Knight placed ninth in the men’s lightweight (165 pounds and under) over 60 division at the NPC Teen, Collegiate and Masters National Championship.
At age 61, it was Knight’s first national show since competing in a pair of Mr. USA contests in the 1980s.
“I didn’t feel out of place in my division,” Knight said. “I felt comfortable and I felt I could have gone a lot of different ways.”
Knight weighed in at 154 pounds, but by the time of morning judging he had lost five pounds of water. He said he looked better in the evening show, but the results were based off the morning performance.
“I really felt I had the potential to make the top five. I was a little off in my conditioning in the morning,” Knight said.
The show consisted of around 670 competitors from across the nation, stretched across several divisions.
“It was an awesome experience. I really enjoyed being in this contest,” Knight said. “It was a lot of guys just like me who have been doing this all their lives.”
The show wrapped up a busy year for Knight who competed in three shows beginning with the Alaska State Pro-Am Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Championships in March.
There he teamed with Susan Johnson of Boise, Idaho to win the mixed pairs division. He also placed second in the men’s grandmasters over 50 division.
And in April, he was at the Emerald Cup Bodybuilding Championships in Washington.
Training since January, he said, took a toll on him at his most recent show.
“I think I was too light, too lean, too long,” he said.
Next year, he plans to simply focus on Masters Nationals.
“That is going to be my priority,” Knight said. “I may do Emerald Cup in May again as a tune-up show. I just want to pick this one show and see how good I can do.”
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