MELBOURNE: Former Mr. Pakistan and one of the prominent body builders of Pakistan Atif Anwar secured a title at Arnold Classic Body Building competition on Sunday, ARYSports.tv reported.
Years of training and body building finally bore fruit as Pakistan’s Atif Anwar won the ‘over 100 kg class’ title at the event named after former Mr Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
After beating one of the best body builders of the world in 100 kg class category, Atif was awarded the medal by the most renowned body builder of the world.
The title meant the world to Atif Anwar who brought this rare honour for Pakistan in a sport mostly neglected in the country.
Other highlights at the annual event include Australia’s Strongest man, Arnold Weightlifting & Powerlifting and Arnold Armwrestling.
The winners of title are called ‘Arnies’ after Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, the Austrian-born American former professional bodybuilder, and politician.
Schwarzenegger began weight training at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has written many books and articles on the sport.
Karachi based Atif Anwar had previously gathered a lot of honours including running fourth in Muscle Mania 2009.