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WEIGHTLIFTING: Rebekah Tiler misses out on debut medal

England's Rebekah Tiler fails to lift in the Woman's 69kg event the Clyde Auditorium

England's Rebekah Tiler fails to lift in the Woman's 69kg event the Clyde Auditorium

Schoolgirl Rebekah Tiler missed out on a debut Commonwealth Games medal in the 69kg weightlifting but vowed to power her way to Olympic gold in the future.

The Keighley-born 15-year-old could only finish fourth after failing to equal her clean and jerk personal best of 123kg.

She did manage 118kg as well as a 91kg lift in the snatch to post a combined tally of 209kg.

Cameroon’s Marie Fegue climbed to the top of the podium after matching Canada’s Jean Lassen’s 34-year-old Games record of 132kg in the clean and jerk to finish with a combined 234kg.

Meanwhile, Nigerian Itohan Ebireguesele (222kg) took silver and Canadian Marie-Josee Ares-Pilon (214kg) the bronze.

But Tiler insists she will only get stronger for her Glasgow 2014 experience.

The teenager - who now has her GCSEs to focus on - said: “It was so close on the clean and jerk. I just couldn’t get the bar to stay up. But I will come back stronger for this.

“I nearly had it and I was screaming in my head ‘yes, I’ve got it!’

“But all of a sudden my back went. I was trying to hang on but then I had to drop the bar.

“I just missed out on a medal by 5kg but I believe I can come back and win medals in the future.

“My dream is to be world and Olympic champion and I believe I can do that. I just need to keep working hard.

“I’m already preparing for Rio in two year’s time. I just need to stay focused. Right now I feel stronger every day.

“There was a lot of pressure on me to get a medal but it didn’t bother me. I believed I could do it. I’m disappointed but I’m only 15, I’ve got plenty of time ahead of me.”

 

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