Flexing their muscles

2017-06-06 06:00
Roxanne McLachlan from Panorama won the fitness bikini up to 163cm division and the overall title.

Roxanne McLachlan from Panorama won the fitness bikini up to 163cm division and the overall title.

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The fifth edition of Battle of the Titans, hosted by PCA (Physical Culture Association) SA, was held over the weekend, and a new champion was crowned after Xolile Damba had dominated the first four editions of the event.

Emihle Baneti was crowned the new Battle of the Titans Overall Titan in Durbanville.

A total of 166 athletes competed compared to last year’s 132.

The event was well supported over the two days, with tickets for both days being sold out before the event started. “I am very pleased with the event, and I think it works perfectly to split the event over two days. The quality of the athletes and the good feedback from the public in attendance were really fantastic,” said PCA SA chairman, Kevin Schwartz.

Baneti faced some stiff opposition from Chris Nguta, but his superior conditioning sealed the deal in the senior men’s under 70kg division. Baneti again had a fight on his hands in the overall line-up – Ryno Cordier, who won the senior men’s under 95kg division, was pushing him all the way.

Rachelle Havenga must be one of the most prolific beach bikini athletes Cape Town has ever seen. Like so many times before, she won her ladies’ beach bikini up to 163cm division and went on to lift the overall trophy as well. It was no easy victory for her, as the twelve athletes competing with her came in shape and pushed her all the way.

Delano Rasmus was one of the most impressive athletes on the Friday, winning the men’s muscle model up to 178cm division and the overall muscle model title with a near flawless ­physique.

Matthew Parker is cementing himself as one of the top prospects in the u.23 division, and with his remarkable leg development he is certainly going places. Paul Prins has yet another under 90kg division win under his belt, bringing a tightly conditioned body to the stage.

Roxanne McLachlan is a world-class fitness bikini athlete and again proved her dominance by winning the overall fitness bikini title.

Alethea Cusens came out on top in the ladies’ beach bikini over 163cm division in what was one of the toughest line-ups of the event, and she can be very proud of her performance against 17 athletes.

Danny de Jager took the honours by winning the overall classic bodybuilding title for the year.

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