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Last Updated: Thursday December 23 2010 15:33 GMT

Weight lifter Zoe Smith has Olympic funding suspended

Zoe Smith

Young Sports Personality of the Year runner-up Zoe Smith has had her Olympic weight lifting funding suspended.

The British Weight Lifting governing body has decided to stop the money because Zoe "lacked commitment" at a training camp she went to.

"Zoe is an amazing talent but any athlete still has to work hard to realise their true potential," said Performance Manager Fiona Lothian.

Zoe's agent said she is "shocked and surprised" at the decision.

Her personal funding will be withdrawn until at least the end of January, but she'll still get help with food and medical advice.

Zoe's amazing year

Weightlifter Zoe's had an amazing year, winning bronze in the Commonwealth Games while Sonali was watching!

Champion weightlifter Zoe Smith and Sonali

Sonali meets champion teen weightlifter

The record-breaking 16-year-old became the youngest ever Commonwealth Games weightlifting medallist.

It was her first senior international event, competing against athletes of all ages.

Earlier in the year, she picked up a silver medal at European Youth Championships.