He cried tears of joy when placed second
OVERJOYED: Mr Zacky Mohammed Hosnen is the first runner-up of Senior Manhunt Singapore 2016.
Mr Zacky Mohammed Hosnen, the first runner-up of this year's Senior Manhunt, was shocked by the results on Saturday.
"I'm almost speechless," the 39-year-old bachelor told The New Paper.
"I'm not a model, I'm an athlete. When the other guys in the competition told me I could win something, I did not believe them. I was crying when they announced my name."
A desktop artist at Singapore Press Holdings, Mr Zacky impressed the judges with his answer to the question, "Why do you want to win Senior Manhunt?"
"Honestly, winning is not important - it is the journey that matters to me," he replied.
"I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth, and I worked hard to get where I am."
At his frank response, the audience and his fellow contestants burst into applause.
Mr Zacky told TNP: "Before I entered national service, my father suffered a stroke and I had to work to help my mum make ends meet. There were times I had no food, and it was stressful.
"Later, I also watched my father pass away in front of my eyes."
Mr Zacky was overcome with emotion as he described himself as a "bad son" who became suicidal. He also turned to alcohol and overeating.
The chiselled hunk, who is 1.76m tall, weighs 83kg - but he used to tip the scales at 110kg.
He first tried to lose weight in his 20s, but hit a rut and lost motivation.
A friend helped him turn his life around two years ago, training him to help him fulfil his dream of competing in fitness contests.
A self-confessed ice cream fiend, Mr Zacky said he will celebrate his win with a tub of Ben & Jerry's.
He advised others with painful pasts to move on, as he has.
"Put your anger behind you," he said.
"Take each day as it comes and focus on the future. If I can achieve my dreams, so can you."