Mr Universe 2009 title goes to Russia’s Alexei Netesanov

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Alexei Netesanov, 38, winner of the 2008 Mister Universe professional bodybuilder competition

Russia now has two Arnold Schwarzeneggers of its own: special police officer Anton Yezhov, winner of the 2008 Mister Universe professional bodybuilder competition, and Penza athlete Alexei Netesanov, 38, who won the title this year. A RIA Novosti photo correspondent spent a day with the current champ.

© RIA Novosti . Grigory Sysoyev / Go to the photo bankRussia now has two Arnold Schwarzeneggers of its own: special police officer Anton Yezhov, winner of the 2008 Mister Universe professional bodybuilder competition, and Penza athlete Alexei Netesanov, 38, who won the title this year. A RIA Novosti photo correspondent spent a day with the current champ.
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Russia now has two Arnold Schwarzeneggers of its own: special police officer Anton Yezhov, winner of the 2008 Mister Universe professional bodybuilder competition, and Penza athlete Alexei Netesanov, 38, who won the title this year. A RIA Novosti photo correspondent spent a day with the current champ.
© RIA Novosti . Grigory Sysoyev / Go to the photo bankAlexei Netesanov competed in the category of over 179 cm (5’ 10”) tall against the strongest rivals from around the world.
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Alexei Netesanov competed in the category of over 179 cm (5’ 10”) tall against the strongest rivals from around the world.
© RIA Novosti . Grigory Sysoyev / Go to the photo bankIt all began for Netesanov in 1991 when he came across a picture of Robbie Robinson, that year’s Mr Universe winner, in a Russian sports magazine.
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It all began for Netesanov in 1991 when he came across a picture of Robbie Robinson, that year’s Mr Universe winner, in a Russian sports magazine.
© RIA Novosti . Grigory Sysoyev / Go to the photo bank“I was shocked to see his muscles and to realize how someone could develop his body. I never dreamed I could be like that. If someone had told me then that I would outdo him someday, I would have thought he was crazy,” Alexei says.
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“I was shocked to see his muscles and to realize how someone could develop his body. I never dreamed I could be like that. If someone had told me then that I would outdo him someday, I would have thought he was crazy,” Alexei says.
© RIA Novosti . Grigory Sysoyev / Go to the photo bankNetesanov got a series of promising offers after his victory. Mr Universe is a recognizable brand name.
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Netesanov got a series of promising offers after his victory. Mr Universe is a recognizable brand name.
© RIA Novosti . Grigory Sysoyev / Go to the photo bankAlexei Netesanov, 38, winner of the 2008 Mister Universe professional bodybuilder competition
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Alexei Netesanov, 38, winner of the 2008 Mister Universe professional bodybuilder competition
© RIA Novosti . Grigory Sysoyev / Go to the photo bankAlexei Netesanov at home with his wife, Maria, and son, Maxim.
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Alexei Netesanov at home with his wife, Maria, and son, Maxim.
© RIA Novosti . Grigory Sysoyev / Go to the photo bankWall bars and exercise rings are a must in Maxim’s room.
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Wall bars and exercise rings are a must in Maxim’s room.
© RIA Novosti . Grigory Sysoyev / Go to the photo bankAlexei Netesanov with his son, Maxim.
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Alexei Netesanov with his son, Maxim.
© RIA Novosti . Grigory Sysoyev / Go to the photo bankAlexei Netesanov with his son, Maxim.
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Alexei Netesanov with his son, Maxim.
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