Bodybuilders from 11 countries gathered in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (September 15) to compete in this year's 'Mr.
Participants line up on stage
Individual showing of body (4 shots)
Winner of Class III No.18, Narong Hirisatja, Thailand
Class II (Medium) individual showing (5 shots)
Winner of Class II, Rohmat Juraimi, Singapore
Over-all winner, Rohmat Juriaimi, Singapore
Initials AE/22.54 AE/23.08
SPORT - BODYBUILDERS
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Background: Bodybuilders from 11 countries gathered in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (September 15) to compete in this year's 'Mr. Asia' quest. The largest-ever to be staged in Asia, the contest was sponsored by the Asian Amateur Body-Building Federation.
A total of 44 competitors took part in the championships. Iran, the defenders, withdrew from the competition at the last minute, having been tipped to retain the 1973 title.
Overall-winner of the various sections, and new 'Mr. Asia 1973', was Rohmat Juraimi of Singapore.
SYNOPSIS: Forty-four bodybuilders from eleven countries converged on Kuala Lumpur on Saturday for the nineteen-seventy-three 'Mister Asia' contest. The quest was the largest of its type ever to be staged in Asia, and was sponsored by the Asian Amateur Bodybuilding Federation.
The contest was divided into three classes according to height. While actual muscular development was of major importance to the international judges, points were also awarded for overall proportion of body development, choice of pose.... and neatness.
Class three produced a surprise winner this year...Narong Hirisatja of Thailand.
The class-two event for medium height drew the largest number of entries. Five countries...India, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand...fielded big teams. Iran, defenders of this class and the overall title, and favourites this year, pulled out at the last moment.
Winner of Class-two and overall champion, was Rohmat Juraimi of Singapore. He beat Thailand's Hirisatja and Mehdi Khaneghani of Iran to become this year's 'Minister Asia.' It was a good day for Singapore's bodybuilders - they also won the team trophy. Thailand and Iran were runners-up.