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BODYBUILDING: Harding eyes Europe as British crown retained
WEYMOUTH bodybuilder Jason Harding is considering taking on the best in Europe after retaining his British crown.
The 47-year-old triumphed in the athletic fitness class to bring the title back to Dorset for the second year in succession.
His victory in Harrogate means he can now have a crack at the continent’s elite, and having declined the opportunity to do so last time around, Harding is contemplating giving it a go.
“I could have competed in the Europeans this year but chose not to go to Kiev as it meant quite a bit of time away,” he said. “But after winning the British again this year, I might give it a try, depending on where it is.
“I will also probably go back to the British Championships again next year and try to win that for a third time in a row.”
Harding showed the skills required in North Yorkshire to follow up his 2012 success, though it wasn’t all plain sailing.
He felt the judges came down too hard on him during the physical exercises, even if he did have too much in his locker for the other competitors in the end.
“The judges gave me quite a tough time and marked me down a bit,” he added. “I didn’t get the scores I was hoping for but I got enough to win it.
“It was a bit disappointing with the chin ups and dips. I was hoping to get a good score this year but I got to 21 dips and the judges disallowed some, so I ended up with 15.
“They were also being hard on me with the dips. I reached 50 when I gave up because some of them were not being counted and I finished with 46.
“I went up there with some expectations after not having any last year and perhaps that can be a bad thing.
“But it’s always a good standard of competition at the British champs and I managed to hold on to my title, which I was delighted with.”
Harding’s trophy is now on show at Charlton Down Health Club, where he works and trains, and he is already offering people the chance to try and qualify for next year’s UKBFF British Championships.
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