FIRST COMPETITIVE SUCCESS Batko, 72, holds the first tro­phy he ever won in a weightlift­ing competition. He earned the second-place prize in his first competition, which took place in Garden Grove, CA in 1964, when he was 17 years old. Since then, he has earned eight World Champi­onships and has 12 World Record lifts. 26p3.jpg

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