Bronze for brilliant Sophie

Sophie Hitchon
Sophie Hitchon

Sophie Hitchon has claimed a superb bronze in the Olympic Hammer final in Rio, with a personal best and new British record in the final round.

The Burnley-born athlete had a no-throw with her first attempt, before a seasonal best of 73.29m in the second round to move into third place.

She went out to 71.73m in the third round to earn an extra three throws.

Sophie slipped to fourth in the fourth round after an effort of 72.28m, and dropped another place to fifth after her next throw of 72.89m.

Fourth in the World Championships last year, and fourth in the Europeans this, Sophie claimed a place on the podium in her second Olympic final after a final throw of 74.54m, in dramatic style

Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk has thrown a world record of 82.29m to win gold.