‘Nigerian Lion’ Samson Dauda, Who Was Jubilant After Coming 3rd, Makes a Heartfelt Appeal to End Negativity in Bodybuilding: “It Hurts Me”

Published 11/09/2023, 6:28 AM EST

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The 2023 Olympia competition ended on Saturday night. After the bodybuilders posed and the judges compared them, Derek Lunsford was declared the winner. The competition came down to the wire with Hadi Choopan coming in second. On the other side, Samson Dauda, the ‘Nigerian Lion’, came in at third place.

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Even though there were huge expectations from Dauda, with many wondering if he would become the second bodybuilder based out of the United Kingdom after Dorian Yates to lift the Sandow trophy, he couldn’t win the title. However, Dauda did not seem disappointed about this fact and took to his official Instagram to talk to his fans about his feelings.

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In the video, Dauda talked about a serious issue that many bodybuilders face. He captioned the video as, “Let’s make this sport better. No more negativity #3” In the video, he said “I’m just so excited I’m just taking all the experience I’ve had in this past weekend and in this past weekend and how amazing this feels to be Crowned number three in the world. This is achievement. I honestly it’s it’s beyond belief man”

 

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He continued by saying that he loved bodybuilding and that “I love this sport. I love bodybuilding. I love what we do. and it’s its it hurts me when I come home after a crazy weekend or a crazy achievement like this just look around and see and hear so much negativity about this Sport and what we do. Come on, guys, we can do better we can do better.”

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After the 2023 Mr. Olympia competition ended, Dave Palumbo talked to bodybuilding experts to get their thoughts on the results. Dave Palumbo asked Sergio Oliva Jr. what he thought about Samson Dauda’s in the 2023 Olympia.

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Dave Palumbo questioned Sergio Oliva Jr “What do you think about Samson Dauda, what he need to do to win?” Sergio Oliva Jr. replied, “I mean that you’re asking the wrong guy.” Palumbo implored further and asked, “Why do you think he didn’t win?”

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Sergio then shared his perspective, saying that in his opinion, Jay looked better at the Arnold Classic event. He explained that in any sport, when judges, who are humans, notice even a slight difference or deviation, it becomes challenging not to deduct points, especially in a high-level competition where everyone is closely observed.

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What do you think of Samson Dauda’s performance in Mr Olympia 2023 and his views on people spreading negativity? Let us know in the comments below.

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Divya Ghughatyal

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Divya Ghughatyal is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a Master's Degree in Journalism, she has been an avid sportsperson since childhood and was a national-level Handball player. An experience of five years in content writing and her interest in sports inspired her to delve into professional sports writing.
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