It took intense workouts and 30 to 40 eggs a day, plus chicken and vegetables, to make Chitharesh Natesan of Delhi the first Indian Mr. Universe of the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation.
He scored the Mr. Universe 2019 and Mr. World 2019 titles last Sunday at the federation’s championship held in South Korea, according to The Week India. Natesan triumphed first with the Mr. World title in the 200-pound category, The Week reported, then was pitted against the winners in nine other weight categories, from 120 to 240 pounds and won against them all for the overall title, the magazine reported.
“Every day I had about 30 to 40 eggs, one kilogram of chicken and vegetables,” he told The Times of India after his win. “These were taken six different times, during the day. I also trained twice daily, in the morning and evening.”
“I am extremely happy about my achievement,” Natesan added to The Times of India. “The fact that this is the first time this title comes to our country makes it even more special.”
Up to 38 countries participated and India won 23 medals, the India Times reported, with six gold, 13 silver and four bronze, as well as second place in the team championship category, surpassed only by Thailand.
“For the last 10 years, I have been into bodybuilding,” the former hockey player told The Indian Express, describing his journey from the trials to his selection for the Indian team. “After winning the Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship earlier this year, I went on to participate in the World Championship. I am very happy to bring gold for my country India.”