Mach dethroned at Asian Bodybuilding event

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Five-time Asian champion Pham Van Mach had to settle for silver at the 44th Asian Men's Bodybuilding and the 2nd Asian Men's Athletic Physique Championships held in Tehran on Friday.

Mach, who competed in the 55 kilogram weight category, was dethroned by the host's Ehsan Khajavi in the finals, local news website VnExpress reported.

By failing to win gold at the August 2-7 contest, Mach has missed the opportunity to catch up with the six-time Asian champion record set by veteran Ly Duc in the 85 kilogram category.

Another Vietnamese bodybuilder, 2009 gold medalist Nguyen Van Lam, also failed to defend his title, winning silver in the 65 kilogram event.

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