Hamman's lifts trail top in world by more than 100 lbs.

Updated: May 9, 2004, 2:40 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Shane Hamman can dead lift more weight than any Olympic athlete in America. Imagine being able to hoist the back end of a Ford Focus or a Dodge Neon above one's head, and you get the idea.

While he has become something of a celebrity in a sport in which few Americans can name a single participant -- he regularly makes TV appearances and expects to hit Letterman and Leno before the Olympics -- Hamman's biggest athletic challenge will come in the next three months.


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