As part of our Throwback Thursday series, we are sharing some of the classic home nations Commonwealth moments from recent history and this week we are showcasing Zoe Smith’s amazing Gold medal win in Glasgow seven years ago.
Smith celebrated with a summersault as she secured Commonwealth Gold for England in Glasgow
“I was just somewhere else entirely,” said the London Olympian after the event.
“I just can’t believe it.”
Smith aged 20 at the time, trailed Welsh Weightlifting legend Michaela Breeze by one kilo after the Snatch stage in a session which saw the Commonwealth Games record broken three times.
The 35-year-old was unable to lift 113kg in the Clean & Jerk and had to settle for Bronze while Smith lifted 115kg to cement her position at the top of the scoresheet.
Smith established a new Commonwealth record with a final lift of 118kg for a total of 210kg with Nigeria’s Ndidi Winifred taking Silver and Breeze Bronze.
“I have done 118kg before,” said Smith.
“I knew I could do it but doing it on the day is a completely different situation altogether.”
“To have that 118kg over my head and stand still with it, and getting the down signal, was the biggest wave of relief I have ever felt. Part of me is glad that it is all done and dusted now.
“This has been a long time coming. I was always going for Gold, but whether I would get it or not was another thing entirely.”