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Austria’s homage to German Olympic Gold medallist Matthias Steiner

“After earning Olympic gold in Beijing, Matthias Steiner is granted the Golden Badge of Honour of the Republic of Austria because he is a shining example of Austrian sports and has still close ties with his home country”, Secretary of State for Sports Reinhold Lopatka stressed at the reception staged for the super-heavyweight lifter winning Olympic gold for Germany held in Obersulz (Weinviertel/Lower Austria). Steiner, 25, was three times Austrian champion and medal winner at junior world and European championships.
Besides, the Austrian Weightlifting Association represented the most successful discipline of the Olympic Summer Games, earning 11 medals since 1896.