CURRENT Mr PNG Lucas Wemin returned from his first international outing at the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, with an impressive world No.10 ranking.
The hulking Simbu man competed against 126 of the best from around the world, with a representation from 67 countries in different categories, coming out with his placing in the 70kg division.
PNG Bodybuilding president Ronald Haihavu, who accompanied Wemin, said that the result was an exceptional achievement, compared with past participation.
“Wemin did exceptionally well in a tough line of competition for his 10th placing.
“The best PNG has gone in the championships was a 12th placing for Joe Kulame in 2007,” he said.
Haihavu, who was also part of the judging panel in the same category, said the competition was very tough, therefore, every little thing counted on the stage for competitors.
Competition at the meet required for consistent form all round to remain in the top 15, and in the race for the top placing. Competitors who fell out of this mark would ultimately drop out.
The championships started with the weigh-ins on Nov 5-7.
Iran’s super heavy-weight, the 116kg and 180cm tall Haghi Fereydonn was declared the “champion of champions” on the final day.
Wemin is happy with his ranking and he has his sights already on next year’s event in Bangkok, Thailand.
He acknowledged the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB), the Speaker of Parliament Jeffery Nape, NCDC and other individual sponsors for their support.
He dedicated his outstanding performance to them.
Haihavu also thanked Trukai Industries Limited for their ongoing support for bodybuilding.
“Our participation at the world titles would not have been possible without the ongoing support from Trukai Industries Limited and we’re grateful,” he added.