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By The Associated Press

The loudest cheers of Tuesday morning's weightlifting session went to Great Britain's Gareth Evans, who put aside his day job as a painter and decorator to train for the London Games.

Evans registering a rather paltry 288 total that placed him eighth in the men's 69-kilogram "B'' group, which is for lifters who start out at lower weights. But the crowd roared for Evans as he tried and failed to clear 160 kilograms on his final lift, and Evans responded by beating his chest and pointing back to them in appreciation.

Evans isn't sure whether he can continue competitive weightlifting or will need to go back to painting. But he said he's already eyeing the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

"I will cross that bridge when I come to it. If it comes to picking up the paint brush again then so be it," Evans said. "But I have a taste for it now."

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