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Strong Smith out with an injury


PRODIGIOUS TALENT Zoe Smith has been forced to withdraw from the European youth weightlifting championships that take place in Ciechanow, Poland on August 21 with a back injury.

This setback could mean that the 17-year-old Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and world youth silver medallist might not compete in November’s senior world championships.

"It's a recurring back injury, which a lot of weightlifters get," said the 5’2” Smith, who competes in the 58 kg category.

"It's annoying because I've got lots of important competitions coming up this year and it would have been nice to get a solid block of training in.

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"Dealing with injury is just part of being a professional athlete though and it's something that I'm going to have to live with."

In order to compete and train full-time, Smith postponed her studies and relocated to National Performance Centre in Leeds with the rest of the British weightlifting team, which has been a difficult but productive process for the Londoner.

"It's been tough and there are lots of things that I miss about home - I could write a book about it,” admitted Smith.

"Not having my family around is hard because they are always really supportive, but I've learned to be more independent.”

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