Chinese Olympic debutant Li Zhuo istaking on a high note of her
Olympic experience, expecting to win the first weightlifting gold
medal at the Athens Games.
And if something goes against Chinese shooters' plan, the
strongwoman may claim the first gold for the Chinese delegation
inthe ancient city.
However, the women's 48-kg world champion firmly believes that
Chinese sharpshooters could shoot down the gold. "We are all
endeavouring for the glory of the nation," she said in the Nikaia
Olympic Hall, the weightliting venue for the Olympics.
The weightlifting tournament is set to be held Saturday
afternoon. Earlier in the day, Chinese shooters Zhao Yinghui, Du Li
and Wang Yifu would press hard for the gold medals in the shooting
"If they fail," Li said, "I will secure a gold for China in
No one has any doubt on the strength of Chinese women lifters,
who had a clean sweep of four gold medals from as many categories
they took part in Sydney Olympic Games four years ago. With an
expectation of at least three golds from Athens, Chinese
weightlifting team is in high spirit for a rivalry on the
China sent four strongwomen including Chen Yanqing in 58kg,
LiuChunhong in 69kg and Tang Gonghong in over-75kg to challenge the
limit of their lifting power in Athens.
"The principle of the training and trial is to vie with their
own limit," said Chinese team headcoach Li Shunzhu. "They don't
need to worry about the competitions or their rivals. They ought to
attempt to lift the bar beyond their own limit."
The weightliting tournament, which will produce 15 gold medals
including eight from men's division, runs through ten competition
days from August 14 to 25, with rest days on August 17 and 22.
The total number of participants in the Athens Olympics
weightlifting is 260, of which 170 are men and 90 women.
(Xinhua News Agency August 12, 2004)