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Berestov a surprise winner

Updated: August 24, 2004, 4:40 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Dmitri Berestov gave himself so little chance of winning an Olympic weightlifting gold medal, he spent the days leading up to the event thinking of ways to tell his family what went wrong.

Instead, he needs to work on a victory speech.

Berestov, of Russia, took advantage of a weakened field and a series of missed lifts by the favored Said Saif Asaad of Qatar to win the Olympic 231 pounds (105kg) weightlifting gold Tuesday -- his first title against world-level ...

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