Ndleleni eyes lifting gold

Ndleleni eyes lifting gold

Ndleleni, who claimed a bronze in 2006 in the women’s 75kg category, said she was better prepared than four years ago. “I wasn’t that well prepared in Melbourne. But now, I have the experience of four more years. I am hoping to win gold here,” said Ndleleni.

The 31-year-old said lifters from Australia and Canada would be her biggest challengers. “Australia and Canada are strong in my category. If I can get my personal best of 209kg (combined) or more, then I should be able to finish on the podium,” said Ndleleni, the African champion in 2006 and 2007.

South African chef de mission Patience Shikwambana said the contingent’s priority was to defend the fifth position won in Melbourne.

“If we can get more medals, it will be a bonus. We are looking forward to winning medals in swimming, athletics and weightlifting,” Shikwambana said. She stressed the need to work together. “We have excellent facilities here and we are happy to be here. Instead of attacking the organisers, we must address the issues. We are looking forward to a good Games.”

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