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Tunisian first to wear full-body costume in Olympic weightlifting after rule change

08/01/2012 09:06 EDT | Updated 10/01/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON - Ghada Hassine of Tunisia on Wednesday became the first Olympic weightlifter to compete in a newly approved "unitard" covering most of her body.

Rules requiring lifters to wear a costume that doesn't cover the arms and lower legs were changed last year. The U.S. had petitioned for a change on behalf of a Muslim lifter.

Hassine, 19, wore the unitard under the traditional weightlifting outfit and a hijab covering her hair as she participated in the "B'' group of lower-ranked lifters in the women's 69-kilogram category.

She cleared 102 kilograms in the snatch and 120 in the clean and jerk for a 220 kilogram total, putting her in second place before the top medal contenders had competed in the "A'' group.

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