Former 2013 Central American and Caribbean [CAC] champion Samuel Eastmond was large and in charge when he captured his first ever Michael Riley Invitational Classic held last night at the St Leonard Boys’ auditorium.
Describing his success as “a cakewalk”, Eastmond bounced back from an injury earlier in the year to dethrone defending champion Shaquille Lavine, who finished third behind second place finisher David Small at the season ending competition.
Eastmond has had a bit of bad luck in recent times. In 2014 he damaged his shoulder and was unable to defend his CAC title and earlier this year he tore his right thigh.
Last night though, that all changed.
“I said I will not let my injury slow me down and I would not give up. There is money in these shows, so I compete because I am tired of the doctors telling me what I can and cannot do. [So] it feels great to win, but it was easy for me competing against Lavine,” said the 43-year-old Eastmond who hopes that his return will inspire others to compete next year.
A member of the First Fitness Zone, he had the crowd in awe when he destroyed the competition with his ripping front abdominal thighs, double biceps, lat spread, side chest and back lat spread. Eastmond was at his best and it would have taken something special to beat him on the night.
Also winning his first Michael Riley title in the men’s physique was Shawn Springer who came second last year and made it his mission to take the top spot this time around.
“I had to change my diet coming off the Darcy Beckles Classic using some fatty food like bread [and] coke to get some sugar and that toned me down a lot. By that time I was in good shape for the [Michael] Riley Classic,” said an elated Springer who won over Julian Belgrave and Nicholas Moseley, who finished second and third respectively.
Another winner on the night was Kenmar Chandler in the Michael Riley Classic category, who won from a field of five other competitors. Chandler was good enough to defeat Glasgow Bryan and reigning Mr Schoolboy Kamico Byer.
In the Masters division, William Morris won over Joe Bourne and Orlando Blenman.
Meanwhile in the women’s body fitness Nicole Roach was first, Elsie Medford second and Reah Lewis third, while the winner of the women’s bikini went to Waynel Lynch. Akeila Prescod finished second and Alisha Barnett rounded out the top three.