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GB’s Rebekah Tiler holds her head high as controversy weighs lifting down

• 17-year-old from Yorkshire finished 10th in women’s 69kg competition
• Five lifters in Tiler’s draw had history of doping

On the afternoon that 17-year-old Rebekah Tiler from Yorkshire narrowly missed out on a final eight place in the women’s 69kg competition – partly because of the presence of rivals who had a dubious right to be in Rio – rumours swept the Olympic Park that a third male weightlifter had failed a drugs test.

Yet nothing, it seems, can wipe the ready smile from Tiler’s shiny young face – not even the rumbling discontent that has driven her drug-plagued sport beyond parody for decades, albeit in notorious company with several others.

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