Winner of the Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic, Wendel Setropawiro from Suriname who also gained a place in the big category after he first won the Open Category earlier in the night.


Surinamese Wendel Setropawiro wins Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic

Surinamese Bodybuilder Wendel Setropawiro etched his name in the pages of history when he stormed the 2018 Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic to sweep both the Open and Invitational titles on Saturday night at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Making his debut in the event Setropawiro carried off a total purse of $6 500 and two titles leaving the stage with a huge smile on his face and some stunned spectators.

In the invitational many expected the battle to be between Antigua and Barbuda bigman Ollyn Martin and Barbados Kirk Alleyne. However, Martin’s conditioning was not where it should be and he fell out of the top three, finishing fifth.

The 36-year-old Setropawiro was placed at the end of the line where the judges were doing their compulsory poses and there was never a side by side comparison with Alleyne and Setropawiro leaving many to wonder if it was such a clear cut victory for the visitor.

Alleyne had to settle for second place, while Guyana’s Kerwin Clarke was third and Antigua and Barbuda’s Rodney George was fourth.

In the Open which saw the top three getting the call up for the invitational, Setropawiro was clearly the biggest person on the stage winning from George and St. George Propere from St. Lucia.

Setropawiro said that he has been working hard and he always had faith in himself to pull off the victory.

In the Body Fitness category the battle must have been very close as defending champion Ramona Morgan may have left the door slightly open after she had a number of injuries in the lead up to the show.

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