Britain's weightlifters revel in medal-laden and historic European Championships
Weightlifting

Britain's weightlifters revel in medal-laden and historic European Championships

13 April 2019 / 20:45

Olympian Zoe Smith helped Britain's weightlifters make history after bagging three overall medals in their most successful European Championships.

Smith, who made her Olympic debut as a teenager at London 2012, secured bronze to win Britain’s first overall medal of the Championships in Georgia, as she bids for Tokyo 2020 qualification.

That came in the -64kg category – lifting 128kg from her final clean and jerk effort despite suffering a pulled muscle before returning to the stage.

Smith was followed onto the podium by Emily Godley who claimed a superb silver, registering a total of 217kg in the -71kg category having completed two of her three clean and jerks.

That performance ensured silver medals in both the clean and jerk, and overall competitions – despite not hitting the heights at the start of the contest.

Those honours also came a year on from winning Commonwealth gold on the Gold Coast, guaranteeing Britain their best overall medal at a European Championships in the process.

And a superb week came to an end with a hat-trick of medals for Emily Campbell, bagging bronzes in each of her disciplines.

The Commonwealth bronze medallist lifted 115kg in the snatch and 145kg in the clean and jerk, both enough to take the last step on the podium, with the total of 260kg seeing her complete the medal treble.

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