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Quality muscle at the IFBB’s Millennium Gold Plate

The IFBB Millennium Gold Plate has become an annual bodybuilding institution and judging from the excitement the show generated this past weekend it was once again pure gold!

As the final IFBB qualifier in the Gauteng region it was not surprising to witness a total of 174 athletes showing up en masse on Saturday in a last ditch effort to secure a spot to strut their stuff at the upcoming Arnold Classic Africa. A feast of bodybuilding action was enjoyed by a bustling crowd at the Kaleideo Auditorum in Kempton Park.

Of all the hopefuls entering the competition, a total of 61 competitors went through to compete at the Arnold Classic Africa scheduled to be hosted by the IFBB in May at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Contenders such as Corne van Niekerk (Junior Bodybuilding U/23 yrs, over 75kg), Jason Dunning (Men’s Classic Bodybuilding up to 1.75m), Lesego Lebethe (Senior Men up to and including 80kg), Deon Tolken (Men’s Classic Bodybuilding over 1.75m) and Master Roderick (Senior Men up to and including 100kg) came out with guns blazing for that all important nod from the judges’ table.

The overall quality of muscular development, athleticism, aesthetics and symmetry was truly of the highest standard, especially for this early in the competitive season. The overall standouts on the evening were Alex Ngovfo (Men’s Bodybuilding), Kasonga Chileste (Men’s Athletic Physique), Rowanne Morris (Ladies Fitness Bikini) and Larrissa Meyer (Ladies Beach Bikini).

All these men and women are worthy winners and they are expected to do exceptionally well at the 2018’s edition of the Arnold Classic Africa.


Junior Bodybuilding U/18 yrs

1. Zander Janse van Vuuren

Junior Bodybuilding U/23 yrs, up to 75kg

1. Jacques Coetzer

2. Huzief Omar

3. Jared Davids

Junior Bodybuilding U/23 yrs, over 75kg

1. Corne van Niekerk

2. Rowan McGregor

3. Michael Viljoen

Ladies Fitness Bikini over 35 yrs

1. Rowanne Morris

2. Antoinette Nel

3. Nikki Pennel

Senior Men up to and including 70kg

1. Bongani Manene

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding up to 1.75m

1. Jason Dunning

2. Mpho Mokatile

3. Xolani Sibanyoni

Ladies Wellness Fitness

1. Iryna Tokar

2. Leyla Sonmez

3. Charne Diener

Senior Men up to and including 80kg

1. Lesego Lebethe

2. Thomas van Baalen

3. Nicholus White

Women’s Physique

1. Adele Jacobs

Ladies Beach Bikini up to 1.63m

1. Ralie Kapp

Masters over 40 yrs

1. Willem Basson

2. Tshepo Zondo

3. Piet Ruthven

Masters over 50 yrs

1. Martin van Wyk

Women’s Fitness

1. Philippa Lamont Wilke

Ladies Body Fitness

1. Rina Campbell

2. Sam Martingano

3. Ana Fernandes

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding over 1.75m

1. Deon Tolken

2. Donovan Massyn

3. Shadlee Lalla

Ladies Beach Bikini over 1.63m

1. Larrissa Meyer

2. Bianca Janse van Rensburg

3. Kathrine Houcki

Men’s Muscular Physique

1. Victor Piccto

2. Jean-Jacques Kesselman

3. Zane vd Berg

Ladies Fitness Bikini up to 1.66m

1. Farai Gomwe

2. Megan Wesson

3. Britney Smith

Senior Men up to and including 90kg

1. Alex Ngovfo

2. Wesley Saunders

3. Barry Taylor

Men’s Athletic Physique up to 1.78m

1. Tiaan van Graan

2. Dave Renney

3. Kamai Malaka

Ladies Fitness Bikini over 1.66m

1. Rowanne Morris

2. Jessica Lovett

3. Cassandra de Jager

Senior Men up to and including 100kg

1. Master Roderick

2. Juan Bothma

3. Jean-Pierre Nel

Men’s Athletic Physique over 1.78m

1. Kasonga Chileste

2. Richard Dinkelman

3. Francois Chapman

Senior Men over 100kg

1. Dewald Barendse

Overall Winners

Ladies Beach Bikini – Larrissa Meyer

Ladies Fitness Bikini – Rowanne Morris

Men’s Athletic Physique – Kasonga Chileste

Men’s Bodybuilding – Alex Ngovfo

* Show report by Muscle Evolution editor Werner Beukes. Photography by Soulby Jackson.

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