With such a large population and rapidly developing economy it would only make sense that bodybuilding is quickly becoming a serious sport in India, and this year has seen many accomplished Indian bodybuilders come to the fore, and catch public attention. We present the best 5 Indian bodybuilders and some of their achievements. Read on.
1. Murali Kumar.
A sailor in the Indian Navy, Murali Kumar, aged 35, is a bodybuilder by accident. Pushed into the sport only at a relatively late age of 25, Murali has surprised himself and many of his admirers, by winning the Asian Bodybuilding Championship held in Vietnam in 2012, as well as most recently, winning the Mr.India title in 2013, beating a very tough competition, recognizing him as the very best bodybuilder in India.
2. Sangram Chougule.
Sangram Chougule, an electrical engineer from Pune, aged 32, is one of the most recognizable names in the world of Indian bodybuilding, having won several domestic and international awards in the sport, the highest of them being the Mr.Universe title in the 85 Kg category, in the World Bodybuilding Championship held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2012. Sangram’s daily diet consists of 2 pounds of fish, a pound of chicken, lots of milk and boiled vegetables.
3. Suhas Khamkar.
Born in 1980 in a small town in the state of Maharashtra, Suhas Khamkar comes from an underprivileged background. Inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Suhas entered the world of bodybuilding at 16, and has gone on from strength to strength since then, winning several awards since, the most famous of them being crowned as Mr.Asia in 2010.
4. Rajendran Mani
One of the most experienced bodybuilders from India, Rajendran Mani, a former member of the Indian Airforce, is well into his 40s, but is still reckoned to be one of the best bodybuilders in the country. He has won the Mr.India and the Champion of Champions awards given to the best bodybuilders in India, a record 8 times. Recently, only last year, he won the World Bodybuilding Championship for the 90 kg category held in Budapest, Hungary.
5. Ankur Sharma
Hailing from North India, Ankur Sharma is one of the best young bodybuilders in India, who has shown tremendous potential, and has already had several accomplishments within bodybuilding to his credit. He has won several bodybuilding awards, including a Gold in the 2013 WBPF World Championship. Having won the Mr.India competition for the best bodybuilder in India in 2012, he suffered a slight drawback, being able to win only the second place in the last Mr.India competition, held in 2013.
So as you can see, there is a vast pool of talent in the country of India that is only developing. While they may not have all the mass of their western counterparts, the physiques and supplementation are rapidly developing. As the world becomes increasingly smaller and more connected only more talent will be developed because of it, especially as opportunity and resources reach rapidly developing nations such as India.
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