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Pair of top Russian weightlifters out

Updated: August 4, 2012, 2:01 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LONDON -- Two top Russian weightlifters have withdrawn from the Olympics for medical reasons.

Dmitry Klokov and Khadzhimurat Akkaev were medal favorites in the men's 105-kilogram category.

Russia's sports minister on Saturday said Klokov pulled out for unspecified medical reasons. The Russian weightlifting federation said Akkaev, the 2011 world champion in the weight class, hasn't recovered from back surgery.

The Russian weightlifting team has yet to win a gold medal in London ...

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