Lifter Công scores hattrick at Rio Paralympics

14:57 | 09/09/2016 Society

Lê Văn Công nearly burst into tears after his three-in-one at the ongoing Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the morning of September 9, Hà Nội time.

Lifter Công scores hattrick at Rio Paralympics

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The Vietnamese powerlifter won a gold medal and broke the world and the Paralympic records lifting 181 and then 183kg.

The medal is a historic one for Việt Nam. The country has participated five times in these games for "super-humans", which take place once every four years.

Like in the Olympics, the Vietnamese delegation won the title, with their leading athlete setting the record on the first day of the tournament.

Công was expected to bring home a gold medal as he is among the best athletes with disabilities, in general, and in powerlifting, in particular.

The 32-year-old performed even better than expectations.

“I am really excited and happy with my gold. I cannot believe that I have made such a great job,” Công said in an interview to Việt Nam News.

“It was a tense tournament. Adesokan did not compete, but Qarada was really strong, and I had to use the spray to reduce my pain before stepping on the competition stage.

“Luckily, I am free from pressure at this Paralympics. I just tried to prove myself,” he said.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyễn Ngọc Thiện sent a letter congratulating Công and the Vietnamese team./.


Source: VNS