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Tony Duong Makes Olympia Historical past because the First Vietnamese to Qualify

It’s all the time a pleasant feather within the cap for those who 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 delight in that truth, and he informed Dennis James on The Menace Podcast that he needs to construct upon that achievement.

“That’s the aim,” Duong mentioned 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 may be so dope.”

Duong began bodybuilding in 2014. He would compete within the NPC Nationals that 12 months and place fifth within the Males’s Physique division. He would flip professional in that very same division lower than one 12 months later on the NPC USA’s.

“It was an excellent place to begin, however I knew it wasn’t my entire physique,” Duong admitted. “I knew I had legs potential. I felt like I wasn’t displaying 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. Luckily, Traditional Physique got here round throughout that point, and Duong knew he discovered his residence.

“I used to be like ‘rattling, that is good,’” Duong mentioned excitedly. “Even with the load cap they set, I had one other ten kilos to work with.”

He mentioned 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 greatest look thus far. Regardless of 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 loads of the shorter guys hope,” mentioned Duong. “He went into Open and received the Legion present.”

Duong and James additionally focus on Vietnamese meals, his future targets, and much more. Subscribe to the Muscle & Health YouTube channel so you’ll be able to catch previous and future episodes of TMP after they air. Don’t overlook to observe @themenacepodcast on Instagram as nicely.

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