North Koreans 'credit Kims for successes'

North Korea's past and present rulers are inspiring the country's Olympic athletes, according to Pyongyang's official news agency, which reported a "tumult of joy" at its strong showing in London.

After the fourth day of competition, the poverty-stricken nation of 24 million people was fifth in the medals table with three golds and a bronze.

Weightlifter Kim Un-Guk set a world record Monday to bring the North its third gold in two days. "The news has put the whole country into tumult of joy," the Korean Central News Agency said late Tuesday.

The North's first title came from An Kum-Ae in women's judo on Sunday.

"She owes her success to the great leaders, the benevolent social system and the (ruling) Workers' Party of Korea," her father An Jong-Ryon was quoted as saying.

An "displayed pluck and confidence instilled by Supreme Commander Kim Jong-Un", according to sports official Ri Song-Chol.

Jong-Un took over power after his father Kim Jong-Il died last December, in the country's second family succession.

Om Yun-Chol, who took weightlifting gold with a remarkable world record-equalling clean and jerk Sunday, has no doubt where the credit lay.

"There are no secrets. The reason for my improvement and how I won the gold medal is down to the warm love of the Great Leader Kim Jong-Il and the Great Comrade Kim Jong-Un," said Om.

Official propaganda bestows near-godlike status on the Kim dynasty, which has ruled since the country's founding in 1948. They are customarily credited with inspiring all national achievements.

"I will devote myself to building a thriving nation, true to the leadership of respected Marshal Kim Jong-Un, as the gold medallists did for the country," power sector worker Yu Jung-Ryol was quoted as saying.

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