Bangalore: This humble water tanker driver was crowned Mr. Asia 2016
With a little hard work, dreams can come true and G. Balakrishna is perfect example of it. This 25-year-old use to drive a water tanker in crammed up street of Whitefield, but was recently crowned Mr. Asia 2016 at the 5th Phil-Asia bodybuilding championships in the Philippines.
His extraordinary journey started 10 years ago, when his father passed away and he was forced to become the only breadwinner for family at the age of 15.
“I am proud of my achievement and hope to repeat it more often with some financial support,” Balakrishna, an avid fan of Schwarzenegger, told The Hindu
“I owe it to my mother, Parvathamma, and brother Rajesh who have been my pillars of support,” he said.
This is not the first time that Balakrishna, a resident of Ramagondanahalli has won such a title. Back in 2013, he bagged the Mr. Universe title at the Under-24 junior contest in 2013 in Germany and Mr. Universe title in the same category at the world championship in Athens, Greece in 2014.
Although the government provides no support to Balakrishna, the Whitefield Settlers and Residents Association had come forward to help him financially. He latter received financial support by businessman Koshy Varghese as well.
Balakrishna trains nearly 6 hours hours a day at home. His diet includes 750 g of chicken, 25 eggs, 300 g of rice, 200 g of vegetables along with fish for extra protein and fruits. He is trained by champions Sangram Chougla from Mumbai and Munish Kumar from Punjab.
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