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Pursehouse defends her title

Despite having only recently returned to action, Emily Pursehouse managed to retain her British Under-23 Weightlifting Championships title.

Emily Pursehouse (4550980)
Emily Pursehouse (4550980)

The former Diss High School student had been limited as to the amount of training she could do in the build up to the event because of a back injury.

However, when she stepped on to the platform, her snatch of 74kg took her into the lead in the first round of action.

In her strongest lift, meanwhile, Pursehouse started with a clean and jerk of 95kg to clinch gold by more than 20kg from her fellow competitors.

Pursehouse is eligible to compete at under-23 level for one more and is intending to go for a third straight gold medal in 2019.

Before that, her next national weightlifting competition will be the English Senior Championships, which will take place in January.

Earlier this year Pursehouse claimed a silver in the British Senior Weightlifting Championships, having finished seventh 12 months earlier.

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