Worrell wins muscle war
HOSKYN “Biscuits” Worrell was the last man standing after another memorable toe-to-toe muscle war with Stevenson Belle while the women’s physique crowned a new champion at the national bodybuilding championships at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Saturday night.
Worrell became the oldest man at 49 to capture the Mr Barbados title, sharing top billing on the muscle stage with the 6ft 1in Deidre Archer, who savoured the joy of winning the Miss Barbados for the first time.
An audience that included magistrate Pamela Beckles, and former Caribbean champions Carmichael Bryan, Jerry Nicholls, and Marlon Hinds, only had eyes for Worrell (middleweight) and Belle (heavyweight) in the grand posedown of divisional champions.
Mike Worrell (lightweight), Laron Gibson (light middleweight) and Dorell Coulthrust (light heavyweight), all qualified for the final posedown after winning their respective classes, but it was clear that the overall title would be a two-man contest between Worrell with his bulging biceps, broad back and sharp abs and intercostals.
Belle, the rugged Coast Guard officer, seeking to repeat as Mr Barbados, responded with razor-sharp condition, especially in his hamstrings and glutes. This was mightily close, and could have gone either way, but in the end, the judges went for Worrell, who tossed both arms in the air in delight after securing his second Mr Barbados, following his first triumph in 2008.
The 33-year-old Belle walked away disappointed, pointing to his sliced hamstrings and his overall condition.
One of the most compelling duels of the night was the showdown in the light middleweight class between Gibson and Joseph “Runt” Bourne. This was a re-enactman of last October’s clash at the Darcy Beckles Invitational and like then, it was very close. Gibson had upper torso dominance in terms of density and may have been a shade ahead in muscle detail while Bourne brought balance and was way ahead in terms of hamstring detail and calves development.
Women’s physique is now far much in the shadow of figure and bikini fitness and sadly, Deidre Archer and Julia Davis were the only females flexing muscle. Davis, competing on behalf of Brute Force Gym, had better shape and proportion, but was a shade too smooth and had to settle for second best as the imposing Archer overpowered her with powerful front and back double bicep shots.
Worrell, dynamite in a small package, had a commanding win in the lightweight class over Strike Force Gym clubmate Curtis Kirby and 43-year-old Roger Streeks of Krackens Gym, who was back on stage for the first time in more than 20 years.