By Lee Hyo-won
The Mr World competition is not just about finding the most muscular man in the world, but a truly modern, all-around one. Endurance is still nevertheless a desired trait, and the Mr World contestants underwent some strenuous tests of their physical stamina and mental agility.
The 74 men were split into four teams ― yellow, blue, red and black. Sunday morning, while the other groups toured Seoul, the yellow team headed to the beach for a rigorous session with the competition’s resident trainer, a British sergeant major.
After running the full length of the 4-kilometer beach and back, just as a warm-up, they had to alternate between sprints, circuit training, sit-ups and star jumps.
``The guys did well. We were all tired but in good spirits after an intense hour-long workout,’’ said Hareruya Konno, the 26-year-old model representing Japan. In the afternoon, the red team underwent their share of the pain with the sergeant major.
But if that seemed bad enough, 20 contestants ― five from each of the four groups ― were nominated for a faceoff with the Korean Marines, Monday.
These ``lucky’’ few had to wake up before sunrise and travel to Silmido Camp, located on Muui Island, for a session with the local marines. The marine forces on the peninsula are notoriously reputed for hellish training sessions with soldiers known for being able to ``catch ghosts.’’
``I’m looking forward to see what the marines can throw at us,’’ said Ivan Rusilko, the U.S. contestant who is representing the red team along with candidates from the Philippines, Russia, South Africa and Sweden.
On the beach the teams had to compete in a 500-meter race across the beach _ carrying a 100-kilogram boat on their heads. First the yellow team (France, Guadeloupe, Ireland, Kazakhstan and Kenya) defeated the blue (Angola, Belarus, Canada, Cyprus and Denmark) while the red beat the black (Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands and Norway). The red team won the final round against the yellow and was named Mr World Marine Champions.
Meanwhile the rest of the black and blue team members had their own team challenges with the resident trainer.
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15 março 2010
Contestants 'Catch Ghosts' With Marines