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All Russia's Weightlifters Banned From Olympics

Federation says test results were 'extremely shocking'

(Newser) - All of Russia's weightlifters were banned from the Rio Olympics on Friday for doping after what the international federation called "extremely shocking" test results that brought the sport into disrepute. The eight competition spots have been offered to other countries. The International Weightlifting Federation says the "integrity... More »

Internet Freaks Over Pregnant Weight Lifter

But Lea-Ann Ellison feels great, experts say she knows what she's doing

(Newser) - Lea-Ann Ellison, a dedicated CrossFit follower and expectant mom, is now on the receiving end of quite a bit of Internet vitriol after pictures of her lifting weights (and not exactly tiny weights) two weeks before her due date went viral. The pictures were posted on Facebook , with captions like:... More »

Man Breaks Weightlifting Record ... at 91

Sy Perlis benches 187.2 pounds

(Newser) - He's from the city of Surprise, Arizona, and that's just what Sy Perlis did. Bench-pressing 187.2 pounds, the 91-year-old smashed the previous world record for over-90s—135 pounds—during a competition in Phoenix on Saturday. Perlis didn't even begin lifting weights until he was 60, the... More »

Full-Body Duds OK'd for Muslim Weightlifters

Happy Atlanta Muslim woman helps spark international rule change

(Newser) - An American Muslim woman may now cover up when she competes in national weightlifting competitions, a sports panel has decided. Female Muslim competitors can opt to wear a body-covering one-piece "unitard" that will cover their arms and legs—along with a veil to cover their hair—under news rules... More »

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