PYONGYANG, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Cha Kum Chol, a highly-expected weightlifter to win Olympic medal for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), felt "very sorry" for his defeat in the match, said Monday a Korean newspaper.
The most important reason of losing was that he "chose wrong weight to lift" in the match, the 21-year-old DPRK athlete told Choson Sinbo, a newspaper run by ethnic Koreans in Japan.
Cha won 56 kg class gold medal at last year the World Weightlifting Championships. He aimed at a gold medal at Beijing Olympics. His coach also vowed to show "strength" of the DPRK weightlifters at the Games.
Cha finished fifth in the 56 kg class match of the Beijing Olympics, with total weight of 283 kg.