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    Iraq's Abdul Karim is the new Mr. Asia. He won the title at the 13th?

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    Iraq's Abdul Karim is the new Mr. Asia. He won the title at the 13th Asian Body-Building Championships in Calcutta on Monday (31 October).

    SYNOPSIS: The championships saw a colourful display of masculine bodies-beautiful, which attracted a large crowd of body-building buffs. This year, the event was based on various weight groups, instead of height as in previous years. The classes were bantam, light, middle and heavy, and team championships were judged when the parade ended. It was a magnificent display of bulging biceps and triceps, bull-necks, tightly-ridged stomachs, sinewy forearms and knotty thighs and calves. What contestants lacked in development, they made up for with showmanship -- more necessary then usual for the bantamweights.

    The bantams were no first -- and Singapore's Moh Teck Hin was pronounced the best of the seven competitors in this class. he wasn't the best showman -- but with his body, he didn't need to be. He was the spectators' popular choice too.

    In the lightweight class, the judges had to confer for quite a while before deciding on the winner, because the line-up was impressive. Eventually they decided on Iraq's Talib Shehab, whose well-proportioned body was complemented by his supreme showmanship.

    The middleweights -- and another display of rippling muscles delighted the spectators, all of whom no doubt had their own personal favourites for the class title. But it was shapely rohmat Juraimi of Singapore who finally made it. The judge decided he was in a class all by himself.

    Finally -- the event most eagerly awaited. It was the turn of those towering pillars of flesh -- the heavyweights, and there were only four of them choose from, which made the judges' task a lot easier.

    It was Iraq's superman Abdul Karim who took the title -- and he became the new Mr. Asia. As this muscular mountain of a man went through his routine, the crowd must have known he was the favourite to win. Indonesia's Ridwan Kedyak impressed too, but he could not compare with Karim, whose victory also helped Iraq win the team championships.

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