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LONDON: Kazakhstan Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin says eating horse meat is the key to success in weightlifting.
The 24-year-old set two new world records on his way to a second successive Olympic title on Friday, then advocated a diet of chicken – and horse.
“I do believe food plays an important role in preparation for the Olympics or any competition,” said Ilyin.
“Of course you have to be careful and know what you’re eating. I try not to eat anything that is too fat or sweet. My favourite food is chicken and horse meat. I would consider them ideal food because they are very easy to digest.
“You don’t waste any personal energy and you don’t have to digest difficult things like lamb or pork.
“Chicken and horse meat are the best foods for weightlifters.” – Sapa-AFP