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London 2012: Zoe Smith fears she cannot win gold

17:03 26 July 2012

Weightlifter Zoe Smith will compete for Team GB on Monday

Weightlifter Zoe Smith will compete for Team GB on Monday

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Greenwich weightlifter believes the Olympic Games in London have come too soon for her to win a gold medal

On the eve of Zoe Smith’s Olympic debut the tenacious teenager has revealed her frustration at being unlikely to have a realistic chance of winning gold in London.

The 18-year-old from Abbey Wood has long been on the radar as an emerging British talent, starring for her borough consistently in the London Youth Games and breaking several British junior records along the way.

But her exploits on the world senior stage have been limited simply because of her tender years, although she did become the youngest-ever medallist in Commonwealth Games history when she took home bronze from Delhi in 2010.

Smith herself has no doubt she will one day be vying with the biggest names in the sport for Olympic gold – she just wishes it was in four days, rather than four years time.

Smith said: “I know I have to work and be patient, but it’s such an exciting time and I want it all now.

“At times I get frustrated with myself and ask why I can’t have it all now.

“It’s a shame that Rio isn’t now so I could go under the radar, then turn up in London and really be pushing for gold, because I do think in four years I will be up there.

“It has come a little too soon, although I’m not going to be winning golds this time I will be getting my name out there.

“I really hope to be a world-beater by then, if not I’ll be doing something wrong.”

The former Townley Grammar School for Girls student will compete in the women’s -58kg weight category on Monday, with medals up for grabs from 3.30pm.

And, with a packed ExCeL Arena expected, 5ft 2in Smith is confident of overcoming the nerves that plagued her before her last major international outing.

Smith added: “This is pretty much the biggest competition I’ll ever do.

“Before Delhi it was the same kind of thing, it was the biggest competition I’d ever done – my first senior multi-sport event.

“Before Delhi I fell apart, I forgot how to lift weights and just started crying on the mat.”

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