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Category: Weightlifting

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Don’t try this at home: China’s Li Fabin wins weightlifting gold with one-legged lift

Fans have nicknamed move the ‘flamingo’ liftLi says shift to one leg helps him correct his balanceLi Fabin embraced his inner flamingo with a unique stance on the way to winning Olympic gold in weightlifting on Sunday. Just don’t try it at home, the Ch…

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Weightlifter Cyrille Tchatchet: from despair to an Olympic dream | John Goodbody

An intervention from Samaritans was the start of a new life for Tchatchet who is in the International Refugee Team in TokyoThe weightlifter Cyrille Tchatchet stood on the edge of a cliff in Sussex contemplating whether to take his own life. Having left…

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Romanian who doped won London 2012 silver after ‘cover-up’, report says

Weightlifter Roxana Cocos won but was stripped of medalOfficials ‘committed intentional acts or omissions’A Romanian weightlifter who won silver at the London 2012 Olympics was intentionally allowed to compete at the Games despite being suspended for u…

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Trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard backed by Australian rival and New Zealand PM

Australia’s Charisma Amoe-Tarrant says ‘I just wish her well’Jacinda Ardern stands behind first transgender OlympianTransgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has won the support of her Australian Olympics rival, Charisma Amoe-Tarrant, as the Kiwi’s selec…

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Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will be first trans athlete to compete at Olympics

Hubbard has been included in New Zealand’s weightlifting team‘I am grateful and humbled,’ says 43-year-old in statementThe New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to make history and headlines, plus a considerable amount of controversy, after be…

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Trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard set to make history at Tokyo Olympics

Covid-amended rules mean qualification effectively ensuredNew Zealander to become first transgender Olympic athleteHistory and controversy is expected to be made at the Tokyo Olympics this summer after the transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was ef…

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Trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard set to make history at Tokyo Olympics

Covid-amended rules mean qualification effectively ensuredNew Zealander to become first transgender Olympic athleteHistory and controversy is expected to be made at the Tokyo Olympics this summer after the transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was ef…

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Reopening date for gyms in England expected imminently

Announcement also expected on nail bars as Northern Ireland gyms prepare to reopenThe government is to allow gyms in England to start reopening this month, it is understood, following intense lobbying from the fitness sector and MPs over why they had t…

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Corruption in weightlifting exposes sport’s need for independent enforcer | Sean Ingle

Years of bribery, cover-ups and money-laundering have been uncovered by a Canadian law professor, but who would fund an investigative team to scrutinise sports federations?Moments before powerlifters attempt a superhuman feat of strength, they like to …

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Game of Thrones ‘Mountain’ Hafthor Bjornsson breaks world deadlift record – video

Icelandic actor and strongman Hafthor Bjornsson set a world record for the deadlift on Saturday when he lifted 1,104 lb (501 kg), over half a metric tonne, at Thor’s Power Gym in Iceland. Bjornsson, best known for his portrayal of Ser Gregor “The Mount…

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Hafthor Bjornsson, Game of Thrones’ ‘Mountain’, breaks world deadlift record

Icelandic strongman lifts 1,104 lb at Thor’s Power Gym31-year-old starred as Ser Gregor Clegane in HBO seriesIcelandic actor and strongman Hafthor Bjornsson set a world record for the deadlift on Saturday when he lifted 1,104 lb (501 kg) at Thor’s Powe…

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IOC concerned by ‘very serious’ doping allegations in weightlifting

• Claims include girls aged 13 being encouraged to take drugs• German investigators make new allegations against IWFThe International Olympic Committee has expressed its concerns over “very serious and worrying” new allegations of doping and corruption…

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How can we end the current impasse over transgender athletes? | Sean Ingle

One side of the argument believes that women’s sport must be protected, the other that gender identification trumps everything. Debate is needed to find a fair solutionI can’t stop thinking about Feagaiga Stowers. Or rather a picture of the 18-year-old…

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London 2012’s clean Games boast in ruins as failed doping tests pile up | Andy Bull

The IOC’s decision to keep 2012 Olympics samples for 10 years has led to a steady drip of retrospective failed tests that have given the London Games an unwanted recordTen or so years ago the Evening Standard ran the billboard headline “London Fashion …

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Commonwealth Games days four and five – in pictures

All the latest images from the past 48 hours of action at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast as gymnasts, swimmers, boxers and weightlifters battle for medals Continue reading…

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Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s eligibility under scrutiny

No official objection lodged against Kiwi athlete, but other teams at Commonwealth Games said they felt it was unfair New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard went into the women’s +90kg finals at the Commonwealth Games as favourite, expected not only t…

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Zoe Smith overcomes adversity to brew up third Commonwealth Games medal

• English weightlifter beats injury problems to win silver• Works in bubble tea shop after funding cutFrom working shifts in a bubble tea shop to an injection in the spinal cord since arriving on Australia’s Gold Coast, nothing about Zoe Smith’s route …

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Commonwealth Games day three – in pictures

All the latest pictures from the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast as gymnasts, swimmers, cyclists and weightlifters battle for medals Continue reading…

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Commonwealth Games day two – in pictures

Weightlifting, swimming and gymnastics are some of the sports that the world’s best sports photographers have trained their lenses on during the second day of action on the Gold Coast Continue reading…

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Commonwealth Games day one – in pictures

Gymnastics, swimming, cycling and boxing: the world’s best sports photographers capture all the drama from day one Continue reading…