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Bexley youngsters earn silver in Australia

PUBLISHED: 11:40 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:40 21 January 2013

Boris Johnson and Hugh Robertson attend the opening of the Europa Gym
Zoe smith

Boris Johnson and Hugh Robertson attend the opening of the Europa Gym Zoe smith

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Two up-and-coming Bexley sporting stars have come away with silver medals in Australian Youth Olympics, which finished yesterday.

Olympic weightlifter Zoe Smith came second in the 63kg competition, a weight class up from the level she competed in during the London Games.

The 18-year-old lifted a total of 200kg in the two disciplines, the snatch and the clean and jerk. She only trailed her Chinese opponent Wei Deng, who won with a total of 235kg.

Gymnast Catherine Lyons, at 12 years old the youngest member in the British squad, was part of the women’s artistic team which narrowly missed out on a gold medal.

The team scored a total of 160.064 points and was narrowly beaten into second place by the Chinese team with a score of 160.693.

Both athletes train at the Europa Centre in Crayford, which was partly built by Olympic legacy money.

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