It wasn’t that big of a deal to Tom Cencich. The 50-year-old 1978 Evergreen High School graduate has been to a number of international competitions. So last month’s North American Powerlifting Championships in Miami, Fla., wasn’t all that much different than the rest.
But, in truth, it was.
The 5-foot-6, 182-pounder entered the competition for one reason -- to shatter a world record. This was his third world championship and he literally had the bench press mark at the tip of his fingers. Or, more realistically, just under his feet.