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Indian body builder Manohar Aich

Indian body builder Manohar Aich (C), on the eve of his 100th birthday, looks on as other young body builders exercise in a gymnasium, in Kolkata on March 16, 2012. Aich, born on March 17, 1913, won the 1952 Mr. Universe Group III championship and is also a three time Asian Games gold medalist in body building. Being only 4 feet 11 inches (1.50 m) tall, he also goes by the nickname "Pocket Hercules". AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR

India's 'Pocket Hercules' turns 100

Manohar Aich, India's first Mr Universe, turned 100 on Sunday. Nicknamed 'Pocket Hercules' because of his compact 4-foot-11-inch frame, Aich won the world bodybuilding title in 1952. He overcame many hurdles, including poverty and a stint in jail, before he won the Mr Universe title. Aich says the secret to long life is a healthy diet and his ability to be happy. In 1942, Aich joined the RAF and took to weight training. Some years later he was jailed for protesting against colonial oppression and that is when he began weight training effectively. In 1950, he won a Mr Hercules contest and this spurred him on to set his sights on the Mr Universe tournament in London, which he eventauly won in 1952. After that he went on to win several contests, including the Asian Bodybuilding Championship.