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5 August 2012
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has sent a telegram of congratulations to the two-times Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin on his gold medal at the Olympic Games in London


The telegram reads: "My congratulations on your splendid victory in the weightlifting competition at the XXX Olympic Games in London.

By having set the world record and won the second gold medal, you have proved that you keep your word and always strive for the highest athletic performance. You left no chances to your opponents - world’s strongest weightlifters.

This great success will go down in the national sport chronicles.

I wish you new brilliant victories".

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