G Balakrishna, Bengaluru water tanker driver, crowned Mr. Asia 2016

This 25-year-old could have passed by you as just another water tanker driver, rushing through the choked traffic in Whitefield. In the last week or so, he has become a sensation — “Arnold Schwarzenegger of Whitefield.”

A no small feat. G. Balakrishna was crowned Mr. Asia 2016 at the recently concluded 5th Phil-Asia bodybuilding championships in the Philippines. The crown caps a long and arduous journey of nearly a decade for Mr. Balakrishna, who lost his father, the family’s breadwinner, when he was a boy.

He won Mr. Universe Under-24 junior contest in 2013 in Germany and Mr. Universe title in the same category at the world championship in Athens in 2014. Mr. Balakrishna, a resident of Ramagondanahalli near Varthur, practises for nearly six hours a day at home and is trained by champions Sangram Chougla from Mumbai and Munish Kumar from Punjab.

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