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British weightlifter Perdue aims to emulate late father at Olympics

07-17-2012 17:34 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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British weightlifter Natasha Perdue will be following in her late father’s footsteps after securing a place in the team for the London Olympics. To claim that Perdue was excited to be just one of two British females to make the grade would be taking understatement to an extreme.

Perdue is ready to follow in her father’s footsteps after securing her place. Perdue’s father represented his country at two previous Olympics, finishing 10th in both appearances.

Natasha Perdue, British weightlifter, said, "I would love him to be sitting here. I don’t know. I can’t even imagine what he would say to me and that is what the hardest is, I think. What advice he would give me, how he would say "well done Tash". It’s just horrible, in a nice way, if that makes sense."

The former national Karate champion combined working in south Wales with training in Leeds.

Natasha Perdue, British weightlifter, said, "There was no coach really, because me and my brother tried to work together in the gym and we were absolutely useless because I wouldn’t listen to him at all. I used to drive him insane. But someone from England then - Karl Grant - he would coach me. But I would drive, do a day shift, and drive up to England, train, two hour drive, train, two hour drive back."

Perdue describes herself as "a champagne bottle waiting for the top to come off".

Natasha Perdue, British weightlifter, said, "I am bubbling inside and I am like ‘Oh my God’. People say with different athletes, we talk in different times and we say like, some are saying ‘I can’t wait until this time is over, I just want to get there and lift.’ I am like, I am actually enjoying this time because we are just training, and we know we are going to the Olympics. We know the day is going to come. Let’s get the best shape that we can. It is just like I am just loving it all."

Perdue will compete for Great Britain in the women’s 69-kilogram category.

British weightlifter Natasha Perdue will be following in her late
father’s footsteps after securing a place in the team for the
London Olympics.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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