More than 2,000 people packed a Baghdad cinema on Tuesday (November 21), to watch the finals of the World Bodybuilding Championships.
More than 2,000 people packed a Baghdad cinema on Tuesday (November 21), to watch the finals of the World Bodybuilding Championships. Forty-one competitors from 30 nations took part in the championships... nine in the short man class ... 19 in the medium event, and 13 in the tall man competition. Japan's Kenichi Suemitsui won the short class. Mike Katz (USA) won the tall... and Ed Corney, also from the United States, took the medium event.
SYNOPSIS: Well over two thousand people packed a Baghdad cinema this week, to watch the finals of the 1972 World Bodybuilding Championships.
Every competitor takes part in the massed parades, and each gets on minute to show his muscles to the best advantage.
This is Kenichi Suemitsul of Japan, the eventual winner of the short man class. A number of judges, many with years of bodybuilding behind them, examine the competitors closely ... trying to find the man with the least number of faults. But each judge has his own ideas, and different physiques tend to win each year.
Body-builders have muscles in places where most other people do not. They train as hard as the most conscientious Olympic competitors, and watch their diets in the manner of models. Each works for months to get to a reasonable trim, and before a competition, many go on a diet of raw meat and water, to eliminate surplus fat.
This is Abbis al Hindawi of Iraq, the current Mr. Asia. In the World Championships he took fourth place in the middle class. His placing helped the host nation to take third place in the team event.
And this is the man who ???on the medium class, Ed Corney of the Unites States. Corney won his title from eighteen other competitors in this class.