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A silver medal thanks to Triyatno

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 2 2012   /  10:08 am

Silver lining: Triyatno celebrates his after winning a silver medal in the men’s 69-kilogram, group A, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Tuesday. AP/Mike GrollA “battle to the death” earned Indonesian weightlifter Triyatno a silver medal at the London Olympics on Tuesday evening (Wednesday morning Jakarta time) despite a gloomy day for the national badminton squad, two of whose shuttlers were expelled from the competition.

The audience at the ExCel Arena, where the medals for the men’s 69 kilogram category were decided, fell silent when the Indonesian strongman tried to lift 188 kilograms in the clean and jerk.

An East Kalimantan contender, Triyatno felt his legs nearly collapse under him as he tried to keep the bar from falling.

He was staring failure in the face, but he held his nerve and triumphed.

“I kept telling ...