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Citing “physical issues” Spanish weightlifter Lidia Valentin opts out of Tokyo Olympics

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Spain’s Lidia Valentin had second thoughts about participating in the women’s 87kg weightlifting category that took place in Tokyo

“I was thinking whether or not to compete today because of these issues.”

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Lidia Valentin tackled physical issues to compete so far 

Valentin had been experiencing physical issues lately which affected her performance at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The 2012 London Games champion retired from the competition soon after the first clean jerk lift. Despite not being in her prime condition, she secured first place although tied with South Korea’s Kang Yeoun-hee. 

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Spain can expect the weightlifter to take part in the 2024 Paris Olympics. 

Her physical condition explains why the gold medallist took part in Group B and not Group A which usually comprises record-holders and medal winners. 

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The 36-year-old won a bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics and had added another silver to her collection at the 2008 Olympics. 

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