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Israeli natural bodybuilder pumped to receive silver medal at world championships

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All of Israeli bodybuilder Lavie Kafra‘s years of hard work at the gym and strict dietary discipline paid off when he earned the silver medal at the 2021 World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF) world championships in Las Vegas.

Kafra, 25, came in second in the medium-height competition in the men’s physique category, which requires bodybuilders to present an extreme V-tapered form with wide shoulders and a small, tight waist. Competitors, clad only in board shorts and greased up from head to toe, are also judged on how successfully they present a charming, sexy, beach boy-like appearance shown off in four required poses.

Kafra qualified for the WNBF world championships, which this year drew 257 male and female competitors from 32 countries, after being crowned Israel’s overall men’s physique champion in 2020. That earned him a pro card enabling him to enter WNBF competitions anywhere in the world. His hopes of competing in the 2020 world championships were unfortunately thwarted when the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Israeli champion set his sights on 2021 and continued to train with his coach and good friend Saar Sukar, who also represented Israel in Las Vegas on November 20, finishing fifth in the short-height competition in the men’s physique category.

“I’ve been into bodybuilding since I was 16. I initially did it on my own, and it was only three years ago that I took it to the next level in terms of working with a coach and getting very serious about the training and nutrition,” Kafra told The Times of Israel the day after arriving home from Las Vegas.

Kafra spoke in unaccented, fluent English — the result of having an........

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