HEEEEAVE

Weightlifting. They call it the loneliest sport…it was better then hoped. Nail biting. Some absolute gems of characters in there – I’d award the Kazakstani trainer if I could, a jumping bean if ever you saw one. I doubt he realised he was being filmed at every possible moment. he nearly stole the show. But the Women’s 69 kilo DPRK winner¬†Rim Jong Sim won out. Every competitor expelled a grunt, wheeze or kind of meditative exhalation before pumping some serious iron. But Rim…mewed? Like a kitten. Extraordinary. And so the competition rested at 261 kilograms. It’s been a few years since I’ve heard the North Korean national anthem – having been there it’s practically pumped out on loop so I probably should’ve been able to sing along…