Farris sets 2 US records in weightlifting

Aug. 15, 2008, 10:23 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Weightlifter Kendrick Farris set two U.S. records in the men's 85-kilogram division on Friday, but had to settle for eighth place.

Farris hoisted a total of 362 kg (798.1 pounds) to set a national record and finish first in the morning session, although the higher-ranked lifters in the weight category were not competing until later Friday.

China's Lu Yong won the evening session and the gold medal, with double world champion Andrei Rybakou of Belarus taking silver and Armenia's Tigran Maritorsyan the bronze.

Farris flexed his biceps to the crowd after hoisting 160 kg (352.7 pounds) in the snatch, bettering his previous best by 2 kg (4.4 pounds).

But it was in the clean and jerk that he really proved his strength.

After a failed attempt at 195 kg (429.9 pounds), he nailed his second try before setting a U.S. record of 202 kg (445.3 pound) in his last lift.

Farris, who has been training for 11 years, said his faith helped him bounce back from a poor result at last year's world championship, where he failed to register a good lift in the clean and jerk. That is a two-part lift in which the bar is first raised to shoulder height before being pushed over the head.

"Man, at the worlds, I probably was at the bottom as far as emotions and my morale," he said. "I knew I had to get back on it. So I started working hard, and everything just paid off, man. Lot of prayer and lots of hard work. And it got me to this point."