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Arvid Andersson dies at 92

STOCKHOLM -- Arvid Andersson, a 1946 world weightlifting champion from Sweden nicknamed "Strong Arvid," has died, the Swedish Weightlifting Federation said. He was 92.

Federation secretary general Hakan Johanson said Andersson died Tuesday at a home for the elderly in the southwestern town of Kristinehamn.

Andersson won a featherweight gold medal at the 1946 world championships in Paris and became a European champion in 1946, 1947 and 1949. He was born in the village of Vasterrottna and worked as a firefighter.

"(Andersson) was spirited and alert, and trained every day until the end," Johanson said.

Andersson is survived by his son and grandchild. Funeral arrangements were not immediately available Wednesday.