LONDON — North Korea’s Om Yun Chol on Sunday joined an exclusive group of weightlifters who have lifted three times their body weight in the clean and jerk.
According to Om, it was all thanks to the “Great Leader.”
Om, who stands just 1.52 meters tall, also set an Olympic record when he cleared 168 kilograms in the clean and jerk in the men’s 56-kilogram category — and immediately gave all the credit to late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
“How can any man possibly lift 168kg? I believe the great Kim Jong Il looked over me,” Om was quoted as saying by the Olympic News Service.
Om’s achievement was even more impressive considering he was competing in the “B’’ group with lower-ranked lifters. Medal contenders generally compete in the “A’’ group scheduled for later Sunday.
Om’s record lift was also surprising because he was ranked just 11th in the world in 2011 and the best clean and jerk he registered last year was 156 kilograms at junior worlds.
But the crowd was so supportive of all the lifters that even a North Korean was backed as though he were a Brit.
[…] “I am very happy and give thanks to our Great Leader for giving me the strength to lift this weight,” Om said. “I believe Kim Jong Il gave me the record and all my achievements. It is all because of him.”
GO NORTH KOREA!
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