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Natalie Blake turns attention to Rio 2016

Natalie Blake says that she is hopeful of winning a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games after taking silver in the women's Para-sport lightweight at Glasgow 2014.

England powerlifter Natalie Blake has targeted a medal at Rio 2016 after winning Commonwealth Games silver in the women's Para-sport lightweight.

The 31-year-old, who struggled with illness at the Olympics two years ago, secured second place with a lift of 95kg at the Clyde Auditorium earlier today.

"I felt really comfortable all the way along – it just felt like a Paralympic Games for me," Blake told reporters. "It was scary coming back after bombing out in front of thousands of people at the London 2012 Paralympics but I'm back to form and raring to go.

"I'm just waiting for Rio to come my way – that's my next target and I'm hoping to get a medal there but I don't know what colour yet."

Nigeria's Esther Oyema won gold in the event.

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Powerlifter Natalie Blake attends the Team GB Paralympic launch at the Park Plaza Hotel on July 13, 2012
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