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Zoe Smith (born 26 April 1994 in Greenwich, London)[1] is an English weightlifter. She holds (as at August 2016) four British clean and jerk records spread across three weight classes.[2][3] In October 2010 Smith won a bronze medal in the women's 58kg division at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, her first senior international competition,[4] to become the first Englishwoman to win a Commonwealth Games weightlifting medal.[5]

Zoe Smith
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Zoe Smith at the London Youth Games
Personal information
Birth nameZoë Smith
NationalityBritish
Born (1994-04-26) 26 April 1994 (age 25)
Greenwich, London
ResidenceAbbey Wood, London
Height1.59 m (5 ft 2 12 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
Sport
Country United Kingdom
SportWeightlifting
Event(s)–58kg
ClubEuropa WLC
Coached byAndrew Callard
Updated on 31 May 2019.

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Early lifeEdit

Smith attended De Lucy primary school in Abbey Wood and Townley Grammar School for Girls in Bexleyheath.[6][7]

Sporting careerEdit

Smith was training as a gymnast when it was suggested she take up weightlifting to help her borough Greenwich compete in the London Youth Games.[8]

She missed being selected for the 2016 Olympics following a shoulder injury.[9][10] Following UK Sport's decision to cut funding for weightlifting in 2016, Smith launched a crowdfunding appeal in July 2018, seeking to raise £10,000 to help her qualify for the 2020 Olympics.[11] This target was reached by June 2019.

London 2012 Olympic GamesEdit

In May 2012 Smith was chosen, as part of Team GB, to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics in London. She competed in the Women's 58kg division and she took the British record with a clean and jerk lift of 121.0 kg (266.8 lb). The record previously stood at 119.0 kg (262.4 lb). With a snatch of 90.0 kg (198.4 lb) she was placed 12th in her weight-class with a total of 211.0 kg (465.2 lb).

Career highlightsEdit

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games Silver Medal
  • 2014 Commonwealth games Gold medal and Games records in the Clean and Jerk and Total.
  • 2014 British Senior Championships: Champion.
  • 2014 European Weightlifting Championships:Clean & Jerk Bronze, Total Bronze.
  • 2012 British clean and jerk record (London 2012 Olympics).[3]
  • 2012 European Weightlifting Championships: 4th.
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games: Bronze in Total.
  • 2010 English Senior Championships: Champion.
  • 2010 European Youth Championships: Snatch Bronze; Clean & Jerk Silver; Total Silver.
  • 2009 British Junior Championships: Champion.
  • 2009 British U17 Championships: Champion.
  • 2009 World Youth Championships: 8th.
  • 2009 European Junior Championships: 6th.
  • 2008 European Youth Championships: Clean & Jerk Silver.
  • 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games: Gold.
  • 2008 BOA Athlete of the Year – Weightlifting.

Major resultsEdit

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Representing   Great Britain
Olympic Games
2012   London, Great Britain 58 kg 90 93 93 13 116 121 121 9 211 10
World Championships
2018   Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 64 kg 92 92 95 14 117 120 120 15 215 17
2015   Houston, United States 63 kg 94 97 100 11 120 124 128 9 221 9
European Championships
2019   Batumi, Georgia 64 kg 92 96 98 6 122 126 128   224  
2016   Førde, Norway 63 kg 93 96 98 4 116 119 119   215 4
2014   Tel Aviv, Israel 58 kg 86 86 90 5 114 118 118   204  
2012   Antalya, Turkey 58 kg 85 89 '92 4 110 116 120 4 208 4
British International Open
2019   Coventry, Great Britain 64 kg 91 94 100 2 120 125 130 1 225  
Representing   England
Commonwealth Games
2018   Gold Coast, Australia 63 kg 87 90 92   110 112 115   207  
2014   Glasgow, Scotland 53 kg 89 92 95   112 115 118   202  
2010   Delhi, India 58 kg 80 80 85 4 103 106 108   188  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ THE ENGLAND TEAM | Sporting Life | Commonwealth Games, Delhi 2010, Medal Table Archived 25 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "British Women's Senior Records" (PDF). Britishweightlifting.org. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b Ben Dirs. "Olympics weightlifting: Zoe Smith hits back at Twitter critics". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  4. ^ Shah, Sonali (6 October 2010). "Commonwealth Games 2010: What makes Zoe Smith special?". The Daily Telegraph.
  5. ^ Hart, Simon (6 October 2010). "Commonwealth Games 2010: Zoe Smith makes British weightlifting history". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  6. ^ "Starting Blocks athlete Zoe Smith selected to Team GB". Greenwichstartingblocks.org. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Olympic weightlfting: Back to school for Olympian Zoe Smith". BBC News. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Team 2012 – Zoe Smith". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Rio 2016: Zoe Smith ruled out of Rio as Rebekah Tiler takes weightlifting spot". BBC Sport. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  10. ^ Shephard, Sarah (20 May 2017). "Zoe Smith: 'You're treated differently when you're not an Olympian. I'm a coffee wench now'". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 June 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  11. ^ "Zoe Smith interview: The Olympian forced to crowdfund her way back to the top". The Independent. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2019.

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