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Top Russian pair of weightlifters withdrawn

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Aug. 4, 2012, 6:45 p.m. | Sports — by Reuters

Ukraine's Kostyantyn Piliyev competes during the men's 94-kg weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in London.
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LONDON - Russia withdrew two of their top weightlifters from the London Olympics on Saturday, both of whom were expected to challenge for the gold medal in the 105 kilogramme weight class.

Dimitriy Klokov, who won silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, left the competition because of an unspecified medical condition according to the Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko.

The Russian weightlifting federation said current world champion Khadzhimurat Akkaev had failed to recover from recent back surgery and would not lift in Monday's competition.

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