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Russian sets world record

Andrey Chemerkin earned the title of "world's strongest man" Tuesday. Again.

Alexander Kurlovich of Belarus and Manfred Nerlinger of Germany, meanwhile, failed in their attempts to make Olympic weightlifting history.

Chemerkin, the gold medalist at the 1995 World Championships, broke the world record in the clean-and-jerk on his final lift to win the gold medal with a total of 1,008{ pounds.

The Russian's total equaled the world record set by Kurlovich in 1994, and the clean-and-jerk effort of 573 pounds broke the record of 562 pounds set by silver medalist Ronny Weller of Germany a few minutes earlier.

Weller finished with a lifetime-best total of 1,003 pounds. Stefan Botev of Australia won the bronze medal with 992 pounds.

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