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Interviews
Performance needs no Dope

Gold medal winner K Ravi Kumar says he wanted to prove that champion performances could be given without resorting to performance-enhancing drugs.

"I think my Gold medal will inspire many young lifters, so it is certainly important. By winning Gold I wanted to prove that this can be achieved even without opting for the wrong way," said Ravi Kumar, who won the coveted Gold medal in the 69 kg Weightlifting category.

He advised lifters to avoid performance-enhancing drugs, and believes that training hard certainly pays dividends in the long term.

Ravi created a Commonwealth Games record with a total lift of 321 kg, while grabbing the Gold yesterday.
         
He admitted of being under pressure during his Gold-producing performance yesterday.
    
"I was feeling the pressure. I had promised family, my Federation and also media that we will win Gold. But after we missed out on two Golds in 62kg, I thought what would happen if I can't do it.
    
"After lifting 146kg in snatch, I was free because I knew that today I will get something. Both the snatch and
clean-jerk are very important in this level. Bad performance in any section can cost you medals," added Ravi, who started lifting seven years ago.Gold medal winner K Ravi Kumar says he wanted to prove that champion performances could be given without resorting to performance-enhancing drugs. -PTI