North Koreans big on Jong factor

Aug 03, 2012, 10:52 IST | Agencies

For a lot of North Korean participants at the London Olympics, their leaders � past and present are like Gods

When weightlifter Rim Jong-Sim won the women’s 69kg class, the country’s third gold in the snatch on Wednesday, she mentioned her leader. Rim, like Kim Un-Guk and Om Yun-Chol, who shone in the men’s 62 and 56kg classes respectively, put her victory down to her communist homeland’s late “Great Leader” Kim Jong-Il and his son and successor, “Great Comrade” Kim Jong-Un.

“Even though it was a very close competition, I gained strength to give joy to our supreme leader,” said Rim, whose best in the total has improved by a massive 30kg in just one year. “I won’t be greedy or proud. That way I will win more gold medals in the future.”

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