Sophie finishes fourth in World Championships

Sophie Hitchon smiles after her throw in the Women's Hammer Throw final during day six of the IAAF World Championships at the Beijing National Stadium, China
Sophie Hitchon smiles after her throw in the Women's Hammer Throw final during day six of the IAAF World Championships at the Beijing National Stadium, China

Sophie Hitchon produced the performance of her life to finish fourth in the hammer at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing - twice beating her own British record.

The former World junior champion threw 73.65m to set a new British best, before going out to 73.86m, to claim fourth spot, missing out on bronze by 16cm.

The former Ivy Bank pupil, in her first World Championships final, beamed: “It’s agonisingly close to a medal but coming fourth is really good. I had a rough year last year and I am super happy with it.”

Sophie won bronze at the Commonwealth Games last year, and her performance in the Bird’s Nest was the best ever by a British woman in the heavy throws events at a World Championship.

She has enjoyed a remarkably consistent season so far, and her series of throws in Beijing followed that pattern, and more.

She began with a mark of 71.20m, which she bettered with 71.44m in round two.

A British record of 73.65m came in round three, backed up by throws of 71.06m and 72.10m.

She finished with another record of 73.86m in the final round.

World record holder Anita Wlodarczyk won with a championship record of 80.85m, with Wenxiu Zhang, who threw 76.33m, second. and Alexandra Tavernier third with 74.02m.

Sophie Hitchon in action during the Women's Hammer final

Sophie Hitchon in action during the Women's Hammer final