Sophie Hitchon devastated not to make hammer final

DEVASTATED: Sophie Hitchon
DEVASTATED: Sophie Hitchon

Sophie Hitchon was devastated after a below-par performance saw her fail to make the hammer final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

The 22-year-old competed in Pool B of qualifying on Wednesday morning for Friday’s final, but after a year where she has consistently thrown above 70m, her first-round best of 68.56 fell well short of her British record mark of 72.97m.

The automatical qualification mark was 73m, or she had to finish in the top 12, but she ultimately finished 19th overall.

Sophie wasn’t alone in performing below par in the Luzhniki Stadium as world record holder Betty Heidler also dropped out.

Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk had the best throw of the morning with 76.18m to lead the qualifiers, which included all four Russians – Anna Bulgarkova, Tatyana Lysenko, Oksana Kondrateva and Gulfiya Khanafeyeva – Wenxiu Zhang and Zheng Wang of China and American Amanda Bingson.

Sophie said on twitter: “Absolutely devastated with today, it just didn’t happen for me.

“Thank you for everyone’s support, I will come back stronger.”