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BUSAN, Korea; May 5, 2006 - Penn State's Rohan Murphy (Long Island, N.Y.) set a new national record in powerlifting as he finished third in the 56kg Junior Division of the 2006 IPC World Powerlifting Championships in Busan, Korea. Murphy, a junior on the Penn State varsity wrestling team who has no legs, lifted 281.1 pounds (127.5 kg) breaking the previous U.S. paralympic record of 270 pounds for the 56kg division, which he set earlier this year at the Southeast Regional. The lift earned Murphy a Bronze medal in his first international competition.
Penn State's Kortney Clemons, a veteran who lost his leg in the Iraqi war, will compete in the championships on Saturday in the men's 75kg division.