Ukraine's Torokhtiy wins weightlifting gold

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Aug. 7, 2012, 12:54 a.m. | Sports — by Associated Press

The gold medal of Ukraine's Oleksiy Torokhtiy is pictured on the podium of the men's 105kg group A weightlifting event of the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Excel Centre in London on August 6, 2012. AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ

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 LONDON (AP) — Oleksiy Torokhtiy won Ukraine's first weightlifting gold medal in the London Olympics after his top rivals dropped out or were eliminated from the 105-kilogram competition. 

Torokthtiy lifted a total of 412 kilograms, just one 1 kilo more than silver medalist Navab Nasirshelal of Iran.

Poland's Bartlomiej Bonk got bronze at 410 kilograms, putting all three medalists within a 2-kilogram range.

Three-time world champion Marcin Dolega, also of Poland, was eliminated after three failed attempts in the snatch.

Beijing silver medalist Dmitry Klokov and 2011 world champion Khadzhimurat Akkaev, both Russians, withdrew from the competition, citing back injuries.

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