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Injury not scare away hard-bitten S. Korean lifter Lee
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08:21, August 13, 2008

South Korean weightlifter Lee Baeyoung chose to continue his competition after a sudden injury in his legs here on Tuesday, however, he failed the last two attempts in jerk.

He bid farewell to the Beijing Olympics with a "DNF" (Did Not Finish), but he said he had no regrets.

"I've made all-out efforts," he said.

Lee, a strong challenger for the home favorite Liao Hui, snatched 155kg, following Liao's 158kg to be ranked second. However, he fell down the platform and failed his first jerk attempt of 184kg.

"I got a cramp first on my left leg, and then on my right leg," he said.

He received simple treatment on the platform.

After that, Liao failed his first attempt of 185kg.

Lee, runner-up at Athens Games, changed twice the weight of his second attempt to 186kg, gaining more time to rest.

However, he failed it. It's obvious that his injury prevented him from using any strength.

He still didn't give up.

"If I didn't go out and try to lift the clean and jerk it would have been one of the biggest regrets of my whole life," he said.

He tried the last attempt with all his efforts, but fell down in half way of standing up.

"I felt very uncomfortable and I couldn't perform normally on my last two attempts," he said.

The failure made the 29-year-old veteran reconsider his future plan.

"Before the Games I thought this would be my last international competition, but now my plans may change," he said.

Source:Xinhua

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