By Jay Neal

Jacksonville is home to a world champion and for the record, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.

Local resident Anthony Moye, competing in the 308-pound weight classification (junior, 20-25 age group), bench-pressed 578 pounds of iron to win the World Association Benchers and Deadlifers (WABDL) world championship held in mid-November at Las Vegas’ Riveria Hotel.

Moye also finished in third place in the open division, where he matched strength with men of all ages.

Each lifter had three opportunities to lift, with their best lift going on record for the competition.

Moye lifted against men from over a dozen states and from the countries of Finland, Poland, India, Sweden and Canada as well.

Moye stated he had fun while learning (and capturing a world title) and hoped to return again next year.

“I had a lot of fun out there and I have set a goal to compete in the 220-pound class next year, so I will have to drop about 90 pounds in the next few months,” he said. “I also received some helpful advice form my peers while in Las Vegas.

“I tried some new forms and techniques and I modified my diet to gain strength,” he said.

He plans to stay away from the weights until August in order to give his body time to recover, while focusing on trimming down in order to lift in what is considered to be the most challenging weight group (220-pound class).

Moye is employed at TMF Premier Fitness as a personal trainer and is engaged to be married to Jacksonville High School assistant athletic trainer Stefanie “Sam” McMullen.

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