THE CAPITOL BUILDING, Dublin – The Irish capital has been a gift of a lifeline to Galio build, the first male to be crowned the country’s first “body builder” in the world, after a lifetime of training.
Mr Galio, who was crowned at the end of last month, had been the first female to win a medal in the men’s competition at the Commonwealth Games in Beijing in 2018.
His medal-winning feats included lifting a 7.7 tonne crane in a race on the city’s Harbour Bridge, lifting a 6.5 tonne pole on a bridge over the River Liffey, and lifting a 10 metre-tall pillar.
His feats have inspired the Irish to take their place among the world’s best athletes.
He also set the Guinness World Record for the highest-pitched crane jump when he lifted the pole and lowered the massive structure on his shoulders.
But it was his determination to build the world record-breaking crane that inspired him to take up the challenge of building a bodybuilder, as a reward for his dedication.
“I always wanted to build a body builder, I always wanted a body,” Mr Galio said.
“When I was about 15 years old, I started training with people in the local gym and I wanted to be a body building champion.”
As I grew up I had a desire to do better.
I wanted the Guinness world record.
“I wanted to do something with my body, I wanted it to be recognised, but it was just not an option.”
That was the reason I decided to make it a career.
“The record-holder, who has competed for years in the Guinness Book of World Records, was born in Porthcawl in County Louth.
He began training in a gym at age 16 and at 18 was named a “bodybuilder champion”.”
I wanted it so bad,” he said.
He competed in various national bodybuilding competitions in the early 1990s and achieved his first Guinness World Records record in 2000.
He won his first title in 2001 and his first gold in 2004, but he never lost the record in 2006.
In 2018 he was crowned the nation’s first male bodybuilder.
Mr Gallo won the bronze medal in an outdoor competition at St James’s Park, Co Galway.”
It was really special,” he told The Irish Sun.”
The building was a little bit bigger than what you see in some of the other competitions.
“A lot of the people who did it were not quite as experienced.
I think it was probably a little more physical than it would have been in a competition like this.”
The Guinness Book was delighted to have Mr Gallo’s achievements recognised.
“His achievements were extraordinary, and it was a pleasure to have him recognised as the first bodybuilder in the UK to win an Olympic medal,” said Richard Thompson, the head of the book.
“He was a very successful athlete in the 1990s, but his achievements were even greater in the 20th century.”
Mr Galla has also been honoured with a Guinness World Peace Prize and has also received several honorary doctorates.
The Guinness World Book of Records is the official publication of the Guinness book of records.