On 1 March Lidia Valentin received her well deserved Olympic gold medal at the Spanish Olympic Committee in Madrid. The Spanish superstar originally finished in fourth place at the 2012 London Olympic Games and has recently been upgraded to the rank of Olympic Champion.
Accompanied by authorities, family, technical team, training partners and a multitude of press, Lidia was protagonist of the event since she entered the auditorium of the Spanish Olympic Committee with Mr. Alejandro Blanco, President of the Spanish Olympic Committee , Dr Tamas Ajan, President of the International Weightlifting Federation and IOC Honorary Member, Ms. Marisol Casado, member of the International Olympic Committee and Mr. Constantino Iglesias, President of the Spanish Weightlifting Federation.
Unprecedented among female weightlifters, Lidia Valentin is now three times Olympic medal winner (having already collected a bronze from Beijing 2008 and a silver from Rio de Janeiro 2016.
At the ceremony, Mr. Alejandro Blanco highlighted the role of Dr Tamas Ajan and the IWF in serving justice to clean athletes such as Lidia Valentin.
Later the IWF President added emotional words about the outstanding Spanish athlete, highlighting her carrier and called her a global role model for the weightlifting sport.
In her concluding words Lidia expressed her gratitude to the Spanish Olympic Committee and the IWF. Lastly, she thanked her coaches, technical team and, most importantly, her family, who supported her all these years.
Both the athlete and the Spanish Olympic Committee are also very proud of the 2018 Lifter of the Year title, which Lidia won in two consecutive years.
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