Albert Chayugah Wins Kenya’s Strongest Man, Thika Chapter.


The strongest men in Kenya were on Saturday to throw down for the title of Kenya's Strongest Man, Thika Chapter where Albert Chayugah was crowned with the title.

Chayugah who triumphed at Mount Kenya University in Thika, will now go on to represent Thika once again at this year's Kenya's Strongest Man event in September this year.

The fete saw a total of 20 contestants, out of whom 10 proceeded from the elimination stage into the main competition. The elimination involved dead lifts and squat, and the contestants were ranked based on the number of repetitions made for each event within 60 seconds.

Chayugah scored 65 points followed by Charles Juma - 55 points and Patrick Gift - 53 points.
  
The winner went home with sh. 30,000/= cash prize courtesy of the event organisers Stealth Mark Africa. Other than the cash prize, he will enjoy free physiotherapy session at The Karen Hospital, gift hampers from Deep Freeze & Coca Cola plus qualification into the National championships to be held later in September (Nairobi).

The first runners up received 20,000/= cash prize from Stealth Mark Africa plus qualification into the National Championships as did the 3rd place winner who bagged 10,000/= cash prize from Stealth Mark Africa.

Speaking at the event, Stealth Mark Africa’s James Mbuga said that the competition was geared to open up a platform for the youth to engage in sports as a way to keep off social vices such as crime and drug abuse.

“Other than enjoying themselves here, we want the youth to earn a living from sports like this. We also want to build a professional body-building sports culture here in Kenya,” said James.

He added that this year’s event was the second of its kind after launching it last year in Nairobi.

However, he said that they were faced with a number of challenges considering that this was a new sport in the country, one among them being to attract crowds to something they knew little about. They were also faced with financial constrains due to little sponsorship.

“We are happy to have a few sponsors on board but we are still appealing to others to help us promote the sport all this country and help these youth out of crime and other vices. This sport calls for a lot of discipline, taking great care of one’s body and so on and so forth,” he said.

The event was co-sponsored by Red Oak properties, Courtyard Security, Leave-A-Mark group, Deep Freeze, Showbiz International Red.

Oak Properties have offered to award the overall 2016 Mr. Kenya Strongest Man an 1/8 acre piece of land in Olepolos (Kiserian) worth sh. 300,000. Stealth Mark Africa shall give the National Champion 200,000/= , 100,000/= to the 1st runner-up and 50,000/= to the 2nd runner-up.
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