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Peshalov returns to top form

Updated: August 20, 2004, 8:15 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Zhang Guozheng's first was expected. Nikolai Peshalov's fourth certainly was not.

Zhang won China's third Olympic weightlifting gold medal in as many events, leading the men's 152-pound (69kg) field from the start Wednesday. But it was Peshalov's record-tying fourth Olympic medal -- a bronze -- that surprised and excited a large crowd.

Lee Bae Young of South Korea had a chance to overtake Zhang, but missed a clean-and-jerk attempt of 430 pounds (195kg) that would have ...

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