Zoe Smiths hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympics hang in the balance despite claiming a bronze medal at the European Weightlifting Championships in Norway. The 21-year-old finished third in the clean-and-jerk portion of the womens 63kg category but ranked fourth overall and described her performance as disappointingly lacklustre. Great Britain are bidding to win a quota of places for Rio which are based on national rankings once the tournament in Norway is completed.In reality they are likely to secure one place in the womens competition at best, meaning Smiths medal could tip the balance when the selectors meet to ratify the team in June.Smith, the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, lifted 119kg to take bronze but said her performance was nowhere near what I thought Id be, blaming a recent injury.She said: A couple of weeks ago I had a bit of a knee problem and before coming here I picked up a back niggle.Ive got two bulging discs, so at one point I didnt actually think Id be able to compete.Smiths hopes of claiming a quota place were boosted when Keighley teenager Rebekah Tiler claimed bronze in the womens 69kg category on Thursday night.The 17-year-old lifted 99kg in the snatch and 123kg in the clean and jerk to take third place in both disciplines and overall behind Armenias Nazik Avdalyan.However, while Tilers success makes a British quota place more likely, it will also give the selectors a headache over which athlete to pick for the solitary womens qualifying berth on offer.
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