong charge by newcomer Geanna Jules. Jules’s first time in the competition has many of the audience members engrossed with her turns and posses and she sought to take hold of the coveted title held by Ephraim.
Ephraim, however, showed great poise as she withstood the surge from the upcoming Jules.
Ephraim, also, will likely return to the CAC games this year.
1st Elvis Bailey
2nd Jonte Barnes
3rd Danley Hunte
1st Rodney George
2nd Adriel Joseph
3rd Alfredo “Tunkie” Allen
Men’s Physique A Class
1st Steve Simon
2nd Josh Matthias
3rd Brad Benjamin
Men’s Physique B Class
1st Anthony Nurse
2nd Tony Jacobs
3rd James Thomas
Defending champion and prohibitive favorite going into the night’s competition Tony “The Tiger” Jacobs fell in defense of a title that he has won every time he choose to compete in that class. Anthony Nurse found favor with the judges and many in the audience as his musculature and form proved just a bit too much for the ‘socarobics’ star Jacobs.
The Men’s B Class physique truly turned out to be one of the most competitive classes for the championships.
Men’s Physique C Class
1st Kenroy Christian
2nd Euston Dickenson
3rd Shaine Anthony
Junior bodybuilding Class
1st Jonte Barnes
2nd Adriel Joseph
3rd Danley Hunte