Weightlifting and Body Building

Updated on April 23, 2019

Weightlifting Categories

In the early Weightlifting competitions, there were three categories:

  • [Military] Press
  • Snatch
  • Clean and Jerk

In the later competitions, there are only two categories:

  • Snatch
  • Clean and Jerk

There is also a medal for the best Total.

Burma Selected

“Thiri Pyan Chi” U Zaw Weik competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a member of the British India team. After Burma’s Independence, he founded the Burma Olympic Club.

In the 1972 Munich Olympics, U Aung Gyi set an Olympic record in the Flyweight division.

RIT Selected

Saya Dr. Kyaw Sein (M65) headed and managed the RIT Weightlifting and Body Building team. RIT won trophies in the Inter-Institute Tournament.

Ko Jimmy Kyin (T69), Ko Khin Win (EP69), Ko Than Htike (7x), Ko Thein Aung (Met72) … are some well-known WL and BB.


  • “Kayabala” (Physical Prowess) is one of the five Bala (strength). It is complementary to “Nyanabala” (Mental), “Bawgabala” (Wealth), “Meiktabala” (Friendship), and “Carittabala” (Moral).
  • Kayabala U Shein was manager and mentor of U Zaw Weik.
  • Kayabala U Than Tun and others continued to help with weightlifters and body builders.

Mr. Burma and Mr. RIT

The early Maung Bama (Mr. Burma) include U Ba Kun and U Sein Maung.

Ko Thein Aung won “Set Hmu Maung” (Mr. RIT) in 1968.

Saya U Thein Aung (Met72, Mr. RIT68) wrote :

I deeply admire your general knowledge on so many topics! You take us down memory lane with many events that happened in the history of our country. One more addition, late Commander Maung Maung from Burma Navy who won the first Mr. Burma in 1947. Father of Daw Khin Aye Kyu @ Rosie Maung (RIT English Dept.) My first weightlifting and bodybuilding trainer!

Adam Khan (EP76) wrote :

Mr. Tin Naing was Runner-up to U Ba Kun in the Mr. Burma contest. All three Mr Burma’s became film stars. U Ba Kun was famous Wunna Kyaw Htin U Min Din. U Sein Maung in Ingulimala. U Tin Naing (if I am not wrong) Tarzan .

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