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Double shot-put Olympic champion seeks more success in third Games

Reporter: Xu Zhen 丨 CCTV.com

07-15-2016 16:41 BJT

This summer will be Polish shot-putter Tomasz Majewski's third Games and despite being a 2-time gold medallist, he is far from the favourite to win a third in Brazil. CCTV's Mike Fox tells us more about the man who believes simply qualifying for the Olympics is the biggest prize.

Majewski burst onto the scene at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning gold by a slim margin of 42 centimetres.

He collected his second gold medal in London 4 years later but would struggle with elbow injuries the following year and finish outside the podium places at the 2013 world indoor championships.

The games in Brazil will be his fourth and the double shot put champion thinks his Olympic experience will count for a lot and his preparations are going smoothly.

Majewski said, "I've just started the final part of my preparations for the Olympic Games. It starts in less than a month, so there's really not to much time left to work on my form. Before it starts I will enter in a few smaller competitions. The first group of Polish athletes will travel to Rio a bit earlier to have a more time to train there and get acclimatised. "

Majewski said that the Summer Olympics is one of the most precious rewards not just in sport but in life and to the 2008 champ, there is no bigger stage to perform on.

He said, "The summer Olympic Games are the biggest sporting festival. It's a tournament where you can get the most precious reward for your work during your career. Every Olympic Games are different than the previous one, there's always a lot of factors which influence the competition. You can be there for a second, third or fourth time, but the stress is always on the highest possible level. It is all because of the prestige, the honour, the fact that the Games take place just once every four years. It's really great to be part of it and feel the emotions inside."

Unlike four years ago in London and eight years ago in Beijing, these days he is not considered among the favourites. But that won't stop him from believing in himself to grab a second gold.

"I can see just a tiny, tiny chance for a podium finish in Rio, but I will for sure do my best to get the medal," Majewski said.

Armenian Joe Kovacs is now the favourite to take the gold - he recently secured top spot in the 2015 World Championships in Beijing while London 2012 silver medallist David Storl is also expected to challenge.

Medal or no medal, Majewski believes in the spirit of the Olympics and sometimes that is more precious than the result.


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