Zoe Smith overcomes injury and exams to win weightlifting silver at the Commonwealth Games but by Zoe Smith’s own admission on Saturday it felt more satisfying than any gold she has ever won. To understand why the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion was quite so chirpy with an apparent downgrade, it is necessary to recall how much she has suffered in the past two years.
Even as she celebrated this silver medal, she declared herself ‘broke’ and explained how she has been working in a bubble tea outlet in Loughborough, while studying to take her A levels next month at the age of 23.
So it is has been a brutally hard road, made tougher by a back problem that required an epidural injection to compete here. To overcome all that and emerge with a silver medal in the 63kg class behind Canada’s Maude Charron is quite something.
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