Hoskyn Worrell won the seventh edition of the Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic on Saturday night but Garwin Phillips won the hearts of the big crowd at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
Despite the presence of Dorell Coulthurst, Dario Bryan and the big Antiguans super heavyweight Olwyn Martin and light heavyweight Steven William, it was clear that the battle for the title was between Worrell, the reigning Mr Barbados, and Phillips, who placed second at this year’s Central American And Caribbean Championship (CAC).
The bodies of these two titans of Caribbean bodybuilding appeared to be carved of bronze. They were well chiselled and excellently defined.
A section of the fans were clearly backing Phillips, and the Worrell fan club also made their presence felt. Each time Worrell or Phillips appeared on stage their supporters roared loudly.
When it was announced that Worrell had won the competition and Phillips had placed second, some of his supporters were displeased at the decision. They felt that the 43-year-old Phillips, who was born in St Vincent but is a policeman in Bermuda, should have been the winner.
Phillips is bigger and taller but Worrell has more defined muscular separation and shape. Worrell’s supporters expressed the view that their man’s superior posing skills also impressed the judges and won him the title. Everyone agreed that the competition was of the highest quality.
It was a remarkable victory for Worrell who has won six of the seven Classics. Dorell Coulthrust, a former Mr Bridgetown, who placed fourth in CAC light heavyweight division at this year’s CAC Games, came third and Dario Bryan placed fourth. Two of the leading bodybuilders on the island Stevenson Belle and Ramon Broomes did not take part in the Classic due to illness with chikungunya.
The 23-year-old Bryan won the open contest, Dave Archer placed second, Joe Bourne came third and reigning Mr Schoolboy and Mr Teenager Shaquille Lavine was fourth.
Domini Alleyne won the bikini fitness contest, Shakira Doughlin placed second, Abeni Procope of Trinidad and Tobago was third, Rhadika Yearwood fourth and Miss Schoolgirl Mascara Thornhill fifth.
Ramona Morgan was in top shape and a commanding winner in the figure competition, Cleopatra Carti was second and Jenelle Schulere placed third.
In the men’s physique competition, Jamil Jones with his defined abs was a runaway winner, Ryan Haynes was the runner-up, and Rocky Kewley of Trinidad and Tobago placed third.
Former Mr Olympia Dexter The Blade Jackson thrilled the fans when he made a guest appearance at the show. Jackson who recently won the Dubai Pro Classic impressed with his magnificent physique, rippling muscularity and interaction with the fans.
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