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Denver Sheriff's Deputy Amazes Crowd At Powerlifting Competition

July 11, 2004

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Denver Sheriff's Deputy Amazes Crowd At Powerlifting Competition

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Denver Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Petranilli proves once and for all its not about the size, but the power in the package. At a little over five feet tall, Deputy Petranilli is not the type that you would consider a type to possess such an amazing ability in the sport of powerlifting.

He proved by virtue of the competition that you can never judge a book by its cover. Not only did he compete in the Men?s 148 lb masters division at the USA Powerlifting nationals at the Doubletree Hotel in Denver, but he conquered his competitors, winning first place. He won over the crowd like a gladiator and displays the mindset of a true champion.

"Deputy Petranilli has also presented himself as a very disciplined and highly motivated individual. His accomplishments in this event makes the Denver Sheriff's Department extremely proud to have him as a part of our team." said Sgt. Darryle E. Brown, department spokesman.

The USA Powerlifting National is a competition held every other year among power lifters around the world. USA Powerlifting (formerly American Drug Free Powerlifting Association, Inc.) is the leading powerlifting organization in the United States. USA Powerlifting is responsible for sanctioning local and regional events where powerlifters can compete in hopes of qualifying for the national level events.

Distinct from weightlifting, a sport made up of two lifts: the Snatch and the Clean-and-Jerk, where the weight is lifted above the head, powerlifting comprises three lifts: the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Powerlifting competitions may be comprised of one, two or all three of the lifting disciplines.

Petranilli, an eight-year veteran with the Denver Sheriff Department, has been actively involved in power lifting competitions for several years. He is a USA powerlifting Colorado team member and also recently won the silver medal in powerlifting at the 2004 Colorado Police/Fire Games.

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