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Papillion captures powerlifting title

Aug. 29, 2012 at 3:29 a.m.


CINCINNATI - Chris Papillion's first major multi-ply powerlifting meet was a successful one.

Papillion, a Stroman graduate, finished first in the 245-pound weight division at the Pro-Am Power Station meet held recently.

Papillion was one of eight lifters in his weight class and claimed the gold medal with a total lift of 2,250 pounds.

Papillion had a squat of 905 pounds, a bench press of 645 pounds and a dead lift of 700 pounds.

Papillion has won 10 world or American single ply titles during his powerlifting career.

Lifters are allowed to wear extra equipment in multi-ply events.

Papillion will attempt to become the first person in the United States to win back-to-back titles at the Mr. Olympic Pro Powerlifting Show in Las Vegas on Sept. 27.

Papillion won his weight class last year with a total lift of 2,138 pounds, setting an American record.

While Papillion is training for the Mr. Olympic show, Memorial graduate Preston Turner is in Szczyrk, Poland competing in the International Powerlifting Federation Junior World Championships.

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