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Weightlifter Haworth Wins Bronze

September 22, 2000

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Cheryl Haworth, the 17-year-old Georgia high school senior who began lifting weights to build up her arm for softball, got the bronze medal Friday in the Olympic 165 pounds-plus women’s weightlifting.

Ding Meiyuan of Cgina broke world records in the snatch, the clean and jerk and total lift to win the gold medal, totaling 661 1/4 pounds to edge 19-year-old Agata Wrobel of Poland by 11 pounds.

The Ding-Wrobel-Haworth finish was exactly the same as in the world championships last year.

Ding and Wrobel took turns breaking Chinese lifter Wang Yanmei’s previous world record of 354 1/2 pounds in the clean and jerk before Ding hit her final lift of 363 3/4 pounds and Wrobel missed her’s _ for the gold medal _ of 373 3/4 pounds.

Ding’s total broke Wrobel’s record of 639 1/4 pounds set July 8 in Prague.

Haworth lifted an American record 275 1/2 pounds in the snatch and matched her personal best by lifting 319 1/2 pounds in the clean and jerk for a total of 595 pounds.

Ding and Wrobel also each broke the snatch record before the Chinese lifter finished with 297 1/2 pounds. Wrobel put up 292 pounds, more than her previous record of 286 1/2 pounds also set in July.

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