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Malleswari does not finish

August 18, 2004 20:00 IST
Last Updated: August 18, 2004 21:36 IST

Weightlifter Karnam Malleswari walked away without completing a single lift in the women's 63-kg category at the Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall in Athens on Wednesday.

The Indian strongwoman, who was attempting to lift 100 kg, attempted her first lift in the snatch but after lifting the weight a few inches from the ground released it and did not lift again during the event.

After the failed attempt she went straight to the medical room without even acknowledging her coaches Pal Singh Sandhu and Leonid Taranenko.

She was listed as DNF [did not finish] at the end of the round. She was later diagnosed as having a back strain.

Malleswari had won India's only medal at Sydney Games -- a bronze -- in the 69-kg category.

India's other woman weightlifter Pratima Kumari, who did not even figure in the start list of the 63kg Group A event, had "pulled out of the event two days ago", according to a top official of the Indian Olympic Games contingent.

"Pratima pulled out of the event two days ago due to a back injury," Harish Sharma, Deputy Chef de Mission, said at the Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall.

He did not however clarify why the media was kept in the dark about Pratima's pull out.

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having higher expectations failed for india. why all these happens only with the indians.anyway let us take this as future success.atleast she could have tried ...

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What happened if malleswari could not finish. She had back pian from several days. But here a big question is that what for big contingent ...

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definitely they have gone just to have fun at Athens! they are not serious and not focused at all. If she knew she had medical ...

Posted by reenu

Sub: disappointing performance

though it was clear from the begining that all the hype created by media and sports authority that India will surprise others, is just useless ...

Posted by pijush

Sub: medal hope

it's surprising that, for such a prestigious event - we are sending our REPRESENTATIVES - who are not fully fit, and the fact that they ...

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