Matthias Steiner /GER/, gold medallist:
“I didn’t do well in my first attempt of clean and jerk. But the Russian lifter did, so this was the motivation.
Before the competition, I was a little bit nervous. But after missing my first attempt of clean and jerk, it helped me get into it [mentally]. “It means a lot to me to achieve this dream,”
What touched the spectators more than his fabulous performance was the photo of his wife who had recently passed away that he held during the medal ceremony.
“Of course this Gold is for my wife, also my friends, my German coach and all of the people who have helped me. But first it’s for her. During the competition I did not think so much about her, because I had to stay in the competition. But afterwards, of course, I missed her a lot.”