Sophie back in action in class field in Olympic Stadium in Berlin

Back in action: Sophie Hitchon competed in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin
Back in action: Sophie Hitchon competed in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin

Sophie Hitchon was back in action in Berlin on Sunday after her disappointment at the IAAF World Championships last month.

Competing at the ISTAF meeting in the Olympic Stadium, Sophie - who missed out on the world final in Moscow - finished eighth in another top-class field.

A crowd of 55,000 spectators watched some of the best athletes in the world at the 72nd Internationales Stadionfest, including 21 medalists from Moscow.

Tatyana Lysenko, fresh from winning gold on home turf in the Luzhniki Stadium with the second-biggest throw in history of 77.80m, had to settle for second place on this occasion with a best of 74.89m, behind Poland’s Anita Wlodarczykm - silver medalist in Moscow - who threw 77.15m.

Third - another to miss out on qualification for the World Championship final - was world record holder Betty Heidler with 74.62m.

Sophie threw a series of 66.80m, 66.41m, 68.04m, 65.84m, 66.81m and 66.20m as she finished eighth - down on her season’s best - and personal best, British record of 72.97m.

The 22-year-old’s throw was down on her best of 68.56m in Moscow, which saw her eliminated from qualifying, as she finished 19th overall.

Her next goal remains the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year. She said recently: “The Commonweath Games are my big aim now, so I will concentrate on that.”