Rio 2016: Emotional Mosquera considers Tokyo appearance after retirement hint


Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera hinted that he will consider participating at the Tokyo Olympics despite having seemingly retired in the aftermath of an emotional weightlifting gold medal at Rio 2016.

The 33-year-old made history by becoming the first Colombian male to win an Olympic gold medal after triumphing over Indonesia's Eko Yuli Irawan in the men's 62 kilogramme category.

After clinching victory, Mosquera removed his shoes and laid them down on the platform - a signal of retirement in the sport - kissed his weights and sank to his knees in tears.

However, he plans to take time to consider his decision once the emotion of his achievement sinks in.

"I am full [of] emotions after 22 years of lifting weights," he told a news conference. 

"I might consider participating at Tokyo 2020. It is true that I have been lifting all of the weight of Colombia, all of my country is happy.

"Right now it is a difficult moment because I am full of great and intense emotion."

Mosquera had an operation on his back in January, a decision he says proved pivotal in his gold medal.

"I underwent surgery to improve the mobility in my back," he added. "The Colombian doctor operated on me and he did an excellent job.

"This surgery is why last year I did not have the best results. My recovery was satisfactory and I would like to thank my doctor as well as my technical team, my coaches and everybody who supported me on my way to the gold medal."