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Wednesday, November 20, 2002


What you missed at the pub: women's world weightlifting from Warsaw. Seven men pounding half-liters and watching a series of lovely (well, maybe not all, but perfectly fine) women weighing no more than 105 or 106 pounds (the 48-kilo class) heaving great weights over their heads and enjoying it. The winner, Wang Mingjuan, a teenager from Hunan Province, cleaned and jerked more than 250 pounds. (That's like 230 glasses of beer. If you don't count the glass. Or a large man, say, if he's late.) Then she smiled nicely, took a little bow, blew a kiss, and gave just the briefest, politest, friendliest pump of a fist.


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