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Matthias Steiner struck by barbell

Updated: August 7, 2012, 3:19 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Defending Olympic weightlifting champion Matthias Steiner of Germany was hit in the neck by the barbell Tuesday and withdrew from the men's super heavyweight competition.

Steiner lost his balance trying to lift 196 kilograms -- about 432 pounds -- in his second lift of the snatch portion of the competition. He fell awkwardly to the platform as the barbell crashed down on him.

Medical personnel rushed up to tend to the German, who got up on his feet and waved to the crowd ...

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