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Smith takes Silver Medal in Australian Youth Olympic Festival Featured

London 2012 Olympian and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Zoe Smith added an Australian Youth Olympic Festival medal to her collection with silver in the women’s 63kg competition on Friday.


The British clean and jerk record holder lifted a solid 200kg but was beaten to gold by Chinese lifter Wei Deng who recorded an outstanding combined score of 235kg.


Smith made six good lifts in the competition, successfully progressing through the snatch with 80kg, 85kg and 88kg, and then adding lifts in the clean and jerk of 105kg, 110kg and 112kg for a 200kg total.


Smith was satisfied with her performance: “I obviously haven’t been training as hard for this competition as I had been for the London Olympics, but I think I got out what I put in, so I am not unhappy.


“I am pretty sure the Chinese girl’s total would have medalled at the Olympics so I am not too disappointed losing out to her. 200kg was about what I was aiming for here.”