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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 June, 2004, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
Breeze fires Athens warning
Michaela Breeze
I hope my performance at the European Championship has made the opposition wake up
Michaela Breeze
Michaela Breeze has sent out a challenge to her weightlifting rivals ahead of the Athens Olympics.

"I'm so focused after a good couple of years, now everything's targeted at Athens," said Breeze, who will compete in the 58kg clean and jerk and snatch.

"East Europe provides the main threat and there are some good Asian lifters.

"But I'm not intimidated and I hope my performance at the European Championship has made them wake up," the 25-year-old told BBC Sport Wales.

Breeze won her Olympics place after advancing through a tortuous qualification program.

"It's not like other sports where the national body decides selection," said Breeze. "You have to wait for the international governing body to invite you.

"Being the best in Britain is not enough, you have to be in the top 10 in the world.

"It does mean that only the best lifters in the world will be there, so it will be a very tough fight on the day.

"I knew I had a good chance of qualifying after the European Championship in April, so I had one week's recovery then got straight back into training.

"My diet will be very important now, ideally you train just above your weight category.

"A lot of protein is needed to help rebuild muscles, then about two weeks out I'll cut back on the carbohydrates to lose that last bit of weight."





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