Silver lining for Emily
Emily Pursehouse made a big improvement from 12 months ago at the recent British Senior Weightlifting Championships at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
The former Diss High School pupil made her debut in the competition in 2017, eventually finishing in seventh position overall.
However, this time around Pursehouse managed to get herself on the podium with a silver medal.
Pursehouse’s opening snatch of 72kg ended up being the only good lift of the first half, when the jury overruled the judges and disallowed her 76kg.
At this point she was sitting in third position, 10kg off second place.
It meant that a big Clean and Jerk was required to stand any chance of Pursehouse fighting her way into contention for the runner-up spot.
And she did just that, firstly securing a 96kg Clean and Jerk to make sure of at least a bronze medal, followed by a big second lift of 102kg, which saw her jump up to second position.
Pursehouse, who took up weightlifting after her promising career as a sprinter was cut short by a hamstring injury, will now switch her focus to the British Under-23 Championships in September.
She will go into the event in Castleford as the defending champion.