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German weightlifter OK after barbell accident

  • Matthias Steiner of Germany gets hit by the weights while failing to make a successful lift in the men's over 105-kg, group A, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)AP2012

  • Matthias Steiner of Germany gets hit by the weights while failing to make a successful lift in the men's over 105-kg, group A, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)AP2012

  • Matthias Steiner of Germany gets hit by the weights while failing to make a successful lift in the men's over 105-kg, group A, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)THE ASSOCIATED PRESS2012

German weightlifter Matthias Steiner is sore and bruised but otherwise recovering well after dropping a 196-kilogram (432-pound) barbell on his neck at the Olympics.

Steiner escaped serious injuries after getting hit by the bar in the super heavyweight competition on Tuesday. The defending Olympic champion got up on his feet but left the competition and was taken to a London hospital for medical checks.

German team doctor Helmut Schreiber said tests showed Steiner suffered ligament and muscle injuries but no damage to his spine. No surgery was needed.

Steiner said "although I would have loved to win a medal here, abandoning the competition was the right thing to do ... I am just glad that there are no fears of permanent damage."