October 27 - China wants its men's weightlifting team to be even more successful at the London 2012 Olympics than it was in Beijing last year, when they won the gold medal in half the events contested.


China won four gold medals and a silver but Chen Wenbin, the team's head coach, revealed that they were looking to find a lifter capable of being successful in the 94kg category, an event won by Kazakhstan's Ilya Ilin.


Chen said: "If any of our lifters in the 94kg division can hoist over 400kg in total, we will send him to the London Olympics."


According to the governing body International Weightlifting Federation's rule, one team can send a maximum of four women and six men to compete at the Olympics.


China's men competed in five events at Athens in 2004, where they won four medals, two of them gold, and Beijing.


They won golds in the 62kg and 69kg divisions in Athens then were on the way up to take four golds in the 56kg, 62kg, 69kg and 85kg divisions in Beijing last year.


Ma Wenguang, president of the Chinese Weightlifting Association, admitted that China's strength, however, still lies in the lighter divisions.


At the National Games in Jinan Chinese male lifters have set two world records.


Ma said: "We had a bunch of excellent lifters in the lighter divisions.


"The National Games was a good start of our preparation for the London Olympics."


Ma is expecting Chinese lifters to dominate the World Championships in Goyang, South Korea, which open on November 11 and last until November 29.


He said: "The national team will decide the squad as soon as the National Games is over.


"Young lifters need more experience from the international competitions.


"They will get mature in tactics, psychology, and strength from fierce matches."


"I also want them to know their potential rivals in the Olympics."