Zoe Smith: British weightlifter out of world championships with virus

Zoe Smith
Zoe Smith won gold for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Britain's Zoe Smith has withdrawn from the weightlifting world championships in Kazakhstan because of a virus.

The 20-year-old, who won the Commonwealth Games -58kg title in July, will travel home from the competition which is running until 16 November.

"This is a great shame for everyone concerned and especially Zoe," a British Weight Lifting statement said.

"Zoe was looking forward to continuing her excellent form which included gold at the recent Commonwealth Games."

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