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Former Marines capture overall titles in Pacific Muscle Classic on Okinawa

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Pacific Muscle Classic guest poser Robert Timms with women's figure tall division winner Elizabeth Mendez, left, and women's figure short division and overall winner Christine McGown at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Published: July 16, 2017

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa ó For Kenneth Walker, it was a long time coming.

The 41-year-old former Marine, who last won an on-base bodybuilding championship on Okinawa six years ago, captured the overall menís title in the 11th Pacific Muscle Classic on Sunday at Kadenaís Keystone Theater.

ďItís been awhile,Ē said Walker, who took top prize at the Far East Bodybuilding Championship at nearby Camp Foster in 2011. ďIíve been waiting for this. It feels good to be back on top.Ē

About 350 spectators turned out for the 2-hour, 15-minute competition, which featured nine competitors in the womenís figures division and 14 in the six menís bodybuilding categories. There was also a brief presentation by guest poser Robert Timms, a staff sergeant and pro bodybuilding competitor assigned to Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix.

Walker, a native of Paterson, N.J., who works for the Exchange at Camp Hansen, also won the menís masters ó 40 and older ó category. The former Okinawa Marine got out in 2001 as a staff sergeant.

The womenís overall title went to Christine McGown, 36, of Rivervale, N.J., a civil servant on Okinawa who also served in the Marines; she got out as a sergeant in 2001. McGown also won the womenís figures short ó under 5-foot-4 ó category.

Winners in other categories were: menís bantamweight (up to 143 pounds): Hidekazu Taba; menís lightweight (up to 154): Ron Dadovo; menís middleweight (up to 176): Marshall Boykin; menís light-heavyweight (up to 198): Russell Morgan; menís heavyweight (more than 198): Roger Francious; womenís tall figures (5-foot-4 and taller): Elizabeth Mendez.

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