Weightlifting favourite Oksana Slivenko ruled out by injury

Oksana Slivenko

Russian weightlifter Oksana Slivenko has been forced to withdraw from the London Olympics because of injury.

Slivenko, 25, was the gold medal favourite in the women's 69kg category.

The world and European champion, who won silver in Beijing four years ago, is understood to have suffered an injury in training this week.

Her place in Russia's weightlifting squad will taken by Natalya Zabolotnaya, who will compete in the women's 75kg weight category.

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