Abbey Wood weightlifter Zoe Smith still riding the Olympic wave

PUBLISHED: 15:14 19 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:15 19 July 2013

Zoe Smith competing in the Olympics

Zoe Smith competing in the Olympics

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Almost a year on from the Olympics, the Bexley Times caught up with Abbey Wood weightlifter Zoe Smith to see how the last 12 months has treated her.

The former Townley Grammar School, Bexleyheath, student has recently moved to Bath in south-west England to live with her boyfriend but remains very focused on her chosen sport.

She said: “The Olympics were a great experience but that’s in the past now and I’m looking to the future.

“I’ve had a back injury recently but other than I’ve been training really hard and I’m looking forward to the next big competition, which will be the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer.

“Realistically, replicating the bronze medal I won in Delhi would be a good result but of course I’d love to improve on it. I always go out to win.”

One thing Smith did not win is the British Championships in Bangor last weekend due to her injury.

Reflecting on the Olympics, she said London 2012 is always something that will be close to her hear.

“It doesn’t seem like a year ago, it’s gone so quickly.

“My overriding memory is competing in front of the biggest crowd of my career, in my home city, and spending some great times with my team mates.”

The 19-year-old also hit the headlines last summer for criticising sexist abuse she has received on Twitter in a BBC documentary.

As one of the golden girls of the 2012 Games, she broke a British record on her way to finishing 12th in the -58kg category.

We probably haven’t heard the last of Smith and she has set her sights on making a bigger impact in Rio in four years time than she did in London.

She said: “The Olympics in Rio are so far off its too early to say what I can aim for. It depends on a lot of variables like who’s there and who isn’t, and who breaks through in the next three years.

“But I want to finish at least in the top 10. A top five finish would be great and winning a medal would be amazing.”

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