Lothian believes they can qualify each of their athletes at the
Olympic 'A' standard
by May next year, but who are the strongest contenders for Team GB?
ZOE SMITH: -63kg or -58kg division
The 17-year-old is British weightlifting's highest-profile athlete.
Smith has broken more than 300 records since switching from gymnastics at the age of 11 and announced herself on the global stage by
claiming Commonwealth bronze in Delhi
last year. In doing so, she became the first English woman to win a Commonwealth medal.
Zoe Smith's year
- wins a Commonwealth bronze medal
- loses personal Olympic funding after a row over her attitude in training
- helps England retain Tri-Nations title in Norway
- personal Olympic funding restored
- quits college to focus on full-time training
- leaves London and bases herself in Leeds with the British team
- wins World Youth silver in Peru
- misses Euro Youths with a back injury
- sets 15 British records and attains Olympic 'B' qualifying standard at the World Championships
Since then Smith has endured a true roller coaster of emotions -
losing her personal funding
following a row over her commitment to training,
, leaving her home in London and relocating to Leeds.
struggled with injury
in the lead-up to the World Championships at Disneyland Paris and, as a result, British Weightlifting decided not to push her for Olympic 'A' standard in Paris.
However, Smith says that after her record-breaking performances she is back in a "good place" and Lothian is pleased with her progress.
"Zoe's technique has improved substantially and I think having day-to-day coaching has helped immensely with that," said Lothian.
"I think there's huge potential for her to improve and it's really making sure that she's got consistent training - if we can do that then I think she is certainly an 'A' finalist [in London]."
in the -63kg category at the World Championships, is expected to drop down to the -58kg division for London 2012.
"I think I would be more competitive at the lower weight," Smith told BBC Sport.
"I've had a body-fat scan and it says that I could get down - I'm just lazy, so I'm going to come down and kick some butt!"
PETER KIRKBRIDE: -94kg division
The 23-year-old from Irvine
won a silver medal
for Scotland at last year's Commonwealth Games.
Meet British champion Peter Kirkbride
However, he missed the World Championships due to an ankle injury sustained while
winning another silver
, at the Commonwealth Championships in South Africa.
"Peter has made some technical changes and was disappointed to miss the Worlds," said Lothian.
"He is on a par with Gareth [Evans] and Jack [Oliver] and competition to reach those 'A' standards should spur him on for the European Championships next year."
JACK OLIVER and HALIL ZORBA: -77kg division
"If we could have a combination of Jack and Halil we would have an amazing lifter," said Lothian.
He managed two personal bests in a total lift of 290kg, which was just one kilo short of Olympic qualifying 'B' standard.
OTHER BRITISH CONTENDERS
has given up more than most in the pursuit of his Olympic dream.
GB World Championship results
Joanne Calvino (-48kg) - 22nd
Gareth Evans (-69kg) - 41st
Jack Oliver (-77kg) - 27th
Natasha Perdue (-69kg) - 29th
Hannah Powell (-48kg) - DNF*
Zoe Smith (-63kg) - 15th
Ben Watson (-105kg) - 30th
Halil Zorba (-77kg) - 29th
* failed to attain a recorded lift
Earlier this year he left his wife and young daughter behind in Wales and relocated to train full-time with the British team.
Evans, 25, was just two kilograms off the 'B' standard in Paris and is predicted to make further improvements after stepping up from the -63kg division.
lifted 4kg's above the 'B' standard, but was frustrated after failing to push her overall total of 198kg higher.
"She will lift at the Olympic test event [in December], which will be a good opportunity for her to show what's there as she has been lifting significantly more in training," Lothian told BBC Sport.
is the best-placed of the Britons in the women's -48kg category after setting two British records, while her team-mate
failed to record a clean-and-jerk lift.
Lothian, however, insists that there is still plenty of time for Powell and heavyweight lifter
, who has struggled with injury in 2011, to achieve the targets they need to qualify for London 2012.
"We've set ourselves a target of getting someone in the top five [in London] and if you can place someone around there, then anything can happen," concluded Lothian.
Zoe Smith breaks 15 British records at the World Championships in Paris
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