Weightlifter Smith already looking to Rio Olympics

17 July 2014 / 18:29

Weightlifter Zoe Smith admits thoughts of starring at the 2016 Rio Olympics are already at the forefront of her mind.

Smith enjoyed her Olympic debut two years ago in London, setting a British record with a clean and jerk lift of 121.0kg.

And after recovering from a series of injuries she highlighted her talent earlier this year when she delivered a bronze medal at the European Championships in Israel.

Smith will now turn her attentions to the Commonwealth Games before focussing on the World Championships later this year.

But it is the Olympics in Rio that the 20-year-old can’t shift from her thoughts.

"As a team, you have to earn a certain amount of points to get one spot, and all the stronger teams like Russia could have a world champion in every category I reckon if they tried. But we are not so strong on the world scene and will probably struggle to qualify for one place," said Smith, whose breakthrough came at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi four years ago when she collected a bronze medal aged just 16.

"There is also the 'wild card' which is how we have had Britons at the (Olympic) Games (before), so if you are consistently top ten in the world rankings then they sometimes take pity on you and give you a wildcard, which is how I understand it.

"But I am just hoping to go hell for leather now and try to get myself a top-ten undisputed athlete and hopefully go (to Rio) for that reason if we don't qualify a team (as of right).

"It is almost like a Catch 22 situation, where you need to go to these events to get the points but you don't want to go to the events and risk injury or do anything stupid. It is almost as if you have got to pick your battles."

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