[Asian Games] North Korean Weightlifter Ri Seong-geum Cries, “I Cry When I Think of my Parents and People”
“Training during the coronavirus period as an opportunity for development”… “I’m not sure” about the prospect of participating in the Olympics.
North Korea’s Ri Seong-geum, who won the gold medal in the women’s 49kg weightlifting class at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games,
said on the 30th, “When I saw the red Republic flag being raised by winning the world record,
I thought I had brought news of the games (gold medal) to my parents and the people of the whole country.”
“Tears naturally came out,” he said. 바카라사이트
“She felt that all the sweat she had shed so far was not in vain,”
Li Seong-geum said at a post-game press conference held at the Xiaoshan Sports Center in Hangzhou, China this afternoon.
On this day, Lee Seong-geum lifted 92 kg in snatch, 124 kg in clean and jerk, and 216 kg in total,
defeating Zhang Hui-hua (25, China) with a total of 213 kg (94 kg in snatch, 119 kg in clean and jerk) to win the championship.
Lee Seong-geum’s record in this competition is a new world record.
Ri Seong-geum’s gold medal is the first medal won in weightlifting,
which North Korea considers a ‘medal field’ at the Asian Games.
North Korean Weightlifters
North Korean weightlifters once again proved their top-level capabilities at a time when their skills were questioned as they disappeared from international competitions after the 2019 Pattaya World Championships due to the blockade due to the spread of COVID-19.
China’s Zhang Huihua, who competed until the end and won the silver medal,
also spoke highly of Li Shenggeum at the press conference,
saying, “I think it’s very remarkable,” saying that Li Shenggeum’s performance has improved a lot despite not participating in international competitions for several years.
Lee Seong-geum showed tears of emotion as he received the gold medal from the podium and hung it around his neck.
Lee Seong-geum emphasized, “I saw the coronavirus (lockdown) period as a good opportunity to improve my skills and body, and I have been training vigorously in Korea so far.
As a result, I was able to win the world record in (this) competition.”
Meanwhile, when asked about the possibility of North Korean weightlifters participating in the 2024 Paris Olympics due to their continued absence from international competitions where Olympic ranking points are at stake,
Ri Seong-geum smiled and replied, “I’m not sure about that.”
Lee Seong-geum is an athlete who won a gold medal in the 48kg class at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.
He is a member of the April 25th Sports Team under the North Korean military,
which is known as the cradle of North Korea’s ‘elite sports’.