1989 NABBA Mr. Universe – Prejudging
This was the last Universe to be held in the famous Wembley Conference Centre in London. 102 superbly muscled and buffed athletes – the largest field of competitors ever seen at the Universe – gathered from all over the world to battle it out for the top titles.
In the AMATEUR DIVISION, the Short Class 3 winner was the current Mr. America – MATT DUFRESNE. He was Mr. Perfection and had it all from his superbly sculptured abs to his perfect aesthetic proportions, symmetry and razor sharp condition. It was the big year of his career winning the overall title at the Mr. America as well as at the Amateur Mr. Universe.
CASEY KUCHARYK of USA was the Medium Class 2 winner. It was a tough call for the overall title that Casey had to come up against 2 other great stars in Matt Dufresne and Gary Lewer of Australia. I have seen Casey many times over the years and this was his year. He was “ready”, he was super shredded with paper thin skin, and I know he was very disappointed at not taking the overall title.
GARY LEWER of Australia was also in his best ever condition as he took out class 1. He had been coming up each time in the placings at the Universe and doing better every year. Big and muscular with great size, especially in the upper body, Gary dominated Tall Class 1. Gary has charisma as well as a superb physique.
In the Junior Mr. Universe Class (under 21 on the 1st day of the year) it was a very tightly fought battle between the 2 Aussies, MICHAEL MELKSHAM, PETER WALL (Mr. Symmetry) and the ripped young CLINT DYE of England. Massive and ripped Michael finally took the title with predictions of a great future for him. Peter Wall was a former teenage Mr. Australia.
In the professional division, local English favourite CHARLES CLAIRMONTE beat out the challenge from Olympia competitor and 5 times Mr. Universe winner EDWARD KAWAK of France. This was a 3rd Universe title for Charles, with his huge yet elegant and ripped physique overcoming and out muscling the sheer brutal mass and power of Kawak.
Prior to the evening show we interviewed the famous REG PARK, plus top competitors both men and women. The DVD includes the complete posing routine of every competitor plus key comparisons.
COMPLETE MEN’S RESULTS:
1st Michael Melksham – Australia
2nd Clint Dye – England
3rd Peter Wall – Australia
4th Wayne Tancock – England
5th Massimo Senelli – Italy
6th Damien Keyser – France
7th Eli Hana – Israel
8th Curtis Howells – South Africa
9th Lior Golan – Israel
Mr. CLASS 3
1st Matt Dufresne – USA
2nd Robert Wall – England
3rd Terry Fisher – England
4th Rainer Gorbracht – West Germany
5th Nick Naylor – England
6th Bruce Leong – Australia
7th Gerard Bibolet – France
8th Rudolph Fernandez – France
9th Peter Van Wellin – Belgium
10th Guido Zambelli – Italy
UNPLACED: Michael Adamo, Austin Campagne, George Camilleri, Doug Powell.
Mr. CLASS 2
1st Casey Kucharyk – USA
2nd Peter Reid – England
3rd Claudio Mostacci – Italy
4th Roger Bartley – England
5th Gunter Osweiller – West Germany
6th Werner Schneider – West Germany
7th Gennaro Ferra – Australia
8th Eduardo De La Asuncion – Spain
9th John Els – South Africa
10th Paul Taylor – South Africa
11th Eddie Van Laere – Belgium
12th Warren Treasure – England
13th Roy Martin – Ireland
Mr. CLASS 1
1st Gary Lewer – Australia
2nd Shaun Davis – England
3rd Rocky Foster – England
4th Fausto Ascari – Italy
5th Markus Mueller – West Germany
6th Jacobus Joubert – South Africa
7th Leslie Rudolf – Australia
8th Manfred Salchner – Australia
9th Kim Joachum – South Africa
10th Donald Mahoney – Australia
UNPLACED: Patrick Mallough, Ahmed Oudsman, Christopher Slee, Juan Jose Albalat, Jan Van Roy, Alessandro Ardenti.
PROFESSIONAL MR UNIVERSE
1st Charles Clairmonte – England
2nd Edward Kawak – France
3rd Basil Francis – England
4th Marlon Darton – USA
5th Andre Maille – Canada
6th Roy Duval – England
7th Walter O’Malley – Ireland/UK
8th Heinz Horling – West Germany
OVERALL AMATEUR MR UNIVERSE: Matt Dufresne – USA