From the link: “Asked how a man so small could lift a weight so big, Om credited the ‘Great Leader’ as North Korean athletes often do after great achievements. ‘How can any man possibly lift 168kg? I believe the great Kim Jong Il looked over me’.”
It’s like all those videos of people weeping on the streets following the death of the Dear [del]Playboy[/del] Leader last year - is it mass insanity or mass intimidation?
(I suspect it’s the latter given that a stay at a labour or re-education camp is the penalty for saying or doing pretty much anything that’s not officially approved. But then I have to ask - how did an entire nation learn Oscar-worthy acting skills?)