Posted November. 30, 2009 08:45,
I had a sleepless night. I couldnt sleep because of overexcitement.
Champion weightlifter Jang Mi-ran sounded relaxed yesterday after winning her fourth consecutive world title in the northern Seoul suburb of Goyang in record fashion.
The 26-year-old was enjoying a cup of coffee at a café Saturday afternoon near the Korea International Exhibition Center, the site of this years World Weightlifting Championships, amid winter rain.
Q: You failed in your first attempts in both the snatch and clean and jerk.
Jang: My condition was not bad but I couldnt help but feel nervous. I felt especially nervous when I attempted the snatch. I failed to reach my goals, but Im satisfied with the result.
Q: You oftentimes say competition with myself. Did you feel pressure as the defending world champion?
Jang: I never thought Id win the title no matter what. I only thought that Id reach my goal. I thought itd be great if I became champion, and if not, Id congratulate the champion who did better than I. Nevertheless, I felt more pressure since the event took place in Korea.
Q: What is your goal after winning the world championship for four consecutive years?
Jang: I have no specific figure for my weightlifting targets. I only think that I want to add one or two kilograms to my records every year. I hold a world record and it wont be easy to add one or two kilograms every year rather than lag behind. Ill continue to improve my records and want to secure a good performance at the 2012 London Olympics.