Mixed emotions for Smith after historic European bronze

07 April 2014 / 17:46

Zoe Smith made history at the European Weightlifting Championships but admitted she didn’t realise it at first as she won bronze in Israel.

Smith, who finished 12th in the 58kg at the London 2012 Olympics before suffering terribly with injury in the aftermath, took bronze with a total of 204kg.

The Europeans are the 19-year-old’s first major international since London 2012 and her bronze is only the second overall European medal won by a British woman ever.

However Smith didn’t know whether to laugh or cry as she insisted the second clean and jerk element was less than impressive in her own eyes.

"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," she told BBC Sport.

"It was my first international for a long-long time, so not too shabby. I do have mixed emotions, though.

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

“But I perked up when I looked at the scoreboard. My lifting wasn't great; it was 2kg less than at the English Championships in February but my body weight was lower than usual as I think I lost a bit of muscle getting over a cold last week."

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