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Kelly overcomes injury to lift in London
Crystal Ja
02:57 AEST Thu Aug 2 2012

Weightlifter Damon Kelly will not be going for PBs at the London Games after a run of niggling injuries, but his coach warned the super heavyweight can't be written off.

Kelly, 28, is set to contest his second Olympics in London after placing ninth in Beijing four years ago.

Back then, a slightly heavier Kelly cleared a combined total of 386kg, including a clean and jerk of 221kg - just a shave off his personal best.

But London will be a different story for the Brisbane lifter, who has only logged a 350kg entry total for his competition on August 7.

It's a far cry from the 400kg mark he and coach Miles Wydall were originally aiming for.

"If everything had gone well, maybe a 400kg, even 405kg would have been nice," he told AAP.

"But with the trials and Oceania (qualifiers) being quite close, the preparation has been short and he got a very minor hip injury which affected him as well.

"So while that's healed up now, we've had to take it very easy."

Weightlifting isn't traditionally an Australian strong suit, although Dean Lukin did win the nation's only gold in the sport at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics while the last medal was a bronze in 1996.

One positive for London is that Kelly is a proven performer on the big stage - in fact, that's the only place he knows how to get big lifts.

"He can't do them in training because he needs that rise to do it," Wydall said.

"Sometimes an injury can actually motivate you to get back and score your best, so never say never.

"We only started the heavy work in the last week or so."

Kelly, who will tip the scales at around 149kg on Tuesday, will compete in Group B, the field considered far from medal contention.

In the separate Group A, world record holder Behdad Salimikordasiabi from Iran has entered the highest entry total for the division, with a whopping 455kg.

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