Fri, 29 Oct 2021

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After his victories at the Tokyo Olympics and the National Games, Chinese weightlifter Shi Zhiyong has his sights firmly set on the Paris Olympics in three years' time.

XI'AN, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- After finishing his final lift at the Tokyo Olympics, Chinese weightlifting gold medalist Shi Zhiyong let out a roar in relief, "Anyone else?"

This time at the 14th National Games, he did it again.

Shi, representing Zhejiang, broke national records in the snatch and total with 170kg and 365kg respectively, surpassing his own world records in the men's 73kg at the quadrennial Games on Wednesday.

Wei Yinting from Guangxi and Yuan Chengfei from Fujian placed second and third respectively, some way behind the victorious Shi.

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With the Paris Olympics three years away, Shi, in his fourth National Games appearance, is eager to feature on the biggest stage again.

"I want to fight for another three years to see if I can participate in Paris," he said.

"Every time I make an improvement by one kilogram, I feel very tired. I need to achieve some results so as to qualify for the next Olympics. It will require continuous effort."

Shi plans to challenge the next record at the Asian Games next year.

"In Hangzhou, there will be many people cheering for me, which will make me feel more motivated," Shi said.

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