A 20-year old Indian-American Amitoj Chhabra won the junior title at the latest United States Powerlifting Association National Championships in Las Vegas earlier this month.
Chhabra, a 2013 Galena graduate, competed in the 198-pound weight class, a drop of about 20 pounds from his normal weight, the local Reno Gazette Journal reported. He lifted a total of 1,383 pounds.
Son of a Punjabi father and a Nepali mother, Chhabra squatted 485 pounds, bench pressed 325 and deadlifted 573 at the competition which was held at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas.
He has added 100 pounds to his deadlift in the past year, the daily reported.
Chhabra, who began powerlifting in December 2013 and began competing in May 2014, is training with Adam Lauritzen of Silverback Strength and Conditioning in Reno.