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He Zhenliang: China Hopes to Train Redgrave-like Athletes
    2008-12-21 08:40:48     Xinhua

He Zhenliang, honorary president of the Chinese Olympic Committee, told Xinhua on Saturday Chinese national rowing team was able to continue great performance and hoped to train athletes like British quintuple Olympic gold medalist rower Steve Redgrave.

He said that Chinese rowing team should "stick to their high goals with perseverance" when attending a prize awarding ceremony held here on Saturday evening for Chinese Olympic water sports medalists and their coaches.

China pocketed three gold medals in the 2008 Olympic Games, namely Meng Guanliang and Yang Wenjun for men's canoe double, Tang Bin, Jin Ziwei, Xi Aihua, Zhang Yangyang for women's quadruple sculls, and Yin Jian for women's windsurfing.

Wei Di, director of the Chinese Water Sports Center, told reporters that when we granted the prizes to those medalists and coaches, the glory of this year had become "history".

"We believe that we can recreate the history through best efforts in a bid to deliver better performance in London Olympics," Wei added.



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