It’s all the time a pleasant feather within the cap when you can say that you simply’re the primary to do one thing within the IFBB Professional League. Tony Duong (pronounced as “yung”) has that feather as the primary Vietnamese athlete to have certified for the Olympia. The Traditional Physique competitor takes nice satisfaction in that reality, and he instructed Dennis James on The Menace Podcast that he desires to construct upon that achievement.
“That’s the objective,” Duong stated clearly. A method that he sees himself thriving sooner or later is by having a contest of his personal in that a part of the world.
“That will be so dope.”
Duong began bodybuilding in 2014. He would compete within the NPC Nationals that yr and place fifth within the Males’s Physique division. He would flip professional in that very same division lower than one yr later on the NPC USA’s.
“It was an excellent start line, however I knew it wasn’t my entire physique,” Duong admitted. “I knew I had legs potential. I felt like I wasn’t exhibiting sufficient as a result of I performed soccer. I’ve actually good quad sweeps.”
When Duong had turned professional, the following class up was the 212, which might’ve been a giant leap. Happily, Traditional Physique got here round throughout that point, and Duong knew he discovered his house.
“I used to be like ‘rattling, that is good,’” Duong stated excitedly. “Even with the burden cap they set, I had one other ten kilos to work with.”
He stated that he not too long ago weighed round 167 kilos, and the cutoff for his peak is 170. Duong is coming off a second-place end on the 2022 Boston Professional, the place he offered his finest look thus far. Despite being one of many shorter athletes within the division, he feels he can succeed. He referenced a former Olympia champion as proof.
“Have a look at Shaun Clarida. He gave lots of the shorter guys hope,” stated Duong. “He went into Open and gained the Legion present.”
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