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men’s 69 kg press conference quotes:


Liao Hui (CHN), gold medallist:
“Because of traditionally negative ideas on weightlifting my parents did not want me to practise this sport. But I loved very much the idea of going to sport school and that is why I became a lifter. To tell you frankly I did not like learning. It all came to my mind when my French rival had his last two attempts giving him a chance to win gold ahead of me. I saw on tv how strong and successful he was at 187 kg. So when he went to 197 kg I was worried. I was really nervous as not only his but my life was in his hand at the same time”

Venceleas Dabaya-Tientcheu (FRA), silver medallist:
“I had no other choice, I had to try 197 kg. I have never achieved it before, but I was close to this figure at training. I was very much motivated, but this weight was to much for me.”

Tigran Martirosyan (ARM), bronze medallist:
“During training I could lift much more then I was lifting today and I also achieved during the European Championships.But this time my own weight was higher and I had to loose 8 kg. It of course affected the result.”

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