Bodybuilders do battle at Pattaya muscle & physique contest

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Bulging biceps and perfect pectorals were on display at the Royal Garden Plaza shopping mall in Pattaya over the weekend May 30-31 as the Thailand Bodybuilding Association held the RGP EX-Fever Muscle & Physique Contest for both males and females.

Over 500 competitors took part in the event, all vying for one of the prestigious trophies and a share of the 200,000 baht in prize money on offer.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Jaruk Arajchakaran, Vice President and Secretary of the Thailand Olympic Committee headed a list of VIPs and luminaries at the opening of the event and also helped distribute prizes to the various category winners.

Thailand’s Sudjai Janthalek (centre) celebrates winning the male over 75kg bodybuilding title at the RGP EX-Fever Muscle & Physique Contest held at the Royal Garden Plaza shopping mall in Pattaya, Saturday, May 30.Thailand’s Sudjai Janthalek (centre) celebrates winning the male over 75kg bodybuilding title at the RGP EX-Fever Muscle & Physique Contest held at the Royal Garden Plaza shopping mall in Pattaya, Saturday, May 30.

In the male under 75kg category, the winner was Thailand’s Kaseam Sirisoh while the over 75kg title went to Sudjai Janthalek.  The Male Model Physique not over 170cm tall and not over 100kg award was won by Kitti Palapol while Rattapol Mukdasanith took victory in the not over 175cm but under 100kg category.  The final male prize, in the over 175cm tall and under100kg division went to another local champion, Charoenpong Srisong.

In the female contest, held Sunday May 31, over 160 bodybuilders took part and were divided into 2 categories of competition.  In the Master Women’s Model Physique division, the winner was Stephanie Hock-Schneider from Germany while the top contestant in the Woman’s Model Physique up to 160cm field was Thailand’s Kornkamol Siripak.

Winners in all the respective male and female categories received trophies and 8,000 baht each in prize money while the runners-up and third placed contestants also took home trophies plus cash awards of 5,000 and 4,000 baht respectively.