By Alan Hendry for Inverness Courier
The son to former Malawi President Bakili Muluzi has won the strongman competition . Zake Muluzi who is dubbed “Malawian Monster” lifted his way to victory in John O’Groats Strongest Man Competition, held in Caithness in the Highlands
Zake Muluzi powered his way to victory in the John O’Groats Strongest Man competition at the weekend – and vowed that he will return next year to defend his title.
The self-styled “Malawian Monster”, who is based in Nairn, lifted the engraved glass trophy and £1000 prize for the winner on his debut appearance at the event.
Muluzi (32) edged Orkney’s Calum Elder into second place over seven tests of strengths in front of an enthusiastic crowd on Sunday.
“I’m over the moon,” the powerfully built offshore worker said. “It was a good run-out. You never know what will happen but I was confident in my own abilities. It was a fun competition and a good turnout as well. It’s a very nice setting and good scenery” said the young Muluzi
Zake Muluzi, was born in Malawi but moved to Scotland at the age of 14. He is the son to of Patricia Shanil Muluzi . He is now setting his sights on the Scotland’s Strongest Man competition next month. “I’m hoping to do well in that,” he said.
The seven gruelling rounds on Sunday consisted of a keg medley, Farmer’s Walk, squat lift, monster dumbbell press, deadlift, Fingal’s Finger and tyre flip and drag, with four points awarded to the winner of each discipline down to a single point for the fourth-placed contestant.
Muluzi emerged as winner with 23 points, one-and-a-half clear of Elder. Aberdeen’s Rob Crockett was third on 15.5, with Kris Hamilton – the only Caithness competitor – fourth on 10 points.