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Weightlifter Matthias Steiner Dropped 432 Pounds On The Back Of His Head, Somehow Got Back Up

German weightlifter Matthias Steiner claimed gold in Beijing, but faltered today in the most painful manner while attempting to snatch 196 kilograms, just over 432 pounds. While Steiner's cleared 200kg in the snatch easily before, he was unable to clear the weight today—leading to a moment so scary match officials brought out the modesty tarp to cover his injury.

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Amazingly—seriously, look at the bar bending across the back of his head—he rose from the fall. Not only that, he attempted a snatch of 197 the very next lift; he failed that, too, but in much more conventional style.

Update: Per NBC, he did not attempt 197 on the next lift; that appears to be a typo in the live results.

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