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Weightlifting

More female competitors join the sport of weightlifting

More female competitors join the sport of weightlifting

Kiara Forman reaches down, grabs the barbell and looks intently in front of her as she mentally prepares for what is about to come.

The 26-year-old pokes her lip out, lets out a barely audible grunt and heaves 71 kilograms (more than 156 pounds) over her head. She lifts a little too quickly, loses her balance and stumbles forward a bit.

"Control that speed," advises her coach, Jason Morstein, watching from across the room. "A little slower on the lift."

Forman tries again and performs a near-perfect snatch — a weightlifting move where the barbell is lifted from the ground to above a person's head in one continuous motion.

"Nice!"...

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