Northampton's champion bodybuilder claims third prize at world class Mr Olympia contest

Northampton gym owner Kamal Elgargni has claimed third place at an international bodybuilding championship.
Northampton gym owner Kamal Elgargni has claimed third place at an international bodybuilding championship.

A champion Northampton gym owner has brought home the bronze medal from the world's most prestigious bodybuilding event.

Kamal Elgargni has faced down some of the most muscular men in the world to claim third prize at the international 212 Mr Olympia contest in Las Vegas.

Kamal poses during his winning routine at the Arnold Classic 212 in March. Image courtesy of Generation Iron Fitness Network.

Kamal poses during his winning routine at the Arnold Classic 212 in March. Image courtesy of Generation Iron Fitness Network.

He returned home last night (September 27) to the applause and cheers of his friends, family and customers at the Better Bodies Gym, in Freehold Street.

Kamal said: "It's been an unbelievable year for me. I have been working for this for a long, long time. I don't know there is anyone at this level or my age who has worked as hard as me.

Kamal qualified for the Olympia after claiming first place at the 212 Arnold Classic show in Ohio in March where he accepted his trophy on stage from Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.

Since then, he worked out three times a day for the past three months to hone his physique for the 212 Olympian in order to compete with the world's top bodybuilders. His performed at the contest weighing in at 205lbs, or 93kg.

Kamal and his members celebrate at his homecoming to the Better Bodies gym.

Kamal and his members celebrate at his homecoming to the Better Bodies gym.

The judging included a posing routine, where competitors demonstrate their muscle definition, symmetry and conditioning - or how visible individual muscles appear.

Kamal said: "Everyone was talking after the show about me. No one had conditioning like me. My routine had the classic postures they hadn't seen in years.

"A friend brought me a small slice of a doughnut as a present after I won. I told him to his face, 'I love you, man'.

"It's a great achievement. I'm 46-years-old, but I won the Arnold Classic as a first-time competitor and now I've taken bronze at the Olympia on my first try.

After months of clean eating and training, Kamal can finally enjoy a slice of cake. Cake designed by JJCakes Northampton.

After months of clean eating and training, Kamal can finally enjoy a slice of cake. Cake designed by JJCakes Northampton.

"But now I'm hungry for more. I'm going to take it easy until January, then I'll have nine months to get ready for the next Olympia and win it for Northampton."