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Countdown to Rio: Weightlifter Zoe Smith

Home nations enjoyed their most successful Commonwealth Games ever in Glasgow. But who were the stars of the Games, whose targets have now been ...

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Michaela was the first woman to represent Team GB in Weightlifting at the Olympic Games. In Athens she equalled her National record in the 58 kg clean and jerk with 120kg but only 92.5 kg in the snatch which left her back in ninth place overall A PE Teacher at Ivybridge College in Devon, she won the 2006 Commonwealth Games 63kg title setting three Games records in the process. Previously a Taekwondo and Judo player, Micheala started weightlifting at school. Her breakthrough in the sport came when she linked up with coach Ken Price. In 1999 she took a bronze medal in the Clean and Jerk at the World Junior Championships held in Savannah, USA. Later that year she won the European Junior title in Poland. Unfortunately a back injury in 2000 saw her miss international competition and training for over a year. On her return she continued to improve, and at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 where she improved to win a Gold medal in the snatch and a silver in the Clean and Jerk and combined total. She won a bronze medal at the European Championships in Greece in 2003 and qualified for the Olympic games in 2004.She continued to develop and took gold at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.