Blast from the past …
He got 2nd overall, battling against the great Halil Mutlu.
Not less remarkable are his somewhat unorthodox training methods. I think we, once again, have discovered the secret behind the Chinese weightlifting school.
Zhang’s famous ability to enter an intense trance-like state before attempting a lift was rumored to be due to heavy methamphetamine use.
Coaches say, in his intense training efforts leading up to the 1996 games, Zhang used an electric wheelchair to transport his body between the gymnasium and his apartment in an effort to conserve energy.
Xiangsen was known to sleep with three 25 kilogram discs on his chest to become intimately familiar with the sensation of being crushed by weights, and hence to remove any element of fear from his psyche.
Thanks to Nat for sending this in.