Russia’s weightlifters have set the bar high for the London Olympics after four gold medals at recent World Championships held in Paris, the Federation President said.
The Russian team came second to China (6) in the gold medal count, with victories for Svetlana Tsarukaeva in the 63kg; Oksana Slivenko in the 69kg; Nadezhda Evstyukhina in the 75kg; Khadhzimurat Akkaev in the 105kg.
The results, Russia’s best since the Soviet fall in 1992, guaranteed a maximum representation of six men and four women at the London Games next year.
“Our team fulfilled its task 100 percent,” said Sergei Syrtsov, President of the Russian Weightlifting Federation. “They confirmed that they are one of the leaders in weightlifting.”
“The World Championships aren’t the final straight, but just a stage where we showed we are Olympic medal contenders,” he added.