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Zoe Smith becomes Britain's second female weightlifting medallist

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Olympic weightlifter Zoe Smith has made history by winning a bronze medal at the European Weightlifting Championships in Tel Aviv, Israel. 

The 19-year-old came third finishing with a total of 204kg, making her just the second British woman to win a European weightlifting medal alongside Michaela Breeze of Wales who did so in 2003. 

Smith was however unaware at first that she won the bronze medal, insisting her second clean and jerk element was not good enough in her opinion. 

At London 2012 Smith finished 12th in the 58kg before suffering a number of injuries after the occasion, with the Championships in Israel being her first major international event since. 

Speaking to BBC Sport, Smith expressed her delight at what she had achieved:

"Overall, I'm really, really happy that all the hard work I've put in in training and rehabbing my back with Sam [Dovey, her new coach] has paid off.

“I'm obviously overjoyed to have got a medal at the euro seniors, it was something I didn't realise at first as I was too busy being disappointed at my absolutely appalling clean and jerk effort."

Last week Smith, whose sister Yana has also taken up the sport competitively, admitted that she was almost ready to quit the sport having fallen victim to a number of injuries as well as finding out that UK Sport was to axe its funding for GB Weightlifting. 

In March however, the women's half of the British programme of weightlifting managed to launch a successful appeal against UK Sport and had the funding withdrawal overturned.

This means Smith is now determined to add to the Bronze she won at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games with a successful run at Glasgow 2014. 

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