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Weightlifting: Competition for Olympic places hots up at European Championships
Four female athletes from team GB returned from the European Weightlifting Championships in Turkey last week with Olympic standard lifts under their belts.
Only London-based Zoe Smith (pictured left) managed to hit the Olympic A standard, and she will need to do that again before the end of May to give herself the best chance of being picked to go to the London games.
Fellow London lifter Jo Calvino broke the British record with a snatch of 66kg, and with a clean and jerk of 84kg, she reached the Olympic B standard with 150kg.
Other female athletes to hit the Olympic B standard were, Emily Godley (pictured right) and Natasha Perdue.
Fiona Lothian, British Weight Lifting Performance Manager, said, “There were good performances from Zoe Smith and Emily Godley, both of whom raised their game.
“The British Championships on 26 May is now critical for all athletes who have not yet hit B standard, or for those athletes looking to qualify through A standard, which will make for an exciting event!”
Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine