Zulfiya Chinshanlo
Zulfiya Chinshanlo Getty Images Sport - Laurence Griffiths

Kazakhs, Koreans put Brits to shame

IT SEEMS Borat is not the only person to have put Kazakhstan on the world stage.

The Olympics are less than a week old and already Kazakhstan is playing a leading role in the medal count, winning two gold. That is two more than the hosts (at the time of writing) and one more than the Aussies.

Alexandr Vinokurov started the gold rush by taking out the men's road race, and Zulfiya Chinshanlo won gold with a world record in the women's 53kg weightlifting.

Who else is punching above their weight in the early stages of the Games?

North Korea certainly is, holding fourth on the medal ladder before last night's action, after Kim Un Guk's world record combined total of 327kg in the men's weightlifting 62kg division to win his nation's third gold medal. There is also a bronze in the tally.

English schoolgirl Ruta Meilutyte is another showing no signs of being overawed by the occasion, stunning the world by winning the women's 100m breaststroke final.

Unfortunately for British fans, though, the 15-year-old was competing for Lithuania.

Meilutyte is the first swimmer from her country to win an Olympic medal and the youngest ever to win the event.

Meilutyte has been in England for the past three years, but sadly for Great Britain fans she says she will not be switching her allegiance in future Olympics.


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