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Phil in seventh heaven

MIKE KING, [email protected]

Phil in seventh heaven

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MAKE IT SEVEN for “The Gift”.

Phil “The Gift” Heath put his name firmly among the greats of bodybuilding by capturing the sport’s ultimate jewel, Joe Weider’s Mr Olympia, for a seventh successive year in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday night.

The 37-year-old African American won a titanic duel with fast rising Egyptian Goliath Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay before a packed audience in the Orleans Arena.

Event organisers brought out action movie star and noted bodybuilding enthusiast Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to announce the winner. As Johnson stretched out his announcement and raised the tension level higher, both competitors waited for the moment. Finally, Johnson gave the result as if it were a prize fight and told the crowd that Heath had won his seventh title, tying him with the iconic Austrian Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger. (MK)

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