Bernardin Kingue Matam

Further Personal Information
Residence
Paris, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Office Worker
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Economics - University of Franche-Comte: Besançon, FRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up weightlifting at age 13 in Cameroon.
Why this sport?
His father Didier was a Cameroon national weightlifting coach and encouraged him and his siblings to take up the sport. "It's simple, out of 14 brothers and sisters in my family, 11 are weightlifters."
Club / Team
VGA Saint-Maur: Paris, FRA
Training Regime
He trains at the National Institute of Sport [INSEP] in Paris, France.
General Interest
Nicknames
Berny (Facebook profile, 29 Apr 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2017 European Championships in Split, Croatia. (Facebook page, 06 Apr 2017)
Injuries
He suffered from a back injury at the 2017 World Championships in Anaheim, CA, United States of America. (la-croix.com, 28 Nov 2017)

A thigh injury sustained during his first lift at the 2012 Olympic Games in London caused him to withdraw from the Games. (jactiv.ouest-france.fr, 18 Feb 2016; vosgesmatin.fr, 11 Aug 2016; leparisien.fr, 09 Aug 2018)
Famous relatives
His older brothers have all competed in weightlifting at the Olympic Games - Alphonse in 1992 for Cameroon, Samson in 1996 for Cameroon then 2000 and 2004 for France, and David in 2004 for France. His father Didier was a Cameroon national weightlifting coach. (letelegramme.fr, 22 May 2015; franceolympique.com, 30 Apr 2012; sports-reference.com, 2012)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (insep.fr, 03 Aug 2017)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as an assistant in human resources for Vinci Autoroutes, a company specialised in the operation of motorway infrastructure in France. He benefits from a state-subsidised contract that allows him to maintain a professional career alongside weightlifting. (vinci-autoroutes.com, 11 Apr 2017, 09 Apr 2019)

FROM CAMEROON TO FRANCE
He moved from Cameroon to France at age 14, and became a French citizen in 2011. He comes from a family of 14 children. (lepoint.fr, 08 Jun 2015)

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