Pakistani bodybuilder Salman Ahmad clinched gold and the Mr Musclemania World title 2015 early Monday.
He thanked his fans and followers for their prayers.
“It is the first time in 25 years that this title is going to Pakistan,” he said in a video posted on what appeared to be his public Facebook page.
He also expressed his gratitude towards his family for their support and motivation. “I don’t know how to say thank you for helping me reach this stage,” he said, becoming emotional at the end of the video.
He says he is the first Pakistani to receive a Musclemania pro card. “I won the gold medal and then the world title,” he says.
In the run-up to the competition, Ahmad said: “I have done my best, the competition is really big this time.”
National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq wished Ahmad success before the competition.
“It is a source of pride for us that a youngster from the NA-122 constituency is competing in a weight-lifting and bodybuilding competition.”